The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) recognize the value of
establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American shipyards. OSHA and SCA therefore agree
to form an Alliance to use their collective expertise to help advance a culture of prevention while sharing best practices
and technical knowledge.
OSHA and SCA agree to establish an Alliance to promote safe and healthful working conditions for shipyard employees by:
OSHA and SCA will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- Providing SCA members with information and guidance that will help protect employees' health and safety, particularly in
reducing and preventing exposure to shipyard safety and health hazards.
- Increasing access to and the development of safety and health information and outreach programs.
OSHA and SCA will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national safety and health dialogue:
- Develop and disseminate injury and hazard information at conferences, events and/or through print and electronic media,
including informational links from OSHA's and SCA's web sites.
- Cross-train OSHA personnel and industry safety and health practitioners in SCA's best practices or effective approaches; as
jointly defined by OSHA and SCA.
- Share up-to-date shipyard information, such as injury, hazard and workforce trends, with OSHA to help identify the top
priorities for the development of employee safety and health training and outreach programs for SCA members.
- Promote and encourage SCA members' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the
Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation and SHARP. In addition, act as mentors to SCA members that aspire to excellence in
safety and health.
An implementation team made up of representatives of both 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 on a regular
quarterly schedule to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. OSHA will
afford the opportunity for representatives of the Occupational Safety and Health State Plan Association and the association
of state Consultation Projects to participate as well.
- Share information on the best practices of SCA members/worksites, as jointly determined by OSHA and SCA, with others in the
industry through OSHA or SCA developed programs and materials.
- Raise awareness through speeches and appearances by SCA leaders of their positive and successful worksite programs and
their commitment to workplace safety and health.
- Convene and/or participate in stakeholder groups, roundtable discussions or other forums to discuss issues, as jointly
identified as top priorities by SCA and OSHA, in order to develop innovative solutions to specific injury and hazard issues
This agreement will remain in effect for two years from the date of signing and will automatically be renewed annually
thereafter. 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.
Occupational Safety and
Manager, Government Affairs
Shipbuilders Council of America