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



The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development (PEOSH) and the Paterson Education Association (PEA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA, PEOSH and PEA hereby form an Alliance to provide the PEA members, young workers and others, including parents, guardians and potential employers of young workers with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect worker health and safety. OSHA, PEOSH and PEA will focus on a number of areas including reducing and preventing exposure to electrical hazards, unguarded machinery, hazard identification and communication, personal protective equipment, slips, trips and falls, as well as air quality and blood borne pathogens. In addition, emphasis will be placed on restricted and prohibited occupations for young workers. In developing this Alliance, OSHA, PEOSH and PEA recognize that OSHAs New Jersey State Plan and On-Site Consultation Program (PEOSH) are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA, PEOSH and PEA will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
  • Develop training and education programs to address on the job safety and health issues for PEA members, young workers, parents, guardians and potential employers of young workers. Training may address such issues as electrical hazards, machine guarding, hazard identification and communication, personal protective equipment, slips, trips and falls, air quality and blood borne pathogens.
     
  • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of the OSHA 10 Hour General Industry, the OSHA 10 Hour Construction and the OSHA Train theTrainer courses; General Industry and/or Construction, or both, for the PEA members.
     
  • Include in the OSHA 10 Hour General Industry and OSHA 10 Hour Construction course an additional two hours of instruction on NJDOE safety and health regulations and introduction to school safety and health issues associated with placing young workers at job sites. This will be referred to as the OSHA 10 Plus Program and will be presented to PEA members who are responsible for placing young workers in jobs or who are seeking certification to do so.
     
  • Arrange for the delivery of training on restricted and prohibited occupations for young workers for PEA members who are responsible for placing young workers in jobs, or who are seeking certification to do so, for parents and for potential employers of young workers.
     
  • Arrange for the delivery of training on the N.J. Public Employees Occupational Safety and Health Act (PEOSHA) for PEA members.
     
  • Develop and promote the in-school delivery of the OSHA 10 Hour General Industry, 10 Hour Construction and OSHA 2 Hour Safety and Health Awareness Programs for young workers.
OSHA, PEOSH and PEA 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 the OSHA and PEA websites.
     
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at conferences, local meetings, or events such as the annual New Teacher Orientation Program to promote awareness for on the job safety and health.
     
  • Cross-train OSHA, PEOSH and PEA safety and health professionals on best practices or effective approaches to presenting in-school training on safety and health issues to students and young workers.
     
  • Promote and encourage school administrators and potential employers of young workers to participate in OSHAs cooperative programs such as compliance assistance and the On-Site Consultation Programs for the private and public sectors.
     
  • Share information on best practices with education associations in neighboring cities, counties and states.
     
  • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects to encourage PEA member employers and potential employers of young workers to ensure their premises are free from workplace safety and health hazards.
OSHA, PEOSH and PEA will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
  • Raise the awareness of others to demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever leaders of the PEA address groups.
     
  • Develop and disseminate case studies and success stories illustrating the business and social value of workplace safety and health and publicize their results in OSHA newsletters and other media such as local and school newspapers.
     
  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or meetings to discuss safety and health issues and to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace.
OSHAs 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 partys products or services; nor does the Agency enter into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular partys products or services.

An implementation team made up of representatives of OSHA, PEOSH and PEA 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.

This agreement will remain in effect for 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 on this 16th day of April, 2008
 
Occupational Safety and Health Administration


 
Louis Ricca, Jr.
Acting Regional Administrator


 


 
Lisa Levy, Area Director
Hasbrouck Heights Area Office


 

New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development


 
Leonard Katz, Assistant Commissioner
Labor Standards and Safety Enforcement


 


 
Howard Black, Director
Public Safety & Occ. Safety & Health


 

Paterson Education Association


 
Peter A. Tirri, President


 


 
Joseph J. Mazur, Jr. Chairman
Committee on Worksite Safety & Health