Region 6 - Alliance Agreement - January 23, 2015
AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
BATON ROUGE AREA OFFICE
THE LOUISIANA FORESTRY ASSOCIATION, LOUSIANA LOGGING COUNCIL
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Baton Rouge Area Office and The Louisiana Forestry Association and The Louisiana Logging Council recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and The Louisiana Forestry Association and The Louisiana Logging Council hereby form an Alliance to provide The Louisiana Forestry Association and The Louisiana Logging Council 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 struck-by, falls, caught-in-between and other environmental hazards and addressing logging safety and health issues, and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). In developing this Alliance, OSHA and The Louisiana Forestry Association and The Louisiana Logging Council 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:
- 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 forestry activities safety and health issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
- To encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by organizing a forum aimed at worker outreach whereby ideals and information can be exchanged.
Training and Education
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
- To develop effective training and education programs for logging industry regarding logging site hazards, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
- To develop effective training and education programs for logging industry 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.
- To deliver or arrange for the delivery of logging industry courses.
Outreach and Communication
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- To develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's and the Louisiana Forestry Association and Louisiana Logging Council Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or Louisiana Forestry Association and Louisiana Logging Council conferences, local meetings, or other outreach events.
- To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding Louisiana Forestry Association and Louisiana Logging Council good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.
- To work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on logging industry safety and health issues that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
- To develop and disseminate case studies on logging industry worksites hazards and publicize their results.
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 organization 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 Baton Rouge 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 they give 30 days written notice. This agreement may be modified at any time with the written concurrence of all signatories.
Signed this 23rd day of January, 2015.
Baton Rouge Area Office
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Charles A. Vandersteen
Louisiana Forestry Association
Johnny Jenkins, II
Louisiana Logging Council