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AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
AURORA, CHICAGO NORTH, and CALUMET CITY, ILLINOIS AREA OFFICES
AND
CHICAGO ROOFING CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION (CRCA)

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Aurora, North Chicago, Calumet City Area Offices and the Chicago Roofing Contractors Association (CRCA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces.  To that end, OSHA and CRCA hereby form an Alliance to provide CRCA 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 roofing, 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 CRCA 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.
  • To participate in forums, meetings, discussions on hazards related to the roofing industry in construction to help forge innovative solutions 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 roofing contractors regarding hazards in construction, and to communicate such information to employers, workers and other construction personnel.
  • 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 raise awareness of fall hazards commonly and repeatedly encountered in the roofing industry such as guarding of skylights and hoist areas.

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 and CRCA's Web sites to employers and workers in the roofing industry.
  • To provide a forum for OSHA personnel to appear and speak at events sponsored by the CRCA, specifically the annual CRCA trade show.

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, including non-management employees, will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants.  Non-management employee involvement will take place at the planning and implementation phases of all events and activities, including any project groups, the annual trade show, and Alliance meetings.  The implementation team will meet at least four times per year to track and shareinformation 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 as appropriate.

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 24th day of January, 2014.

____________________________

Angie Loftus, Area Director

Chicago North Area Office

Occupational Safety & Health Administration

 

____________________________

Kathy Webb, Area Director

Aurora Area Office

Occupational Safety & Health Administration

 

____________________________

Gary Anderson, Area Director

Calumet City Area Office

Occupational Safety & Health Administration

 

____________________________

Tony Roque, President

Chicago Roofing Contractors Association

 

____________________________

Mike Adler, Co-Chairman,

CRCA Health and Safety Committee,

Chicago Roofing Contractors Association

 

____________________________

Mark Duffy, Co-Chairman,

CRCA Health and Safety Committee

Chicago Roofing Contractors Association

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