The Home Builders Association of St. Louis & Eastern Missouri (HBA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), including the St. Louis Area Office, Kansas City Area Office, in conjunction with the Carpenters' Union recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to promote safe and healthful working conditions in the residential construction industry. The partnership hereby established shall be referred to as the Residential On-Site Safety Initiative (ROSSI).
Core Partnership Elements
This agreement establishes a partnership between OSHA and the Home Builders Association of Greater St. Louis in conjunction with the Carpenters' Union to offer incentives to members/employers in the greater St. Louis area to protect workers. All members/employers who participate in the program will be expected to make residential construction safety and health core elements of all phases of construction. The St. Louis HBA, OSHA and the Carpenters' Union are committed to working together to make sure that every member of the Association engaged in residential construction is provided educational opportunities and made aware of available safety materials and resources to assist them in their efforts to ensure the safety of their employees.
TheCFR 1926 Subpart M Appendix E, Std.3.01A, and NAHB OSHA Jobsite Safety Handbook - 2nd and other industry partnership programs will be the cornerstone of the ROSSI Program. However, OSHA and the St. Louis HBA will work continuously to improve materials as needed, especially to address unique and specific concerns. OSHA will be available to ROSSI members as necessary to gain clarification of interpretations of OSHA regulations applicable to the residential and light construction industry so that such information can be communicated to program participants.
The partnership program will be conducted within the jurisdictional areas of the Kansas City, St. Louis OSHA Area Offices and the HBA of St. Louis & Eastern Missouri's boundaries. Participation is strictly voluntary and is available to any member company of the St. Louis HBA who meets the qualification requirements of this partnership.
This agreement will in no way affect employees' to exercise rights under the OSH Act and OSHA regulations, including walk-around rights. Similarly, the agreement will in no way reduce any member/employer's obligation to comply with all applicable OSHA standards. As an integral part of an effective safety and health program, the opportunity for employees to exercise their rights guaranteed under the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act and regulations, such as, but not limited to, the right to file a safety and health complaint, and the right to information collected pursuant to OSHA requirements, shall not be impaired. It is anticipated that routine employee involvement in daily implementation of worksite safety and health programs will be assured, including employee participation in employer self-audits, site inspections, job hazard analysis, safety and health program review, and mishap investigations.
Participating members retain all rights guaranteed under the OSH Act, including the right to appeal or contest citations issued by OSHA.
The administration will be shared by the HBA, the Carpenters' Union and by the OSHA office.
A member/employer seeking participation in the OSHA/HBA Partnership shall:
Safety & Health Program Criteria
The St. Louis HBA designated third-party administrator will be responsible for verifying that members/employers have written safety and health programs and training records and will forward that information to the Partnership Steering Committee. The St. Louis HBA assumes no responsibility for designing or implementing Safety and Health Programs and these responsibilities remain solely the responsibility of members/employers. A member/employer seeking participation in the HBA/OSHA program must have a safety and health program that meets the following criteria:
Hazard Prevention and Control:
Implement measures to control hazards through work-site procedures or the use of personal protective equipment as may be necessary.
The following employee safety and health training programs shall be conducted and documented at all levels of the company:
Employees shall be involved in the day to day implementation of worksite safety and health programs including, but not limited to self-audits, site inspections, job hazard analyses, safety and health program reviews, and mishap investigations. This partnership will not affect the employee's rights under the OSHA Act and OSHA regulations, including walkaround rights during an OSHA inspection.
Based on a mutual interest to protect residential housing workers in the Greater St. Louis area, the parties below agree to the above terms of the Residential On Site Safety Initiative. The ROSSI partners are the Home Builders Association of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri, the Carpenters' District Council and the St. Louis, Kansas City OSHA area offices.
Signed August 21, 2006Back to Top
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