SAFER Alliance Agreement Reprint:










The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Providence Area Office and the Safety Alliance Furthering Educational Resources in Rhode Island (SAFER) continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces.  To that end, OSHA and SAFER hereby renew the Alliance signed October 1, 2008 and renewed on October 1, 2010 with a continued emphasis on construction hazards.  Specifically, both organizations are committed to providing SAFER members 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 construction hazards.  In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and SAFER 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 construction hazards to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

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 SAFER affiliated individuals and companies to promote understanding of workers’ rights, including the use of the OSHA complaint process, and the responsibilities of employers and to communicate such information to workers and employers.
  • To deliver or arrange for the delivery of monthly roundtable meetings.
  • To work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop workplace safety and health curricula on construction safety.


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 to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA’s and the SAFER Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
  • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or SAFER conferences or local meetings.
  • To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding construction safety and health best practices or effective approaches through 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 on construction safety and health that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.


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 Providence Area Office and any other appropriate offices.  OSHA will encourage State Plan States’ and OSHA On-site Consultation Projects’ participation on the team.

This agreement will remain in effect two years.  Any 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 all signatories.


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Patrick Griffin                                      Robert Kunz

Area Director                                       SAFER Steering Committee Chair

Providence Area Office                        Dimeo Construction Company


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Maurice “Rick” Devine                         John Conroy

HART Companies                               Arden Engineering Constructors, LLC

SAFER Membership Chair                  SAFER Webmaster


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Wayne Estes, PA                                Kevin Howland

Atmed Occupational Medicine             Century Drywall

SAFER Steering Committee                SAFER Steering Committee