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


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), The Institute for Labor Studies and Research and the Rhode Island Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (RICOSH) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA, the Institute for Labor Studies and Research and RICOSH hereby form an Alliance to provide the immigrant community in Rhode Island with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing occupational injury and illness to adult and teenaged workers. In developing this Alliance, OSHA, The Institute for Labor Studies and Research and RICOSH recognize that OSHA's Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA, the Institute for Labor Studies and Research and RICOSH will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • Develop and present training and education programs for adult and teenaged workers regarding occupational safety and health rights and responsibilities and common hazards;

  • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of informational courses about hazards in the industries in where immigrant workers are commonly employed;

  • Disseminate informational literature and educational programs for employers associated with the immigrant community;

  • Develop and disseminate information through print and electronic media;

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at conferences and local meetings;

  • Promote and encourage employers to participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), Consultation, and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP);

OSHA, the Institute for Labor Studies and Research and RICOSH 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 RICOSH and The Institute for Labor Studies and Research leaders address groups;

  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on immigrant worker issues 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. The implementation team 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. 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.





Patrick Griffin
Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health Administration




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Carolina Bernal
Program Director
Immigrant Workers' Rights
The Institute for Labor Studies and Research




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James Celenza
Director
Rhode Island Committee on Occupational Safety and Health




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