NETS - Alliance Agreement - October 6, 2003


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to improve the safety and health of employees by reducing the number of traffic collisions that occur on the job. OSHA and NETS therefore agree to form an Alliance to use their collective expertise to help advance a culture of prevention while sharing best practices and increasing access to safety and health information, training resources and technical knowledge to help reduce traffic collisions and related deaths and injuries within the nation's workforce.

OSHA and NETS will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • Share information on the best practices of NETS members/worksites with other employers through outreach by NETS and through OSHA or NETS developed training programs and materials; as jointly defined by OSHA and NETS.
  • Develop and disseminate information and materials that promote safe driving practices through NETS' and OSHA's outreach efforts such as exhibiting at conferences and events and through print and electronic media, including links from OSHA's and NETS' Web sites.
  • Work with OSHA's Salt Lake Technical Center to provide input on electronic assistance tools for workplace traffic safety programs, including fleet safety programs.
  • Provide employers of all sizes with access to information and resources, through OSHA personnel such as OSHA's Compliance Assistance Specialists and NETS States that can be used to create effective workplace traffic safety programs.

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

  • Raise awareness of safe driving practices and traffic safety programs whenever NETS leaders speak at conferences and events and through public relations and promotional efforts.
  • Convene or participate in forums and round table discussions on safe driving practices to help forge innovative solutions to traffic safety issues in the workplace.
  • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects related to traffic and fleet safety that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

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 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. 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
Occupational Safety and Health Administration


Kathryn Lusby-Treber
Executive Director
Network of Employees for Traffic Safety