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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the New Hampshire Occupational Safety and Health Consultation Service (NHOSHCS), New Hampshire
Small Business Development Center (NH SBDC), and NH Grocers Association recognize the value of collaborative efforts to achieve workplace safety and health. The
aforementioned participants therefore agree to form an Alliance to use their collective
expertise to help foster a culture of injury and illness prevention by sharing best
practices and technical safety and health knowledge to help protect employee's health
and safety by reducing and preventing employee exposure to ergonomic hazards and
reducing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).
OSHA, NHOSHCS, NH SBDC and NH Grocers Association will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
Deliver or arrange for delivery of "Ergonomic Hazards in Grocery
- Develop training and educational programs on ergonomic hazards related to the grocery stores.
Develop and disseminate information addressing ergonomic hazards and MSD issues
at conferences, events, and/or through print and electronic media, including informational links from
OSHA's and NH Grocers Association's web sites. OSHA, NHOSHCS, NH SBDC and NH Grocers Association will work together to
achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace
safety and health:
- OSHA, NHOSHCS, NH SBDC and the NH Grocers Association will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- Share information through educational opportunities that provide the best and most up-to-date information regarding
ergonomic hazards and MSDs as jointly defined by OSHA and NH Grocers Association.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at NH Grocers Association conferences, local meetings, and outreach activities.
- Promote and encourage members of the NH Grocers Association participation in
OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and Safety
and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
- Encourage NH Grocers Association members to build relationships with
OSHA's Regional and Area Offices and NHOSHCS to address ergonomic hazards and MSD 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 OSHA, NHOSHCS, NH SBDC and NH Grocers Association 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 quarterly to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the
goals of the Alliance.
- Promote opportunities to speak, exhibit and/or appear at conferences, local meetings, and/or other events in order to demonstrate the
effectiveness of ergonomic and MSD programs.
- Convene or participate in forums, round-table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on ergonomic hazards and MSD issues to help forge innovative
solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
This agreement will remain in effect for 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 concurrence of all signatories.
|Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Kathleen A. Dunn, MPH
|NH Office of Community and Public Health
|NH Small Business Development Center
John M. Dumais
President and CEO
NH Grocers Association