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Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) and the Maryland Home Builders Safety Alliance (MHBSA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster a safer and more healthful work environment in the residential construction industry including outreach to the non-English speaking workforce. MOSH and MHBSA therefore agree to form an Alliance to use their collective expertise to help foster a culture of prevention.

MOSH and MHBSA agree to establish an Alliance to reduce injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in the residential building trades. MOSH and MHBSA will:

  • Facilitate and conduct at least four hours of formal training for each of the following industries: masonry, framing, siding, and roofing with a focus on falls, electric shock, struck by, and caught in.

  • Collaboratively create and disseminate informational safety materials for English and non-English speaking workers focusing on hazards involved with siding installation.

MOSH and MHSBA will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • Increase participating organizations of this Alliance from eight to sixteen through mailings, electronic and print media, and through professional organizations and associations to expand knowledge base, share effective strategies, and provide guidance to selected organizations.

  • Seek at least two opportunities to jointly develop and disseminate safety and health information at conferences and events.

  • Quarterly meetings will be held providing open dialogue between MHBSA and MOSH to discuss industry and regulatory concerns with safety and health in the residential building trades.

During quarterly meetings representatives of each organization will also develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet to develop, track, and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. One week before the end of each year of the Alliance tracking data related to Alliance will be collected and shared between both parties and more often if needed.

This agreement will remain in effect for one year from the date of signing and will automatically be renewed annually thereafter. Any member of the Maryland Home Builders' Safety Alliance may withdraw from the Alliance for any reason with 30 days written notice. This agreement may be modified at any time with the concurrence of both signatories and may be terminated for any reason with 30 days written notice from either signatory.




Deputy Secretary Greg M. Safko
Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
Maryland Occupational Safety and Health



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Signatures on Page 2
Collective Signature
Maryland Home Builders' Safety Alliance



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Maryland Home Builders Safety Alliance Addendum
MOSH and MHBSA - Working Together for a Safer Maryland

Background:

On Wednesday, November 30, 2005 Winchester Homes met with MOSH to propose a possible Alliance to help reduce the number of injuries and illnesses in the residential construction industry. As a General Contractor, Winchester Homes felt if actions were taken to address the repetitive safety and health problems of subcontractors' across each industry it would prove beneficial to everyone. In essence, the goal would focus on improving the safety and health knowledge, awareness, and ability of the subcontracting industry, by trade, as a joint effort between the state's leading residential builders.

On Monday, January 23, 2006, on the invitation of Winchester Homes, the following organizations met and unanimously decided to unify themselves as the Maryland Home Builders Safety Alliance (MHBSA) and join in an Alliance with MOSH with the common goal of reducing injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in the residential building trades including training designed for both English and non-English speaking workers. To that effect this Alliance has been created.

In Alphabetical order by Company:




Ron Beitzel
Safety Consultant
AON Risk Services



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Greg Ricker
Safety & Water Intrusion Advisor
K. Hovnanian Homes
Maryland & Delaware Region 6



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Robert S. Livingston
Construction Safety Manager
Avalon Bay Communities



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Thomas Allhoff
Director of Operations
KB Home Mid-Atlantic



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Larry Chazin
Production Manager/Safety Director
Beazer Homes Corp



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Kristy Mitchell-Sullivan
President
Maryland National Capital Building
Industry Association



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Dave Roesler
Production Manager
Beazer Homes Corp.



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Larry Freiert
Director Safety & Risk Management
Winchester Homes



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Frank Disbrow
Division Safety Compliance Manager
Centex Homes



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John Staab
Production Manager
Winchester Homes



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Jerry Phillips
Safety Director
Clark Realty Builders



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Tom Trauger
Safety Manager
Winchester Homes



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