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


The OSHA Pittsburgh Area Office (OSHA) and the Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania (CAWP) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and CAWP hereby form an Alliance to provide Association members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help protect employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to hazards associated with the heavy and highway construction industry. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and CAWP recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and CAWP will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • Review existing CAWP safety and health training and education programs and advise on how to effectively provide and update training on OSHA policy and procedures.
  • Develop and provide training to CAWP membership and H2AP Union contractors with an emphasis on construction and construction work zone safety.
  • Encourage CAWP members to send individuals to the OSHA Train-the-Trainer Course for the Construction Industry.

OSHA and CAWP will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • Share information on best practices in construction work zone safety among OSHA personnel and CAWP professionals and publicize results through outreach by OSHA and the CAWP.
  • Disseminate information through existing communication tools, including websites and newsletters. An internet link to Indiana University of Pennsylvania's (IUP) OSHA Consultation will be added to the CAWP website.
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at conferences, CAWP Safety Committee meetings, scheduled training, or other events to promote or raise awareness of reducing or preventing exposure to hazards associated with the heavy and highway construction industry.

OSHA 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 with a party, OSHA is not endorsing any of the 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, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet at least quarterly to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the alliance.

This agreement will remain in effect for two years. 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.




Robert P. Szymanski
Area Director
USDOL-OSHA-PGH A.O.



Stephen M. Muck, President
Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania

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Richard J. Barcaskey
Director of Industry Relations
Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania



Jason M. Koss
Director of Safety, Education, & Membership
Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania

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