AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
NATIONAL COUNCIL OF LA RAZA
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and National Council of La Raza (NCLR) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and NCLR hereby form an Alliance to provide NCLR affiliates and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them 1) protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to hazards in construction, healthcare, service, and “green” industries and addressing issues associated with low-wage, limited basic education, and other vulnerable worker populations, and 2) understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). In developing this Alliance, OSHA and NCLR recognize that OSHA’s State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
Raising Awareness of OSHA’s Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following goal related to raising awareness of OSHA’s rulemaking and enforcement initiatives:
- To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
Outreach and Communication
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or NCLR’s conferences, local meetings, or other events.
- To encourage NCLR affiliates to build relationships with OSHA’s Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues, including hazards in construction, healthcare, service, and “green” industries and issues associated with low-wage, limited basic education, and other vulnerable worker populations.
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 proved 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 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. OSHA team members will include representatives of the 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. 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 20th day of May, 2011.
- David Michaels, PhD, MPH
- Assistant Secretary of Labor for
- Occupational Safety and Health
- Eric Rodriguez
- VP – Research, Advocacy, and Legislation
- National Council of La Raza