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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Connecticut Department of Labor,
Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ConnOSHA) and the University of Connecticut Health
Center’s Occupational and Environmental Health Center (OEHC) recognize the value of establishing a
collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA, ConnOSHA
and the OEHC hereby form an Alliance to provide small-medium sized employers (SMEs) and their
employees with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them improve
their ability to complete risk assessments in the workplace. Through the alliance OSHA, ConnOSHA and
the OEHC will implement a series of “Control Banding” workshops. The OEHC has sought funding for
these workshops from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This effort will protect
employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to chemical hazards.
In developing this Alliance, OSHA and the OEHC recognize that OSHA’s State Plan and Consultation
Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA, ConnOSHA and the OEHC will work together to achieve the following training and education
OSHA, ConnOSHA and the OEHC will work together to achieve the following outreach
and communication goals:
- Develop "Control Banding" training and education programs for joint labor management committees
from Connecticut’s SMEs. Control Banding is an innovative risk assessment and risk management model
that offers employers and workers simple, accessible risk assessment strategies that can be used to
target the tasks that require chemical exposure controls or professional risk assessment advice.
- Deliver a series of workshops that will introduce the concept of Control Banding to joint labor/
management health and safety committees from Connecticut’s SMEs.
OSHA, ConnOSHA and the OEHC will work together to achieve the following goals
related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of
workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information to
SMEs and their employees.
- Promote and encourage Connecticut’s SMEs to participate 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 the Control Banding workshop initiative that will be
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 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.
- Raise others’ awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health
whenever OSHA or OEHC leaders address groups.
- 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 Control
Banding and risk assessment issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide
input on safety and health issues.
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. Team members will include representatives of OSHA’s Directorate of Cooperative and
State Programs. 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.
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 concurrence of both signatories.
C. William Freeman, III
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Anne Bracker, MPC, CIH
University of Connecticut Health Center
Occupational and Environmental Health Center
Connecticut Department of Labor
Division of Occupational Safety and Health