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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Greater Toledo Damage Prevention Council (GTDPC) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and GTDPC hereby form an Alliance to provide GTDPC members and others in the excavation industry with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing deaths and serious injuries from cave-in, electrocution, fire, road work-zones, and other hazards related to excavation work. This Alliance will also have a special focus on review of current standards for excavation near underground utilities and how these standards align with current Common Ground Alliance Best Practices.

OSHA and GTDPC will work together to achieve the following training and education goal:

  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for employees involved in work zone safety, trenching and excavation, with an emphasis on safe practices for excavation near underground utilities, and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.

OSHA and GTDPC will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of underground utility damage, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information to employers and employees in the excavation industry.
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's and GTDPC's conferences or local meetings.
  • Provide representative(s) to participate on OSHA's Annual Emergency Preparedness and Response Conference Planning Committee to help incorporate excavation worker safety and health into the agenda.
  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding excavation best practices and publicize results through OSHA- and/or GTDPC - developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other appropriate forum or medium).
  • Promote and encourage the excavation industry's participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, Consultation, and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
  • Encourage the excavation industry to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Ohio Area Offices to address health and safety issues.

OSHA and GTDPC will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:

  • Raise industry awareness of and demonstrate GTDPC's and OSHA's commitment to workplace safety and health whenever GTDPC's and OSHA's leaders address groups.
  • Provide a venue for expert interpretations through the GTDPC meetings of new or revised standards regarding excavation or excavation relevant topics.
  • Convene or participate in forums, round-table discussions, or industry meetings on excavation safety issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input and guidance on employee safety and health issues.

OSHA's Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as training and education, outreach and communication and promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health. 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 any of that party's products or services; nor does the Agency enter into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular party's products or services.

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, they will meet at least twice per year 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.


Jule Hovi
Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Toledo, Ohio




Rick Bishop
The Greater Toledo Underground
Damage Prevention Council
Toledo, Ohio




Jennifer Reams
Vice Chairman
The Greater Toledo Underground
Damage Prevention Council
Toledo, Ohio



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