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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Region X (Region X OSHA) and The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Washington recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, Region X OSHA and Associated General Contractors of Washington hereby form an Alliance to provide AGC of Washington members, their workers, and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to fall, noise, and equipment operation hazards and addressing issues related to cranes and rigging, pandemic influenza, and non-English or limited English speaking workers. In developing this Alliance, Region X OSHA and AGC of Washington recognize that OSHA’s State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
Region X OSHA and AGC of Washington will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
- Provide expertise to develop training and education programs for small businesses and non-English or limited English speaking workers regarding fall protection, cranes and rigging, hearing conservation, equipment operation hazards, and pandemic influenza and provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and workers in the industry.
- Provide expertise to develop workplace safety and health curricula for small businesses and non-English or limited English speaking workers on fall protection, cranes and rigging, hearing conservation, equipment operation hazards, and pandemic influenza.
Region X OSHA and AGC of Washington will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- Provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's and AGC of Washington's Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or AGC of Washington's conferences, local meetings or other events.
- Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding AGC of Washington's best practices or effective approaches, and publicize results through outreach by AGC of Washington and through OSHA- or AGC of Washington-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
- Promote and encourage AGC of Washington members' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and the On-site Consultation Program and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
- Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects related to the construction industry on fall protection, cranes and rigging, hearing conservation, pandemic influenza, and equipment operation hazards that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
Region X OSHA and AGC of Washington will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health, and publicize their results.
- Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on construction safety issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace.
OSHA's Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as training and education, outreach and communication, and promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health. These Alliances have proved to be valuable tools for both OSHA and its Alliance participants. By entering into an Alliance with a party, OSHA is not endorsing or promoting, nor does it intend to endorse or promote, any of that party's products or services.
An implementation team made up of representatives of each organization will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet at least three times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. OSHA team members will include representatives of the Region X OSHA Office and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA On-site Consultation Projects' participation on the team.
This agreement will remain in effect for two years. Either signatory may terminate it for any reason at any time, provided they give 30 days written notice. This agreement may be modified at any time with the concurrence of both signatories.
Signed this 7th day of January, 2010.
|Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
||Associated General Contractors of Washington
Richard S. Terrill
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Executive Vice President
AGC of Washington