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AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
WICHITA AREA OFFICE
AND
TOPEKA HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION
AND
KANSAS 21(d) CONSULTATION PROJECT

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Topeka Home Builders Association (THBA) and Kansas Department of Labor OSHA 21(d) Consultation Project (Consultation) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA, THBA and OSHA 21(d) Consultation hereby form an Alliance to provide THBA 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 falls, struck by, caught in or between, and electrical hazards.

OSHA, THBA and Consultation will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
  • To provide expertise to develop and deliver safety and health training and education programs to THBA members and others engaged in residential construction in the Topeka metropolitan area.

  • To assist with delivery of OSHA’s 10-hour construction industry course on an as needed basis.

  • Provide 8 hours of continuing education classes per year for persons engaged in the residential construction industry in and around the Topeka metropolitan area.
OSHA, THBA and Consultation will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
  • 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, Consultation and THBA web sites) to employers and employees in the construction industry.

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at THBA conferences, local meetings, or other events.

  • OSHA will provide THBA with printed outreach materials and publications for dissemination to their members.

  • THBA will serve as a conduit for information regarding construction industry best practices or effective approaches to other industry members and OSHA and Consultation personnel. This goal will be achieved by THBA publicizing such practices and approaches through newsletters, workshops, training programs, etc.

  • Promote and encourage THBA members’ or worksites’ participation in OSHA’s cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), Consultation, and Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).
OSHA, THBA and Consultation 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.

  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on hazards and issues identified in this alliance 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 the signatory 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 or teleconference at least two times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance.

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 concurrence of all signatories.

Signed this _____ day of ____________________, 2007:

 



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Judy A. Freeman
Area Director
Wichita Area Office
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
 


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Dawn Wright
President/CEO
Topeka Home Builders Association
 



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Steve Zink
Project Manager
Kansas Department of Labor
Industrial Safety and Health Section