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

The Columbus Area Office Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Messer Construction Co. recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful workplaces. OSHA and Messer Construction Co. hereby form an Alliance to provide Messer Construction Co.’s workers and their subcontractors with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees’ health and safety, particularly on the reducing and preventing exposure to falls, electrical, silica, lead and asbestos hazards. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and Messer recognize that OSHA’s Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and Messer Construction Co. will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
  • Provide expertise to OSHA to develop safety and health curricula on fall protection, silica, lead and asbestos. In addition, Messer Construction Co. will conduct two (2) hours of site-specific safety and health training to Messer employees and others in the construction industry and OSHA representatives.

OSHA and Messer Construction Co. will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
  • Develop and disseminate information through print and electronic media, including links from OSHA’s and Messer’s Web site.

  • Attend Messer’s monthly Safety meeting with their subcontractors which will provide a forum for OSHA personnel to address their subcontractors.

  • Share information on best practices, as jointly determined by OSHA and Messer, and others in the industry. Publicize the results through outreach by Messer Construction Co. such as company developed training programs and materials, and through OSHA outreach efforts

OSHA and Messer Construction Co. will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
  • Work with the Columbus OSHA office on safety and health problem solving.

  • Encourage the implementation of a fall protection program where participants require the use of conventional fall protection (i.e. personal fall arrest systems, safety net systems or guardrail systems) when their employees or subcontractor employees are performing work that is in excess of six feet above a lower level.

  • Raise others’ awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever Messer Construction Co. leaders address groups.

  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on best practices in the industry to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace, or to provide input on safety and health issues.

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, Messer Construction Co. and OSHA will meet at least monthly to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance.

OSHA will encourage OSHA Consultation Projects’ participation on the team.

This agreement will remain in effect for eighteen months from the date of signing. 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.



Deborah Zubaty
Area Director, Columbus
Occupational Safety and
Health Administration




Alison H. Muth
Director of Safety
Messer Construction Co.




Robert E. Verst, Jr.
Operations Vice President
Messer Construction Co.




Allan J. Dinsmore
Project Executive
Messer Construction Co.




Jim C. Yorko
Safety Coordinator
Messer Construction Co.