AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
ANDOVER, BRAINTREE AND SPRINGFIELD OSHA AREA OFFICES
MASSACHUSETTS ASSOCIATION OF VOCATIONAL ADMINISTRATORS
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS-MASSACHUSETTS
MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION
MASSACHUSETTS TEACHERS ASSOCIATION
MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF LABOR STANDARDS/OSHA CONSULTATION PROGRAM
OSHA TRAINING INSTITUTE EDUCATION CENTER, REGION 1/KEENE STATE COLLEGE
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Andover, Braintree, and Springfield Area Offices and the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA), American Federation of Teachers-Massachusetts (AFT-MASS), Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA), Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards/ OSHA Consultation Program (DLS), and OSHA Training Institute Education Center, Region 1/Keene State College (KSC OTI Education Center) continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and MAVA, AFT-MASS, DESE, MTA, DLS and KSC OTI Education Center herby renew the Alliance signed July 11, 2005 and renewed on July 11, 2008 and August 6, 2015 with a continued emphasis on reducing and preventing exposure to safety and health hazards in schools. Specifically, all organizations are committed to providing MAVA, AFT-MASS, DESE, MTA, DLS and KSC OTI Education Center members and others with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help protect the health and safety of workers, along with vocational students, and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). Through the Alliance, the organizations will continue to address a continued emphasis on reducing and preventing exposure to safety and health hazards in schools.
This renewal agreement provides a framework and objectives for the Alliance's activities. Alliance participants will summarize specific activities and timeframes for completion in a written work plan.
Through the Alliance, the organizations will use relevant injury, illness, and hazard exposure data when appropriate to help identify areas of emphasis for Alliance awareness, outreach, and communication activities. The Alliance will also explore and implement selected options to evaluate the effectiveness of the Alliance and measure the impact of its overall effort on improving workplace safety for employers and workers. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and MAVA, AFT-MASS, DESE, MTA, DLS and KSC OTI Education Center recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort, and that information about the products and activities of the Alliance may be shared with these partners for the advancement of common goals.
- To share information on OSHA's National/Regional/Local Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process.
- To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
- To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on workplace hazards faced by the entry level and youth workforce to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
- To encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by having each school with an OSHA authorized Outreach Trainer conduct at least one (1) hour outreach program for students annually. OSHA and the DLS will provide assistance and guest lecturers to authorize outreach trainers/teachers conducting the OSHA outreach classes for vocational students.
Training and Education
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and educational objectives:
- Provide expertise to develop training and education programs for vocational-technical education students and educators regarding safety and health hazards in the workplace and to provide expertise in communicating such information to students and educators.
- Deliver or arrange for delivery of occupational safety and health standards courses offered through the OTIEC, Region 1 (510 OSHA Standards for the Construction Industry and 511 OSHA Standards for General Industry) to enhance teachers' working knowledge of the OSHA safety standards to enhance curriculum for the benefit of students in all vocational classes. Along with mandatory experience using the OSHA standards in work history, the OSHA 510 and 511 are also prerequisites needed to take the Outreach Trainer Course.
- Deliver or arrange for delivery of OSHA Outreach Training courses (OSHA 500 Trainer Course in Occupational Safety and Health Standards for Construction) that authorize teachers to conduct the Outreach Training Program 10 and 30 hour classes at their respective schools. NOTE: Only OTIEC authorized instructors who meet the minimum instructor qualifications of the Directorate of Training and Education (DTE) may conduct OSHA standard and authorized Outreach Trainer courses.
- Participate in on-going teacher professional development by supporting teacher conferences and events enhanced by attendance and presentations by OSHA and DLS personnel.
Outreach and Communication
The Participants intend work together to achieve the following outreach and communication objectives:
- Work together to develop information on recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and provide expertise in methods of communicating information (for example, printed documents, electronic and social media, eTOOLS and APPS available at recognized agency websites.
- Share information among personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding best practices, effective approaches, and publicize the results through outreach by OSHA, DLS, OTIEC, DOE, MAVA, MTA and AFT-MASS developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars and lectures.
- Promote and encourage DESE, MAVA, MTA, and AFT-MASS Member participation in OSHA's cooperative programs and trainings, as applicable to schools.
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 and regional 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 or promoting, nor does it intend to endorse or promote, any of that party's products or services.
An implementation team made up of representatives of each organization will meet to develop a work plan, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet at least two times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. OSHA team members will include representatives of the Andover, Braintree, and Springfield Area Offices 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 five 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 written concurrence of all signatories.
Signed this 12th day of February, 2018.
Anthony Covello, Area Director
Andover MA OSHA Area Office
Occupational Safety & Health Administration
James Mulligan, Area Director
Braintree MA OSHA Area Office
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Mary E. Hoye, Area Director
Springfield MA OSHA Area Office
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA)
James B. Draper III, Director of Purchasing and Contracting Services
OSHA Training Institute Education Center, Region 1
Keene State College
Kevin Farr, Executive Director
Massachusetts Association of Vocational
Keith Westrich, Associate Commissioner
Career & Technical Education
MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Kathryn Flannery, Supervisor
MA OSHA Consultation Program
Department of Labor Standards
Thomas J. Gosnell