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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Houston North Area Office and the City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Business Opportunity (OBO) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and the OBO hereby form an Alliance to provide OBO subcontractors and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to the Focused Four hazards, addressing construction safety issues related small businesses, and understanding the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). In developing this Alliance, OSHA and OBO 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:
Training and Education
- 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.
- To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings as requested to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
- To encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by including methods of involving employees and dissemination of worker participation information during training presentations.
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
Outreach and Communication
- To develop effective training and education programs for small minority and women owned businesses regarding safety on construction projects, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
- To develop effective training and education programs for small minority and women owned businesses 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 or arrange for the delivery of a construction safety course.
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
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.
- 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 OBO Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or OBO conferences, local meetings, or events such as the Government Procurement Expo’s Construction Zone.
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 Area Office 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 both signatories.
Signed this 9th day of March, 2011.
Area Director Houston North Area Office
Occupational Safety and
Mayor’s Office of Business Opportunity