AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA AREA OFFICE
ASSOCIATED BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS OF ALABAMA, INC.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Associated Builders and Contractors of Alabama, Inc. (ABC-AL), recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and ABC-AL hereby form an Alliance to provide ABC-AL members and others in the construction industry with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to hazards, such as falls, excavations, struck-by and silica, by providing employers and workers with assistance and knowledge regarding OSHA requirements and developing an effective safety and health management system. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and ABC-AL recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Onsite Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA to the extent its resources permit and ABC-AL will work together to achieve the following training and education goal:
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education materials, such as, but not limited to, OSHA documents, for employers and employees regarding falls, excavations, struck-by and silica, and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.
OSHA to the extent its resources permit and ABC-AL will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's and the ABC-AL's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or ABC-AL's conferences, such as ABC-AL Safety Day, ABC-AL sponsored OSHA 10-hour courses and local meetings, and construction industry safety and health functions.
- Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding construction industry best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through a resource library maintained by ABC-AL, which will include OSHA- or ABC-AL developed materials, training programs, publications and other documents.
- Promote and encourage ABC-AL members or worksites participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Onsite Consultation, and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
- Encourage other contractor associations and groups to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices, State Plan States and Onsite Consultation Projects, to address safety and health issues.
OSHA to the extent its resources permit and ABC-AL will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- Convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings addressing successes resulting from this Alliance to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to ensure information is effectively disseminated.
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; 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 the 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.
This agreement will remain in effect for two years from the date of signing and will be automatically renewed annually thereafter. Either 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 both signatories.
Associated Builders and Contractors of Alabama
Occupational Safety and