Region 8 - Alliance Agreement - November 6, 2023


The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Billings Area Office and the Marsh McLennan Agency Northwest Region (MMA NWR) recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and MMA NWR hereby form an Alliance to provide the over 10,000 MMA NWR clients and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers. Alliance participants will focus on reducing and preventing exposure to the hazards associated with various industries and tribal entities, including host/temporary workers, health care, transportation, construction, warehousing, agriculture, and education. Alliance activities will also help employees understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).

This agreement provides a framework and identifies objectives for the Alliance's activities. Alliance participants agree that activities associated with this Alliance will 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 to evaluate the effectiveness of the Alliance and measure the impact of its overall effort on improving workplace safety for employers and workers. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and MMA NWR recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort, and that information about the products and activities of the Alliance may be shared with these partners for the advancement of common goals.

Outreach and Communication

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following objectives related to raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives:

  • Share information on OSHA's National/Regional/Local Initiatives (Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and Outreach), and provide 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.
  • Convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings to address hazards associated with host/temporary workers, health care, transportation, construction, warehousing, agriculture, and education, help forge innovative safety and health solutions in the workplace, and provide input on relevant safety and health issues such as:
    • Falls (from heights)
    • Non-English-speaking Workforce
    • Climate Change and its Health and Safety Impacts
    • Construction
    • Emergency/Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery
    • Healthcare
    • Occupational Infectious Diseases
    • Small Business
    • Temporary Workers
    • Trenching and Excavation
    • Warehousing and Package/Parcel Delivery
    • Teen and Young Workers
    • Whistleblower Protections
    • Workers' Rights
  • Encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by participating in annual conferences, National Safety Stand-Downs, and Workers Memorial Day.
  • Develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards and identify and implement ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's and the MMA NWR's websites) to employers and workers in the industry.
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or MMA NWR's conferences, local meetings, or other National Safety Stand-Down events such as the Stand Up for Grain Safety initiative.
Training and Education

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education objectives for MMA NWR Employees, who may disseminate and share the information. with their stakeholders:

  • Develop effective training and education programs to address common workplace hazards associated with the health care, transportation, construction, warehousing, agriculture, and education industries.
  • Develop effective training and education programs for MMA NWR's 750 employees regarding the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards associated with the industries with whom MMA NWR does business.

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 rulemaking and enforcement initiatives, training and education, and outreach and communication. These Alliances have proven to be valuable tools for both OSHA and its Alliance participants. By entering an Alliance with an organization, OSHA is not endorsing or promoting, nor does it intend to endorse or promote, any of that party's products or services.

An implementation team made up of representatives of each organization will meet to develop a work plan, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, the implementation team will meet at least 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 Billings Area Office and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage the Montana Department of Labor and Industry to participate on the team as well.

This agreement will be in effect from November 2023, through November of 2025. 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 6th day of November 2023

Art Hazen   
Area Director   
Occupational Safety and Health Administration


Pat McCarthy MS-IH   
Sr. Risk Control Specialist   
Marsh McLennan Agency Northwest Region