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


The Ohio Area Offices of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), The State of Ohio OSHA Onsite Consultation Program, The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 18 Apprenticeship & Training Program, and The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 18 recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces.

These organizations hereby form an Alliance to provide the apprentices and journeymen participating in The Local 18 Apprenticeship & Training Program and all members of Local 18, with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employee health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to the safety hazards associated with cranes, earth moving and other construction equipment, trenching/excavation hazards, and health hazards, such as noise and heat stress. In developing this Alliance, OSHA, The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 18 Apprenticeship & Training Program, and The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 18, recognize that OSHAs Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA, OSHA Onsite Consultation, The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 18 Apprenticeship & Training Program, and The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 18 will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • OSHA will speak, exhibit, or appear at Local 18 apprenticeship training or other training sessions, such as OSHA 10/30-hour courses, or Coordinator Discretion Days;
  • All parties will share information regarding best practices for on-site crane and heavy equipment management;
  • All parties will share information regarding best practices for controlling/reducing employee exposure to noise, heat stress and other health hazards associated with operating heavy equipment;
  • All parties will share information regarding accident and near-miss case studies involving crane and other heavy equipment use at jobsites.

OSHA, OSHA Onsite Consultation, The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 18 Apprenticeship & Training Program, and The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 18 will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:

  • Raise awareness of and demonstrate commitment to workplace safety and health whenever OSHA personnel address groups;
  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on issues regarding the use of heavy construction equipment to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

OSHAs 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 partys products or services; nor does the Agency enter into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular partys products or services.

OSHA agrees to obtain written consent from The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 18 Apprenticeship & Training Program and The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 18 prior to obtaining or using any materials developed by the Program or Union.

The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 18 Apprenticeship & Training Program and The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 18 agree to share access to OSHA publication and information to their members, such as links to OSHAs website to access updated programs and initiatives.

An implementation team made up of representatives of these organizations will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. Representatives will meet at least three times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance.

This agreement will remain in effect for two years from the date of the agreement. Any 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 all signatories.

The parties to this agreement are, and remain independent entities and one shall not be construed as being an agent or employee of the other.

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Kimberly Nelson                                             Date
Area Director
OSHA - Toledo Area Office
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Deborah Zubaty                                             Date
Area Director
OSHA Columbus Area Office
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Howard Eberts                                               Date
Area Director
OSHA Cleveland Area Office
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Bill Wilkerson                                                 Date
Area Director
OSHA - Cincinnati Area Office
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Donald Black                                                  Date
Administrative Manager
Ohio Operating Engineers
Apprenticeship & Training
Fund
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Patrick L. Sink                                                Date
Business Manager
International Union of Operating
Engineers Local 18
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Abe Al-Tarawneh                                           Date
Superintendent
Ohio Division of Safety and Hygiene