The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Houston North and Houston South Area Office's and Associated General Contractors Houston Chapter (AGC) continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and AGC hereby renew in part training for employees in both English and Spanish on the four major construction hazards on a periodic basis. The Alliance signed August 2, 2002 and renewed April 24, 2008, with a continued emphasis on Spanish safety awareness training over the last 8 years has resulted in training nearly one thousand Spanish speaking employees with safety awareness training. Specifically, OSHA and AGC are committed to providing construction employees in the Greater Houston area and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). Through the Alliance, the organizations will continue to address the four major construction hazards. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and AGC 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.
- To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers through a focus on the four major construction hazards.
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 English and Spanish speaking employees regarding the four common types of construction hazards, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
- To deliver or arrange for the delivery of a course on the four common construction hazards.
Outreach and Communication
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- To develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's and the AGC Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
- To work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on construction hazards that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
- To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding The David L. Carrasco Job Corps Center, good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.
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 Houston North and Houston South 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. 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 written concurrence of all signatories.
Signed this 15th day of May, 2013.
Area Director, Houston North Area Office
Occupational Safety and
Associated General Contractors
Area Director, Houston South Area Office
Occupational Safety and Health Administration