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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Appalachian Oil and Gas Safety Consortium (Consortium) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and the Consortium hereby form an Alliance to provide alliance members and others in the oil and gas industry with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing employee exposure to hazards involved in exploration, drilling, extraction, servicing, and distribution of oil and natural gas. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and the Consortium, recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA and the Consortium will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
OSHA and the Consortium will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise in the development of training and education programs for employees involved in the exploration, drilling, extraction, servicing, and distribution of oil and natural gas. Training materials include the development of OSHA 10-Hour, 30-Hour, and Train-the-Trainer courses focused to the oil and gas industry.
OSHA and the Consortium will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's and Alliance members’ web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at oil and gas industry conferences, local meetings, or other events to promote occupational safety and health for the industry.
- Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by and through materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures.
- Promote and encourage members' or worksites' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Voluntary Protection Challenge Program, and Consultation and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
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.
- Raise others' awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever consortium leaders address groups.
- Encourage and engage manufacturers of drilling equipment to consider safety in the design phase such as providing anchorage points for fall protection.
An implementation team made up of representatives from the Alliance membership 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.
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.