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AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
AND
THE INTEGRATED WASTE SERVICES ASSOCIATION

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Integrated Waste Services Association (IWSA) recognize the value of continuing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and IWSA hereby renew an Alliance signed on October 13, 2005 to provide IWSA's members and others, including small businesses, with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety associated with the management of municipal solid waste, especially related to hauler safety. In particular, OSHA and IWSA will promote the annual Hauler Safety Campaign: "Safety Do It for Life." Further, OSHA and IWSA will work together to reduce and prevent exposure to electrical hazards in waste to energy facilities. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and IWSA recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

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

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or IWSA's conferences, local meetings, or other events, such as the North American Waste to Energy Conference and the annual IWSA Health and Safety Seminar.

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

  • Promote and encourage IWSA's 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.
OSHA and IWSA will work cooperatively 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 waste-to-energy worker safety and health issues, waste hauler health and safety issues, and contractor health and safety 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 On-site 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.



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



 
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Edward Michaels
President
Integrated Waste Services Association



 
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Anthony Orlando
President and CEO
Covanta Holding Corporation



 
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Stephen Passage
President
Veolia ES Waste-To-Energy, Inc.



 
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Mark Weidman
President
Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc.



 
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