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AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
AND
THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
AND
THE ROADWAY WORK ZONE SAFETY AND HEALTH PARTNERS (NATIONAL ASPHALT PAVEMENT ASSOCIATION [NAPA], AMERICAN ROAD AND TRANSPORTATION BUILDERS ASSOCIATION [ARTBA], LABORERS' INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA [LIUNA], THE INTERNATIONAL UNION OF OPERATING ENGINEERS [IUOE] AND THE ASSOCIATED GENERAL CONTRACTORS OF AMERICA [AGC])

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners (the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, the National Asphalt Pavement Association, the Laborers International Union of North America, the International Union of Operating Engineers and the Associated General Contractors of America) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces.

OSHA, NIOSH and The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners hereby form an Alliance to provide the Alliance Program participants and other government and non-government organizations with information, guidance and access to training resources. These resources will help the Alliance protect employees, including Spanish-speaking, and other high-risk or vulnerable "hard-to-reach" workers, from general health and safety hazards and reduce and prevent exposures to roadway work zone safety and health hazards.

The Alliance will particularly focus on flagger safety, safer deployment of traffic control devices, positive protection, night work, work zone speeding and runovers/backovers. In developing this Alliance, OSHA, NIOSH and The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA, NIOSH and The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs on work zone safety and health issues targeted to Spanish-speaking and other high-risk or vulnerable "hard-to-reach" highway construction contractors/workers, including toolbox talk modules and instructor manuals for train-the-trainer programs.

  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop specific workplace safety and health curricula on roadway work zone safety and health hazards including flagger safety, safer deployment of traffic control devices, positive protection, night work, work zone speeding and runovers/backovers.
OSHA, NIOSH and The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop and disseminate information through print and electronic media, including electronic assistance tools and links from OSHA's, NIOSH's and The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners members' Web sites.

  • 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 the Public Works Association meetings.

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

  • Promote and encourage The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners members' and their affiliates' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and the Consultation Program and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

  • Encourage The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners members and/or affiliates to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices and NIOSH's Research Divisions to address work zone safety and health issues, including flagger safety, night work, work zone speeding and runovers/backovers.
OSHA, NIOSH and The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
  • Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health and publicize their results.

  • Convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on work zone safety and health 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 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 all the participating 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. Team members will include representatives of OSHA's Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, the Directorate of Construction, and any other appropriate directorates or offices. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA Consultation Projects' participation on the team.

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.

 



 
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.
Assistant Secretary
Occupational Safety and Health Administration



 
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John Howard, M.D.
Director
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health



 
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Mike Acott
President
National Asphalt Pavement Association



 
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C. Michael Walton
Chairman
American Road & Transportation Association



 
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Emmett Russell
Director, Department of Health and Safety
International Union of Operating Engineers



 
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Terence M. O'Sullivan
General President
Laborers' International Union of
North America, AFL-CIO



 
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David R. Lukens
Chief Operating Officer
Associated General Contractors of America



 
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