Region 8 - Alliance Renewal Agreement - June 12, 2018


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 safe and healthy 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 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 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 convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on long term care 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 including workers as members of the alliance implementation team and other planning committees as they are formed, and to provide 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 CHA members and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers. Training topics may include resident handling hazards, bloodborne pathogens, slip, trip and fall prevention, workplace violence issues, OSHA recordkeeping, electrical safety and safe work practices and/or other safety and health issues common to in-patient hospital facilities.
  • To deliver or arrange for training events during the term of the agreement. Training may be delivered via webinar, appearances at CHA conferences or other CHA or OSHA events.

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 CHA web sites) to members and workers in the industry.
  • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or CHA conferences, local meetings, or other events. Specifically, OSHA will attend the CHA annual safety/workers' compensation committee workshop, as well as other CHA sponsored events to be determined by the implementation team.
  • To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding CHA good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.
  • 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 four 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 14, 2018.

Herb Gibson
Area Director
Denver Area Office
Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Steven Summer
President/Chief Executive Officer
Colorado Hospital Association

David Nelson
Area Director
Englewood Area Office
Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Michael Scott
Plan Administrator
CHA Workers' Compensation Trust