Region 8 - Alliance Agreement - July 5, 2023


The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Denver Area Office and Aims Community College recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safety and health practices and programs to improve American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and Aims Community College hereby form an Alliance to provide Aims Community College agricultural students and the public with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect workers by reducing and preventing exposure to safety and health issues including machine guarding, lockout tagout, dust control/combustible dust and confined space. This alliance will also address student safety training and hazard identification techniques, programs and methods, and 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 also agree to meet the "Fundamental Requirements for OSHA Alliance Program Participants" and the "Guidelines for OSHA's Alliance Program Participants: Alliance Products and Other Alliance Projects."

Through the Alliance, the organizations will use available 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 member surveys, to evaluate the Alliance and measure the impact on improving workplace safety and health. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and Aims Community College 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 information on OSHA’s National/Regional/Local Initiatives (Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, Outreach), and opportunities to participate in initiatives and the rulemaking process.

  • Share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.

  • Develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and communicate such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA and the Aims Community College websites) to employers and workers in the industry.

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA and Aims Community College conferences, local meetings, or other events.

  • Convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on machine guarding, lockout tagout, dust control/combustible dust, confined space, student safety training to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding Aims Community College good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).

Training and Education

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

  • Develop effective training and education programs for Aims Community College constituents and other local employer and employee groups regarding topics including, but not limited to recordkeeping, agriculture, safety and health management program elements, and current OSHA initiatives and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.

  • Develop effective training and education programs for Aims Community College constituents and other local employer and employee groups 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.

  • Deliver or arrange for training events during the term of the agreement. Training may be delivered via webinar, appearances at Aims Community College conferences or OSHA events.

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, communications, 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 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 Denver Area Office and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage On-Site Consultation program' 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 signatories.

Signed this 5th day of July, 2023.

Amanda Kupper
Area Director
Denver Area Office, OSHA

Dr. Russ Rothamer
Executive Vice President
Aims Community College