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AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
Calumet City Area Office
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
AND
International Union of Operating Engineers
Local 399


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 and renewed February 10, 2012, 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, both organization(s) 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). Through the Alliance, the organizations will continue to address the hazards associated with confined spaces, exposure to asbestos, hazard communication, and arc blast/arc flash. 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.

Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following goal(s) 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 convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on the hazards associated with asbestos exposure to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
  • To encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by speaking at Local 399 OSHA 10 hour courses.

Training and Education

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goal(s):

  • To develop effective training and education programs for Local 399 members 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 or arrange for the delivery of the All About OSHA portion for OSHA 10 hour courses.

Outreach and Communication

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

  • To speak, exhibit, or appear at Local 399 apprenticeship training or other events.
  • 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'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 Calumet City Area 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 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 both signatories.

Signed this 3rd day of March, 2014.

 


Kathy A. Webb
Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health Administration

 


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


Patrick J. Kelly
Financial Secretary
International Union of Operating Engineers – Local 399

 


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

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