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AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
ATLANTA-EAST, ATLANTA-WEST AND SAVANNAH, GA, AREA OFFICES
OF THE
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
AND
OSHA SUSTAINABLE WORKFORCE ALLIANCE1
(Formerly the Georgia Youth Alliance)


The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), represented by the Atlanta-East, Atlanta-West, and Savannah Area Offices and OSHA Sustainable Workforce Alliance continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and OSHA Sustainable Workforce Alliance hereby renew “in part” the Alliance signed June 19, 2006 and renewed December 21, 2011 and September 22, 2014, with a continued emphasis on youth workers. Specifically, OSHA Sustainable Workforce Alliance is committed to providing members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of youth workers and educators in career/technical education programs throughout Georgia. Through OSHA Sustainable Workforce Alliance members and others will continue to address the exposure of youth workers to prevalent hazards in the construction2 and general3 industries and provide them with an understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).

This renewal agreement provides a framework and objectives for the Alliance’s activities. Alliance participants will 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 OSHA Sustainable Workforce Alliance 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 objectives:

  • To develop effective training and education programs for career/technical education students and educators regarding safety and health hazards in the workplace, as well as worker rights and employer responsibilities regarding prevalent hazards in the construction and general industries, and to communicate such information to career-technical students, educators and administrators.
  • To deliver or arrange for the delivery of safety and health training course focusing on construction and general industry courses.
Outreach and Communication

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication 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 OSHA’s Sustainable Workforce Alliance Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
  • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or OSHA’s Sustainable Workforce Alliance conferences, local meetings, or other events, as well as the Associated General Contractors of Georgia - Adopt-a-School Program.
  • To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding the OSHA Sustainable Workforce Alliance good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.
  • To work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on the safety and health of youth workers that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

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 work plan, 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 Atlanta-East, Atlanta-West, and Savannah Area Offices, as well as 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 five-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 written concurrence of all signatories.

Signed this 5th day of November, 2015

 


William C. Fulcher
Atlanta-East Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health Administration

 


Dr. David M. Brani, Ph.D., P.E.
President, American Society of Safety Engineers
Georgia Chapter

 


Christi Griffin
Atlanta-West Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health Administration

 


Eileen O'Laughlin
Georgia WorkSmart Program Manager
Georgia Department of Economic Development

 


Robert Vazzi
Savannah Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health Administration

 


Scott Shelar
Executive Director
Construction Education
Foundation of Georgia

 


Kristen Butler
President
Georgia Local Section – American Industrial Hygiene Association

 


Daniel Ortiz
Division Chief/Program Manager
Georgia Tech Research Institute Occupational Safety and Health Division

 


Myrtle I. Turner, Ph.D., CET
Director,
Georgia Tech Research Institute OSHA Training Institute Education Center
Georgia Tech Research Institute Occupational Safety and Health Division

 


Jenny Houlroyd
The Southeast Center for Young Worker Safety and Health
Georgia Tech Research Institute
Occupational Safety and Health Division

 


Eric Williams
District Director
U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division
Atlanta District Office

 


Gwendolyn Jordan-Howard/Frank Little
Sr. Consultant/Dir. Of the Board
HDS Consulting

 


Daniel Maxson
Safety Director
New South Construction

 


Cherri Watson
Director
Safety, Education & Workforce Development
Associated General Contractors of Georgia

 


Tamara Johnson
Director
Georgia Concerned Beauty Professionals

 


Andrew "Drew" Gaskins, CHST, STS
Regional Safety Director
Gilbane Building Company

 


Mark Lee
Go Build Georgia Program Manager
Georgia Department of Economic Development

 


Phyllis Johnson
CTAE Program Specialist
Georgia Department of Education

 


Carol Burke
CTAE Program Specialist
Georgia Department of Education


1Georgia Local Section - American Industrial Hygiene Association (GLS-AIHA), the Georgia Chapter - American Society of Safety Engineers (GA-ASSE), the Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Occupational Safety and Health Division (Georgia Tech), the Southeast Center for Young Worker Safety and Health, Georgia Tech – OSHA Training Institute Education Center, the U.S. Department of Labor – Wage & Hour Division, Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC., HDS Consulting, Georgia Concerned Beauty Professionals, Associated General Contractors of Georgia, the Georgia Department of Education (GA DOE), the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA), the Georgia Department of Economic Development – Go Build, the Georgia Department of Economic Development – GA WorkSmart Program, New South Construction Company, and Gilbane Building Company

2Construction Industry Hazards - electrical, caught-in, struck by and falls

3General Industry Hazards - musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), bloodborne pathogens, falls, chemical exposure, machine guarding, electrical, material handling and others

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