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

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Houston South Area Office and The Houston Business Roundtable (HBR) continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and HBR hereby renew “in part” the Alliance signed February 12, 2009 and renewed March 08, 2012, with a continued emphasis on mobile crane safety. Specifically, both organization(s) are committed to providing HBR members 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 Mobile Crane safety in the petrochemical, construction, and refining industries. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and HBR 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, Regulatory Agenda, 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 Mobile Crane and Rigging Safety hazards in order 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 educating employees on their workplace rights and participating in the annual TCC EHS Seminar.

        Training and Education

        The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

        • Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing and delivering training and education programs designed to educate its members on the hazards related to mobile cranes in the chemical and refining industry.
          • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of courses designed to prevent injuries and illnesses related to the chemical and refining industry including the value of comprehensive safety and health programs.

          Outreach and Communication

          The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

          • To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding Industry Best Practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.
            • To Speak, exhibit, or appear at HBRs conferences, forums, local meetings, or other local safety and health conferences and seminars.
            • To develop and disseminate case studies on effective training and employee involvement 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 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 South OSHA 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 all signatories.

            Signed this 08 day of March, 2012:


            Mark R. Briggs, CSP                            
            Area Director, Houston South Area Office
            Occupational Safety and Health Administration


            David Doucet, MS                                 
            Area Director, Houston North Area Office
            Occupational Safety and Health Administration





            Wayne Oswald                             
            Executive Director
            Houston Business Roundtable


            John Graham
            2012 Chairman, Operating Committee
            Houston Business Roundtable


            John Buchanan                           
            2012 Chairman, Safety and Health Resource Committee
            Houston Business Roundtable


            Walter Brumley
            2012 Chairman, Crane and Rigging
            Houston Business Roundtable