Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program << Back to State Plan Alliances

Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) and Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to reduce the number of injuries and illnesses at roadway work zones. MOSH and SHA hereby form an Alliance for the purpose of inter-agency cooperation to achieve this goal through the following:

MOSH and SHA will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • Develop and provide additional training to supplement SHA's current education programs and raise the hazard recognition skills and general jurisdictional awareness of on-site state agencies including Occupational Safety and Health Compliance Officers, and the State Highway Administration's Inspector Staff.
  • These programs may address, but are not limited to the following topics:
    • Training for SHA personnel on identification of construction work zone related hazards from MOSH perspective, how to address/control those hazards, and who to contact for assistance
    • Training for MOSH personnel on identification of construction work zone related hazards from SHA perspective, how to address/control those hazards, and who to contact for assistance
  • Our goal for this contract year will include 100% training of approximately 200 SHA field and supervisory employees and approximately 40 MOSH field and supervisory employees through a series of training courses designed and implemented in a joint effort.

MOSH and SHA will work together to achieve the following enforcement goals:

  • Develop a plan to jointly target high risk operations on state roadways, based on injury and illness statistics for related fatalities and injuries.

  • MOSH and SHA will each develop contact information to share between their organizations that include regional/district contact information and name and title of contacts to speed referrals and help further develop a cooperative and effective relationship.

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

  • Seek opportunities to jointly develop and disseminate information at conferences, events, and through print and electronic media, including links from MOSH's and SHA's Web sites.

  • Speak, exhibit, and/or appear at conferences, local meetings, or other forums appropriate to work zone safety and awareness. Our goal for this year will include participating together in at least one related event either SHA's Construction EXPO or the Maryland Quality Initiative Conference.

  • Raise others' awareness of the need for and demonstrate commitment to work zone safety and health improvements whenever the leaders of MOSH and SHA, address groups at appropriate venues.

Representatives from both organizations will meet quarterly to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. Also, appropriate representatives of MOSH and SHA will convene at least once during this contract year to begin addressing consistency between the two agencies on industry standard safety practices and contractor expectations while performing roadwork. Further, MOSH and SHA will jointly perform a safety audit/review of at least one SHA design project.

This agreement will remain in effect for one year from the date of signing and will automatically be renewed annually thereafter, unless terminated. This agreement may be modified at any time with the concurrence of both signatories. Either party to this agreement may terminate its participation in the Alliance upon 30 days written notice. One week before the end of the contract year tracking data related to Alliance will be collected and shared between both parties and more often if needed.

In addition, due to the interest of this Alliance and continued high incidence rates in roadwork, once Alliance is established, other organizations may be added as participatory members of the Alliance to help in the effort to reduce the number of injuries and illnesses at roadway work zones.




Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.
Governor



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James D. Fielder, Jr., PhD
Secretary
Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation



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James F. Ports, Jr.
Deputy Secretary
Department of Transportation



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Robert L. Lawson
Commissioner
Division of Labor and Industry



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