The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and National Safety Management Society (NSMS) recognize the value of
establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and the NSMS hereby
form an Alliance to provide NSMS members and others with information that will help them protect employee health and safety,
particularly by addressing the effective development and implementation of integrated safety management systems and workplace
safety and health programs.
OSHA and the NSMS will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
OSHA and the NSMS will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- Provide the OSHA Training Institute, upon request, with educational and training materials and resources on issues specific
to safety management systems.
- Develop and provide effective safety management systems related training to be delivered in conferences, meetings and
through NSMS’ learning network, when OSHA and NSMS jointly identify the need.
OSHA and the NSMS will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace
safety and health:
- Disseminate and raise awareness of the use of OSHA and/or NSMS developed information and guidance on safety management
systems through NSMS’ newsletters, Web site, workshops, meetings, and other resources.
- Promote NSMS members’ participation in OSHA’s cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection
Programs, Consultation, and SHARP.
- Establish avenues and processes that NSMS members can use to mentor and assist OSHA personnel as OSHA personnel proceed
with professional certification.
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.
- Raise awareness through speeches and appearances by NSMS leaders of the benefits of incorporating integrated safety
management systems into workplace safety and health programs.
- Share information on the best safety management systems of NSMS members, as jointly determined by OSHA and NSMS, with NSMS
members and others in the occupational health and safety profession through OSHA and/or NSMS developed programs and
- Convene and/or participate in stakeholder groups, roundtable discussions or other forums to discuss specific safety
management systems issues, as jointly identified by NSMS and OSHA as top priorities, in order to develop innovative
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
quarterly 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 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 both signatories.
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