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AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
THE JOINT COMMISSION/JOINT COMMISSION RESOURCES (JCR)
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
and The Joint Commission/ Joint Commission Resources (JCR) hereby renew the
Alliance signed July 27, 2004 and renewed on November 8, 2006. OSHA and The
Joint Commission/JCR continue to recognize the value of establishing a
collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American
workplaces. Both organizations are committed to protecting health care
employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure
to biological and airborne hazards in health care and addressing emergency
preparedness issues. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and The Joint Commission/JCR
recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are
an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA and The Joint Commission/JCR will work together to achieve the following
outreach and communication goals:
OSHA and The Joint Commission/JCR 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 The Joint Commission/JCR's
Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or The Joint Commission/JCR
conferences, local meetings, or other events such as the JCR Annual Emergency
- Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health
professionals regarding The Joint Commission/JCR best practices or effective
approaches and publicize results through outreach by The Joint Commission/JCR
and through OSHA or The Joint Commission/JCR developed materials, training
programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
- Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects
related to health care worker safety that are addressed and developed through
the Alliance Program.
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.
- Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder
meetings on health care worker safety related issues 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 Directorates of Cooperative and State Programs and
Science, Technology and Medicine as well as 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. All signatories 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
Thomas M. Stohler
Acting Assistant Secretary
Occupational Safety and
President and Chief Executive Officer
Joint Commission Resources
Mark R. Chassin, M.D.
The Joint Commission