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(signed February 20, 2003; renewed July 21, 2005; renewed July 11, 2007; renewed July 6, 2009; renewed June 24, 2011; renewed March 20, 2014)


SWRI Representatives sign a national Alliance renewal agreement on March 20, 2014.
(L to R) Doug DeSilvio, Worker Representative, SWR Institute; Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA; Jim Dougherty, Safety Committee Member, SWR Institute; and Dave Grady President, SWR Institute sign a national Alliance renewal agreement on March 20, 2014.

Through the OSHA and SWR Institute Alliance, both organizations are committed to providing SWR Institute members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by: 1) reducing and preventing falls; 2) addressing issues related to small businesses, motor vehicles, and hazard communication; and 3) understanding the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).

Through the Alliance, the organizations will use relevant injury and illness data in selected industries to help identify areas of emphasis for Alliance awareness, outreach, and communication activities. The Alliance will also explore and implement selected options to evaluate the effectiveness of the Alliance and measure the impact of its overall effort on improving workplace safety for employers and workers. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and SWR Institute recognizes that OSHAs State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort. The Alliance's goals include:

Raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives

  • To share information on OSHAs National Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process.
  • To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
  • To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on falls, vehicle safety, and other industry related hazards to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

Outreach and communication:

  • To develop information 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 OSHAs and the SWR Institutes Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
  • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHAs or SWR Institutes conferences, local meetings, or other regional events.
  • To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding SWR Institutes good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.

Milestones and Successes


Related Documents


Alliance Agreements

Alliance Annual Reports

Alliance News Releases

Activities and Events (Archive)
  • May 5-11, 2013: North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute (SWRInstitute) and a number of other Alliance Program participants support 2013 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. 2013 Theme: "Worker Safety Works for Everyone."
  • May 6-12, 2012: 2012 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute (SWRInstitute) and a number of other Alliance Program participants suport 2012 NAOSH Week, Sponsored annually by American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. Theme: "Safety, What Every Business Needs."

Products and Resources


Alliance Program Participant Developed Products

  • Hazards and Safe Use of Multi-Component Chemical Products in Construction [PDF* - 21 KB]. Through the OSHA and Sealant, Waterproofing and Restoration Institute (SWRInstitute) Alliance, SWRInstitute developed a guidance document to help employers and workers identify key hazards, OSHA requirements, and safe handling procedures for multi-component products used in this industry. (2012, June)
  • Safety Toolbox Talks. Through the OSHA and Sealant, Waterproofing and Restoration Institute (SWRInstitute) Alliance, SWRInstitute developed a series of toolbox talks to help employers and workers identify the key hazards and OSHA requirements in the construction industry:
  • Safety and Health Field Manual [English PDF* - 1 KB, Spanish PDF* - 1 KB]. Through the OSHA and Sealant, Waterproofing and Restoration Institute (SWRInstitute) Alliance, SWRInstitute developed a manual to help employers and workers identify the key hazards and OSHA requirements in this industry. (2010, February; Spanish translation 2010, November)
  • Safety and Health Manual. Through the OSHA and Sealant, Waterproofing and Restoration Institute (SWRInstitute) Alliance, SWRInstitute developed a manual to help employers understand how to develop a written safety and health program that covers topics such as hazard communication, confined space, fall protection, recordkeeping, personal protective equipment, respiratory protection and scaffolding. (2007, October)
  • Fall Protection [English PDF* - 548 KB, Spanish PDF* - 555 KB]. Through the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable Fall Protection Workgroup, the Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute (SWRInstitute) developed "Fall Protection." The slide presentation addresses fall protection issues in the construction industry, including fall protection systems. (2007, June; Spanish translation 2009, April)

OSHA Safety and Health Topics Pages

OSHA eTools

Success Stories

  • George D. Alan Works with OSHA to Promote Worker Safety and Health. OSHA. June 2007; updated October 2010. Through the OSHA and Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute (SWRInstitute) Alliance, OSHA collaborated with The George D. Alan Company to highlight the company's continued progress with safety and health three years after completing the work with the Texas On-Site Consultation program. After the development of a Safety and Health Manual, the company has reduced Workers Compensation and experienced two years with out a lost time incident.
  • Tri-State Building Services Works with NYDOL for a Safer Workplace. OSHA.December 2011. Through the OSHA and Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute (SWRInstitute) Alliance, OSHA worked with the owners of Tri-State Building Services to develop a success story highlighting the company's work with the New York Department of Labor's On-Site Consultation Program and SWRInstitute that lead to a decrease in their injury rates, which are significantly lower than industry averages. The company has also increased efforts to communicate safety and health information to Spanish-speaking workers and to provide training to all workers.

Additional Resources

+Alliance Implementation Team members participated in the development of this resource.

Areas of Emphasis



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