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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the City of Houston Mayor's Office of Affirmative Action and Contract Compliance (MOAACC) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and MOAACC hereby form an Alliance to provide MOAACC members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to construction hazards through comprehensive safety and health programs addressing construction hazards such as falls, electrical, struck-by, and caught-between, i.e. Focused Four hazard areas. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and MOAACC recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and MOAACC will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for Construction Company's regarding safety and health programs to control focused four hazards, and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.

  • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of safety and health program management courses.

  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop workplace safety and health curricula on construction hazards.

OSHA and MOAACC will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's and the MOAACC Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or MOAACC conferences, local meetings, or other events.

  • Promote and encourage MOAACC members' or worksites' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

OSHA and MOAACC will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:

  • 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 small business issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

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. Team members will include representatives of OSHA's Houston North Area Office. 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 will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA 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 concurrence of both signatories.




Joe Reina
Deputy Regional Administrator
Region VI
Occupational Safety and
Health Administration



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Velma Laws
Director
City of Houston
Affirmative Action and Contract Compliance



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