Region 1 - Alliance Agreement - October 4, 2017
AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
CONCORD NEW HAMSPHIRE AREA OFFICE, OSHA CONSULTATION PROJECT
(WORKWISE NH), FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY ADMINISTRATION – NH
DIVISION AND THE
NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR TRANSPORTATION ASSOCIATION
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Concord New Hampshire Area Office, New Hampshire Motor Transportation Association (NHMTA), OSHA Consultation Project (Workwise NH), and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and NHMTA herby form an Alliance to provide NHMTA members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to falls, struck-by, caught-in between, and electrical hazards and OSHA, Workwise NH and FMCSA will work NHTMA in order to promote the understanding of the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).
This agreement provides a framework and objectives for the Alliance's activities. Alliance participants will summarize specific activities and timeframes for completion in a written work plan.
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 NHMTA, Workwise NH, and FMCSA 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.
Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following objectives related to raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives:
- To share information on OSHA's National Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process.
- To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers
- To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on to falls, struck-by, caught-in between, and electrical hazards to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
- To encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health.
- Encourage NHMTA members and worksites to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices, Workwise NH and FMCSA to address health and safety issues, including new OSHA requirements and initiatives.
Training and Education
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education objectives:
- Work with OSHA and FMCSA 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 OSHA's and FMCSA's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
- Share information among OSHA, Workwise NH and FMCSA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding the benefits of establishing a comprehensive safety and health management system in the work environment, best practices or effective approaches and publicize results thorough outreach by NHMTA and through OSHA, Workwise NH and FMCSA's developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures.
- Work with other Alliance participants to identify interested employers and employees who would like to take advantage of safety and health training pertaining to OSHA and FMCSA requirements in addition to the elements and benefits of effective safety and health management systems.
- Increase the use of OSHA technical and training assistance to employers and employees throughout Northern New England.
Outreach and Communication
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication objectives:
- Identify areas of concern of their members which could be jointly addressed by OSHA and NHMTA to improve safety and health in Northern New England.
- Distribute information about this alliance to the employers and employees of Northern New England by using their existing newsletter and mailing list.
- Provide locations and participate in outreach assistance for training seminars concerning OSHA requirements, OSHA initiatives, and programs on effective safety and health management systems.
- Provide a venue for technical assistance referrals from the employers and employees of Northern New England to OSHA, Workwise NH and FMCSA's compliance assistance groups.
- Coordinate and enhance outreach activities and training programs to inform employers and employees of OSHA's enforcement efforts as outlined in special emphasis programs.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at NHMTA conferences, local meeting, or other safety and health related events.
- Assist NHMTA members or worksites interested in gaining recognition through OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) and Federal Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).
- Coordinate and enhance outreach activities and training programs to improve employers' and employees' awareness of OSHA's regulations.
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 work plan, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they 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 Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, and any other appropriate offices. 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. 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 all parties.
Signed this 4th day of October, 2017.
- Rosemarie Cole
- Area Director
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration
- Wayne Hartz
- Program Manager
- Workwise NH
- Robert Sculley