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One of CRCA's principle goals and a longstanding commitment
of the association is to promote safety awareness and
serve as a safety resource for its members. This safety
commitment includes information, education, refrerrals
and training. CRCA and OSHA recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. The Chicago Roofing Contractors Association and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the CRCA/OSHA Alliance at the January 2008 CRCA Trade Show to provide roofing contractors in the state of Illinois with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to safety and health hazards found in the roofing industry.
CRCA Health & Safety Committee members meet regularly with representatives from OSHA's offices in Aurora, Chicago North and Calumet City. The objectives and goals of the CRCA/OSHA Alliance are as follows:
- Develop training and education programs on health and safety issues to improve awareness of OSHA regulations, safety and health management systems, and cooperative programs.
- Deliver or arrange for the delivery of safety and health courses for employees and supervisors working in the various areas covered by this alliance.
- Improve the safety and health performance of employers that receive outreach, training, or other assistance services (i.e., mentoring, on-site consultation, hazard identification).
OSHA and CRCA will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- Develop and disseminate information through written publications and electronic media.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA and CRCA conferences, local meetings, or other events.
- Promote and encourage participation in OSHA’s cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
- Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects as they relate to occupational safety and health and that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
OSHA and CRCA will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health and publicize their results.
- Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on safety and health issues impacting Illinois roofing contractors to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
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 of both 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 three times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance.