AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
THE SEATTLE AND DENVER REGIONAL OFFICES
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
THE ENERGY AND CONSTRUCTION DIVISION OF URS CORPORATION
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Seattle and Denver Regional Offices, and the Energy and Construction Division of URS Corporation (URS) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and URS hereby form an Alliance to provide URS employees and others within the engineering and construction industry with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them 1) protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to crane, rigging, noise, and ergonomics hazards and addressing issues such as establishing a culture of accident prevention, and 2) understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). In developing this Alliance, OSHA and URS recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following goal related to raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives:
- To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on crane, rigging, noise, and ergonomics hazards and issues such as establishing a culture of accident prevention within the engineering and construction industry to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
Training and Education
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goal:
- To develop effective training and education programs for construction industry personnel regarding crane, rigging, noise, and ergonomics hazards and issues such as establishing a culture of accident prevention, and to communicate such information to URS workers and sub-contractors.
Outreach and Communication
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- To develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's and URS's Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
- To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding URS good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.
OSHA's Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives, training and education, and outreach and communication. 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 or promoting, nor does it intend to endorse or promote, any of that party's products or services.
An implementation team made up of representatives of each organization will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. 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. OSHA team members will include representatives of the Seattle and Denver Regions and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA On-site Consultation Projects' participation on the team.
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 written concurrence of all signatories.
Signed this 24 day of January, 2012
- Dean Y. Ikeda
- Regional Administrator
- Seattle Regional Office
- Gregory J. Baxter
- Regional Administrator
- Denver Regional Office
- Bradley D. Giles
- Senior Vice President
- Energy and Construction Division of URS Corporation