AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
FORT LAUDERDALE AREA OFFICE
FLORIDA INSTITUTE OF SAFETY AND CONSTRUCTION
AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Florida Institute of Safety and Construction (FISC) at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces.
OSHA and FAU hereby form an Alliance to use their collective expertise to help foster a culture of prevention while sharing best practices and technical knowledge.
OSHA and FAU agree to establish an Alliance to promote safe and healthful working conditions for employees in the construction industry by:
- Providing employers with information and guidance that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to construction, industrial and aviation ground safety hazards.
- Increasing access to safety and health information and training resources.
OSHA and FAU will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
- Develop training and education programs for construction, general industry and aviation ground safety.
- Deliver or arrange for the delivery of OSHA's construction and general industry courses, as well as courses applicable to aviation ground safety.
- Develop workplace safety and health curricula related to the construction, general industry and aviation ground safety.
OSHA and FAU will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- Develop and disseminate information at conferences, events, or through print and electronic media, including links from OSHA's and FAU's Web sites.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at the Annual Construction Association of South Florida Safety Fair, local meetings, or other events such as the FAU commencement exercise.
- OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals will share industry safety and health-related best practices, as determined by OSHA and FAU, with the same.
OSHA and FAU will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- OSHA and FAU will work together to raise the safety awareness of employees and employers in the local area. Additionally FAU will continue to demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever FAU leaders address groups.
- Share information on best practices, as determined by OSHA and the Florida Institute of Safety and Construction at FAU with others in the construction industry through outreach and training programs and materials. Promote their implementation through print or electronic media, at conferences, or by other means of outreach.
- Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on construction industry related problems to help forge innovative solutions to construction safety awareness in the workplace.
An implementation team made up of representatives of both organizations will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, the team will meet at least quarterly 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. 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.
This agreement is subject to the laws of the State of Florida and the rules of the Board of Trustees of Florida Atlantic University in effect at the time of execution of this agreement. FAU and OSHA agree to comply with the laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, marital status and condition of handicap.
Gene Ouellette, Executive Director, FISC
Florida Atlantic University Representative
Luis Santiago, Ft. Lauderdale Area Director
B. Ray Holland, Dean
Continuing Education and Open University