ARRANGEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
FORT WORTH AREA OFFICE
DALLAS AREA OFFICE
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MINORITY CONTRACTORS DALLAS-FORT WORTH CHAPTER
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Fort Worth Area Office, Dallas Area Office, and the National Association of Minority Contractors Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter, Texas, recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and National Association of Minority Contractors Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter, Texas, herein after referred to as "Participant," hereby form an Alliance to provide the participant's members 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 worker falls and struck-by hazards, and 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 the Participant 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, 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 occupational safety and health topics 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 providing training and outreach opportunities with minority owned businesses.
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 Minority Contractors in the Fort Worth Region regarding hazards in construction and general industry, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
- To develop effective training and education programs for Minority Contractor in the Fort Worth Region 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 workplace safety and health awareness 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 links to OSHA's Web site from the Chapters Web site) to employers and workers in the industry.
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at the participants' conferences, local meetings, or other events.
- To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding the participants' good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars and lectures developed by the participants and to publicize results through OSHA's Quick Takes and associated media resources.
Promotion of a National Dialogue
The participants intend to work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- To raise awareness of and demonstrate commitment to workplace safety and health and workers' rights under the OSH Act whenever leaders from the participants address groups.
- To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on workplace safety and health, to help forge innovative solutions on issues concerning workplace safety and health and understanding of workers' rights and responsibilities of employers under the OSH Act.
- To share information on applicable U.S. laws and standards, including those relating to workers' rights and responsibilities of employers under the OSH Act.
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 Fort Worth Area Office and Dallas 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 at Fort Worth, Texas, this 12th day of March 2018.
- Timothy Minor
- Area Director
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration
- Demetria Bivens
- Executiva Director
- The National Association of Minority
- Contractors Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter
- Basil Singh
- Area Director
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration