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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the New York State Small Business
Development Center located at the University at Albany, North Country, and Mid-Hudson Regions
(herein referred to as the “NYS SBDC ”) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative
relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and the NYS SBDC hereby
form an Alliance to provide NYS SBDC members and others with information, guidance, and access to
training resources that will help them protect employees’ health and safety, particularly in
reducing and preventing exposure to construction and general industry hazards such as electrical,
falls, amputation and struck-by. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and the NYS SBDC recognize that
OSHA’s State Plan Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA and the NYS SBDC will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
OSHA and the NYS SBDC, and will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for small
businesses regarding slips, trips and falls, amputation, electrical, struck-by, and crushed-in
hazards, and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in
- Deliver or arrange for the delivery of the OSHA10-hour general industry and construction safety
and health courses.
OSHA and the NYS SBDC 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
(e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA’s and NYS SBDC web sites) to
employers and employees in the industry.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or the NYS SBDC conferences, local meetings, or scheduled SBDC
- Promote and encourage the NYS SBDC members’ or worksites’ participation in OSHA’s cooperative
programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and its
Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
- Encourage other NYS SBDC offices to build relationships with OSHA’s Regional and Area Offices to
address health and safety issues including slips, trips and falls, amputation, electrical,
struck-by, and crushed-in.
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 the NYS SBDC leaders address groups.
- When resources permit, 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 small
business safety issues such as slips, trips and falls, amputation, electrical, struck-by, and
crushed-in to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and
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 quarterly 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. 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.
Patricia K. Clark
New York State SBDC
OSHA Albany Area Office
SBDC at the University of Albany
SBDC at North Country
SBDC at Mid-Hudson