I. IDENTIFICATION OF PARTNERS
The partners to this Agreement are:
II. PURPOSE, SCOPE
- The Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
- The Department of Defense, Department of the Air Force (Air Force)
In the spring of 2006, the Air Force approached OSHA with a desire to improve their proactive
approach to safety and health at their installations. The Air Force recognized that OSHA had
valuable expertise in workplace safety and health, and could offer useful tools, such as the
Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) and OSHA Challenge, to help achieve that goal.
In return, OSHA recognizes that a partnership with the Air Force covers a diverse spectrum of
hazards, challenges, best practices and overall safety and health management systems. OSHA will
share the knowledge gained both with their own staff, and with other employers and industries.
Additionally, lessons learned from participating sites will benefit employee safety and health at
all Air Force installations.
By entering into this Agreement, the Air Force and OSHA formalize their commitment to improve safety
and health and reduce injuries and illnesses. This agreement supports the goals of the President’s
Safety, Health, and Return-to-Employment (SHARE) Initiative.
This agreement in no way supersedes OSHA’s authority with respect to Federal agencies under EO
12196, nor will the partnership collect illness, injury or other data related to military personnel
to determine VPP status.
III. GOALS, STRATEGIES AND MEASURES
The Air Force and OSHA will work in partnership to accomplish three key goals:
The Partnership will achieve and measure these goals using the strategies and
measurements listed in Appendix A.
- Reduce civilian and military workforce injuries, and illnesses at each participating Air Force
installation by at least 3% per year consistent with SHARE goals
- Expand Air Force participation in VPP and increase awareness of the value of effective safety
and health management systems
- Provide mechanisms for promoting contractor safety and health.
IV. PARTNERSHIP BENEFITS
OSHA will offer the following benefits for Air Force installations participating in the Partnership:
V. PARTNERSHIP MANAGEMENT
- Six month deferral from programmed inspections upon entry into the partnership; the entry date
for each installation is the date of the kick-off visit
- During enforcement inspections, a notice will not be issued for hazards not citable as serious
if the hazard is abated during the enforcement inspection
- OSHA recognition for partnership success, including, promotion at Regional conferences and
postings on OSHA’s web.
A Partnership Management Team (PMT) will facilitate the direction and management of the Partnership.
The PMT will consist of Air Force and OSHA representatives as follows:
The PMT will perform a variety of activities to facilitate the success of the
- OSHA National Office representation from the Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs and
the Directorate of Enforcement Programs
- OSHA Regional and/or Area Office representatives
- Headquarters, Department of the Air Force representatives
- Air Force representation from participating installations
- VPP mentors as needed
Additionally, the Air Force and OSHA agree to work in partnership to improve
safety and health performance at participating installations.
- Determine Partnership procedures
- Hold quarterly conference calls
- Track, analyze, and share information on Partnership activities and results
- Meet at least annually to jointly evaluate the effectiveness of the Partnership
- Prepare an annual evaluation report with final approval by OSHA. The evaluation will be due
each year on the effective date of the Partnership, and will follow the written format listed in
the OSHA Directive on Strategic Partnerships, Appendix C.
- Ensure that issues and concerns, as well as best practices and successes, are appropriately
The Air Force agrees to:
OSHA agrees to:
- Identify Air Force installations to participate in the Partnership
- Promote the establishment and/or improvement of safety and health management systems, and the
integration of those systems into the overall Air Force management system
- Conduct employee surveys to measure levels of safety and health awareness, including a baseline
- Promote the benefits of VPP to Air Force installations
- Support participating installations in working toward VPP participation
- Support Air Force employees who perform activities similar to those of Special Government
- Support an overall workplace culture that values safety and health as part of daily business
- Share baseline and ongoing measurement data with OSHA
- Solicit OSHA participation in Air Force-sponsored safety and health training events
- Facilitate communication among all Air Force installations to share best practices and lessons
- Serve as the OSHA Challenge Administrator for the Air Force
- Where established, support and be involved in the Federal Safety and Health Council
- Work cooperatively with the Air Force to provide safety and health information, technical
assistance, and training (as resources allow), to facilitate safety and health management systems
- Ensure that affected OSHA staff, including Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs), are
familiar with Partnership requirements and objectives, and encourage them to provide assistance as
requested by the Air Force
- OSHA will maximize the resolution of complaints received against participating Air Force
installations through the use of phone and fax, consistent with OSHA’s Field Instruction Reference
Manual (FIRM), Complaint Policies and Procedures Directive (CPL 02-00-140) and Federal Agency
Safety and Health Programs Directive (FAP 01-00-003H.4)
- As resources allow, participate in Air Force conferences and professional functions
- Establish an OSHA partnership contact for each Air Force installation to enhance the local
working relationship between OSHA and the Air Force
- Support and encourage mentoring opportunities
- Facilitate communication with participating OSHA field staff to resolve issues and share
- Support Partnership goals through the use of OSHA Challenge, the SGE Program, and other
Verification that the Air Force and participating installations are operating in good faith and in
accordance with the agreement will be effected through both off-site and on-site methods.
VII. EMPLOYEE AND EMPLOYER RIGHTS
- OSHA will conduct at least one on-site non-enforcement verification visit at each participating
site. The purpose of these visits is to support the installation's efforts to attain VPP status.
The Partnership Management Team will determine the scope and develop guidelines for the on-site
verification visits. Visits will be scheduled to best accommodate both the installation and OSHA.
Once a site has achieved VPP status, they will be removed from the partnership.
- OSHA will conduct offsite verification annually at each participating installation in
conjunction with the annual evaluation. During the offsite verification, OSHA will review
documentation to determine whether participants are implementing agreement provisions. The
documentation selected for review will relate to the agreement goals, objectives and stated
measures and will include, at a minimum, illness and injury data, survey results, VPP related
activity, and contractor safety and health activities measures.
This partnership is an agreement between OSHA and the Air Force. It does not create any new
substantive or procedural rights on the part of employees. This partnership, however, does not
preclude employees and/or employers from exercising any right provided under the OSH Act or 29 CFR
Part 1960, nor does it abrogate any responsibility to comply with rules and regulations adopted
pursuant to existing law or regulations.
Participating Air Force sites will remain subject to OSHA enforcement inspections and sanctions
except as specified under Section IV (Benefits) of this agreement.
Each party shall fund its own participation in this Agreement, and each agency's participation shall
be subject to the availability of appropriated funds. No provision of this Agreement shall be
construed to require provision of resources in violation of the Anti-Deficiency Act, 31 U.S.C. 1341
et seq. or any other applicable statute or regulation.
Either party may propose modification or amendment of the agreement. Any agreement modifications or
amendment must be in writing, signed by both parties and follow the approval requirements listed in
Section XII of the OSHA Directive on Strategic Partnerships. An amendment or modification is
effective upon the mutual agreement of both parties, as reflected by the date of the last party to
sign any amendment or modification. Any amendment or modification shall be attached to, and
incorporated into, this partnership agreement.
XI. DURATION OF AGREEMENT AND TERMINATION
This Agreement shall be effective when signed by the authorized representatives of both agencies.
This agreement will terminate on August 29, 2010, which is three years from the date of signing. If
either OSHA or the Air Force wishes to withdraw their partnership prior to the established
termination date, the agreement will terminate upon receiving a written notice of the intent to
withdraw from either signatory
|OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
William C. Anderson
Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Installations, Environment and Logistics)
|Appendix A – Goals, Strategies, and Objectives
|1) Reduce civilian and military workforce injuries
and illnesses at participating Air Force installations by at least 3% per year
a) Identify top injury and illness causal factors at each installation through review of injury
and illness data and other supporting documentation.
b) Develop protocols to address top causal factors and abate hazards
c) Develop a system for tracking, reporting and recording near misses.
i) Total Case Incidence Rate (TCIR)
ii) The Days Away, Restricted, Transferred Case Incidence Rate (DART)
iii) Track ,measure, and evaluate near misses
|2) Expand participation in VPP and increase awareness
of the value of effective safety and health management systems
a) Complete a baseline assessment for each installation using OSHA’s Challenge tools
b) Conduct employee awareness surveys (baseline and after one year)
c) Expand and improve tools to promote safety and health and share best practices (i.e. web site,
newsletter, VPP meetings)
d) Increase training/events to promote safety and health (ex: luncheons, award presentations)
e) Facilitate the use of mentors and Special Government Employees to help participating sites
apply for and achieve VPP status
i) Number or percentage of sites moving forward through the OSHA Challenge stages
ii) Level of awareness as rated by employee surveys
iii) Number of best practices and successes identified and shared.
iv) Percentage of monthly safety meetings conducted and percent of workforce participating.
v) Number/percent of sites using SGEs/mentors.
vi) Number /percent of sites that achieve VPP and number of employees covered.
|3) Provide mechanisms for promoting contractor safety
a) Provide guidance to contractors to improve their safety and health performance
b) Require contract work statements to address safety and health requirements and training as
appropriate (see Air Force Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement)
c) Track contractor safety and health performance
i) Percent of new, renewed or recompeted contractor agreements modified to include specific safety
and health requirements.
ii) For applicable contractors as defined in the CSP, monitor safety and health performance via
submitted injury and illness data
|Appendix B – Air Force Participating Installations
Wright Patterson AFB
David Grant (Travis AFB)
Los Angeles AFB
Installations may be added or deleted from participation without modification
to the agreement if both parties agree. Once an installation has moved from the Partnership to the
Voluntary Protection Programs, it is removed from the list of active Partnership installations and
is no longer subject to Partnership verification.