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

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Project BEST recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and Project BEST hereby form an Alliance to provide Project BEST members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to OSHA's four focus hazards: falls, electrical, struck-by and caught-in. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and Project BEST recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

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

  • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of construction safety training and education programs to membership, particularly in the four focus areas of falls, electrical, struck-by and caught-in between hazards.

  • Work with OSHA to update and develop construction safety and health curricula.

  • Advise Project BEST on OSHA standards, updates, case law and proper abatement techniques.

  • Encourage Project BEST members to attend OSHA 10- or 30-Hour courses for General Industry and Construction.

  • Utilize OSHA resources and expertise to renew and update training and education programs for union employees and management regarding injury trends and hazards addressed by OSHA.

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

  • OSHA will provide speakers for conferences, exhibits and apprenticeship training programs and other special meetings related to safety and health training issues.

  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding Project BEST's best practices or effective approaches. This may include results publicized through Project BEST's outreach efforts.

  • Promote and encourage Project BEST's membership or worksites' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

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 with a party, OSHA is not endorsing any of that 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 three times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA Consultation Projects' participation on the team.

This agreement will remain in effect for two years. The signatories 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.

Thomas Cerra, Co-Chairman


Stanley Elliott, Area Director


Orphy Klempa, Co-Chairman


Jennifer Burgess, OSHA Consultation


Richard Jeffrey
Compliance Assistance