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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and United Building Centers (UBC) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and UBC hereby form an Alliance to provide UBC employees and affiliated contractors with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety. This Alliance will address safety and health related hazards in UBC's retail, manufacturing, and construction entities; including but not limited to, material handling issues resulting in musculoskeletal disorders; Hispanic training; and falls, trips, and slips. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and UBC recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and UBC will work together to achieve the following training and educational goals:

  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and educational programs for UBC employees and affiliated contractors regarding safety and health related hazards; including but not limited to, material handling issues resulting in musculoskeletal disorders; Hispanic training; and falls, trips, and slips; and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.

  • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of educational sessions to increase hazard recognition and safety awareness for UBC employees and affiliated contractors in the building trade, which include the retail, manufacturing, and construction sectors.

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

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or UBC conferences, local meetings, or other lumber and related building material trade events.

  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information through print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's and UBC's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.

  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding UBC's best practices or effective approaches and publicize the results through outreach by UBC and through OSHA- or UBC developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).

  • Promote and encourage UBC members' or worksites' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs, such as, compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, State Consultation, and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

  • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on reducing material handling hazards resulting in musculoskeletal disorders; improving Hispanic training; and reducing falls, trips, and slips hazards that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

  • Encourage the lumber and building material industry and worksites to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues; including, material handling hazards resulting in musculoskeletal disorders; Hispanic training; and falls, trips, and slips hazards.

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

  • Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health and publicize their results.

  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on material handling, Hispanic training, falls, trips and slips and other related issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

OSHA's Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as, training and education, outreach and communication, and promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health. These Alliances have proven 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 products or services.

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, 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 and UBC will encourage the participation of State Plan States and OSHA Consultation Projects.

This agreement will remain in effect for three 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.




Michael G. Connors
Regional Administrator
Occupational Safety and Health Administration



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Dale Kukowski
President of Operations
United Building Centers



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Wes Hohl
Project Manager
Ohio On-site Consultation Program



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Patricia Todd
Assistant Commissioner
Minnesota Department of Labor



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Terry Moen
Program Manager
WI OSHA Health Consultation Program
University of Wisconsin State Laboratory



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Douglas Kalinowski
Director Michigan Occupational
Safety and Health Administration



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David Kramer
Project Manager
Illinois On-site Consultation



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