AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
THE AMERICAN INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE ASSOCIATION
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) recognize the value of continuing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces and hereby renew the Alliance originally signed October 2, 2002 and renewed April 23, 2004, and renewed again July 6, 2006. Through the Alliance, OSHA and AIHA will provide AIHA's members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly by focusing on construction and general industry issues and emergency response. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and AIHA recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA and AIHA 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 to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's and the AIHA's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
- Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding AIHA's best practices or effective approaches, with a focus on small and medium size businesses, and publicize results through outreach by AIHA and through OSHA- or AIHA developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, lectures (or any other applicable forum).
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or AIHA's conferences, local meetings, or other events, including the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo (AIHce).
- Encourage AIHA local sections to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues addressed through the Alliance.
- Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program, including support for North American Occupational Safety and Health Week.
OSHA and AIHA will also work together to achieve the following goal related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace health and safety:
- Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on issues relating to protecting worker health to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on health and safety 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 health and safety. 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 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 signatories.
- Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.
- Assistant Secretary
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration
- Lindsay E. Booher
- American Industrial Hygiene Association