Region 1 - Alliance Agreement - September 11, 2018


The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Region I, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Eastern Division, and Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards/OSHA Consultation Program (DLS), continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and AFSP Eastern Division, and DLS hereby form an Alliance to provide healthcare professionals, businesses, trade organizations and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources to help protect workers, particularly by raising awareness of well-being and mental health issues related to occupational deaths by suicide in all industries. Provide guidance and access to prevention training and services to help prevent suicide and suicide attempts in the workplace. Assist employers and employees to 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 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 explore and implement options to evaluate the effectiveness and measure the impact of its effort on improving workplace safety. In developing this Alliance, OSHA, AFSP Eastern Division, and DLS recognize that OSHA's State Plan partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort, and that information about the products and activities of the Alliance may be shared 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:

  • Raise awareness of and demonstrate how a commitment to workplace safety and health has a direct connection to overall well-being of the person and include an occupational component when AFSP leaders address groups at membership meetings, training, conferences and trade shows.
Training and Education

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education objectives:

  • Work with OSHA to disseminate training and education materials and on various topics, including, but not limited, to occupational deaths by suicide, and to communicate such information to small businesses, trade organizations, healthcare service providers, and construction related organizations.
  • To deliver or arrange for the delivery of AFSP prevention and awareness trainings such as Talk Saves Lives Training and Healthcare Professional Burnout, Depression and Suicide Prevention.
Outreach and Communication

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication objectives:

  • Develop and disseminate information through print and electronic media, including electronic assistance tools and links from OSHA's and AFSP's websites.
  • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or AFSP's conferences, local meetings, or other events.
  • Promote and encourage participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance and DLS Consultation Program.

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 Boston Regional Office and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' 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 day of 11 of September, 2018.

  • Timothy Irving
  • Assistant Regional Administrator
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration

  • Melanie O. Varady
  • Senior Director, Eastern Division
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

  • Kathryn Flannery
  • Supervisor
  • MA OSHA Consultation Program
  • Department of Labor Standards