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AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
BUFFALO AREA OFFICE
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
AND
LEHIGH CONSTRUCTION GROUP, INC.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Buffalo Area Office and Lehigh Construction Group, Inc. (Lehigh) continue to recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and Lehigh Construction Group, Inc. hereby renew an Alliance signed 5/15/2003, and renewed 11/2/2004, 4/4/2007, 5/12/2010, and 3/14/2013, with a continued emphasis on providing Lehigh's groups and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to falls, struck by, caught-in and electrical hazards and addressing issues with young, inexperienced workers, and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and Lehigh Construction Group, Inc. 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 (OSHA, Lehigh management and employees of Lehigh) intend to work together to achieve the following goals related to raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives:

  • To share information on OSHA's National/Regional/Local Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process.
  • To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
  • To encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by promoting the value of injury and illness prevention programs.

Training and Education

The Participants (OSHA, Lehigh management and employees of Lehigh) intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • To develop effective training and education programs for young and inexperienced workers and students in high school and at the collegiate level regarding the hazards they are likely to encounter on construction sites with particular attention to the focus four hazards: falls, struck-by, caught-in and electrical hazards, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
  • To develop effective training and education programs for young and inexperienced workers and students in high school and at the collegiate level to promote understanding of workers' rights, including the use of the OSHA complaint process, and the responsibilities of employers and to communicate such information to workers and employers.

Outreach and Communication

The Participants (OSHA, Lehigh management and employees of Lehigh) intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • To develop ways to distribute 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 Lehigh Construction Group lnc.'s Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
  • Within available resources - speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or Lehigh Construction Group lnc.'s conferences, local meetings, or other events.

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 Buffalo Area Office 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 both signatories.

Signed this 12th day of August, 2015.

For OSHA:

  • Robert D. Kulick, Regional Administrator
  • Michael T. Scime, Area Director, Buffalo Area Office

For Lehigh Construction Group, Inc.:

  • David Knauss, President
  • Thomas Glomb, Vice President
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