AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SAFETY ENGINEERS
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recognize the value of continuing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces and therefore renew the Alliance originally signed on December 4, 2002 and renewed June 8, 2004. Through the Alliance, OSHA and ASSE will provide ASSE's members and others, including small businesses, with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, including non-English or limited English speaking and youth workers. In particular, the Alliance will continue to focus on addressing ergonomic and motor vehicle safety issues and promoting the annual North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and ASSE recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA and ASSE 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 ASSE's Web sites) to employers and employees.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or ASSE's conferences, local meetings, or other events such as ASSE's annual Professional Development Conference.
- Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding ASSE's best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by ASSE and through OSHA- or ASSE- developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
- Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
- Encourage ASSE's chapters to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues.
OSHA and ASSE 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 safety and health 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 Safety and Health Administration
- Jack H. Dobson, Jr., CSP
- President, 2005-2006
- American Society of Safety Engineers