AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S
THE IDAHO TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) recognize the value of renewing their collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and ITD hereby form an alliance to provide ITD employees, contractors and employees, and the public with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help 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 the Idaho Occupational Safety and Health Consultation Program at Boise State University as an integral part of the OSHA national effort to promote safer and more healthful workplaces.
OSHA and ITD will work together to achieve training and education goals:
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for ITD construction inspectors and ITD contractors in the areas of construction and work zone safety; this includes sharing and communicating information with employers and employees in the transportation industry.
- Deliver or arrange for the delivery of the OSHA 10-hour Roadway Construction Safety course.
OSHA and ITD will work together to achieve outreach and communication goals:
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's and ITD's websites) to employers, employees, and organizations in the transportation industry.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA or ITD conferences, local meetings or other partnering events.
- Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding ITD's construction best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by OSHA's- and ITD's-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
- Promote and encourage ITD's members' or worksites' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, On-site Consultation, and Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
- Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects related to construction health and safety as addressed and developed through the Alliance program.
- Encourage ITD districts and contractors to build relationships with OSHA's 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 goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- Develop and disseminate case studies that illustrate the business value of safety and health and publicize results.
- Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings that focus on roadway construction health and safety issues in order to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on workplace safety and health related issues.
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 partners. By entering into an alliance with a party, OSHA is not endorsing any of that party's 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 will include representatives of OSHA's Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs. 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.
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 either signatory or their designated representative.
- JERROLD R. HOCKETT
- Area Director
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration
- PAMELA LOWE
- Idaho Transportation Department