CareerSafe - Renewal Agreement - October 8, 2020
AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
CAREERSAFE: THE NATIONAL YOUTH SAFETY INITIATIVE
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and CareerSafe: The National Youth Safety Initiative (CareerSafe) continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safety and health practices and programs to improve American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and CareerSafe hereby renew, in part, the Alliance signed June 26, 2018, with a continued emphasis on improving awareness of workplace safety and health among youth workers, educators, and employers. Specifically, both organizations are committed to providing young workers, ages 16 to 24, school educators and administrators, and employers with information and resources on the most common hazards encountered by new workers in order to prevent and reduce workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities, and improve young workers’ understanding of the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).
This agreement provides a framework and objectives for the Alliance’s activities. Alliance participants also agree to meet the requirements for program participation laid out in the “Fundamental Requirements for OSHA Alliance Program Participants” and the “Guidelines for OSHA’s Alliance Program Participants: Alliance Products and Other Alliance Projects.”
Through the Alliance, the organizations will use relevant injury, illness, and hazard exposure data, when appropriate, to help identify areas of emphasis for Alliance awareness, outreach, and communication activities. The Alliance will also explore and implement selected options, including but not limited to member surveys, to evaluate the Alliance and measure the impact on improving workplace safety and health. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and CareerSafe recognize that OSHA’s State Plan and On-Site Consultation Program partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort, and that information about the products and activities of the Alliance may be shared with these partners for the advancement of common goals.
Raising Awareness: Outreach and Communication
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following objectives:
- Share information on OSHA’s National Outreach Initiatives and Regulatory Activities, and opportunities to participate in initiatives and the rulemaking process.
- Share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
- Develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, particularly those faced by young workers, and communicate such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA’s and CareerSafe’s websites) to young workers and their employers.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s conferences, local meetings, and youth-focused events, including career and technical education events.
- Convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings focused on young and entry-level workers to raise awareness of the foundational occupational safety and health (OSH) competencies and training needs of these workers among educators and employers, enhance OSH training in career education, and engage these workers in conversations about the safety and health issues impacting them.
- Collaborate with other Alliance participants on young and entry-level worker safety and health.
- Build relationships with OSHA’s National, Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues, particularly those most impacting young workers.
- Review and contribute to OSHA publications and resources intended for young workers and employers in industries that rely heavily on these workers.
OSHA’s Alliances provide organizations an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as raising awareness of OSHA’s initiatives, outreach, communication, training, and education. These Alliances have proven to be valuable tools for both OSHA and Alliance participants. By entering into an Alliance with an organization, OSHA is not endorsing or promoting, nor does it intend to endorse or promote, any of that organization’s products or services.
An implementation team made up of representatives of each organization will meet one to two times per year to discuss the responsibilities of the participants, to share information on activities, and to track results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. OSHA team members will include representatives of the Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, Office of Communications, and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage State Plans’ and OSHA On-Site Consultation programs’ participation on the team.
This agreement will remain in effect for five 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 written concurrence of both signatories.
Signed this 8th day of October, 2020.
- Loren Sweatt
- Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for
- Occupational Safety and Health
- Larry Teverbaugh
- Chief Executive Officer