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AGREEMENT RENEWING THE ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
AND
THE ISSA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the ISSA recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and ISSA hereby renew the Alliance, originally signed on August 5, 2005, to provide ISSA's members and others, including small businesses and general industry, with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety. The Alliance will particularly focus on hazards in the cleaning, maintenance and warehousing industries, such as slips, trips and falls and hazard communication (HAZCOM) (e.g., hazard classification, precautionary labeling, material safety data sheets and personal protective equipment). In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and ISSA recognize that OSHA's State Plan States and On-site 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:
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for cleaning, maintenance, and warehousing industry employers and employees regarding slips, trips and falls and HAZCOM.
OSHA and ISSA 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 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 North America.

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

  • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on cleaning, maintenance, and warehousing industry hazards, such as slips, trips and falls and HAZCOM that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
OSHA and ISSA will work together to achieve the following goal related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions or stakeholder meetings on cleaning, maintenance, and warehousing industry hazards such as slips, trips and falls and HAZCOM, 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 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 may 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. The agreement may be modified at any time with the concurrence of both signatories.

 


 
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.
Assistant Secretary
Occupational Health and Safety Administration


 
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Kyle Ogden
President
ISSA


 
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