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U.S. Department of Labor, Region X


Pacific Northwest Region

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Region X and the U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Region, covering the states of Oregon & Washington (Region 6), recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and Region 6 hereby form an Alliance to share information, guidance and access to resources amongst Forest Service employees and OSHA managers and Compliance Officers. Participants of this Alliance will summarize specific activities annually.

This Alliance will enhance Forest Service employee health and safety and will equip OSHA Compliance Officers with experience necessary to conduct thorough field inspections and investigations. OSHA and Region 6 will focus on safety and health issues including facility hazards, employee safety training, field hazard identification and typical wildland and forest firefighting techniques and methods.

The Participants will work collaboratively to achieve the following goals:

  • Build open lines of communication, mutual trust, and effective working relationships.
  • Enhance the training curriculum for the Forest Service’s classes - Safety for Supervisors, Safety for Committee Members, and Collateral Duty Safety Personnel.
  • Enhance field and firefighting hazard recognition and personal protective equipment (PPE) selection expertise of both OSHA and Forest Service employees.

The Participants intend to work together to achieve these goals by engaging in the following activities:

  • The Participants will participate in OSHA Leadership Meetings, Forest Service Regional Leadership Team Meetings or National Leadership Council Meetings in order to raise awareness of, and commitment to, workplace safety and health.
  • The Participants will convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings to help forge innovative solutions related to natural resource field-work and wildland firefighting hazards.
  • OSHA will support Agency Technical Assistance Requests (ATAR) from Region 6 for non-routine hazards and those hazards involving technically challenging hazard abatement methods.
  • OSHA will informally train Region 6 staff, management and union representatives in hazard identification and abatement during the walk around phase of OSHA’s programmed inspections at Region 6 facilities and during field work.
  • Region 6 will provide training in “wildland firefighting practices” and “USFS incident command system” to OSHA compliance staff through OSHA’s attendance at USFS Guard Schools.
  • Region 6 will familiarize OSHA compliance staff in the USFS Coordinated Response Protocol Guide (CRP) and Facilitated Learning Review process.

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.

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 two times per year to track progress and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance.

This Alliance will remain in effect for a two-year period. Either signatory may terminate it for any reason at any time, provided they give 30 days written notice. This alliance may be modified at any time with the concurrence of all signatories. This instrument is neither a fiscal nor a funds obligation document. Any endeavor or transfer or anything of value involving reimbursement or contribution of funds between the parties to this instrument will be handled in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, and procedures.

Signed this 8th day of July, 2016.

James M. Pena
Regional Forester
U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Region

Galen Blanton
Acting Regional Administrator
Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Region X

Lisa Wolfe
Regional NFFE Vice President
U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Region

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