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


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Lake County Contractors Association (LCCA) recognize the value of continuing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful workplaces within the County of Lake, State of Illinois. OSHA and LCCA, therefore, agree to renew the Alliance, signed April 16, 2008, to use their collective expertise to help advance a culture of accident prevention while sharing information, guidance, best practices, access to training resources and technical knowledge that will help protect employees’ safety and health. In particular, the Alliance focuses on, but not limited to, efforts to reach members of the LCCA through outreach on safety and health issues. The outreach activity will complement OSHA’s goals, as outlined in its Strategic Management Plan (SMP), of reducing occupational hazards through compliance assistance, outreach and education. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and the LCCA will continue to provide education, training and other technical resources to reduce and prevent exposures to the most commonly identified safety and health hazards in construction and general industry. In addition, both parties recognize that OSHA’s State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

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

  • Develop and disseminate LCCA information through print and electronic media, including electronic tools and links from OSHA’s and the LCCA’s web sites, along with applicable articles in their print media.
  • Provide a forum for OSHA personnel to speak, exhibit or appear at conferences sponsored by the LCCA.
  • Promote and encourage members associated with the LCCA to participate in OSHA’s compliance assistance, education and outreach programs.

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

  • Develop and present a seminar for the LCCA members to be delivered in conjunction with OSHA.
  • Organize and provide the necessary resources for the presentations of OSHA’s construction course for the organization’s members when OSHA and the organization identify the need.
  • Promote and encourage members of the LCCA to individually participate in OSHA’s cooperative program of compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection programs, Consultation and SHARP. In addition, OSHA will recognize members that aspire to excellence in health and safety for their worksites.
  • The LCCA will consult with OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals in the effective construction safety management practices as jointly determined by OSHA and the LCCA.
  • Use the LCCA’s newsletters, websites, workshops, meetings and other resources as vehicles to disseminate OSHA or LCCA developed information and guidance on the workplace safety issues.
  • Encourage the LCCA’s members to act as industry liaisons and resources for OSHA’s cooperative programs and compliance assistance specialist.
  • Raise awareness through speeches and appearances by the LCCA’s leaders of safe worksite programs and their commitment to workplace safety and health.

OSHA’s Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as training, education, outreach and communication to promote a 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 product or service.

Representatives of both LCCA and OSHA will continue to meet at least quarterly to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of this Alliance.

This agreement will remain in effect for 2 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 concurrence of both signatories. Signed April 16, 2010.




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


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Richard E. Grabowski, President
Lake County Contractors Association




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Fred Rodheim, Chairman
LCCA Safety Committee



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Tim Penno, Executive Vice President
Lake County Contractors Association