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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Southwest Cabinet Makers Association recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and the Southwest Cabinet Makers Association (an association representing approximately 100 employees, 90% of which are Hispanic) hereby form an Alliance to provide Southwest Cabinet Makers Association employees and clients with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect their health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to construction hazards, such as falls from elevations, hazards associated with being struck by and/or caught in between objects, and electrocution hazards.
OSHA and the Southwest Cabinet Makers Association will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- Develop and disseminate information through print and electronic media, including electronic tools and links from OSHA's and Southwest Cabinet Makers Association’s web sites.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at Southwest Cabinet Makers Association conferences, local meetings, or other events.
- Promote and encourage Southwest Cabinet Makers Association members' or worksites to participate in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and Safety and Health Award Recognition Program. In addition, the Southwest Cabinet Makers Association will act as mentors to client worksites that aspire for excellence in safety and health.
- Share Information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding Southwest Cabinet Makers Association best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by the Southwest Cabinet Makers Association and through OSHA or Southwest Cabinet Makers Association developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
- Encourage Southwest Cabinet Makers Association worksites and client companies to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues, including falls, struck by, caught in and electrocution hazards.
- Assist with answering questions when Southwest Cabinet Makers Association is teaching safety related courses and assist with contacting OSHA Educational Centers and other safety and health organizations for conducting safety related courses to Southwest Cabinet Makers Association members.
OSHA and the Southwest Cabinet Makers Association, will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- Raise awareness of and demonstrate its own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever Southwest Cabinet Makers Association leaders address groups.
- 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 construction hazards to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace.
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 proved 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.
This agreement will remain in effect for one year. 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 parties.
Richard F. Tapio
Occupational Safety and
Lubbock Area Office/
El Paso District Office
Southwest Cabinet Makers Association