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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE) Suncoast Chapter 81, recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and AFE Suncoast 81 hereby form an Alliance to provide AFE members and others with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to asbestos, demolition operations, and Legionnella from commercial cooling towers and health care related water sources, as well as indoor air quality related hazards. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and HBIF recognize that the OSHA Consultation Program is an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and AFE Suncoast 81 will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for building engineers and technicians to address specific requirements for asbestos; indoor air quality abatement; demolition; proper design, cleaning and maintenance protocols; hot water point source distribution; and Legionnella exposure from commercial cooling towers and healthcare-related water sources.
  • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of OSHA related presentations on safety and health issues, such as, ladder safety, electrical safety, machine guarding, renovation safety and respiratory protection.
OSHA and AFE Suncoast 81 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 AFE’s Web sites) to employers and employees in the industries.
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at conferences, local meetings, scheduled training, or other events, such as the World Workplace Conference, to promote or raise awareness of reducing and preventing exposure to the hazards of asbestos, indoor air quality abatement, demolition, and Legionnella.
  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety health professionals regarding AFE best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by OSHA’s and AFE and through OSHA-or AFE’s- developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
  • Promote and encourage AFE Suncoast 81 members' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance and the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), and/or the University of South Florida Consultation services and their programs, including the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP). In addition, AFE/Suncoast 81 will act as mentors to AFE/Suncoast 81 member worksites or facilities that aspire to excellence in safety and health. Additionally, AFE Suncoast Chapter 81 members will be encouraged to attend the OSHA Train-the-Trainer Course for the general and construction industries.
OSHA and AFE Suncoast 81 will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting dialogue on workplace safety and health:
  • Raise others' awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever AFE Suncoast 81 leaders address groups.
  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on demolition problems to help forge innovative solutions to hazards associated with demolition, asbestos abatement, indoor air quality and hazardous material cleanup activities and/or other safety and health issues in the workplace.
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 all parties 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 quarterly to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. Team members will include representatives of OSHA’s Tampa Area Office, and AFE Suncoast 81. Additional team members, such as AFE/Suncoast 81 member technical partners, may be brought in from the organization as needed.

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 concurrence of all signatories.

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


Bruce Sullivan
AFE Suncoast 81 Chapter


Anthony R. Febbraro
AFE National Vice-Chair Membership
Facility Environmental Partners (AFE technical partner) -President


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