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AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE

BETWEEN

THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

AND

THE PROFESSIONAL LANDCARE NETWORK

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and PLANET hereby form an Alliance to provide large and small landscape services industry employers and their employees; including youth, low-literacy level, and non-English, speaking workers; with information and guidance and access to training resources that will help them protect employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to manual material handling and slip, trip and fall hazards; and addressing motor vehicle safety issues. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and PLANET recognize that OSHA’s State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and PLANET 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 PLANET’s Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
     
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or PLANET's conferences, local meetings, or other events such as the Green Industry Conference, GIE+EXPO, and Student Career Days.
     
  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding PLANET’s best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by PLANET and through OSHA- or PLANET-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
     
  • Promote and encourage PLANET 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.
     
  • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program such as the North American Occupational Safety and Heath (NAOSH) Week.
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. 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 concurrence of both signatories.








Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.
Assistant Secretary
Occupational Safety and
Health Administration
Date Jason Cupp, CLP
President
Professional Landcare Network
Date