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AGREEMENT RENEWING THE ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
AND
THE SHEET METAL AND AIR CONDITIONING CONTRACTORS
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, INC.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association, Inc. (SMACNA) hereby renew the Alliance agreement signed August 16, 2004. OSHA and SMACNA continue to recognize the value of collaborative efforts to achieve workplace safety. Both groups will encourage sheet metal and air conditioning construction contracting industries, including small businesses, to increase employee access to safety and health information and training resources. The Alliance will particularly focus on motor vehicle safety, fall protection and personal protective equipment with an emphasis on cuts and eye injuries, and reducing and preventing exposure to amputation and welding hazards. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and SMACNA recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Onsite Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and SMACNA will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
  • 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 SMACNA's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's and SMACNA's conferences and events, such as the annual SMACNA Convention and chapter meetings.

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

  • Promote and encourage SMACNA members' 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.

  • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

  • Encourage SMACNA chapters to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices, State Plan States, and Onsite Consultation Projects to address safety and health issues including motor vehicle safety, fall protection, and personal protective equipment and amputation and welding hazards.
OSHA and SMACNA will work together to achieve the following goal related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
  • Convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on sheet metal and air conditioning and construction contracting industry issues such as motor vehicle safety, fall protection and personal protective equipment and, amputation and welding hazards to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace.
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 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 Construction, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA Consultation Projects' participation on the team.

This agreement will remain in effect for one year. Either 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 both signatories.

 


 
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.
Occupational Safety and Safety Administration


 
Date


 
Thomas J. Soles
Executive Director of
Market Sector Councils
Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning
Contractors' National Association, Inc.


 
Date


 
Mike McCullion
Director of Safety and Health
Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association, Inc.


 
Date