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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Wisconsin Division of Public Health (DPH), Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health (BEOH) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and DPH/BEOH hereby state their intent to form an Alliance, the purpose of which is to work collaboratively to provide information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help protect employees’ health and safety. We would expect that the area of concentration during this collaboration would be among those workers who may be exposed to ammonia hazards in certain settings, especially those workplaces utilizing ammonia as a refrigerant. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and DPH/BEOH recognize that OSHA’s State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA and DPH/BEOH will work together to achieve the following training, education and prevention/outreach goals:
Within the framework of best-evidence outreach precepts, OSHA and DPH/BEOH will work together to achieve the following prevention/outreach and communication goals:
DPH/BEOH will encourage other federal, state and local organizations (including Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health Studies, ATSDR at the federal level) to work with OSHA to promote the nationwide dialogue on workplace safety and health among industries which use ammonia as a refrigerant, to include:
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 any party, neither OSHA nor DPH/BEOH endorses any of that 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. It is anticipated that the Team will meet at least three times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance.
It is expected that this agreement will remain in effect for a period of two years. However, 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.