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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:
OSHA and RIDE will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication
- 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
- 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 goals related to promoting
the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- 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'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.
- 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
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.
PATRICK J. GRIFFIN
Providence Area Office
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
JOHAN E. UVIN
Office of Adult and Career & Technical Education