Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to American Shipbuilding Association (ASA)




The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Shipbuilding Association (ASA) recognize the value of continuing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and ASA hereby renew the Alliance agreement signed July 15, 2003 and renewed January 13, 2006. OSHA and ASA will continue to provide ASA members and others in the shipbuilding industry with information and guidance that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to shipyard safety and health hazards. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and ASA recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and ASA 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 ASA's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.

  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding ASA best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by ASA and through OSHA- or ASA-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).

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

  • Work with other Alliance participants on specific maritime industry issues and projects that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

OSHA and ASA will work together to achieve the following goal related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:

  • Convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on shipyard safety and health hazards to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace.

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 partys 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 Directorates of Cooperative and State Programs, Enforcement Programs, Standards and Guidance, and Science, Technology and Medicine 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.




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



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Cynthia L. Brown
President
American Shipbuilding Association



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