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Occupational Safety and Health Administration
AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
METHUEN AREA OFFICE
AND
MASSACHUSETTS DIVISION OF OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY
AND
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS LOWELL
CENTER FOR HEALTH PROMOTION AND RESEARCH
 
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Massachusetts Division of Occupational Safety(DOS) and the University of Massachusetts Lowell Center for Health Promotion and Research (UMass Lowell CHPR) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA, DOS and UMass Lowell CHPR hereby form an Alliance to provide UMass Lowell CHPR staff, students and affiliates, with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to health and construction hazards and addressing immigrant worker issues. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and UMass Lowell CHPR recognize that OSHA’s State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA, DOS, and UMass Lowell CHPR will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for University students, staff, and community partners regarding safety and health in construction, health hazards in general industry, immigrant worker safety and health and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.
OSHA, DOS, and UMass Lowell CHPR 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 the University Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry as well as students within the University who will be the future safety and health leaders.
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or UMass Lowell conferences, local meetings, student classes or other events.

  • Share information among OSHA personnel and the university safety and health professionals and teaching staff regarding best practices or effective approaches to teaching and communicating on safety and health to student and the general public and publicize results through outreach by UMass Lowell CHPR and through OSHA or UMass Lowell CHPR-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
  • Promote and encourage community employers’ participation in OSHA’s cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
OSHA, DOS and UMass Lowell CHPR will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
  • Raise others’ awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever UMass Lowell CHPR 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 current issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health 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.

An implementation team made up of representatives of the three 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 as deemed necessary by both parties to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance.

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 all signatories.



 
Shelagh Dean
Acting Area Director
Methuen Area Office



 
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Laura Marlin
Commissioner
Massachusetts Division of Occupational Safety



 
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Craig Slatin
Associate Professor
UMass Lowell Center for Health
Promotion and Research



 
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