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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and ITD hereby form an Alliance to provide ITD members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to construction and environmental hazards and addressing work zone hazards. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and ITD recognize that the Idaho Occupational Safety and Health Consultation Program at Boise State University is an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA and ITD will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
- Coordinate or provide expertise to develop training and education programs for ITD construction inspectors regarding construction and work zone safety, and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.
- Coordinate the delivery of the OSHA10-hour Roadway Construction Safety course.
OSHA and ITD will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- Develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHAs' and the ITD Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHAs' or ITD conferences, local meetings, or other partnering events.
- Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding construction best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by IDT and through OSHA or ITD-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
- Promote and encourage construction companies and contractors to use the free services of the Idaho Occupational Safety and Health Consultation Program at Boise State University and pursue participation in OSHAs' cooperative programs, such as the Alliance Program, the Construction Partnership Program, and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
- Work with other stakeholders on specific issues and projects on construction health and safety that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
- Encourage ITD districts and contractor worksites to build relationships with the Boise Area Office and the Idaho Occupational Safety and Health Consultation Program at Boise State University to address health and safety issues, including fall protection, excavations, silica, and protecting workers from public and private sector vehicles and equipment in work zones.
OSHA and ITD will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- Raise awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever ITD leaders address groups.
- Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health and publicize results.
- Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on roadway construction health and safety issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
OSHAs' 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 any of that partys' products or services; nor does the Agency enter into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular partys' products or services.
An implementation team made up of representatives of both organizations will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. Team members should include representatives of the Boise Area Office, the Idaho Occupational Safety and Health Consultation, and members from the ITD. In addition, they will meet at least three times a year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance.
This agreement will remain in effect for three 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 either signatories or their designated representative.
JERROLD R. HOCKETT
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
DAVID S. EKERN
Idaho Transportation Department