Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Region II

Region I and Region II of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Prevent Blindness Tri-State (PBTS) recognize the value of continuing a collaborative relationship to foster safe and more healthful workplaces. OSHA and PBTS therefore agree to renew their Alliance signed on April 21st, 2009 to provide employers, located in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey and their workers with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help to reduce the number of workplace eye injuries and blindness.

In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and the PBTS recognize that OSHA’s On-Site Consultation Programs in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey are an integral part of this Alliance and the OSHA national effort. 

OSHA and the PBTS will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • Work together to provide expertise to develop safety, health and wellness training and education programs addressing the impact of eye injuries and other vision problems in the workplace. The programs will focus on policy development, education for employees, and training for supervisors and managers.
  • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of the OSHA 10 hour General Industry and Construction Programs for PBTS associates and their workers with added emphasis on preventing eye injuries and blindness.
  • Encourage PBTS associates to contact the NY, NJ and CT On-Site Consultation Programs to arrange for a free on-site safety & health consultation. Training for employees will be conducted to address hazards found. In addition, safety and health management programs will be reviewed and recommendations made for incorporating PBTS program components in their overall safety & health programs.

OSHA and PBTS will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • Work in conjunction with the NY, NJ and CT OSHA Area Offices and the On-Site Consultation Programs to promote the “Worksight Awards Program”. The program will honor those organizations with outstanding eye safety, health, and wellness written programs and practices that result in no lost time injuries or illnesses. 
  • Work together annually to develop and conduct special events for promoting March “Workplace Eye Safety & Health Month”.
  • Work together to provide expertise in developing information on the prevention of eye injuries and the implementation of eye safety management systems in the workplace, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic assistance tools and OSHA’s and the PBTS’ Newsletters) to employers and employees.
  • Work together to provide expertise to educate employers on the benefits of integrating prevent blindness program components into their overall safety, health & wellness programs.
  • Raise awareness about OSHA, the On-Site Consultation Program and PBTS by including and distributing informational literature in the PBTS Welcome Kit and OSHA outreach materials.
  • Speak, exhibit or appear at conferences, local meetings or events, such as Federal Safety and Health Council meetings.
  • Promote or encourage PBTS associates to participate in OSHA’s cooperative programs such as compliance assistance and the Voluntary Protection Program.
  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding PBTS best practices or effective approaches, and publicize results through outreach by PBTS and through OSHA or PBTS developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
  • Work with OSHA Alliance, Partnership and Voluntary Protection Program participants and the Voluntary Protection Program Participants Association to promote eye safety, health, and wellness programs within their organizations.

OSHA and the PBTS 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 occupational eye safety, health, and wellness whenever PBTS staff, associates and directors address groups.
  • Develop and disseminate case studies and success stories illustrating the business and social value of occupational eye safety, health, and wellness programs and publicize their results in PBTS and OSHA newsletters and other media such as local newspapers.
  • Convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions or meetings on school and workplace eye safety, health, and wellness and help forge innovative solutions.

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 product or services.

An implementation team made up of representatives of each of the signing organizations will meet to develop a plan of action, determine 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.

This agreement will remain in effect for two years. Signatories 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 concurrence of the signatories.

Signed on this Eighth Day of June, 2011

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Marthe Kent, Regional Administrator
OSHA Region I

Robert D. Kulick, Regional Administrator
OSHA Region II

Prevent Blindness Tri-State

Kathryn Garre-Ayars, President & CEO

Connecticut Department of Labor

Kenneth Tucker, Program Manager
Division of Occupational Safety & Health
OSHA On-Site Consultation Program

New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development

John Monahan, Assistant Commissioner
Labor Standards & Safety Enforcement

New York State On-Site Consultation Program

Jim Rush, Program Manager