AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
JACKSONVILLE, FL AREA OFFICE
THE NORTHEAST FLORIDA SAFETY COUNCIL
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Jacksonville Area Office and the Northeast Florida Safety Council (NEFSC) continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and the NEFSC hereby renew the Alliance signed June 26, 2003 and renewed March 15, 2011, April 9, 2013 and August 13, 2015, with a continued emphasis on reducing and preventing exposure to the hazards associated with disasters and emergency preparedness. Specifically, both organizations are committed to providing the NEFSC 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, both organizations will continue to place additional emphasis on the development of effective safety and health tools (i.e., fall protection program focused on residential construction).
This renewal agreement provides a framework and objectives for the Alliance's activities. Alliance participants may summarize specific activities and timeframes for completion in a written work plan.
Through the Alliance, the organizations will use relevant injury, illness, and hazard exposure data when appropriate to help identify areas of emphasis for Alliance awareness, outreach, and communication activities. The Alliance will also explore and implement selected options to evaluate the effectiveness of the Alliance and measure the impact of its overall effort on improving workplace safety for employers and workers. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and NEFSC 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.
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 employers and employees engaged in residential construction, specifically focused on fall protection to decrease the high rate of accidents.
- To deliver or arrange for the delivery of heat illness prevention training course.
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 NEFSC's Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or the NEFSC's annual board meetings, local meetings, or other events such as an annual Worker's Memorial Day, to honor those workers injured on the job.
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 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 Jacksonville Area Office and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage State Plan States and OSHA On-site Consultation Projects to participate on the Team.
This agreement will remain in effect for five-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.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
C. Sue Holley
Northeast Florida Safety Council