AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE BETWEEN
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
THE BOARD OF CERTIFIED SAFETY PROFESSIONALS
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and BCSP hereby form an Alliance to provide BCSP certification holders and others with information, guidance, and access to resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).
This agreement provides a framework and objectives for the Alliance’s activities. Alliance participants will summarize specific activities and timeframes for completion in a written work plan. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and BCSP recognize that information about the products and activities of the Alliance may be shared with partners in OSHA’s State Plans and On-Site Consultation Projects for the advancement of common goals.
OSHA and BCSP intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication objectives:
- To collaborate on, share, and disseminate information on outreach initiatives promoting improved workplace safety and health, such as the Safe + Sound Campaign and National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction.
- To collaborate on, share, and disseminate safety and health information such as occupational safety and health laws, standards, guidance resources, safety and health competency standards, and professional development through print and electronic media, OSHA and BCSP websites, and social media, as appropriate.
- To provide BCSP expertise during the development, review, and dissemination of guidance documents promoting the advancement of safety and health programs and the role of safety and health practitioners.
- To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings that focus on: best practices for occupational safety and health; foundational safety and health concepts and occupational safety and health career paths among youth; innovative workplace safety and health solutions; and input on safety and health issues of mutual interest.
OSHA's Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives, training and education, and outreach and communication. These Alliances have proven to be valuable tools for both OSHA and its Alliance participants. By entering into an Alliance with a party, OSHA is not endorsing or promoting, nor does it intend to endorse or promote, any of that party's products or services.
An implementation team made up of representatives of each organization will meet to develop a work plan, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet at least two times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. OSHA team members will include representatives of the Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, Directorate of Standards and Guidance, 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 written concurrence of both signatories.
Signed this 1st day of February, 2018.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for
Occupational Safety and Health
Linda Martin, CSP, SMS, ASP, OHST, CHST, STSC, CET
President, Board of Certified Safety Professionals