Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Region II

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Building Trades Employers Association (BTEA) and the Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to improve workplace health and safety in the construction industry. OSHA, the BTEA and the BCTC hereby form an Alliance for the purpose of using their collective expertise to help foster a culture of workplace safety and health in the construction industry. The organizations will work to provide leadership and guidance to other associations, public agencies and authorities, and will cooperatively address issues of concern related to safety and health within the metropolitan New York building and construction industry, including fall prevention, electrical, struck by and caught-in-between hazards.

OSHA, BTEA and BCTC will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • Develop training and education programs on construction industry issues such as fall prevention, electrical hazards and other issues to reduce fatalities and prevent hazards in the building and construction industry.

  • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of OSHA 10-hour and 30-hour construction industry courses. OSHA, BTEA and BCTC will pursue, where appropriate, opportunities to deliver additional construction safety courses in the future.

OSHA, BTEA and BCTC will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • Develop and disseminate information through print and electronic media, including electronic assistance tools and links from the OSHA, BTEA and BCTC Web sites.

  • Speak, exhibit or appear at conferences, local meetings or other events such as OSHA, BTEA and BCTC safety seminars, conferences, committee meetings and forums to share information and guidance on safety and health issues and OSHA's outreach efforts related to the construction industry.

  • Cross-train OSHA personnel and construction industry safety and health professionals in BTEA and BCTC best practices or effective approaches, as jointly determined by OSHA, BTEA and BCTC.

  • Encourage BTEA members to explore the possibility of participating in OSHA's cooperative programs, such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, Partnerships, Consultation and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

  • Metropolitan New York OSHA Area offices will include BTEA and BCTC contact information and materials as part of their construction safety resources provided during OSHA outreach efforts.

  • Share information on construction worksite best practices, as jointly determined by OSHA, BTEA, and BCTC, with others in the industry and publicize the results through outreach by BTEA and BCTC and through OSHA, BCTC and BTEA developed training programs.

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 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.

An implementation team made up of representatives of both organizations will meet to develop a plan of action and identify roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet as needed to discuss the Alliance and improve any aspects of it.

This agreement will remain in effect for two years from the date of signing. Any 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 concurrence of all signatories.


Patricia K. Clark
Regional Administrator, Region II
Occupational Safety & Health Administration


Lou Coletti
Chairman and CEO
Building Trades Employer Association


Edward J. Malloy
Building and Construction Trades Council