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AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
AND
THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF CANINE COSMETOLOGISTS


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the International Society of Canine Cosmetologists (ISCC) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and ISCC hereby form an Alliance to provide ISCC members and others, including small businesses, in the pet care industry with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees’ health and safety. In particular, the Alliance will focus on reducing and preventing exposure to ergonomic hazards and addressing hazard communication issues in the workplace. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and ISCC recognize that OSHA’s State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and ISCC will work together to achieve the following training and education goal:
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop workplace safety and health curricula.
OSHA and ISCC 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 the ISCC’s Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or ISCC’s conferences, local meetings, or pet care industry trade events such as the U.S. Pet Pro Classic.

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

  • Promote and encourage ISCC members’ or worksites’ participation in OSHA’s cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and the Consultation Program and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

  • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects such as ergonomics and hazard communication that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
OSHA and ISCC will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
  • Convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on ergonomics and hazard communication issues in the pet care industry 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. Any 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 all signatories.


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


 
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Pamela Sue Lauritzen
Founder
International Society of Canine Cosmetologists


 
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Melissa Sirianni
Director Safety Division
International Society of Canine Cosmetologists


 
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