Region 10 - Alliance Agreement - March 6, 2024


The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Washington Area Office and Northeast Washington Educational Service District Career Connected Learning (CCL/CTE) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster good safety and health practices and programs to improve American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and CCL/CTE hereby form an Alliance to provide CCL/CTE members, students, and the public with information, guidance, and access to training resources. The Alliance aims to reduce and prevent worker exposure to occupational workplace safety and health hazards, address youth employment issues related to safety and health, and educate students on the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). CCL/CTE offers a selection of career technical classes for approximately 104,000 students, 59 public school districts, 45 state-approved private schools and four charter schools. CCL/CTE collaborates with seven northeastern counties of the state, providing cooperative services in Adams, Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens and Whitman counties.

This agreement provides a framework and objectives for the Alliance's activities. Alliance participants also agree to meet 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 developing this Alliance, OSHA and CCL/CTE recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-Site Consultation Program partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort and that OSHA may share information about the products and activities of the Alliance with these partners for the advancement of common goals.

The goals and objectives of this Alliance are to form a collaborative network to accomplish the following objectives:

Training and Education

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following objectives:

  • Improve training and education for the faculty and student body of CCL/CTE by collaborating to build a program to provide OSHA 10-hour courses in construction and/or general industry. The long-term goal for CCL/CTE faculty to become authorized trainers to teach the OSHA 10-hour course to students.

  • Create a framework with representatives from the Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center based at the University of Washington, and authorized trainers in OSHA Region 10 to develop the OSHA 10-hour courses.

Raising Awareness: Outreach and Communication

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following objectives:

  • Share information on OSHA's National/Regional/Local Initiatives (Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and Outreach) 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, and communicate such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA and CCL/CTE websites) to employers and workers in the industry.

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA and CCL/CTE conferences, local meetings, or events as invited.

  • Convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on youth-worker safety and health topics to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding CCL/CTE good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).

  • Encourage student participation in workplace safety and health by asking for their input on the progress of the Alliance and the development of specific OSHA 10-hour courses.

  • Collaborate with other Alliance stakeholders such as SkillsUSA Washington on specific issues and projects related to developing OSHA 10-hour courses and delivering training in occupational safety and health to students.

  • Encourage CCL/CTE to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices, the Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center based at the University of Washington, and local chapters of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) to address health and safety issues affecting youth employment.

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, communications, 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 track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. OSHA team members will include representatives of the Washington Area OSHA Office and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage State Plans' and OSHA On-Site Consultation program' 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 written concurrence of both signatories.

Signed this 6 day of March, 2024.

Blake Skogland
Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Darren Nelson
Assistant SuperintendentPuget
Northeast Washington Educational Service District Career Connected Learning (CCL/CTE)