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Maine Labor Group on Health


AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE

AMONG

THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
AUGUSTA AREA OFFICE

THE MAINE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, BUREAU OF LABOR STANDARDS
MAINE 21(d) CONSULTATION PROJECT
AND

MAINE LABOR GROUP ON HEALTH

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 national effort.

OSHA, Maine 21(d) and MLGH will work together to achieve the following training and education 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 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 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, Maine 21(d) and MLGH 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 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.
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 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
Executive Director
Maine Labor Group on Health



 
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Edward F. Gorham
President
Maine Labor Group on Health



 
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William J. Coffin
Augusta Area Director
Occupational Safety &
Health Administration



 
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David E. Wacker
Director
Workplace Safety & Health Division
Maine Department of Labor



 
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