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AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
AND
THE DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) recognize the value of continuing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and Dow hereby renew their Alliance originally signed on January 13, 2003 and renewed on May 26, 2004 to further enhance a culture of prevention while sharing proven practices and technical knowledge in the areas of but not limited to process safety management (PSM) and ergonomics. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and Dow recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and Dow 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 Dow's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.

  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding Dow's best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by Dow and through OSHA- or Dow-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).

  • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on ergonomics and PSM that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
OSHA and Dow will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
  • Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health and publicize their results.

  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on ergonomics and PSM 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.




 
Jonathan L. Snare
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Occupational Safety and Health Administration


 
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David Graham
Vice President
Environment, Health & Safety
The Dow Chemical Company


 
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