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

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (RIDE), Office of Adult and Career & Technical Education recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and RIDE hereby form an Alliance to provide career and technical education school teachers and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect career and technical education students' and educators' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to safety and health hazards in the workplace. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and RIDE recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and RIDE will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
  • Provide expertise to develop training and education programs for career and technical education students and educators regarding safety and health hazards in the workplace, and provide expertise in communicating such information to students and educators.

  • Deliver or arrange for delivery of OSHA #500 (construction) and OSHA #501 (general industry) train-the-trainer courses that certify trainers to conduct the OSHA 10-hour and 30-hour courses at their respective schools.

  • Deliver or arrange for delivery of the trainer update courses, OSHA #502 (construction) and OSHA #501 (general industry) so that teachers who are authorized trainers may maintain their trainer status.

  • Each school with an OSHA #500 (construction) and/or OSHA #501 (general industry) certified trainer will conduct at least one 10-hour course for students each year. OSHA will provide assistance to instructors that are conducting OSHA 10-hour courses for students by providing the 1-hour "Introduction to OSHA" segment of the 10-hour course for at least one class each year.
OSHA and RIDE will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
  • Provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information to career and technical education students and educators.

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or RIDE's conferences, local meetings, or other events.
OSHA and RIDE 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 RIDE leaders address groups.

  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on vocational student safety training issues to help forge innovative solutions 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 RIDE enter into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular party's products or services.

An implementation team made up of representatives of both organizations will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working 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. Either 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 both signatories.


Area Director
Providence Area Office
Occupational Safety and Health Administration


Office of Adult and Career & Technical Education