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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Boat People SOS
recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful
American workplaces. OSHA and Boat People SOS hereby form an Alliance to provide Boat People SOS
members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them
protect Vietnamese-American employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing
exposure to chemical hazards, falls, struck-by, caught-in or between, electrical hazards and unsafe
acts or hazards addressing local issues. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and Boat People SOS recognize
that OSHA’s State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national
OSHA and Boat People SOS will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
OSHA and Boat People SOS will work together to achieve the following outreach and
- Develop training and education programs targeted to Vietnamese-American workers and employers on
reducing and preventing exposure to chemical hazards, falls, struck-by, caught-in or between,
electrical hazards and unsafe acts or hazards addressing local issues.
- Deliver or arrange for the delivery of at least four (4) educational workshops each year.
OSHA and Boat People SOS will work together to achieve the following goals related
to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- 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 the Boat People SOS’s
Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or Boat People SOS’ conferences, local meetings, or other
- Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding Boat
People SOS best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by Boat
People SOS and through OSHA or Boat People SOS developed materials, training programs, workshops,
seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
- Promote and encourage Boat People SOS members’ participation in OSHA’s cooperative programs such
as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP), and the Consultation Program and
its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).
- Encourage Boat People SOS members to build relationships with OSHA’s Regional and Area Offices to
address health and 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, 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 others’ awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health
whenever Boat People SOS leaders address groups.
- Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health and
publicize their results.
- Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on OSHA issues
to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
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 OSHA Consultation Projects’ participation on the team.
This agreement will remain in effect for two years starting August 15, 2005. 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.
Ronald E. Morin
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Springfield Area Office
Boat People SOS
Springfield Branch Office