AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
THE DALLAS AND FORT WORTH AREA OFFICES OF
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
DRYWALL ACCOUSTICS CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION – DALLAS / FORT WORTH
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Dallas and Fort Worth Area Offices and Drywall Acoustics Contractors Association, Dallas Fort Worth (DACA DFW), recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and the DACA DFW hereby form an Alliance to provide members of DACA DFW and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of construction workers, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to construction's "Focus-Four" safety hazards in the construction industry, understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).
This agreement provides a framework and objectives for the Alliance's activities. Alliance participants will summarize specific activities and timeframes for completion in a written work plan.
Through the Alliance, the organizations will use relevant injury, illness and hazard exposure data, when appropriate, to help identify areas of emphasis for Alliance awareness, outreach, and communication activities. The Alliance will also explore and implement selected options to evaluate the effectiveness of the Alliance and measure the impact of its overall effort on improving workplace safety for employers and workers. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and DACA DFW recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort, and that information about the products and activities of the Alliance may be shared with these partners for the advancement of common goals.
Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following objectives related to raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives:
- To share information on OSHA's National/Regional/Local Emphasis Programs, Regulations being developed, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process.
- 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 on the safety hazards in the construction industry and help forge innovative solutions at construction sites or to provide input on safety and health issues.
- To encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by collaborating and sharing information via internet webpages, webinars, teleconferences, and resource links.
Training and Education
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education objectives:
- To develop effective training and education programs for construction workers regarding falls, struck-by, caught-between and electrical hazards, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
- To develop effective training and education programs for construction contractors and 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 construction safety training courses.
Outreach and Communication
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication objectives:
- 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 DACA DFW Web sites) to employers and workers in the construction industry.
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or DACA DFW conferences, local meetings, or other Safety-related events.
- To share information among OSHA personnel and construction industry safety and health professionals regarding DACA DFW Member good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.
- To work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on construction-focused written Safety and Health Programs that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
- To develop and disseminate case studies on construction injury and illness rates and publicize their results.
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 work plan, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet at least two 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 Dallas Area Office, DACA DFW 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 16th day of November, 2017
- Basil Singh
- Area Director, Dallas Area Office
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration
- Jack Rector
- Area Director, Fort Worth Area Office
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration
- Johnny Barnes
- DACA DFW
- Eddie McCormick
- Executive Director
- DACA DFW