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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and American Council of Independent Laboratories (ACIL) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and ACIL therefore agree to renew the Alliance, signed on July 29, 2003, to use their collective expertise to increase awareness of OSHA’s Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) Program for general industry and in particular small businesses. This includes increasing awareness of OSHA's requirements for product approvals by NRTLs. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and ACIL recognize that OSHA’s State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA and ACIL will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards and ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA’s and ACIL’s Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or ACIL’s conferences, local meetings, ACIL’s annual meetings, legislative conferences or other NRTL related events.
- Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by ACIL and through OSHA- or ACIL-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
- Encourage ACIL members and OSHA’s Regional and Area Offices to build relationships to address health and safety issues relating to OSHA’s NTRL Program.
OSHA and ACIL will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health and publicize their results.
- Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on NRTL product approval and electrical safety 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 Science, Technology and Medicine and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage State Plan States’ and OSHA 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 signatories.
Jonathan L. Snare
Acting Assistant Secretary
Occupational Health and
Joan Walsh Cassedy, CAE
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