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AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
OMAHA AREA OFFICE
AND
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BRIDGE, STRUCTURAL, ORNAMENTAL AND REINFORCING IRON WORKERS, LOCAL 21


The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Omaha Area Office and the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers, Local 21, continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers, Local 21 hereby renew in part the Alliance signed December 20, 2007 and renewed on January 25th, 2010 and May 11, 2102, with a continued emphasis on training. Specifically, OSHA is committed to providing International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers, Local 21 members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). Through the Alliance, the organizations will continue to work cooperatively to reduce fall hazards in construction and especially where steel erection activities are taking place. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers, Local 21 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 as related to steel erection activities as outlined in 29 CFR 1926 to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

Training and Education

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for Apprentice Iron Workers regarding fall hazards in the steel erection industry, and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop workplace safety and health curricula on 29 CFR 1926 Subpart R. This will be part of the Apprentice Iron Workers training program as part of their advancement to Journeyman.
  • Work with OSHA to discuss recent news in the steel erection industry; specifically, nationally reported near miss or actual incidents. These discussions are for the purpose of presenting lessons learned sessions to apprentice ironworkers as part of their training.

Outreach and Communication

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • Work with OSHA to 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 Local 21 Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.

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 both signatories.

Signed this 29th day of September, 2015.

 


Jeff Funk
Area Director, Omaha Area Office
Occupational Safety and
Health Administration

 


Robert D. Grothe
Business Manager
International Association of Bridge,
Structural, Ornamental, and
Reinforcing Iron Workers, Local 21

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