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OSHA and the Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition Alliance Close-Out Report
(As of February 10, 2006)

On November 18, 2003, OSHA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition (The Associated General Contractors of America, the National Asphalt Pavement Association, the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, the Laborers' International Union of North America, and the International Union of Operating Engineers) formed an Alliance focusing on providing information, guidance, and access to training resources to protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to roadway work zone safety and health hazards. The Alliance addressed a number of areas that included providing outreach and delivering train-the-trainer sessions and selected awareness/best practices modules and documenting and disseminating information and case studies that illustrate the business and social value for reducing work zone injuries and fatalities.

OSHA and the Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition are working together to sign a new Alliance agreement with additional signatories including the Federal Highway Transportation Safety Administration. As a result, OSHA and the Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition agreed to conclude the Alliance signed November 18, 2003 as of February 10, 2006.

During the implementation of the Alliance, the following successes resulted from the organizations' work together to meet the agreements' goals:
  • At the 2004 OSHA Compliance Assistance Training Sessions in Falls Church, Virginia, the Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition had an exhibit booth which was staffed by the Laborers' International Union of North America.

  • OSHA worked with the Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition to develop the "Internal Traffic Control Plans" brochure which details how to safely manage vehicle traffic flow in a highway work zone.

  • Representatives of the Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition served on the editorial board for OSHA's Highway Work Zones and Signs, Signals, and Barricades Safety and Health Topics Page.

  • Representatives from the Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition participated in the "Promoting Safety in a Non-Regulatory Environment" workshop at the 2004 National Safety Congress and Expo, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The workshop provided an update on the Alliance's work to promote safety and health for workers in several non-regulated areas, including asphalt fumes and roadway work zones.

  • On July 8, 2004, representatives from the Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition participated in OSHA's Alliance Program Construction Roundtable in Washington, DC. In addition, Coalition members participated in the Roundtables' Design for Safety and Fall Protection Workgroups and helped to develop safety and health information and products for construction industry employers and workers.

  • OSHA worked with the Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition to develop and promote the "Roadway Safety" Program which addresses highway work zone safety hazards including runovers, struck by, noise, electrical and falls.


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