AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
ATLANTA REGIONAL OFFICE,
GEORGIA TECH RESEARCH INSTITUTE'S OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH DIVISION,
BRASFIELD & GORRIE, LLC,
GEORGIA LOCAL SECTION - AMERICAN INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE ASSOCIATION
GEORGIA CHAPTER - AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SAFETY ENGINEERS
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), represented by the Atlanta Regional Office, the Georgia Tech Research Institute's Occupational Safety and Health Division (Georgia Tech) and Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC, (Brasfield & Gorrie), the Georgia Local Section - American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), Georgia Chapter - American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) (henceforth referred to as the Exposure Modeling Alliance) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and the Exposure Modeling Alliance hereby form an Alliance to provide employees in the construction industry and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to the hazard of silica. The Exposure Modeling Alliance group will also work to address sampling issues, as well as to increasing the understanding of worker's rights and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). In developing this Alliance, OSHA and the Exposure Modeling Alliance recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following goal related to raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives:
- To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on silica 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 training and education goals:
- To develop effective training and education programs for the construction industry regarding silica and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
- To deliver or arrange for the delivery of a course focused on effective sampling and monitoring for silica.
Outreach and Communication
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- 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 Exposure Modeling Alliance Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or Exposure Modeling Alliance conferences, local meetings, or other outreach events.
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 rulemaking and enforcement initiatives, training and education, and outreach and communication. These Alliances have proven 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 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 Atlanta Regional 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. Any signatory may terminate it for any reason at any time, provided such signatory give 30-day written notice. This agreement may be modified at any time with the written concurrence of all signatories.
Signed this 15th day of April, 2014.
Acting Regional Administrator
Occupational Safety and
Daniel Ortiz, CSP
Division Chief/ Program Manager
Georgia Tech Research
Safety and Health Division
Regional Safety Director
Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC
Past - President
American Society of Safety Engineers
John R. Moore
Georgia Local Section -
American Industrial Hygiene Association