The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Region X, and Shipbuilders Council of America, (SCA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful America shipyards. Region X OSHA and SCA 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.
Region X OSHA and SCA agree to establish an Alliance to promote safe and healthful working conditions for shipyard employees by:
- Providing SCA members with information and guidance that will help them protect employees' safety and health, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to shipyard safety and health hazards.
- Increasing access to safety and health information and training resources.
Region X OSHA and SCA 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 shipyard 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
- Shipyard Competent Persons and Marine Chemists
- Fire Protection
- Slips, Trips and Falls
- Machine Guarding
- Materials Handling and Transportation i.e. Slings, Cranes and Forklifts
- Employee Participation
- Workplace Violence
- Welding Fumes
Should an ACA member desire assistance on any topics listed above, the appropriate OSHA Region X area director will be contacted and the assistance arranged by him or her. The compliance assistance provided will be negotiated by the Region X area director and the shipyard, and may include the presence of OSHA staff at the shipyard.
The SCA and OSHA also believe the Alliance is an excellent method to improve the overall safety of shipyards, increase outreach and communication between OSHA and the shipyard industry, develop expertise of compliance officers and participate int he national dialogue on shipyard safety and health.
Region X OSHA and SCA will also work together to the extent possible to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- Invite OSHA personnel into their shipyards to observe best practice situations. Cross-train OSHA personnel and industry safety and health practitioners in SCA's best practices or effective approaches.
- Promote and encourage SCA's members' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation and SHARP. In additiona, encourage SCA members to act as mentors to SCA members/worksites 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 and SCA's Web sites.
Region X OSHA and SCA will also work together to the extent possible to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health.
- Share information on best practices of SCA members/worksites, as jointly determined by Region X OSHA and SCA, with others in the industry through outreach by SCA and through Regional X OSHA or SCA developed training programs and materials.
- Convene or participate in forums or roundtable discussions to discuss issues that frequently occur on SCA's Region X quarterly injury and illness survey and common safety hazards in order to help forge innovative solutions to safety problems in the workplace.
- Provide OSHA with a model shipyard Lockout/Tagout program that OSHA can incorporate as an industry recommendation for the Shipyard Safety and Health "E-Tool" currently being developed.
- SCA leaders will demonstrate their commitment and increase awareness by discussing workplace safety and health whenever SCA leaders address groups.
The agreements will remain in effect for one year from the date of signing. Region X and the SCA 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 both signatories and may be terminated for any reason with 30 days written notice from either signatory.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Richard S. Terrill
October 22, 2002
Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA)
Manager, Government Affairs
October 22, 2002