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AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Denver and Englewood Area Offices
AND
WESTERN COLORADO CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION
Grand Junction, Colorado

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Western Colorado Contractors Association (WCCA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and WCCA hereby form an Alliance to provide WCCA 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 the top four construction hazards, including fall from elevation, trenching and excavation, electrical and equipment (struck-by) hazards. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and WCCA recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and WCCA will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for employees of WCCA members and other contractors regarding the four major construction hazards and other emerging issues in construction, and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.

  • Identify Spanish language training resources for Western Colorado Construction Association employers.

  • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of OSHA 10 hour courses, OSHA recordkeeping classes and other subject specific classes as determined.
OSHA and WCCA 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 WCCA web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or WCCA conferences, local meetings, or other events.

  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding WCCA best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by WCCA and through OSHA- or WCCA-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).

  • Promote and encourage WCCA members' or worksites' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, and Consultation.

  • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on construction safety in Western Colorado that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
OSHA and WCCA will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting dialogue on workplace safety and health:
  • Raise others' awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever WCCA leaders address groups.

  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on construction safety issues 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 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 members of WCCA's Education & Safety Committee and OSHA. The 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 three 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.

 



 
Herb Gibson
Area Director
Denver Area Office
Occupational Safety and Health Administration



 
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Chris Sorensen President
Western Colorado Contractors Association



 
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John Healy
Area Director
Englewood Area Office
Occupational Safety and Health Administration



 
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