NSMS - Alliance Agreement - October 1, 2003


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and National Safety Management Society (NSMS) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and the NSMS hereby form an Alliance to provide NSMS members and others with information that will help them protect employee health and safety, particularly by addressing the effective development and implementation of integrated safety management systems and workplace safety and health programs.

OSHA and the NSMS will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • Provide the OSHA Training Institute, upon request, with educational and training materials and resources on issues specific to safety management systems.
  • Develop and provide effective safety management systems related training to be delivered in conferences, meetings and through NSMS' learning network, when OSHA and NSMS jointly identify the need.

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

  • Disseminate and raise awareness of the use of OSHA and/or NSMS developed information and guidance on safety management systems through NSMS' newsletters, Web site, workshops, meetings, and other resources.
  • Promote NSMS members' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, Consultation, and SHARP.
  • Establish avenues and processes that NSMS members can use to mentor and assist OSHA personnel as OSHA personnel proceed with professional certification.

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

  • Raise awareness through speeches and appearances by NSMS leaders of the benefits of incorporating integrated safety management systems into workplace safety and health programs.
  • Share information on the best safety management systems of NSMS members, as jointly determined by OSHA and NSMS, with NSMS members and others in the occupational health and safety profession through OSHA and/or NSMS developed programs and materials.
  • Convene and/or participate in stakeholder groups, roundtable discussions or other forums to discuss specific safety management systems issues, as jointly identified by NSMS and OSHA as top priorities, in order to develop innovative solutions.

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. Any 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


James Thatcher
National Safety Management Society