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AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
AND
THE PROFESSIONAL LANDCARE NETWORK

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) recognize the value of continuing to work together to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and PLANET therefore agree to renew the Alliance, signed on February 23, 2004 to provide large and small landscape industry businesses and their employees, including but not limited to youth workers, hard-to reach and non-English speaking workers, with information and guidance that will help them reduce strains caused by manual material handling; amputations; motor vehicle crashes and slip and trip injuries. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and PLANET recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and PLANET will work together to achieve the following training and education goal:
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop and deliver safety training materials designed to meet the needs of the diverse workforce, using appropriate language, media, and delivery methods.
OSHA and PLANET 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. through print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's and PLANET's Web sites) to employees in the industry.

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or PLANET's conferences, local meetings, or other events such as the Green Industry Conference, Green Industry Exposition, Student Career Days, Specialty Symposiums or other events.

  • Promote and encourage PLANET members' or worksites' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and the Consultation Program and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding PLANET's best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by PLANET and through OSHA- or PLANET developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars and lectures (or any applicable forum).
OSHA and PLANET will also work together to achieve the following goal relating to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on green industry 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 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.

 


 
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.
Assistant Secretary
Occupational Health and
Safety Administration


 
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John E. Gibson, CLT
President
PLANET


 
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