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AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
AURORA, CHICAGO NORTH, CALUMET CITY, ILLINOIS AREA OFFICES
AND
POLISH AMERICAN CONTRACTORS BUILDERS ASSOCIATION


The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Aurora, Chicago North, Calumet City Area Offices and the Polish American Contractors Builders Association (PACBA) recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and PACBA hereby renew the Alliance signed on April 19, 2013 to continue providing PACBA contractors, workers and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them in reducing and preventing exposure to safety and health hazards in construction, and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). In developing this Alliance, OSHA and PACBA 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 goals 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.

Training and Education

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • To develop effective training and education programs for employers and workers regarding hazards in construction, and to communicate such information in Polish to Polish speaking employers and workers.
  • To develop effective training and education programs in Polish for members of PACBA 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 at least four training sessions a year on common hazards in construction. Participants will ensure that employees have an opportunity to participate in the planning of the training sessions.

Outreach and Communication

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

  • To develop information in Polish on the recognition and prevention of construction hazards and to develop ways of communicating such information through print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's Web sites to employers and workers in the construction industry.
  • To provide a forum for OSHA personnel to appear and speak at events sponsored by PACBA.
  • To develop safety checklists in Polish specific to hazards in construction that can be utilized by employers and workers to perform site audits. Participants will ensure that employees are provided an opportunity to participate in evaluating and implementing the Polish safety checklists.

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 Aurora, Chicago North and Calumet City Area Offices 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 all signatories.

Signed this 25th day of June, 2014.

 


Angeline Loftus, Area Director
Chicago North Area Office
Occupational Safety and Health Administration

 


Piotr Wyszkowski, President
Polish American Contractors Builders Association


Jacob Scott, Area Director
Aurora Area Office
Occupational Safety and Health Administration

 


Mark Grzymala, Board Member
Polish American Contractors Builders Association


Kathy Webb, Area Director
Calumet City Area Office
Occupational Safety and Health Administration

 


Adam J. Grabowski, Vice President/Director of Education
Polish American Contractors Builders Association

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