Region 5 - Alliance Agreement - March 10, 2020


The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Peoria, Chicago North, Chicago South, Fairview Heights, and Naperville Area Offices, the Illinois Department of Labor’s On-site Consultation Program and the Grain and Feed Association of Illinois (GFAI) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA, Illinois On-site Consultation Program and GFAI hereby form an Alliance to provide GFAI 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 hazards associated with engulfment, falls, auger entanglement, struck by, combustible dust and electrocutions, and 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 also explore and implement selected options, including but not limited to surveys, to evaluate the effectiveness of the Alliance and measure the impact on improving workplace safety and health for employers and workers. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and the GFAI recognize that OSHA’s State Plan and On-site Consultation Program 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: Outreach and Communication

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following objectives:

  • Share publicly-available information on OSHA’s National Initiatives (Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, Outreach) and opportunities to participate in the initiatives and rulemaking process.
  • Share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
  • Convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on recognizing common hazards associated with the grain and feed industry and ways to minimize exposure, help implement innovative solutions in the workplace and to provide input on site specific safety and health issues. These hazards may include; machine guarding, lock-out, powered industrial vehicle operation, grain bin entry and rescue procedures, housekeeping programs, combustible dust, fall protection, personal protective equipment, hazard communication, confined space entry programs and procedures, electrical safety-related work practices and other safety and health programs.
  • Encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by increasing hazard awareness training and reporting.
  • Develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and communicate such information (e.g., print and electronic media) to employers and workers in the industry.
  • Provide free safety and health consulting using Illinois On-site Consultation to assist in addressing site-specific hazards at individual locations.
  • Encourage employers to create a site-specific safety and health program that include OSHA’s Safe & Sound Campaign elements.
  • Speak, exhibit or appear at OSHA and GFAI conferences, local meetings or other related events.
  • Collaborate with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

Training and Education

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following objectives:

  • Develop and deliver effective training and education programs for the grain and feed industry addressing OSHA’s grain handling, combustible dust, walking working surfaces, fall protection, lockout, electrical safety-related work practices, confined space entry, hazard communication, personal protective equipment, respiratory protection, and other safety and health hazards as well as effective recognized industry controls associated with the industry.
  • Develop effective training and education programs for grain and feed industry employees at all levels to promote understanding of workers’ rights, including the use of the OSHA complaint process, and the responsibilities of employers and to communicate such information to workers and employers.

OSHA’s Alliances provide organizations an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as raising awareness of OSHA’s initiatives, outreach, communication, training and education. These Alliances have proven to be valuable tools for both OSHA and Alliance participants. By entering into an Alliance with an organization, OSHA is not endorsing or promoting, nor does it intend to endorse or promote, any of that organization’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 Peoria, Chicago North, Chicago South, Fairview Heights, and Naperville Area Offices and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage State Plan States’ and Illinois On-site Consultation programs’ 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 written concurrence of both signatories.

Signed this 10th day of March, 2020.

Barry Salerno, Area Director
OSHA – Peoria Area Office

Aaron Priddy, Area Director
OSHA – Fairview Heights Area Office

Angeline Loftus, Area Director
OSHA – Chicago North Area Office

Jacob Scott, Area Director
OSHA – Naperville Area Office

Jeff Adkisson, Executive Director
Grain and Feed Association of Illinois

Brandy Lozosky, Division Manager
Illinois On-site Consultation Program

Kathy Webb, Area Director
OSHA – Chicago South Area Office