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AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
Between
Boise Area Office
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
REGION 10
and
ST. LUKE'S REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER, LTD (Non-Clinical Departments, Boise)


The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Boise Area Office, Boise, Idaho and St. Luke's Regional Medical Center (St. Luke's) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and St. Luke's hereby form an Alliance to provide St. Luke's and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to workplace conditions occurring in General Industry which may result in occupational safety and health hazards and addressing compliance training with regard to certain subparts of 29 CFR 1910 relating to non-clinical issues, and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA). In developing this Alliance, OSHA and St. Luke's recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives

OSHA and St. Luke's intend to work together in this Alliance:

  • To share information on OSHA's National/Regional/Local Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and other opportunities.
  • To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
  • To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on general industry safety topics to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
  • To encourage involvement in workplace safety and health by encouraging worker participation in safety meetings, training in selected topics from 29 CFR 1910 (non-clinical subparts) and additionally, through participation in a Safety Sub-Committee to be established and focused on Building Services' safety and health issues, including chemical safety.

Training and Education

  • To develop effective training and education programs for building services and Environmental Services (EVS) employees regarding safety and industrial hygiene hazard recognition and elimination/abatement, and to communicate such information to employers and workers. On this point, it is further agreed that the most effective method of accomplishing this objective is the translation of materials into the native languages of this demographic group, and that all such actions regarding translation, optimization, documentation, and delivery must be pre-planned and coordinated, and are optimally a deliverable in year two (2) of this agreement.
  • To ensure hospital building services and housekeeping employees receive OSHA 10-hour General Industry training. Consistent with the previous point, this will be coordinated as a deliverable in year two (2) of this agreement.

Outreach and Communication

The Participants intend to work together:

  • St Luke's Health System (Boise) will develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
  • To speak, exhibit, attend, or appear at OSHA's or other conferences, local meetings, and training events, including but not limited to, OSHA Construction Partnership meetings and Safety Fest of the Northwest events. (agreed)
  • To establish a coalition or join with a current association of hospitals, clinics or other health care related providers/facilities to share Best Industry Practices and exchange safety and health lesson learned. (agreed)
  • To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.
  • To work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects topics related to hospital building services and related industry focus groups that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
  • To the extent possible, to work with existing St. Luke's Construction Partnership participants to share common forms, training materials, administrative methods, and other assets, for the avoidance of duplicative effort and to achieve other efficiencies. (agreed)
  • To develop and disseminate case studies on chemical exposure mitigation strategies, and safe work practices related to engineered systems found in the hospital building systems' environment.
  • To encourage other organizations to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to address safety and health issues. (agreed)

OSHA's Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives, training and education, and outreach and communication. 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 or promoting, nor does it intend to endorse or promote, any of that party's products or services.

Representatives of both OSHA and St. Luke's will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. Team members will meet two times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. OSHA team members will include representatives of the Boise Area Office and any other appropriate offices.

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 written concurrence of both signatories.

Signed this 31st day of March 2016 by:

  • David G. Kearns, Area Director, OSHA
  • Dave McFayden, Administrator, St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center
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