Region 8 - Alliance Agreement - May 13, 2016


The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Denver and Englewood Area Offices and Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) recognize the value of a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and CHA hereby form an Alliance with an emphasis on employee safety, patient care safety and health issues. Specifically, each organization is committed to providing CHA members with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employer· 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 address musculoskeletal disorders related to patient handling, bloodborne pathogen, tuberculosis, slip, trip and fall and workplace violence hazards, as well as other safety and health issues in CHA member facilities.

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 Inspection Guidance for Inpatient Healthcare Setting implemented on June 25, 2015.
  • To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
  • To develop and disseminate case studies on safety and health issues 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 from the CHA and OSHA will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. The committees formed to implement the work plan will include employees of member hospitals. 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 Denver and Englewood area offices and any other appropriate offices.

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 day May 13, 2016:

  • Herb Gibson, Area Director, Denver Area Office, OSHA
  • David Nelson, Area Director, Englewood Area Office, OSHA
  • Steven Summer, President/Chief Executive Officer, Colorado Hospital Association
  • Michael Scott, Plan Administrator, CHA Workers’ Compensation Trust