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AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
TAMPA AREA OFFICE
AND
THE ASSOCIATED BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS, INC.,
FLORIDA GULF COAST CHAPTER


The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Tampa Area Office and the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., Florida Gulf Coast Chapter (ABC, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter) continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and the ABC, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter hereby renew the Alliance signed June 12, 2008, and renewed February 25, 2011, April 9, 2013 and April 12, 2016, with a continued emphasis on reducing and preventing exposure to falls, trenching and excavation, scaffold, confined space, struck-by, chemical and electrical hazards, as well as other prevalent safety and health hazards in the construction industry. Specifically, OSHA and the ABC, Florida Gulf Coast are committed to providing the ABC, Florida Gulf Coast 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, the organizations will continue to place emphasis on effectively communicating these issues to hard-to-reach groups, such as non-English speaking and youth workers.

This agreement provides a framework and objectives for the Alliance's activities. Alliance participants also agree to meet the requirements for program participation laid out in the "Fundamental Requirements for OSHA Alliance Program Participants" and the "Guidelines for OSHA's Alliance Program Participants: Alliance Products and Other Alliance Projects."

Through the Alliance, the organizations will use injury, illness, and hazard exposure data, when appropriate, to help identify areas of emphasis for Alliance awareness, outreach, and communication activities. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and the ABC, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-Site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort, and that information about the products and activities of the Alliance may be shared with these partners for the advancement of common goals.

Raising Awareness: Outreach and Communication

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following objectives:

  • To develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's and the ABC, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
  • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or ABC, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter's conferences, local meetings, or other ABC, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter's events.
  • To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on prevalent hazards in the construction industry to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

Training and Education

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following objectives:

  • To develop effective training and education programs for construction workers regarding fall protection, trenching and excavation, electrical safety, scaffold safety, confined space safety, steel erection, struck-by hazards and health issues, such as silica and hexavalent chromium, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers, including hard-to-reach groups (non-English speaking and youth workers).
  • To deliver or arrange for the delivery of the aforementioned courses.

OSHA's Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as raising awareness of OSHA's initiatives, outreach, communication, training and education. 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 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 two 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 Tampa Area Office and any other appropriate offices. 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. 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 written concurrence of both signatories.

Signed this 18th day of July, 2018.


Steve Cona, III
President
Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.
Florida Gulf Coast Chapter

Date

Leslie L. Grove III
Tampa Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Date
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