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The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Project BEST (Building Efficiency by Striving Together) continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and Project BEST hereby renew their Alliance signed January 3, 2008 and renewed again on March 2, 2010, with a continued emphasis on training and education of the four main hazards identified as those causing the most injuries in construction industry, and the implementation of OSHA's 1989 Safety and Health Management Guidelines for all participant members. Specifically, both organizations are committed to providing Project BEST members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). Through the Alliance, Project BEST and its members will continue to address the four main hazards identified as those causing the most injuries in construction industry and promote pro-active safety and health intervention programs. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and Project BEST recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
Training and Education
Outreach and Communication
OSHA and Project BEST will work together to achieve the following outreach and communications goals:
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 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 continue to 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 Charleston Area Office and the West Virginia Consultation Program. 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. 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 written concurrence of all signatories.
Signed this 17th day of April, 2012.