Through the OSHA and SCHC Alliance, the organizations will provide SCHC members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by: (1) advancing an understanding of hazard communication in order to reduce or prevent exposure to chemical hazards; (2) increasing awareness of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS); and 3) understanding the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).
Through the Alliance, the organizations will help identify training opportunities and other areas of emphasis for Alliance awareness, outreach, and communication activities. The organizations will also explore and implement a means to evaluate the effectiveness of the Alliance's products and activities. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and SCHC recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort, and that they may participate in Alliance activities. The Alliance's goals include:
Training and Education
- Develop webinars to assist employers in complying with hazard communication requirements for the preparation of labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDSs).
- Arrange to have the hazard communication and GHS webinars delivered through the Alliance and archived afterwards for future free access through the Web by OSHA staff, small businesses and others per the annual work plan.
Outreach and Communication
- Develop and disseminate five information sheets annually regarding safety and health issues focusing on Hazard Communication, SDSs and the GHS.
- Provide annual training seminars and/or webinars addressing hazard communication health and safety issues related to increasing awareness of Agency regulations and GHS.
- Disseminate quarterly (via print and electronic media, and the SCHC's web site) information on topics such as OSHA's initiatives, workers' rights, employer responsibilities, and other information on occupational safety and health to employers and workers.
- Provide opportunities annually for OSHA to speak, exhibit, or appear at the SCHC Spring and Fall Meetings.