The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and North Pacific Fishing Vessel Owners' Association (NPFVOA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and NPFVOA hereby form an Alliance to provide NPFVOA members and others in the commercial fishing industry with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to hazards associated with material handling, walking working surfaces, machine guarding and maintenance procedures, chemicals and emergency planning.
OSHA and NPFVOA will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
- Jointly conduct training and education programs on the following safety and health subjects:
Slips, Trips and falls
Personal Protective Equipment
OSHA and NPFVOA will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- Develop and disseminate information through print and electronic media, including electronic assistance tools and links from OSHA's and NPFVOA Web sites.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at NPFVOA conferences and Medical Emergencies at Sea classes.
- Cross-train OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals in NPFVOA best practices or effective approaches, as jointly determined by OSHA and NPFVOA.
- Promote and encourage NPFVOA members' or worksites' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and its Safety and health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).
- Share information on best practices, as jointly determined by OSHA and NPFVOA, of NPFVOA worksites with others in the commercial fishing industry and publicize the results through outreach by NPFVOA and through OSHA- or NPFVOA-developed training programs and materials.
OSHA and NPFVOA 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 NPFVOA leaders address groups.
- Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health and publicize their results.
- Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on safety and health hazards in commercial fishing 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.
OSHA and NPFVOA representatives 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 quarterly to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. OSHA will encourage OSHA Consultation Projects' participation where appropriate to help further 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.
Richard S. Terrill
Occupational Safety and
Leslie J. Hughes