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The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Aurora, North Chicago, Calumet City, Peoria Area Offices and the Builders Association recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and Builders Association hereby form an Alliance to provide Builders Association members 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 safety and health hazards in construction, and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). In developing this Alliance, OSHA and Builders Association 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 goals related to raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives:

  • To share information on OSHA's National/Regional/Local Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process.
  • To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.

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 contractors regarding hazards in construction, and to communicate such information to employers and workers.
  • To develop effective training and education programs and to promote understanding of workers' rights, including the use of the OSHA complaint process, and the responsibilities of employers and to communicate such information to workers and employers.
  • To deliver at least 4 training sessions a year on common hazards in construction.

Outreach and Communication

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goal:

  • To develop information on the recognition and prevention of construction hazards and to develop ways of communicating such information through print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's Web sites to employers and workers in the construction industry.
  • To implement at least one site-specific partnership between a Builders Association company member and OSHA.
  • To provide a forum for OSHA personnel to appear and speak at events sponsored by the Builders Association.

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 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 Aurora, Chicago North and Calumet City Area Offices 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. 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 all signatories.

Signed this 16th day of January, 2013.



Diane Turek, Area Director
Chicago North Area Office
Occupational Safety & Health Administration




Al Leitschuh, President
Builders Association




Kathy Webb, Area Director
Aurora Area Office
Occupational Safety & Health Administration




Dan Ruane, Chair
Builders Association
Safety & Health Committee




Gary Anderson, Area Director
Calumet City Area Office
Occupational Safety & Health Administration




Thomas Bielema, Area Director
Peoria Area Office
Occupational Safety & Health Administration



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