ISEA - Alliance Agreement - September 9, 2003


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and ISEA hereby form an Alliance to promote worker safety and health in heavy construction workplaces by providing construction workers and supervisors with information and guidance that will help them protect employees' health and safety, by raising awareness of the importance of proper selection, use and maintenance of personal protective equipment.

OSHA and ISEA will work together to effect the following outreach and communication goals:

  • Disseminate information to improve worker safety and health and inform users about the appropriate forms of personal protective equipment for the various hazards. Also, promote the value of using personal protective equipment to mitigate the hazards of heavy construction. Provide electronic links for users to beneficial materials available on OSHA and ISEA websites.
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at conferences, meetings or other events to promote the effectiveness of safety and health programs.
  • Promote communication between ISEA and its members and OSHA personnel, including Compliance Assistance Specialists, in order to stay current with developments in the field.
  • Work with other Alliance participants on construction industry projects that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

OSHA and ISEA will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:

  • Collect and share with construction employers, labor, insurance providers, other state and federal government officials, and safety and health professionals information on the latest equipment technologies and best practices in the selection and use of personal protective equipment, as determined by OSHA and ISEA, and publicize the results through outreach by ISEA and through OSHA- or ISEA-developed training programs and materials.
  • Continue to develop and promote the business case for safety and health, especially as it relates to the cost benefits of PPE.
  • Participate in stakeholder and other forums for providing input on safety and health issues.

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.

An implementation team made up of representatives of OSHA and the ISEA 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. Team members will include representatives of OSHA's Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA Consultation Projects' participation on the team.

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.


John Henshaw
Assistant Secretary


Daniel K. Shipp