National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
(signed June 14, 2004; renewed July 31, 2006; concluded June 14, 2008)
Through the Alliance, OSHA and NFIB will make health and safety information and compliance assistance resources available to all employers, especially small and independent businesses, and communicate the need for the implementation of safety and health management system programs in the workplace. The Alliance's goals include:
Outreach and communication
- Work with other Alliance participants on safety and health issues and projects that impact small and independent businesses, especially safety and health management programs, which are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
- Develop and promote accessible and easy-to-use tools to encourage and help small business owners create and implement effective safety and health management programs in the workplace.
- Assist in the testing and development of safety and health resources for small businesses.
Promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health
- Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on independent businesses' safety and health issues including safety and health management programs, to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace.
Alliance Annual Reports
- Alliance Annual Report 2004-2005, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances.
- Alliance Annual Report 2005-2006, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances.
- Alliance Annual Report 2006-2007, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances.
- Close-Out Report as of June 14, 2008.
Alliance News Releases
- National Federation of Independent Business Aligns with OSHA. OSHA News Release, (2004, June 14).
Products and Resources
- A Safe, Sober Holiday Message for Employees. An Alliance-developed article focusing on the consequences holiday drinking at workplace parties or other company-sponsored events can have on the employer and employees of an organization.
- A Safe Workplace is a Drug-Free Workplace. An Alliance-developed article discussing drug-free workplace programs that is on NFIB's Tools and Tips webpage. This page contains a database of business articles with information and tips for small-business owners.
- Can You Say "Work Safely" in Español? An Alliance-developed article focusing on OSHA's Hispanic compliance assistance tools and resources that address safety and health issues in the workplace. The article also includes links to Hispanic-related safety and health information on OSHA's and NFIB's Web sites.
- Consultation Helps Small Businesses Establish Safety and Health Programs. An Alliance-developed article on OSHA's Consultation Program; a free confidential on-site service that employers can use to learn about potential hazards at their worksites and establish or improve safety and health management programs.
- Helping Small Businesses Benefit from Being Drug-Free. An Alliance-developed article about the U.S. Department of Labor's Web tool, "The Drug-Free Workplace Program Builder," which helps small businesses develop customized drug-free workplace policies and programs.
- OSHA's Standard Interpretation Letters. An Alliance-developed article on OSHA's collection of standard interpretation letters, which constitute the agency's official responses to written questions about compliance with its requirements.
- Send Your Employees a Safe and Sober Message This Holiday Season. An Alliance-developed article discussing the appropriateness of having alcohol at workplace parties or other company-sponsored events that is on NFIB's Tools and Tips webpage.
- "When Safety Is Your Business." An Alliance-developed article on an Arizona-based fire safety company that discovered the benefits of being drug-free and is taking steps to encourage other small businesses to follow suit.
- Workplace Violence: Training Young Workers in Preventive Strategies. An Alliance-developed article discussing the need for training on preventing workplace violence that is on NFIB's Tools and Tips webpage. This page contains a database of business articles with information and tips for small-business owners. The page also includes links to other OSHA resources on preventing workplace violence.
- Youth Employment: Expanded Protections for Youth Working in Cooking, Roofing and Driving. An Alliance-developed article on the Department of Labor's Employment Standards Administration's Wage and Hour Division's final regulations implementing changes to employment rules for youth. The regulations expand protections for youth working in restaurant cooking, roofing, driving and other areas.
OSHA Safety and Health Topics Pages
- Business Case for Safety and Health
- Workplace Substance Abuse
- Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health Alliance with the National Federation of Independent Business, Arizona Chapter signed August 20, 2004.
- Region V, Columbus, Ohio Area Office Alliance with the National Federation of Independent Business, Central Ohio signed September 22, 2005.
- NFIB/OSHA Alliance page
- OSHA's Consultation Program. A free consultation service that employers can use to find out about potential hazards at their worksites, improve their occupational safety and health management systems, and even qualify for a one-year exemption from routine OSHA inspections.
- Small Business. Resources designed specifically for smaller employers.
- U.S. Department of Labor Partners with National Federation of Independent Business to Promote Compliance Assistance.
- Working Partners for an Alcohol- and Drug-Free Workplace. DOL's initiative to raise awareness about the hazard of workplace substance abuse and help employers and employees create drug-free workplaces.