Region 1 - Alliance Agreement - February 25, 2009
AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
KEENE STATE COLLEGE
OSHA TRAINING INSTITUTE EDUCATION CENTER
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Keene State College, OSHA Training Institute Education Center (KSC OTIEC) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and KSC OTIEC hereby form an Alliance to provide KSC OTIEC students and instructors and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, and to reduce and prevent exposure to hazards associated with the general industry, construction and maritime. In particular, the Alliance will focus on promoting OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP), On-site Consultation, and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP), Alliances and Partnerships. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and KSC OTIEC recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA and KSC OTIEC 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 OSHAs and KSC OTIEC's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
- Speak, exhibit or appear at OSHA's or KSC OTIEC's conferences, local meetings, or other events; such as KSC OTIEC's Annual Trainers/Instructors Seminar and OSHA's CAS/21(d) Meetings.
- Promote and encourage KSC OTIEC students' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, VPP, On-site Consultation, SHARP, Alliances and Partnerships.
- Encourage KSC OTIEC to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to promote OSHA's cooperative programs.
- Promote and coordinate the quarterly VPP Meet & Greets.
- Provide support for Questions and Answers where KSC OTIEC courses are instructed.
- Promote KSC OTIEC course information through the following: enforcement settlement agreements; compliance assistance outreach; and consultation services.
Compliance Assistance Specialist and Consultants provide OTIEC course information at each gathering of constituents for further, more in-depth OSHA standards education.
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.
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.
MARTHE B. KENT
Occupational Safety and
OSHA Training Institute Education Center
Keene State College