Alliance Renewal - October 15, 2007
AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
THE NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Safety Council (NSC) hereby recognize the value of continuing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces and renew the Alliance signed on September 9, 2003 and renewed on September 21, 2005. Through the Alliance, the organizations are working to improve health and safety in the general and construction industries and provide the nation's employers and employees, including small businesses and Hispanic and youth workers, with information, guidance, and access to training resources. In particular, the Alliance will focus on promoting motor vehicle safety and drug-free workplaces and encouraging first aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training in the workplace. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and NSC recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA and NSC will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's and NSC's Web sites) to employers and employees in the general and construction industries.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or NSC's conferences, local meetings, or other events such as the NSC Annual Congress & Exposition.
- Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding NSC's best practices or effective approaches concerning small businesses and drug-free workplaces; and publicize results through outreach by NSC and through OSHA- or NSC developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, lectures (or any other applicable forum).
- Promote and encourage NSC's members' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and the On-site Consultation Program and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
- Encourage NSC chapters to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to address general and construction industry health and safety issues.
OSHA and NSC will work together to achieve the following goal related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings, including OSHA's Small Business Forums to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace.
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 three times per year 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 On-site 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. The agreement may be modified at any time with the concurrence of both signatories.
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.
Occupational Health and
Alan C. McMillan
President and CEO
National Safety Council