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AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
AND
INTERNATIONAL SAFETY EQUIPMENT ASSOCIATION


The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and ISEA hereby form an Alliance to provide ISEA members, and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, particularly on the proper selection, use, maintenance, and storage of personal protective and other personal safety equipment; and to help them 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.

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 effectiveness of the Alliance and measure the impact of its overall effort on improving workplace safety for employers and workers. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and ISEA 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 of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following objective related to raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives:

  • To share information on OSHA's National Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process.
  • To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including whistleblower protections and the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
  • To participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on issues related to personal protective equipment to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

Outreach and Communication

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

  • To develop information on the proper selection, use, maintenance and storage of personal protective equipment and personal safety equipment, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's and ISEA's Websites) to employers and workers in the industry.
  • To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding developments in national consensus standards for personal protective equipment and personal safety equipment through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.
  • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA or ISEA conferences, local meetings, or other regional events.

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, the Directorate of Construction, the Directorate of Standards and Guidance, the Directorate of Enforcement Programs, the Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management, the Directorate of Whistleblower Protection Programs, 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 21st day of June, 2018.


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

  • Charles D. Johnson
  • President
  • International Safety Equipment Association
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