Region 7 - Agreement - May 9, 2018


The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Kansas City Region VII (including the Regional Office, and the Des Moines, Kansas City, Omaha, St. Louis, and Wichita Area Offices) and Great Plains OSHA Education Center [Consortium, which is comprised of the Metropolitan Community College (Kansas City, MO), St. Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice (St. Louis, MO), Barton Community College (Grandview Plaza, KS), and the various host sites] recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and the Great Plains OSHA Education Center in Region VII hereby form an Alliance to provide the OSHA Education Center students 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 prevalent health and safety hazards in general and construction industries, and enhancing their 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 to evaluate the effectiveness of the Alliance and measure the impact of its overall effort on improving workplace safety for employers and workers. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and the Great Plains OSHA Education Center in Region VII recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project 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 of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following objectives related to raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives:

  • To share information on OSHA's National/Regional/Local Emphasis Programs.
  • To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.

Training and Education

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education objectives:

  • To coordinate with Field Federal Safety and Health Councils by hosting meetings and providing instructors at meetings.
  • Collectively assessing the employer training needs in Region VII and the geographical distribution of host sites for the OSHA Education Center.

Outreach and Communication

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication objectives:

  • To speak, exhibit, and/or appear at OSHA Education Center courses, safety and health conferences, local association meetings, Region VII VPPPA Conference, Field Federal Safety and Health Council meetings, and other related events.

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 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 OSHA Kansas City Regional 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 9th day of May, 2018.

  • Kimberly Stille
  • Regional Administrator
  • OSHA Region VII


  • Larry Davidson
  • Area Director
  • OSHA Des Moines Area Office


  • Karena Lorek
  • Area Director
  • OSHA Kansas City Area Office


  • Jeff Funke
  • Area Director
  • OSHA Omaha Area Office


  • William McDonald
  • Area Director
  • OSHA St. Louis Area Office


  • Acting Area Director
  • OSHA Wichita Area Office

  • Dr. Jackie Gill
  • President, MCC Penn Valley Campus
  • Metropolitan Community College


  • Chris King
  • Director
  • St. Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice


  • Tyler Soper
  • Director
  • Barton County Community College