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AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
THE KANSAS CITY REGIONAL OFFICE, AND
THE KANSAS CITY, ST. LOUIS AND WICHITA AREA OFFICES
AND
ASSOCIATED BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS, INC.,
HEART OF AMERICA CHAPTER
(ABC-HOA)


The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Kansas City Regional, and Kansas City, St. Louis and Wichita Area Offices and the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.-Heart of America Chapter (ABC-HOA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and ABC-HOA hereby form an Alliance to provide ABC-HOA 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 occupational hazards (including but not limited to struck-by, fall, caught-in-between and electrical hazards), 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 ABC-HOA 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 about OSHA's National/Regional/Local Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process.
  • To share information about 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 worker 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 providing all member contractors with the most up-to-date OSHA regulations and changes.

 

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 member contractors to reduce and prevent exposures to struck-by, falls, caught-in-between and electrical hazards; and, to develop training on the selection of proper personal protective equipment.
  • To develop effective training and education programs for member contractors to promote understanding of workers' rights, including the use of the OSHA complaint process, the Whistleblower Protection Program and the responsibilities of employers, and to communicate such information to workers and employers.
  • To deliver or arrange for the delivery of current safety training courses in the areas of fall protection, trenching and electrical hazards, and for the participation in the OSHA 10-Hour.

 

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 ABC-HOA Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
  • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or ABC-HOA conferences, local meetings, or other special events.
  • To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding ABC-HOA member contractor practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.
  • To develop and disseminate case studies (such as the dissemination of Region VII's Fatal Facts) on specific areas such as fall protection, electrical hazards, and OSHA changes in regulations.

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 Kansas City Regional Office, Kansas City, St. Louis, and Wichita OSHA 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 from the date of the Alliance. Either party 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 parties.

Signed this 15th day of January, 2015

 

FOR THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI REGIONAL OFFICE:

 


  • Marcia P. Drumm
  • Regional Administrator

 

FOR THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI AREA OFFICE:

 


  • Barbara Theriot
  • Area Director

 

FOR THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI AREA OFFICE:

 


  • William McDonald, CSP
  • Area Director

 

FOR THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
WICHITA, KANSAS AREA OFFICE:

 


  • Judy Freeman
  • Area Director

ASSOCIATED BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS, INC.,
HEART OF AMERICA CHAPTER

 


  • Michele Roberts-Bauer
  • ABC-HOA Chapter President

 

ASSOCIATED BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS, INC.,
HEART OF AMERICA CHAPTER

 


  • Paul Cohen
  • ABC-HOA Safety Council Chairman
  • Cretcher Heartland, LLC
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