AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
THE ROADWAY WORK ZONE SAFETY AND HEALTH PARTNERS
(American Road and Transportation Builders Association; the National Asphalt Pavement Association; the Laborers' International Union of North America [LIUNA]; the Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America; the LIUNA Training and Education Fund; the International Union of Operating Engineers; the Associated General Contractors of America; the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials [AASHTO] and the International Safety Equipment Association)
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA, NIOSH, and The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners hereby renew the Alliance, signed January 25, 2007, and renewed September 11, 2009. OSHA, NIOSH, and The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners are committed to providing Partner members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help to protect the health and safety of workers, as well as promote a better understanding of worker rights and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational safety and Health Act (OSH Act).
Through the Alliance, the participants will continue to promote a culture of safety and health within the roadway construction work zone industry, including non-English and limited English speaking employees, to reduce workplace incidents and prevent worker exposures to runover/backover hazards, struck-by, excessive noise, and sprains and strains, as well as illnesses associated with silica exposure.
Work will also involve the use of relevant injury, illness, and hazard exposure data, as appropriate, to prioritize areas of emphasis for Alliance activities, as well as determine a baseline for reducing and preventing such incidents. The Alliance will also explore and implement selected options to evaluate the effectiveness of the Alliance and measure its impact on improving workplace safety for employers and workers in the roadway construction work zone industry. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA, NIOSH, and The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort, and that information about the products and activities of the Alliance may be shared with these partners for the advancement of common goals.
This renewal agreement provides a framework and objectives for the Alliance's activities. Alliance participants will summarize specific activities and timeframes for completion in a written work plan.
Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives
The Participants will work together to achieve the following raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement objectives:
- Share information on OSHA's National Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process.
- Disseminate information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
Outreach and Communication
The Participants will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication objectives:
- Develop information such as toolbox talks and best practices documents on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's, NIOSH's, and The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners members' websites) to employers and workers in the industry.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's, NIOSH's or The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners conferences, local meetings, or other events, such as ARTBA's roadway work zone conference.
- Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding new technologies in construction and effective best practices for conducting work safely (e.g., The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners roadway work zone access and egress good practices, or other effective approaches) through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.
- Develop and disseminate case studies for preventing such hazards as runovers/backovers, noise exposure, and sprains/strains in roadway work zones.
OSHA's Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives, training and education, and outreach and communication. 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 or promoting, nor does it intend to endorse or promote, any of that party's products or services.
An implementation team made up of representatives of each organization will meet to develop a work plan, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet at least two times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. OSHA team members will include representatives of the Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs and any other offices as appropriate. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA On-site Consultation Projects' participation on the team.
This agreement will remain in effect for five years. Any signatory may terminate it for any reason at any time, provided they give 30 days written notice. The agreement may be modified at any time with the written concurrence of all signatories.
Signed this 17th day of December 2015.
- David Michaels, PhD, MPH
- Assistant Secretary of Labor for
- Occupational Safety and Health
- John Howard, M.D
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
- Mike Acott
- National Asphalt Pavement Association
- T. Peter Ruane
- President and CEO
- American Road & Transportation Builders Association
- James T. Callahan
- General President
- International Union of Operating Engineers
- Brian Deery
- Senior Director
- Associated General Contractors of America
- Terence M. O'Sullivan
- General President
- Laborers' International Union of North America
- Bud Wright
- Executive Director
- American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
- Lisa M. Sabitoni
- Executive Director
- Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America
- John J. LeConche
- Executive Director
- LIUNA Training and Education Fund
- Daniel K. Shipp
- International Safety Equipment Association