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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Orange-Ulster, Putnam/Northern Westchester and Rockland Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), and the New York State Department of Labor On-Site Consultation Program (NYS ON-SITE) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA, BOCES, and NYS ON-SITE hereby form an Alliance to provide BOCES members, students and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' safety and health, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to Construction and General Industry hazards such as falls, electrical, struck-by/ caught in / between, amputations, lead and silica exposures, ergonomic, and workplace violence among young workers.

In developing this Alliance, OSHA and BOCES recognize that OSHA's New York State On-Site Consultation Program is an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA, BOCES, and NYS ON-SITE will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for BOCES students and staff regarding hazards that might be encountered in the workplace, such as falls, electrical, struck-by/caught-in between, amputations, lead and silica exposures, ergonomic, and workplace violence hazards.
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop workplace safety and health curricula on hazards encountered in both construction and general industry.
  • Work with OSHA to provide BOCES faculty with the OSHA Construction and General Industry Train-the-trainer courses, so that they will be authorized to deliver the OSHA 10 and 30-hour courses, and provide the students with the 10 and 30-hour courses and issue course completion cards.

OSHA, BOCES, and NYS ON-SITE will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards such as print and electronic media, including electronic assistance tools and links from the OSHA and BOCES web sites, to teachers, students, and employees - especially young workers.
  • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of OSHA's 10 and 30-hour Construction and General Industry courses.
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's and BOCES conferences, local meetings, or BOCES Component School Districts events, such as annual Career Days and Safety and Health Fairs.
  • Share information among OSHA personnel and faculty regarding BOCES best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by BOCES and OSHA, and through OSHA or BOCES - developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures.

OSHA, BOCES, and NYS ON-SITE 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 OSHA, BOCES, and NYS ON-SITE leaders address groups.
  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on the effectiveness of different communication modes as applied to various audiences, with respect to safety and health topics, to help forge innovative solutions in the field of safety and health training.

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.

An implementation team made up of representatives of each signatory organization 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. At least one of these meetings will be in person.

This Alliance will strive to broaden its impact by reaching out to other organizations that share similar education goals and training standards. The Implementation Team will consider requests-to-participate that come from other BOCES Districts. These BOCES Districts will be accepted into the Alliance, as full Alliance participants, and will sign the Alliance Signatory Page, if there is a consensus among the Implementation Team members that this organization's participation will further the goals of the Alliance.

This agreement will remain in effect two years. Any 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 all signatories.

Signed this 15th day of July, 2005


Patricia K. Clark
Regional Administrator
OSHA, Region II


Dr. James T. Langlois
District Superintendent
Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES


Diana Cortez
Area Director
OSHA Tarrytown Area Office


Dr. James M. Ryan
District Superintendent
Rockland BOCES


John Tomich
Area Director
OSHA Albany Area Office


Dr. Robert J. Hannah
District Superintendent
Orange-Ulster BOCES


James Rush
NYS Department of Labor
Division of Safety and Health
On-Site Consultation Program

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