The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Augusta Area Office,
the Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards – Maine 21(d)
Consultation Project and The Maine Labor Group on Health (MLGH), recognize the
value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more
healthful American workplaces. OSHA, Maine 21(d) and MLGH hereby form an
Alliance to provide the members of MLGH with information, guidance and access to
training resources that will help protect employee health and safety in general
industry and construction, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to
health hazards such as occupational exposures to noise, silica and lead and
safety related hazards, such as falls, electrical, caught in between, and struck
by hazards. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and MLGH recognize that OSHA's
State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA
OSHA, Maine 21(d) and MLGH will work together to achieve the following training
and education goals:
OSHA, Maine 21(d) and MLGH will work together to achieve
the following outreach and communication goals:
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for
general industry and construction regarding noise, silica, lead, falls, electrical,
caught in between, and struck by hazards, and to provide expertise in communicating
such information to employers and employees in the industry.
- Deliver or arrange for the delivery of the OSHA 10 and 30 hour construction courses.
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop workplace safety and health curricula on the
safety and health hazards that are unique to workers in the state of Maine.
OSHA, Maine 21(d) and MLGH 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 to
communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance
tools and OSHA's, Maine 21(d) and MLGH's Web sites) to employers and employees in general
industry and construction.
- Speak, exhibit or appear at OSHA's or MLGH meetings or other events such as safety and health related seminars.
- Promote and encourage MLGH members in worksite participation in OSHA's cooperative programs
such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program and the Safety and Health Achievement
Recognition Program (SHARP).
- Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects that focus on safety
and health issues in general industry and construction that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
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 MLGH leaders address groups.
- Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on health and
safety issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace and to provide input on these issues.
An implementation team made up of representatives of the organizations will meet
to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the
roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, the participants
will meet at least three times a year 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 from the date of signing. 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.
Peter G. Crockett
Maine Labor Group on Health
Edward F. Gorham
Maine Labor Group on Health
William J. Coffin
Augusta Area Director
Occupational Safety &
David E. Wacker
Workplace Safety & Health Division
Maine Department of Labor