The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Dallas Area Office and United Masonry Contractors Association (UMCA) - Dallas recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and UMCA - Dallas hereby form an Alliance to provide UMCA - Dallas 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 fall hazards and addressing scaffolding issues, and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). In developing this Alliance, OSHA and UMCA - Dallas 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
- Provide expertise to develop workplace safety and health curricula based on best practices.
OSHA and UMCA - Dallas will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- 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 UMCA's Web sites) to employers and employees in the masonry industry;
- 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 construction site employee safety 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 giving them the opportunity to train masonry crews on the focus-four hazards at construction sites.
Training and Education
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
- To develop effective training and education programs for masons 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 10-hour construction safety and scaffolding safety courses.
Outreach and Communication
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or UMCA - Dallas conferences, local meetings, or other training events.
- To work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on scaffolding and focus-four construction hazards that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
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 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 this 9th day of September, 2012.
Occupational Safety and Health
United Masonry Contractors
Association - Dallas