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Title: OSHA's Cooperative Programs

Type: Text Slide with images


  • Alliances Program
  • Voluntary Protection programs
  • OSHA Strategic Partnership Program
  • Consultation Program & SHARP

[Includes images of the Alliance, VPP, Partnership, and SHARP logos]

Speaker Notes:

Alliances. The Alliance Program enables trade or professional organizations, employers, labor organizations, and educational institutions that share an interest in workplace safety and health to collaborate with OSHA to prevent injuries and illnesses in the workplace. OSHA and the organization sign a formal agreement with goals that address training and education, outreach and communication, and promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health.

Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). The VPP is designed to recognize and promote effective safety and health management. A hallmark of VPP is the principle that management, labor, and OSHA work together in pursuit of a safe and healthy workplace. VPP participants are work sites that have successfully designed and implemented outstanding health and safety management systems.

Strategic Partnerships. Organizations can enter into Strategic Partnerships with OSHA to address specific safety and health issues. In a partnership, OSHA enters into an extended, voluntary, cooperative relationship with groups of employers, employees, and employee representatives (sometimes including other stakeholders, and sometimes involving only one employer) in order to encourage, assist, and recognize their efforts to eliminate serious hazards and achieve a high level of worker safety and health.

On-Site Consultation. Small businesses, particularly those in high-hazard industries or involved in hazardous operations, can use this free service to help improve their safety performance. Safety and health consultants work with employers to identify workplace hazards, provide advice on compliance with OSHA standards, and assist in establishing safety and health programs.

Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP). Employers that participate in the On-Site Consultation Program may seek recognition under SHARP for their exemplary safety and health programs. SHARP provides incentives and support for small businesses to develop, implement, and continuously improve safety and health programs.

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