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AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
OMAHA AREA OFFICE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
AND
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF OMAHA


The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Omaha Area Office and Habitat for Humanity of Omaha (Habitat Omaha) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and Habitat Omaha hereby form an Alliance to provide Habitat Omaha employees, volunteers, subcontractors, family members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of persons working on Habitat Omaha projects, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to OSHA's Focus Four Construction Hazards, including hazards such as falls, electrocutions, caught-in and struck-by and through promoting an understand of worker rights and employer responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). In developing this Alliance, OSHA and Habitat for Humanity of Omaha 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 encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by:
    • Involving employees in the presentation of weekly safety meetings,
    • "Tail-gate" safety meetings at each job site by site leaders,
    • Requiring 10-hour OSHA construction safety certification for all construction leaders.

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 Habitat Omaha employees, volunteers, subcontractors, and family members regarding OSHA's Focus Four Construction Hazards.
  • To develop effective training and education programs for Habitat Omaha 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 OSHA 10-Hour Construction Outreach courses as well as other hazard recognition courses pertaining to residential construction.

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 Habitat Omaha's Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
  • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or Habitat Omaha's conferences, local meetings, or other appropriate events.
  • To work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on the 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 Omaha 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 signatories.

Signed this 30 day of March, 2011.

 


  • Bonita Winingham,
  • Area Director
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration

 


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