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The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and CareerSafe recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and CareerSafe hereby form an Alliance to provide youth, ages 16 to 24, educators, and administrators with information and access to resources on the most common hazards encountered by new workers in a variety of industries in order to reduce and prevent workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities, and improve youth workers' understanding of 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.

Through the Alliance, the organizations will use relevant injury, illness and hazard exposure data, when appropriate, to help identify areas of emphasis for Alliance awareness, outreach, and communication activities. The Alliance will also explore and implement selected options to evaluate the Alliance and measure its impact on improving workplace safety for employers and youth workers. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and CareerSafe recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-Site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort, and that information about the products and activities of the Alliance may be shared with these partners for the advancement of common goals.

Raising Awareness: Outreach and Communication

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication objectives to:

  • Share information on OSHA's National Initiatives (e.g., Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, Outreach), and opportunities to participate in initiatives and the rulemaking process.
  • Share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers, and protections from retaliation for workers exercising their rights.
  • Develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, particularly those faced by young workers, and communicate such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and the OSHA and CareerSafe websites) to youth workers and their employers in a manner that effectively reaches youth workers, including those in underserved school districts.
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA conferences, local meetings, and youth-focused events, including career and technical education events.
  • Convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings focused on youth and entry-level workers to raise awareness of the foundational occupational safety and health (OSH) competencies and training needs of these workers among educators and employers, to help forge innovative solutions for enhancing OSH training in career education, and to engage these workers in conversations about the safety and health issues most impacting them.
  • Share information with OSHA personnel, industry safety and health professionals, and career educators and administrators through webinars, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) on effective OSH messaging for youth and entry-level workers.
  • Collaborate with other Alliance participants on youth and entry-level worker safety and health.
  • Build relationships with OSHA's National, Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues, particularly those most impacting youth workers.
  • Review and contribute to OSHA publications and resources intended for youth workers, and employers in industries that rely heavily on these workers.

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, outreach, and communication. These Alliances have proven to be valuable tools for both OSHA and the 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 Training and Educations, Office of Communications, and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage State Plan States and OSHA On-Site Consultation Projects to actively participate 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 26th day of June, 2018.

  • Loren Sweatt
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for
  • Occupational Safety and Health

  • Larry Teverbaugh
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • CareerSafe
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