The OSHA Alliance Program
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) works with the public to promote safe and secure workplaces and to enhance worker voice in the workplace. OSHA joins with groups committed to worker safety and health, including unions, consulates, trade or professional organizations, faith- and community-based organizations, businesses, and educational institutions, to leverage resources and expertise to help ensure safe and healthy workplaces and worker rights under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
Participants in the Alliance Program support OSHA's strategic goals by developing Alliance agreements and implementing project plans that emphasize:
- Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives, such as by:
- Sharing information on OSHA's regulatory agenda and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process.
- Training workers on new and revised standards.
- Developing worker information on new and revised standards.
- Sharing information on National Emphasis Programs (NEPs).
- Developing compliance assistance materials for other specifically targeted hazards/industries.
- Participating in various forums and groups to discuss ways of improving workplace safety and health programs.
- Encouraging worker participation in workplace safety and health.
- Outreach and Communication, such as by:
- Creating and sharing compliance assistance materials in English, Spanish, and other languages for workers and/or employers.
- Conducting best practice seminars in support of OSHA's enforcement initiatives.
- Speaking or exhibiting at conferences and meetings.
- Training and Education, such as by:
- Developing effective worker training and education programs.
- Arranging for the delivery of worker training.
Criteria for Alliances
- Alliance Program participants are committed to working closely with OSHA to develop and share information with workers and employers to help prevent injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in the workplace and to educate workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
- Alliances provide a forum for employers and workers to work together to resolve workplace safety and health issues. To achieve this, Alliances with employers and employer groups (e.g. trade associations) must also include worker representatives. This is accomplished by:
- Having a union signatory; or
- Having worker involvement in the Alliance Agreement's development and implementation, including project workgroups.
- Alliances support the Department's strategic goals of enhancing worker voice and providing safe and secure workplaces. This is accomplished by the Alliance Program participants:
- Demonstrating the ability and commitment to reaching one or more diverse, at risk workforces through the Alliance.
- Providing workers with effective training and workplace safety materials.
- Supporting OSHA enforcement initiatives, such as by sharing information on NEPs and/or developing compliance assistance materials for other specifically targeted hazards/industries.
- Disseminating information on new and revised OSHA standards, such as by training workers on new standards and developing worker information on new standards.
- Providing OSHA staff with training opportunities.
- Providing OSHA with a unique and desired skill or resource.
- Alliance Program participants possess sufficient knowledge and resources to fulfill the goals of the Alliance agreement.
- Alliance Program participants make the products of the Alliance available to the public for free.
- Alliance Program participants have a demonstrated track record of meeting Alliance Agreement goals and Program expectations. (for renewals)
Benefits of an Alliance
- Increases worker access to effective workplace safety and health tools and to information about worker rights.
- Leverages resources to maximize worker safety and health protection.
- Establishes progressive dialogue with the Agency and others committed to worker rights and worker safety and health.
For national Alliances, contact OSHA's Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 202-693-2340. For regional or local Alliances, contact your OSHA Regional Office.