The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Lubbock District Office and West Texas Home Builders Association recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and The West Texas Home Builders Association hereby form an Alliance to provide West Texas Home Builders Association 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 the four focused hazards found in the home building construction industry addressing non-English and limited English speaking employees and other challenging 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 West Texas Home Builders Association 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 residential construction hazards 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 opportunities and guidance to help prevent exposure to residential construction hazards.
Training and Education
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goals.
- To develop effective training and education programs regarding fall hazards, struck by hazards, electrical and caught by hazards as well as other hazards unique to this industry, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
- To develop effective training and education programs for non-English and limited English speaking employees as well as our English speaking workforce 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 fall protection, tool safety and other pertinent courses.
Outreach and Communication
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- 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 OSHA's and the West Texas Home Builders Association web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or West Texas Home Builders Association local meetings and seminars.
- To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding West Texas Home Builders Association good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.
- To work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects regarding the residential construction industry, that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
- To develop and disseminate case studies on hazards inherent to the residential construction industry 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 Lubbock District 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. 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 written concurrence of all signatories.
Signed this 10th day of May, 2012.
Occupational Safety and
West Texas Home Builders Association