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AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the ISSA recognize the value of
establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safety and more healthful American workplaces.
OSHA and ISSA hereby form an Alliance to provide ISSA's members and others, including small
businesses, with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect
employees' health and safety. The Alliance will particularly focus on cleaning and maintenance
industry hazards, such as slips, trips and falls, and hazard communication (HAZCOM) and address
issues such as hazard classification, precautionary labeling and material safety data sheets. In
developing this Alliance, OSHA and ISSA recognize that OSHA's State Plan States and Consultation
Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA and ISSA will work together to achieve the following training and education goal:
OSHA and ISSA will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for cleaning and
maintenance industry employers and employees regarding slips, trips and falls, HAZCOM and address
issues such as hazard classification, precautionary labeling, and material safety data sheets.
OSHA and ISSA will work together to achieve the following goal related to promoting
the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- 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 ISSA's Web sites) to
employers and employees in the industry.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's and ISSA's conferences and workshops, including various ISSA
training seminars and forums such as ISSA's annual convention, ISSA/INTERCLEAN®.
- Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professional regarding ISSA
best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by ISSA and through
OSHA or ISSA developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars and lectures (or any other
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 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.
- Convene or participate in forums, round table discussion or stakeholder meetings on cleaning and
maintenance industry hazards such as slips, trips and falls, and HAZ COM to help forge innovative
solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
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 may 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. The agreement may be modified at any time
with the concurrence of both signatories.
Jonathan L. Snare
Acting Assistant Secretary
Occupational Health and