The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Scaffold
Industry Association, Inc. (SIA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship
to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and SIA hereby form an Alliance to
provide SIA's members, and others in the construction industry, with information, guidance, and
access to training resources that will focus on reducing safety and health hazards associated with
the use of mast climbing scaffolding and aerial lift equipment. In particular, the Alliance will
address reducing and preventing exposure to fall and caught-in-between hazards. In developing this
Alliance, OSHA and SIA recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are
an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA and SIA will work together to achieve the following training and education goal:
OSHA and SIA will work together to achieve the following outreach and
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for the
construction industry regarding mast climbing scaffolding and aerial lift issues and to provide
expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the construction
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.
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of
workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information
(e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's and the SIA's Web sites)
to employers and employees in the construction industry.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or SIA conferences, local meetings, or other events such as
SIA's 36th Annual Convention & Exposition.
- Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding
SIA's best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by SIA and
through OSHA- or SIA-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or
any other applicable forum).
- Promote and encourage SIA members' or worksites' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such
as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and the On-site Consultation Program
and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
- Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on mast climbing scaffolding
and aerial lift issues that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
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 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, Directorate of
Construction and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA
On-site 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.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
John R. Miller
Scaffold Industry Association, Inc.
Richard J. Marshall
Executive Vice President
Scaffold Industry Association, Inc.