Region 1 - Alliance Agreement - January 11, 2011
AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE BETWEEN
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR CONCORD AREA OFFICE
NEW HAMPSHIRE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES CONSULTATION PROGRAM
NEW HAMPSHIRE GENERAL INDUSTRY ROUNDTABLE
The U S Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Concord Area Office, the New Hampshire Department of Environmenta l Services Consultation Program (NH -DES-GP and the New Hampshire General Industry Roundtable (NH -GIR) , recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces . To that end, OSHA, NH-DES-GP, and NH-GIR hereby form an Alliance to provide members and others with information , guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees health and safety and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees health and safety of workers, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to machining and chemical hazards in general industry, and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act ).
Training and Education
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
- To develop effective training and education programs for employers and employees within general industry on machining and chemical hazards and to communicate such information to its members.
- To deliver or arrange for the delivery of monthly roundtable meeting courses.
- To develop effective training and education programs employers to promote understanding of workers' rights, including the use of the OSHA complaint process , the responsibil ities of employers and to communicate such information to workers and employers.
Outreach and Communication
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goa ls:
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's, or general industry related conferences, local meetings, or other round table or stakeholders’events.
- To provide a forum where recognition and prevention of workplace hazards can be discussed and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information to employers and employees in general industry.
- Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding general industry best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by monthly Roundtable meetings.
- Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on general industry safety and health issues that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives
- To share information with Roundtable members on OSHA's National/Regional/ Local Emphasis Programs , Regulatory Agenda and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process.
- To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholders meeting on hazards within general industry to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
OSHA's Alliances provide parties 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 proved to be valuable tools for both OSHA and its Alliance participants. By entering into an Alliance with a party, 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 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. OSHA team members will include representatives of the Concord Area Office and representatives of OSHA's Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs. 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. 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 written concurrence of all signatories.
Signed this 11th day of January, 2011:
- Rose Ohar, Area Director, Concord Area Office
- Andrea O’Brien, Manager, Environmental Program, NH Small Business Development Center
- Stephen Beyer, COnsultiation Program Manager, NH Department of Environmental Services
- Diane Malachowski, Manager, OSHA Training Institute Education Center
- Mia C. West, Community Outreach Coordinator, Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital
- Chuck Badeau, President, American Society of Safety Engineers, Granite State Chapter