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


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

  • 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.
  • Develop and update construction safety and health curricula.
  • Advise Project Best members on updates to OSHA standards, case law and proper abatement techniques.
  • Encourage Project Best members to attend the 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 and management employees regarding injury trends and hazards addressed by OSHA citations.
  • Provide safety information to employers and employees in the construction industry.

Outreach and Communication

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

  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding Project BEST's best practices and effective approaches.  This may include any publicized results through Project BEST's outreach efforts.  
  • Promote and encourage Project BEST members' or worksites' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protect Programs, Consultation and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
  • OSHA will provide speaker(s) for conferences, exhibits, apprenticeship training programs and other special meetings related to safety and health training issues, as resources permit.

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.

 

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Prentice Cline,
Area Director 
Charleston Area Office
Occupational Safety and Health
Administration

 

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Thomas Cerra,
Co-Chairman  
Project BEST

 

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Jennifer Burgess,
OSHA Consultation



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Orphy Klempa,
Co-Chairman
Project BEST



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Richard Jeffrey,
Compliance Assistance Specialist
Charleston Area Office
Occupational Safety and Health
Administration



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