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AGREEMENT TO ESTABLISH AN ALLIANCE BETWEEN
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
SHIPBUILDERS COUNCIL OF AMERICA
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 American shipyards. Region X OSHA and
SCA therefore agree to renew their original Alliance signed on October 22, 2002 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 use this renewed Alliance to promote safe and healthful working conditions for shipyard
Region X OSHA and SCA will continue to work together in the development and implementation of 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:
- 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 hazards.
- Increasing access to safety and health information and training resources.
Should an SCA member desire assistance on any topics listed above, the Area Director for OSHA will be contacted and the
assistance arranged by him or her. The compliance assistance provided will be negotiated by the area director and the
shipyard, and may include the presence of OSHA staff at the shipyard.
- Hazard Recognition
- Fall Protection
- Accident Investigation
- Shipyard Competent Persons and Marine Chemists
- Fire Protection
- Slips, Trips and Falls
- Machine Guarding
- Handling Materials and Transportation i.e. Slings, Cranes and Forklifts
- Employee Participation
- Workplace Violence
- Measuring Outcomes/Measuring Methods
- Safety Committees
- Welding Fume
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
in the national dialogue on shipyard safety and health.
Region X OSHA and SCA will continue to work together to the extent possible to achieve the following:
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. In developing this
alliance, OSHA and SCA also recognize that OSHA’s State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national
- 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.
- Share information on best practices of SCA members/worksites with others in the industry through outreach by SCA and
through Region 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 quarterly
Injury and Illness survey and common safety hazards in order to help forge innovative solutions to safety problems in the
- Provide OSHA with a model shipyard Lockout/Tagout program that OSHA can incorporate as an industry recommendation for the
Shipyard Safety and Health "eTool" currently being developed.
- Promote and encourage SCA’s members’ participation in OSHA’s cooperative programs such as the Voluntary Protection Program,
Consultation, and SHARP. In addition, 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.
- SCA leaders will demonstrate their commitment and increase awareness by discussing workplace safety and health whenever SCA
leaders address groups.
This agreement will remain in effect for two years from the date of signing. Region X and the SCA will meet at least
quarterly 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
||Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA)
|Richard S. Terrill
||Daniel K. Youhas
Manager, Government Affairs