AGREEMENT TO ESTABLISH AN ALLIANCE
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR - Region X
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
MECHANICAL CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION
OF WESTERN WASHINGTON
UNITED ASSOCIATION OF PLUMBERS AND PIPEFITTERS - LOCAL 26
UNITED ASSOCIATION OF PLUMBERS AND PIPEFITTERS - LOCAL 32
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Region X, the Mechanical Contractors Association of Western Washington, (MCAWW), United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, Local 26 (UA Local 26) and United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, Local 32 (UA Local 32) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful construction work sites. Region X OSHA, MCAWW, UA Local 26 and UA Local 32 therefore agree to form an Alliance to use their collective expertise to help foster a culture of prevention while sharing best practices and technical knowledge. Keeping in mind that the majority of the construction work that MCAWW members and the UA Locals 26 and 32 perform in Washington State is under the jurisdiction of the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (WISHA) and not OSHA, and that some members do work outside the state in other jurisdictions, programs produced by this alliance will be applicable to work sites in all jurisdictions. Also, as part of this alliance, OSHA will not render any decisions on WISHA policies, or compliance with WISHA policies or regulations.
Region X OSHA, MCAWW, UA Local 26 and UA Local 32 agree to establish an Alliance to promote safe and healthful working conditions for construction employees by:
- Providing MCAWW, UA Local 26 and UA Local 32 members with information and guidance that will help them protect workers' safety and health, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to construction safety and health hazards.
- Increasing access to safety and health information and training resources.
Region X OSHA, MCAWW, UA Local 26 and UA Local 32 will also work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
- Develop and implement training and education programs that can be used to improve construction safety and health programs. Training and education programs may be developed under the broad categories of: Training, Hazard Recognition, Management Systems and Health Hazards: Topics under the selected categories may include:
- Hazard Recognition
- Fall Protection
- Accident Investigation
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Hand and Power Tools
- OSHA Compliance Inspection Procedures - Employer/Employee Rights
- Fire Protection
- Slips, Trips and Falls
- Materials Handling and Transportation i.e. Slings, Cranes and Forklifts
- Confined Spaces
- Trenching and Excavation
- Employee Participation
- Workplace Violence
- Substance Abuse
- Hispanic Worker Outreach Program
- Welding Fume
Should an MCAWW member, or UA Local 26 or UA Local 32 desire assistance on any topics listed above, the OSHA Region X construction coordinator will be contacted and the assistance arranged by him or her. The compliance assistance to be provided will be negotiated by the Region X construction coordinator and the MCAWW member or UA Local.
The MCAWW, UA Local 26, UA Local 32 and Region X OSHA also believe the Alliance is an excellent tool to improve the overall safety of construction sites, increase outreach and communication between OSHA and the construction industry, develop expertise of compliance officers, and participate in the national dialogue on construction safety and health.
Region X OSHA, MCAWW, UA Local 26 and UA Local 32 will work together to the extent possible to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- Invite OSHA personnel onto construction job sites or training facilities to observe best practice situations.
- Promote and encourage MCAWW's members' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as the Voluntary Protection Program and Partnerships. In addition, encourage MCAWW members to act as mentors to MCAWW members/work sites that aspire to excellence in safety and health.
- Seek opportunities to jointly develop and disseminate information at conferences, local meetings, events, or through print and electronic media, including links from OSHA's, MCAWW's, UA Local 26's and UA Local 32's web sites.
Region X OSHA, MCAWW, UA Local 26 and UA Local 32 will work together to the extent possible to achieve the following goals related to promoting the dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding MCAWW's best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by MCAWW or the UA Locals 26 and 32 and through this Alliance participant's developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures.
- Convene or participate in forums or roundtable discussions to discuss injury and illness trends and common construction hazards in order to help forge innovative solutions to safety problems in the workplace.
- MCAWW, UA Local 26 and UA Local 32 leaders will demonstrate their commitment and increase awareness by discussing workplace safety and health whenever they address groups.
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 any of that party's products or services; nor does the Agency enter into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular party's products or services.
The reports and documents developed under this Alliance that are retained by OSHA are subject to the Freedom of Information Act. This agreement will remain in effect for one year from the date of signing. Region X, MCAWW, UA Local 26 and UA Local 32 will meet prior to the expiration of this alliance to discuss accomplishments and if applicable, agree upon activities for the coming year. This agreement may be modified at any time with the concurrence of the signatories and may be terminated for any reason with 30 days written notice from any of the signatories.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Richard S. Terrill
Mechanical Contractors Association of Western Washington
Brian D. Garvey
Executive Vice President
MCA of Western Washington
United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters
UA Local 26 Plumbers and Pipefitters
United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters
UA Local 32 Plumbers and Pipefitters