Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Region V

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Calumet City Area Office and the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 399 (Local 399) continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces.  To that end, OSHA and Local 399 hereby renew the Alliance signed October 16, 2009, with a continued emphasis on reducing and preventing exposure to the hazards associated with confined spaces, exposure to asbestos and arc blast/arc flash.  Specifically, OSHA and Local 399 are committed to providing Local 399 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). 
In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and Local 399 recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 399 will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at Local 399 apprenticeship training or other training sessions.
  • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of an OSHA presentation on the recognition and hazards associated with asbestos exposure during maintenance activities.
  • Share information between OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding best practices for repair and maintenance on commercial heating and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment.

OSHA and Local 399 will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:

  • Raise awareness of and demonstrate commitment to workplace safety and health whenever OSHA leaders address groups.
  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on issues regarding the hazards associated with maintenance activities in older buildings in the Chicago area.  
  • 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.

OSHA agrees to obtain written consent from the Local 399 prior to obtaining or using any materials developed by Local 399.

An implementation team made up of representatives of these organizations will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants.  The team will meet at least three times per year to track and shareinformation 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.

Signed this 10th day of February,  2012

Gary Anderson
Area Director
OSHA - Calumet City Area Office


Brian E. Hickey
President & Business Manager
International Union of Operating
Engineers – Local 399


Thomas Howard
Financial Secretary
International Union of Operating
Engineers – Local 399


James Coates
Training Fund Administrator
International Union of Operating
Engineers – Local 399