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

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers, Local 21 (referred to as Local 21) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and Local 21 hereby form an Alliance to provide Local 21 members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to fall hazards associated with the steel erection industry. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and Local 21 recognize that OSHA’s State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and Local 21 will 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.
OSHA and Local 21 will 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.

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or Local 21 conferences, local meetings, or other Local 21 events.

  • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on Steel Erection that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
OSHA and Local 21 will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
  • Raise others’ awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever Local 21 leaders address groups.

  • Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health and publicize their results.

  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on issues related to 29 CFR 1926, Subpart R to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
OSHA’s Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as training and education, outreach and communication and promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health. 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 any of that party’s products or services; nor does the Agency enter into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular party’s products or services.

An implementation team made up of representatives of both organizations 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 quarterly to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance.

This agreement will remain in effect for a two year period. 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 concurrence of both signatories.

 



 
Ben Bare, CIH
Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health Administration



 
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Michael Baker
Business Manager, Financial Secretary- Treasurer
International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Iron Workers, Local 21



 
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