Region 3 - Ambassador Document - July 13, 2022
ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE PROGRAM
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINSTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ERIE AREA OFFICE,
PENNSYLVANIA OSHA CONSULTATION SERVICE,
PENNWEST CLARION SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER
Since entering into an Alliance on February 13, 2018, with subsequent renewal(s) on February 13, 2020, and February 22, 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Erie Area Office, Pennsylvania OSHA Consultation Service and PennWest Clarion Small Business Development Center (SBDC) have worked together to improve workplace health and safety by sharing information, guidance, and access to training resources that address occupational hazards, and promoting understanding of the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
Through the Notice of Funding Opportunity from the Small Business Administration, SBDC's services include maintaining current information concerning environmental, energy, health, safety, and other Federal, state and local regulations that affect small businesses and counseling small businesses on methods of compliance with such regulations. OSHA, Pennsylvania OSHA Consultation Service and PennWest Clarion Small Business Development Center (SBDC) continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to improve safety and health practices and programs in American workplaces and commit to continue their work together through an Alliance Program Ambassador relationship.
In recognition of this ongoing commitment, OSHA will continue to foster an active relationship with Pennsylvania OSHA Consultation Service and PennWest Clarion Small Business Development Center (SBDC) by:
- Providing routine communications on enforcement, regulatory, and outreach initiatives.
- Sharing invitations to and offering opportunities to speak at OSHA Alliance Program and other agency stakeholder meetings or events, such as outreach and training activities through the National, Regional, or Area Office, and the National Alliance Program Construction Roundtable and Forum.
- Engaging in information sharing and technical discussions, as appropriate, including completing special projects of mutual interest that align with agency priorities and as resources allow.
- Maintaining the organization's status as Alliance Program Ambassadors on the agency's public webpage.
Pennsylvania OSHA Consultation Service and PennWest Clarion Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will continue to foster an active relationship with OSHA by:
- Sharing information with members and stakeholders on OSHA's National Initiatives (Enforcement, Regulatory, and Outreach), and encouraging their participation in OSHA's outreach initiatives and rulemaking processes.
- Sharing information with members and stakeholders on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
Encouraging Pennsylvania OSHA Consultation Service and PennWest Clarion Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to build relationships with OSHA's National, Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues.
- Sharing information with OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding Pennsylvania OSHA Consultation Service and PennWest Clarion Small Business Development Center (SBDC) good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
- Offering OSHA opportunities to speak, exhibit, or appear at one another's conferences, local meetings, or other events.
- Adhering to requirements laid out in the Alliance Program Directive regarding the prohibition on promoting or implying the agency's endorsement of their policies, products, or services, including acknowledging that they will not receive any preferential treatment related to any statutory function of the agency.
- Abiding by all terms and conditions for the use of the Alliance Program logo as specified in OSHA's Guidelines for Use of the Alliance Logo.
OSHA's cooperative programs provide organizations an opportunity to participate in a voluntary, collaborative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as raising awareness of OSHA's initiatives, outreach, communication, training, and education. These programs have proven to be valuable tools for both OSHA and participants. By entering into this Ambassador relationship, OSHA is not endorsing or promoting, nor does it intend to endorse or promote, any of that organization's products or services.
This Ambassador relationship will remain in effect for the duration of an ongoing cooperative association and a good faith effort by all parties to meet the intent of this document and its underlying policies. All signatory may terminate it for any reason at any time, provided they give 30 days' written notice. Termination by one signatory will not nullify the Ambassador relationship with all signatories, with the exception of OSHA; OSHA may terminate the Ambassador relationship as a whole, or its relationship with one or more individual signatories.
Signed this July 13, 2022.
Erie Area Office
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Small Business Development Center
John M. Mulroy, PhD, CSP
Program Director, PA OSHA Consultation
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Hilliary E. Creely, JD, PhD
Assistant Dean of Research
Indiana University of Pennsylvania