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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Massachusetts Consultation Program (MCP) and the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA, MCP and MNA hereby form an Alliance to provide MNA 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 occupational exposure to antineoplastic and other hazardous drugs, hazardous chemicals and materials (i.e., glutaraldehyde, ethylene oxide, and anesthetic gases, bloodborne pathogens and other infectious diseases, exposure to sharps and natural rubber latex), workplace violence and ergonomic hazards.

OSHA, MCP and MNA will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of training sessions on antineoplastic and other hazardous drugs, hazardous chemicals and materials (i.e., glutaraldehyde, ethylene oxide, and anesthetic gases, bloodborne pathogens and other infectious diseases, exposure to sharps and natural rubber latex), workplace violence and ergonomic hazards.

OSHA, MCP and MNA will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:/

  • Disseminate information through print and electronic media, including electronic assistance tools and links from OSHA's, MCP's and MNA's web sites.

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at MNA's conferences and local meetings.

  • Promote and encourage MNA memberships' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding MNA effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by MNA and through MNA developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars and lectures.

OSHA, MCP and MNA 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 MNA's leaders address groups.

  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on antineoplastic and other hazardous drugs, hazardous chemicals and materials (i.e., glutaraldehyde, ethylene oxide, and anesthetic gases, bloodborne pathogens and other infectious diseases, exposure to sharps and natural rubber latex), workplace violence and ergonomic hazards 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 at least quarterly 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.





MARTHE B. KENT
Regional Administrator
Occupational Safety and
Health Administration




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KAREN HIGGINS
President
Massachusetts Nurses Association




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ROBERT PREZIOSO
Commissioner
Massachusetts Division of
Occupational Safety




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JULIE PINKHAM
Executive Director
Massachusetts Nurses Association




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RICHARD FAZZIO
Area Director
Methuen Area Office




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BRENDA GORDON
Area Director
Braintree Area Office




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RONALD E. MORIN
Area Director
Springfield Area Office




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