The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Region X, and the Associated General Contractors of Washington, (AGC) recognize the value of maintaining their collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful construction work sites. Region X OSHA and AGC therefore agree to renew their original Alliance signed on March 10, 2003, to use their collective expertise to help foster a culture of prevention while sharing best practices and technical knowledge. Keeping in mind that the majority of the construction work that AGC members perform in Washington State is under the jurisdiction of the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (WISHA) and not OSHA, and that many members do work outside the State in other jurisdictions, programs produced by this alliance will be applicable to work sites in all jurisdictions. Also, as part of this alliance, OSHA will not render any decisions on WISHA policies, or compliance with WISHA policies or regulations.
Region X OSHA and AGC agree to use this renewed Alliance to promote safe and healthful working conditions for construction employees by:
- Providing AGC members with information and guidance that will help them protect employees' safety and health, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to construction safety and health hazards.
- Increasing access to safety and health information and training resources.
Region X OSHA and AGC will continue to work together in the development and implementation of training and education programs that can be used to improve construction safety and health programs. Training and education programs may be developed under the broad categories of: Training, Hazard Recognition, Management Systems and Health Hazards: Topics under the selected categories may include:
- Hazard Recognition
- Fall Protection
- Accident Investigation
- Shipyard Competent Persons and Marine Chemists
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Hand and Power Tools
- Record keeping
- OSHA Compliance Inspection Procedures - Employer/Employee Rights
- Fire Protection
- Slips, Trips and Falls
- Materials Handling and Transportation i.e. Slings, Cranes and Forklifts
- Confined Spaces
- Trenching and Excavation
- Employee Participation
- Workplace Violence
- Substance Abuse
- Hispanic Worker Outreach Program
- Welding Fume
Should an AGC member desire assistance on any topics listed above, the OSHA Region X construction coordinator will be contacted and the assistance arranged by him or her. The compliance assistance to be provided will be negotiated by the Region X construction coordinator and the AGC member.
The AGC and Region X OSHA also believe the Alliance is an excellent tool to improve the overall safety of construction sites, increase outreach and communication between OSHA and the construction industry, develop expertise of compliance officers, and participate in the national dialogue on construction safety and health.
Region X OSHA and AGC will continue to work together to the extent possible to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- Invite OSHA personnel onto their construction job sites to observe best practice situations.
- Promote and encourage AGCs' members' participation in OSHAs' cooperative programs such as the Voluntary Protection Program and Partnerships. In addition, encourage AGC members to act as mentors to AGC members/work sites that aspire to excellence in safety and health.
- Seek opportunities to jointly develop and disseminate information at conferences, local meetings, events, or through print and electronic media, including links from OSHAs' and AGCs' Web sites.
Region X OSHA and AGC will continue to work together to the extent possible to achieve the following goals related to promoting the dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding AGCs' best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by AGC and through OSHA or AGC developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures.
- Convene or participate in forums or roundtable discussions to discuss injury and illness trends and common construction hazards in order to help forge innovative solutions to safety problems in the workplace.
- AGC leaders will demonstrate their commitment and increase awareness by discussing workplace safety and health whenever AGC leaders address groups.
- Provide OSHA with model programs that OSHA can incorporate as an industry recommendation for the Construction Safety and Health “E-Tools.”
- AGC and Region X OSHA will explore the interest in an AGC/OSHA sponsored Crisis Management Symposium.
OSHAs' 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 partys' products or services; nor does the Agency enter into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular partys' products or services.
The reports and documents developed under this Alliance that are retained by OSHA are subject to the Freedom of Information Act. This agreement will remain in effect for two years from the date of signing. Region X and the AGC will meet at least quarterly to discuss accomplishments and if applicable, agree upon activities for the coming year. This agreement may be modified at any time with the concurrence of both signatories and may be terminated for any reason with 30 days written notice from either signatory.
|Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
||Associated General Contractors of Washington
Richard S. Terrill
Roland W. Dewhurst
Chief Executive Officer
AGC of Washington