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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 COALITION (NATIONAL
ASPHALT PAVEMENT ASSOCIATION [NAPA], AMERICAN ROAD AND
TRANSPORTATION BUILDERS ASSOCIATION [ARTBA], LABORERS'
INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA [LIUNA], AND THE
INTERNATIONAL UNION OF OPERATING ENGINEERS [IUOE])

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition 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 Coalition hereby form an Alliance to provide The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition Organizations, OSHA and NIOSH personnel, and other government and non-government organizations with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to roadway work zone safety and health hazards. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition 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 Coalition will work together to achieve the following training and education goal:
  • Develop hazard awareness training and education programs on roadway work zone safety and health issues targeted to Spanish-speaking and "hard-to-reach" highway construction contractor/workers, including toolbox talk modules and instructor manuals for train-the-trainer programs. The training and education programs may address, but are not limited to, the following topics:
  • Runovers/Backovers
  • Noise
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Emergencies
  • Working Outdoors (Heat & Cold Stress)
  • Struck By
  • Flaggers
  • Operators
  • Falls
  • Nightwork
  • Electrical
  • Excavations
  • Hand and Power tools
  • Rebar and Mat work
  • Blacktopping and Milling Work
OSHA, NIOSH and The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
  • Develop and disseminate safety and health 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 Coalition members' Web sites and professional and trade journal articles. (This will include all relevant data on silica gathered from OSHA's Region II
    New Jersey Work Zone Coalition and any other silica information from the coalition's members.)
  • Speak, exhibit, and/or appear at occupational safety and health conferences, including federal, state and local highway and safety organizations, Public Works Association Meetings, The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition members' meetings and other forums appropriate to work zone safety and health.
  • Provide outreach, deliver or arrange for the delivery of train-the-trainer sessions and selected awareness/best practices modules, as jointly determined by OSHA, NIOSH and The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Heath Coalition that address, but are not limited to the above topics.
  • Cross-train OSHA and NIOSH personnel, highway construction industry safety and health professionals and selected other personnel (e.g. contractor, state DOT's, union locals, public works) in the content and delivery of the awareness/best practices modules; as jointly determined by OSHA and The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition.
  • Promote and encourage The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition members' and their affiliates' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, Consultation and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
  • Encourage The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition members and affiliates to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to address selected work zone safety and health issues.
OSHA, NIOSH, and The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
  • Convene or participate in forums sponsored by federal and state governments and other organizations (e.g. Federal Highway Administration, States' Department of Transportation and State Highway organizations) on work zone safety and health to encourage and help forge innovative solutions for reducing work zone safety and health injuries and fatalities and to focus on work zone safety and health issues at the national level.
  • Raise others' awareness of the need for and demonstrate commitment to work zone safety and health improvements whenever the leaders within The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition address groups.
  • Document and disseminate information and case studies that illustrate the business and social value for reducing work zone injuries and fatalities and publicize their results through various media including the Alliance participants' journals, news reports, and web postings.
  • Share research findings, with the construction industry, so that the interventions and best practices, as jointly defined to by OSHA, NIOSH and The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition, that are described in training and outreach activities are based upon best-available scientific data.
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 from all 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 quarterly 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 from the date of signing. Any signatory may terminate their participation 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.




 
John Henshaw
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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Peter Wilson
Chairman
National Asphalt Pavement Association


 
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Tom Hill
Chairman
American Road & Transportation Builders Association


 
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Frank Hanley
General President
International Union of Operating Engineers, AFL-CIO


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


 
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