The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Southwest Independent School District, Construction Career Academy (SWISD-CCA) and the Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc. - South Texas Chapter (ABC) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful workplaces for youth in construction. OSHA, SWISD and ABC hereby form an Alliance to provide youth with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them to be knowledgeable about safety and health hazards in the construction industry, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to the falls, caught in, struck by and electrical hazards. In developing this Alliance, OSHA, SWISD and ABC recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA, SWISD, and ABC will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
- Develop training and education programs on construction industry hazards including falls, electrical, struck by and caught in/between.
- Increase access to safety and health training resources and related material for youth workers in the construction industry, such as the OSHA 10 hour Construction Course.
OSHA, SWISD and ABC will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at events such as the ABC Local Chapter meetings, SWISD-CCA council meetings and Construction Career Academy Safety Days.
Disseminate information through print and electronic media, including electronic assistance tools and links from OSHA's and ABC's websites.
- Promote and encourage ABC's members' or worksites' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, OSHA Challenge, and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
- Encourage SWISD and ABC to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues, including teen worker safety.
OSHA, SWISD and ABC will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- Raise others' awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever SWISD and ABC leaders address groups.
- Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health and publicize their results.
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 the three 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 Austin Area Office. In addition, they will meet each school semester to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance.
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 concurrence of all signatories.
Velma Villegas, Ph.D. Date
Superintendent of School
Construction Career Academy
Steven J. Schultz
Associated Builders &
South Texas Chapter
Eric S. Harbin
Austin Area Office