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    TEXT VERSION OF SLIDE:

    Title: OSHA's Alliance Program
    Type: Text Slide with image
    Content:

    • Broadly written agreements
       
    • Established at OSHAs National, Regional, Area Offices or by State Plan States
       
    • Formed with trade associations, businesses, educational institutions, government agencies, unions
       
    • 71 National Alliances
       
    • 278 Regional and Area Office Alliances
    [Includes image of the Alliance logo]

    Speaker Notes:

    There are many benefits that result from participating in the Alliance Program. Organizations are able to:

    • build trusting, cooperative and collaborative relationships with OSHA
    • better able to network with others who are committed to promoting safety and health issues
    • find ways of maximizing resources to increase worker safety and health protection, and
    • Gain recognition as proactive leaders in safety and health.
    Developing an Alliance results in recognition from OSHA, and demonstrates to current and future employees that the company or industry has a proactive commitment to safety and health.

    There are few formal requirements for the Alliance Program, which is less structured than OSHAs other cooperative programs, and Alliance agreements do not include an enforcement component, such as exemption from general scheduled inspections or monitoring visits. Alliances are also different from other cooperative programs because their agreements are not worksite-based; instead focusing on entire industries or hazards within the industries. However, OSHA and the participating organizations must define, implement and meet a set of short- and long-term goals that fall into 3 categories:

    Training and education examples include developing and delivering training, education programs and curricula.

    Outreach and communication examples of activities and products include speaking and exhibiting at conferences, and disseminating information and guidance in Spanish and other languages.

    Promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health examples of activities and products include convening or participating in forums and roundtable discussions, and developing case studies for S/H.

    Alliance Program Roundtables - After the Alliance Program was established in 2002, OSHA held Alliance Program orientation sessions to inform Program participants about the Agency's compliance assistance activities and cooperative programs. These sessions provided participants with the opportunity to share information about Alliance-related activities and successes and network with other Alliance Program participants. In 2004, OSHA recognized that the Alliance Program participants had interest in a number of the same topics and issues and the participants expertise could be leveraged by bringing them together to discuss these topics and develop related compliance assistance tools and resources. As a result, OSHA began scheduling and holding Alliance Program roundtable meetings.

    • Construction Roundtable
      • Fall Protection Workgroup
      • Design for Safety Workgroup
    • Hazard Communication Roundtable