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
OSHA and PLANET will work together to achieve the following training and education goal:
OSHA and PLANET will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- 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 also work together to achieve the following goal relating to promoting the
national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- 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'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.
- 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.
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.
Occupational Health and
John E. Gibson, CLT