Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Region I


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Massachusetts Consultation Program (MCP) and the Massachusetts Association of Occupational Health Nurses (MaAOHN) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA, MCP and the MaAOHN hereby form an Alliance to provide MaAOHN members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing employee exposure to health hazards including, but not limited to; noise, silica and lead in the diverse industries served by the members, as well as hazards the members may be exposed to such as bloodborne pathogens, tuberculosis and other health industry related hazards. In developing this Alliance, OSHA, MCP and MaAOHN recognize that OSHA's Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA, MCP and the MaAOHN will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for employers and employees regarding safety and health hazards found in the industries served by members of the MaAOHN and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.

  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for occupational health professionals who provide health surveillance and treatment for employees in a wide variety of industries and to provide expertise in communicating such information to their members and associated health practices.

  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for occupational health professionals regarding safety and health hazards found in the occupational heal industry to which they may be exposed and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees working the occupational health industry.

  • Work cooperatively to deliver or arrange for the delivery of courses.
OSHA, MCP and MaAOHN 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 MaAOHN associated web sites) to employers and employees in the occupational health industry, as well as the diverse industries they serve.

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or the MaAOHN conferences, local meetings, or other events.

  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding best practices or effective approaches to the prevention of exposure of employees to hazards in occupational healthcare as well as the diverse industries served and publicize results through outreach by MaAOHN and through OSHA- or MaAOHN- developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).

  • Promote and encourage MaAOHN members' or participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
OSHA, MCP and MaAOHN 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 MaAOHN 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 workplace exposure 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 both organizations will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants.

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.

 



 
Frank Pagliuca
Area Director
Methuen Area Office



 
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Terry Donahue
President
Massachusetts Association of  Occupational Health Nurses



 
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Laura M. Marlin
Commissioner
Massachusetts Division of Occupational Safety



 
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Brenda Gordon
Area Director
Braintree Area Office



 
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Mary Hoye
Area Director
Springfield Area Office



 
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Sheila M. Litchfield RN, COHN-S
Past President
Massachusetts Association of Occupational Health Nurses



 
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