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AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
AMONG
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
AND
THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY,
THE AMERICAN CHEMISTRY COUNCIL,
THE API,
THE CENTER FOR CHEMICAL PROCESS SAFETY,
THE CHLORINE INSTITUTE, INC.,
THE NATIONAL PETROCHEMICAL AND REFINERS ASSOCIATION,
THE SYNTHETIC ORGANIC CHEMICAL MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION,
AND
THE UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the API, the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS, a Technical Alliance of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers), The Chlorine Institute (CI), the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association (NPRA), the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association (SOCMA), and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces and communities. OSHA, along with ACS, ACC, API, CCPS, CI, NPRA, SOCMA, and EPA (collectively the Alliance Partners) hereby form an Alliance to provide the organizations' members and the general public, including small businesses, with information, guidance, and access to training resources in the field of process safety including the management of chemical reactivity hazards. The organizations will work together to help prevent catastrophic explosions, fires, and toxic releases, thereby protecting the employees, the manufacturing facilities, the environment and the public. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and Alliance Partners recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and the Alliance Partners will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs regarding process safety, including the management of chemical reactivity hazards, and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.

  • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of process safety courses.
OSHA and the Alliance Partners 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 process safety 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 Alliance Partners' Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry, local emergency planning authorities, first responders, and the general public.

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or the Alliance Partners' conferences and regional or local meetings, such as those attended by small businesses.

  • Share information among OSHA and EPA personnel and industry process safety professionals regarding the best practices or effective approaches developed by the Alliance Partners, and publicize results through outreach by Alliance Partners and through OSHA- or Alliance Partners-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and Web sites.

  • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on the identification and management of chemical reactivity hazards that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
OSHA and the Alliance Partners will work together to achieve the following goal related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace and community safety and health:
  • Convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on issues including process safety to help forge innovative solutions in communities and the workplace or to provide input on process safety issues.
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, neither OSHA or EPA are endorsing any of that party's products or services; nor do the Agencies enter into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular party's products or services.

An implementation team made up of representatives of Alliance Partners 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. Any signatory may terminate its participation for any reason at any time, provided it gives 30 days written notice. This agreement may be modified at any time with the concurrence of the signatories.

 


 
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.
Assistant Secretary
Occupational Health and Safety Administration


 
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Susan Parker Bodine
Assistant Administrator
Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response
U. S. Environmental Protection Agency


 
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Madeleine Jacobs
Executive Director
American Chemical Society


 
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Tom Gibson
Senior Vice President
American Chemistry Council


 
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Red Cavaney
President and CEO
API


 
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John A. Sofranko
Executive Director
American Institute of Chemical Engineers


 
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Scott Berger
Director
Center for Chemical Process Safety of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers


 
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Arthur E. Dungan
President
The Chlorine Institute, Inc.


 
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Susan Yashinskie
VP, Member Relations and Development
National Petrochemical and Refiners Association


 
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Joseph Acker
President
Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers


 
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