Region 8 - Alliance Renewal Agreement - October 15, 2017


The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Denver Area Office and Colorado Mountain College – West Garfield Campus (CMC) continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and Colorado Mountain College – West Garfield Campus hereby renew the Alliance signed October 5, 2012, and renewed May 14, 2015, with a continued emphasis on the oil and gas industry as well as a new focus on general industry and construction activities. Specifically, both organizations are committed to providing Colorado Mountain College – West Garfield Campus students, clients and other employers in the community 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 employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).

This renewal 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. The work plan covers [dates]. The work plan will be reviewed annually and may be revised at any time with the concurrence of the Alliance signatories.

Through the Alliance, the organizations will continue to address hazards and issues related to oil and gas drilling, servicing and support activities, focus four construction hazards and other areas of emphasis for establishments in western Colorado. 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 renewing this Alliance, OSHA and CMC 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 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 with industries such as upstream oil and gas industry and others 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 including workers as members of the alliance implementation team and other planning committees as they are formed; and, providing training and increased access to safety and health information.

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 CMC constituents and other local employer and employee groups regarding topics including, but not limited to recordkeeping, oil and gas drilling and servicing, safety and health management program elements, and current OSHA initiatives and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
  • To develop effective training and education programs for Western Slope employers and employees to promote understanding of workers' rights, including temporary workers, 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 SafeLand and other courses related to oil and gas safety and health. OSHA and CMC will deliver at least two additional courses related to oil and gas safety issues or other current emphasis areas per year.

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 CMC's Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
  • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or CMC conferences, local meetings, or other events.
  • To work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on oil and gas safety issues as opportunities are available, that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
  • To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding best practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.

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 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 a representative of the Denver Area Office.

This agreement will remain in effect for three 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 15th day of October, 2017.


Herb Gibson
Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health Administration


Julie Hanson
Director of Purchasing and Contracts
Colorado Mountain College