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AGREEMENT TO ESTABLISH AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION, REGION X
AND
THE UNITED STATES ARMY GARRISON, FORT LEWIS

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Region X, and United States Army Garrison, Fort Lewis (FLWA), recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful responses to emergencies. Region X OSHA and FLWA therefore agree to form an Alliance to promote a culture of prevention by sharing best practices, technical knowledge, collective expertise and resources in preparation for and during emergencies.

In developing this Alliance, FLWA and OSHA recognize that emergency responses involve work under the jurisdiction of numerous federal and state agencies. OSHA also recognizes that FLWA employees work outside the state of Washington and in other jurisdictions. Programs produced by this Alliance may be applicable to and used at other work sites. OSHA will not interpret or enforce policies or regulations of other agencies.

Region X OSHA and FLWA agree to achieve the following training and education goal for emergency response operations:
  • Support the development of training and education programs that can be used to improve emergency response safety and health programs and activities.
Region X OSHA and FLWA agree to achieve the following outreach and communication goals for emergency response operations:
  • Provide FLWA leaders and employees with information and guidance in reducing and preventing employees' exposure to safety and health hazards during emergency response operations and related training activities.

  • Increase awareness and/or access to safety and health information and training resources. 

  • Share up-to-date information, such as injury, hazard and workforce trends, to help identify the top priorities for the development of emergency response safety and health training and outreach programs for OSHA and FLWA Safety Office. 

  • Cross train OSHA and FLWA Safety Office personnel in best practices pertaining to emergency response operations and other areas of mutual interest as jointly defined by OSHA and the FLWA Safety Office. Cross training may include joint inspections, outreach sessions, employee exchange programs, or other initiatives.

  • Promote and encourage FLWA-affiliated organizations to participate in OSHA's cooperative programs such as the Voluntary Protection Program and Strategic Partnerships. In addition, encourage FLWA leaders to act as mentors to other regional federal agencies that aspire to excellence in emergency response safety and health.

  • Jointly develop and disseminate information about this Alliance at conferences, local meetings, events, or through print and electronic media, including links from OSHA's Web site.

  • FLWA Safety Office will work with OSHA to provide expertise and input, including model programs that OSHA can use as part of the development of electronic assistance tools, such as Safety and Health Topics pages and E-Tools.

  • Share information on best emergency response practices, as jointly determined by OSHA and FLWA, with other federal agencies through outreach or training programs and materials.
Region X OSHA and FLWA will work together to the extent possible to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
  • Convene or participate in forums or roundtable discussions to discuss injury and illness trends and common emergency response operational hazards in order to help forge innovative solutions to safety and health problems in the workplace.

  • FLWA and OSHA will explore the possibility of an FLWA/OSHA-sponsored Emergency Response Safety and Health Symposium.
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 products or services.

Under this Alliance, Region X OSHA Management and the FLWA Safety Director will coordinate directly for support such as personnel, equipment, and other resources for an actual emergency. FLWA and OSHA believe the Alliance is an excellent tool to improve the overall safety of emergency response sites, increase outreach and communication between OSHA and other federal agencies, develop expertise of compliance officers and FLWA safety staff, and participate in the national dialogue on emergency response safety and health.

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 on a quarterly basis, or less frequently if mutually agreed upon, to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance.

The reports and other documents developed under this Alliance that are retained by OSHA are subject to the Freedom of Information Act. This agreement will remain in effect for two years from the date of signing. Region X OSHA and the FLWA will meet prior to the expiration of this Alliance to discuss accomplishments and if applicable, agree upon activities for the coming year. This agreement may be modified at any time with the concurrence of both signatories and may be terminated for any reason with 30 days written notice from either signatory.



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Richard S. Terrill
Regional Administrator
Region X, OSHA
Date   Michael K. Stephenson
Colonel, U.S. Army
Garrison Commander, Fort Lewis
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