Region 5 - Agreement - July 9, 2021


The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo Area Offices, the Ohio On-site Consultation Program, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (OBWC) and the Ohio Agribusiness Association (OABA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA, Ohio On-site Consultation Program, Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation and OABA hereby form an Alliance to provide OABA members and others in the agribusiness industry 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 OABA recognize that OBWC 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 agribusiness industry and ways to minimize exposure, help implement innovative solutions in the workplace and to provide input on site specific safety and health issues.
  • 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 OSHA On-site Consultation and OBWC’s loss prevention services 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 OABA 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 agribusiness industry addressing OSHA’s safety and health hazard priorities as well as effective recognized industry controls associated with the industry.
  • Develop effective training and education programs for the agribusiness 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 at one to 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 Ohio Area Offices and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage OBWC’s and Ohio On-site Consultation Program’s 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 9th day of July, 2021.

Ken Montgomery, Area Director
OSHA – Cincinnati Area Office

Howard B. Eberts, Area Director
OSHA – Cleveland Area Office

Larry M. Johnson, Area Director
OSHA – Columbus Area Office

Bernard J. Silkowski, Superintendent,
Division of Safety & Hygiene
Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation

Christopher Henney, President and CEO
Ohio Agribusiness Association

Kimberly Nelson, Area Director
OSHA-Toledo Area Office

Ranzy Brown, Program Manager
OSHA On-site Consultation