Region 3 - Alliance Renewal Agreement - December 10, 2013
AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
ALLENTOWN AREA OFFICE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
THE LEHIGH VALLEY SAFETY COMMITTEE
A CONSORTIUM OF
NORTHAMPTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE
THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SAFETY ENGINEERS
(LEHIGH VALLEY CHAPTER)
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Allentown Area Office and the Lehigh Valley Safety Committee (LVSC), a consortium of the members of the former Lehigh Valley Area Labor Management Council, Northampton Community College (NCC), and the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and the LVSC (hereinafter referred collectively as "the Participants") hereby renew the Alliance signed December 15, 2009 and renewed on December 12, 2011, with a continued emphasis on construction related hazards, the impact of workplace fatalities, and emergency preparedness issues. Specifically, the Participants are committed to providing LVSC members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). Through the Alliance, the Participants will continue to address construction hazards; emergency preparedness and planning; hazard recognition and control programs; healthcare industry hazards and work and life wellness programs. In renewing this Alliance, the Participants recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following goals related to raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives, as resources permit:
- To share information on OSHA's National/Regional/Local 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 construction hazards, work and life wellness programs and emergency preparedness to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
Training and Education
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goals, as resources permit:
- To develop effective training and education programs for LVSC members, and others regarding construction related hazards, emergency preparedness, healthcare industry hazards and work and life wellness programs, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
- To deliver or arrange for the delivery of such courses as Emergency Preparedness, including National Incident Management System and Incident Command Systems; Healthcare industry hazards, including Bloodborne Pathogens and Ergonomic issues; Job Safety Analysis, Construction hazards, Personal Protective Equipment; and Safety Committee operations.
Outreach and Communication
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals, as resources permit:
- To develop ways of communicating the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's and the LVSC's, NCC's and/or the American Society of Safety Engineers – Lehigh Valley Chapter's local emails and newsletter) to employers and workers in the industry.
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's conferences, local meetings, or other safety related events, (e.g. Safety Expo IV).
- To continue to work collectively on any newly identified or recognized safety and health issue or OSHA initiative, in effort to improve workplace safety and health.
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 Participants 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 Allentown Area Office 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. 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 10th day of December, 2013.
Jean G. Kulp
Area Director - Allentown Area Office
Occupational Safety and
Bruce E. Everett
American Society of Safety Engineers
Lehigh Valley Chapter
James F. Dunleavy
Vice President, Finance and Operations
Northampton Community College