Region 3 - Alliance Renewal Agreement - June 26, 2015
AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINSTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
ERIE AREA OFFICE
ERIE INSTITUTE of TECHNOLOGY
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Erie Area Office and Erie Institute of Technology (EIT) continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and EIT (herein after referred collectively as "the Participants") hereby renew, in part, the Alliance signed June 13, 2013, with a continued emphasis on workplace safety and health education for youth entering the trades. Specifically, OSHA and EIT are committed to provide students, faculty, administrators and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers and understanding the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). Through the Alliance, the organizations will continue to address reducing and preventing young workers exposure to occupational safety and health hazards. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and EIT recognize that OSHA's State Plan and 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 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 stakeholders meetings on youth safety 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 deliver effective training and educational programs for youth entering the workforce regarding hazards associated with their trade(s), and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
- To deliver effective training and education curriculum for youth entering the workforce to promote understanding of workers' rights, including the use of the OSHA compliant process, and the responsibilities of employers and to communicate such information to workers and employers.
- To develop or arrange for the delivery of various safety and health related topics including but not limited to: fall protection, heat illness prevention, electrical safety, use of personal protective equipment, and hazards associated with chemicals.
Outreach and Communication
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals, as resources permit:
- To develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways to communicating such information (e.g. print an d electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's and EIT's Web sites) to students, faculty, employers and other academic (career and technical) institutions.
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or EIT's conferences, classes, and workforce education events.
- To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding occupational safety and health best practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.
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 any of that party's products or services; nor does the Agency enter into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular party's products or services.
An implementation team made up of representatives of both signatory organizations will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify 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 Erie 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. Either signatory may terminate it for any reason at any time, provided it gives 30 days written notice. This agreement may be modified at any time with the concurrence of both signatories.
Signed this 26th day of June, 2015.
Theresa A. Naim
Erie Area Office
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Erie Institute of Technology