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AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
CHARLESTON WEST VIRGINIA AREA OFFICE
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
AND
PROJECT BEST


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 (herein after referred collectively as "the Participants") hereby renew their Alliance signed January 3, 2008 with a continued emphasis on training and education, and the implementation of OSHA's 1989 Safety and Health Management Guidelines for all participant members. Specifically, both organization(s) 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 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

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goals as resources permit:

  • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of construction safety training and education programs to Project Best members, particularly in the four focus areas of falls, electrical, struck by and caught in between hazards.
  • Update and develop construction safety and health curricula.
  • Advise Project Best on updates to OSHA standards and possible abatement techniques.
  • Encourage Project Best members to attend OSHA 10 or 30-Hour course for General Industry and Construction.
  • Utilize OSHA resources and expertise to renew and update training and education programs for union employees and management employees regarding injury trends and hazards addressed by OSHA citations.
  • Communicate safety information to employers and employees in the construction industry.

Outreach and Communication

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals, as resources permit:

  • Speak at 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 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 and Consultation, and its 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 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 24th day of June, 2014.

 

 


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

 

  • Date

 


  • Thomas Cerra
  • Co-Chairman
  • Project BEST

 

  • Date

 


  • Carla Campbell
  • Program Manager
  • West Virginia OSHA Consultation

 

  • Date

 


  • Joe Miller
  • Co-Chairman
  • Project BEST

 

  • Date

 


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

 

  • Date
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