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

Region I and Region II of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Prevent Blindness Tri-State (PBTS) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safe and more healthful workplaces. OSHA and PBTS hereby form an Alliance that will provide employers, located in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey and their workers with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help to reduce the number of workplace eye injuries and blindness.

In developing this Alliance, OSHA and the PBTS recognize that OSHA's On-Site Consultation Programs in Connecticut and New Jersey are an integral part of this Alliance and the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and the PBTS will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • Work together to provide expertise to develop safety and health training and education programs addressing the impact of eye injuries in the workplace. The programs will focus on policy development, education for employees and training for supervisors and managers.

  • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of the OSHA 10 hour General Industry and Construction courses for PBTS member employers and their workers with added emphasis on preventing eye injuries and blindness.

OSHA and PBTS will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • Work together to provide expertise in developing information on the prevention of eye injuries and the implementation of eye safety management systems in the workplace, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic assistance tools and OSHA's and the PBTS' Web sites) to employers and employees.

  • Work together to provide expertise to educate employers on the benefits of integrating prevent blindness program components into their overall safety & health programs.

  • Raise awareness about OSHA and PBTS by including and distributing informational literature in the PBTS Welcome Kit and OSHA outreach materials.

  • Speak, exhibit or appear at conferences, local meetings or events, such as the PBTS Annual Dinner meeting and Federal Safety and Health Council meetings.

  • Promote or encourage PBTS's registered employers to participate in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and the Consultation Program.

  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding PBTS best practices or effective approaches, and publicize results through outreach by PBTS and through OSHA or PBTS developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars and lectures (or any other applicable forum).

  • Work with other OSHA Alliance participants to promote eye safety and health programs within their organizations.

  • Work with employers in OSHA's Region I and Region II to identify and recognize exemplary occupational eye safety programs that result in no lost time injuries or illnesses.

OSHA and the PBTS 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 occupational eye safety and health whenever PBTS members and directors address groups.

  • Develop and disseminate case studies and success stories illustrating the business and social value of occupational eye safety and health programs and publicize their results in PBTS and OSHA newsletters and other media such as local newspapers.

  • Convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions or meetings on school and workplace eye safety and health and help forge innovative solutions.

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 proven 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 product or services.

An implementation team made up of representatives of both organizations will meet to develop a plan of action, determine procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet at least three times per 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. Signatories 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 concurrence of signatories.

Signed on this 19th day of April, 2005

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Marthe Kent, Regional Administrator
OSHA Region I

Patricia K. Clark, Regional Administrator
OSHA Region II
Prevent Blindness Tri-State

Steven Peterson, President & CEO
Connecticut Department of Labor  

Richard Palo, MS, CIH
Director, Division of Occupational Safety & Health
OSHA On-Site Consultation Program
New Jersey of Labor and Workforce Development  

Leonard Katz
Assistant Commissioner
Labor Standards and Safety Enforcement