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The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Region X (Region X OSHA) and Centennial Contractors Enterprises, Inc. (Centennial) continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, Region X OSHA and Centennial hereby renew in part the Alliance signed on June 23, 2009, with a continued emphasis on providing Centennial employees and others, including non-English or limited English speaking employees, with information, guidance, and access to training resources. Specifically, both organizations are committed to providing the employees of Centennial and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). Through the Alliance, the organizations will continue to address safety and health issues including fall protection, cranes and rigging, electrical safety, equipment operation hazards, and prevention through design. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and Centennial recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following goals related to raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives:
- To share information on OSHA's National/Regional/Local 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 safety and health issues including fall protection, cranes and rigging, electrical safety, equipment operation hazards, and prevention through design to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
- To encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by providing information, guidance, and access to training resources on safety and health issues including fall protection, cranes and rigging, electrical safety, equipment operation hazards, and prevention through design that will help them protect employees' safety and health.
Training and Education
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
- To develop effective training and education programs for small businesses and non-English or limited English speaking employees regarding fall protection, cranes and rigging, electrical safety, equipment operation hazards and prevention through design, and to provide expertise in communicating such information to constituent employers and workers.
- Provide expertise to develop workplace safety and health curricula for small businesses and non-English or limited English speaking employees on electrical safety, cranes and rigging, equipment operation hazards and prevention through design.
Outreach and Communication
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- To develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards and ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's and Centennial's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or Centennial's conferences, local meetings or other events such as Centennial's Safety Day.
- To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding Centennial's best practices or effective approaches. Publicize results through outreach, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.
- To work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects related to the construction industry including fall protection, cranes and rigging, electrical safety, equipment operation hazards and prevention through design that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
- Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health and publicize their results.
OSHA's Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives, training and education, and outreach and communication. 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 or promoting, nor does it intend to endorse or promote, any of that party's products or services.
An implementation team made up of representatives of each organization 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 three times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. OSHA team members will include representatives of the Seattle Regional Office. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA On-site Consultation Projects' participation on the team.
This agreement will remain in effect for two years. Either signatory may terminate it for any reason at any time, provided they give 30 days written notice. This agreement may be modified at any time with the written concurrence of both signatories.
Signed this 18th day of October, 2012.
Dean Y. Ikeda
Occupational Safety and Health
Senior Vice President
Centennial Contractors Enterprises, Inc.