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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
and the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) hereby renew their
Alliance originally signed on September 23, 2002 and renewed October 13, 2004
and January 29, 2007. OSHA and ABSA will continue to use their collective
expertise both to enhance workplace health and safety and to assist employers,
including small businesses, in developing a preventive focus for biological
safety issues facing the American workplace. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and
ABSA recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners
are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA and ABSA will work together to achieve the following outreach and
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the
recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in
developing ways of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic
media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's and ABSA's Web sites) to
employers and employees in the industry.
- Speak, exhibit or appear at OSHA's or ABSA's conferences, local meetings,
or other events such as ABSA's Annual Conference.
- Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health
professionals regarding ABSA's best practices or effective approaches and
publicize results through outreach by ABSA and through OSHA or ABSA developed
materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other
OSHA and ABSA will work together to achieve the following
goal related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder
meetings on Biosafety issues to help forge innovative solutions in the
workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
OSHA's Alliances provide parties an opportunity to
participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such
as training and education, outreach and communication and promoting a national
dialogue on workplace safety and health. 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 any of that party's products or
services; nor does the Agency enter into an Alliance with the purpose of
promoting a particular party's products or services.
An implementation team made up of representatives of both organizations will
meet to 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. Team members will include
representatives of OSHA's Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs,
Directorate of Enforcement Programs, and any other appropriate offices. OSHA
will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA On-site Consultation Projects'
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 concurrence of both
Donald G. Shalhoub
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Occupational Safety and
Edward J. Stygar, III, MBA, CAE
American Biological Safety