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The Pennsylvania Area Offices of the United States Department of Labor - Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Career and Technical Education (Bureau of CTE) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and the Bureau of CTE hereby form an Alliance to provide Career and Technical Centers and Vocational Technical Schools within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them enhance faculty and students (youth) health and safety education so as to reduce and prevent school related injuries and illnesses today and to these future employees of American workplaces tomorrow. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and the Bureau of CTE recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and the Bureau of CTE will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • Work to provide the opportunity for all Career and Technical Centers and Vocational Technical Schools to have authorized trainers/instructors within their faculty to provide workplace safety and health training programs (OSHA 10 hour and/or OSHA 30 hour training) to the students attending these career and technical/vocational trade institutions/schools, prior to entering the American workforce.
  • Encourage Career and Technical Centers and Vocational Technical School faculty to participate in the other various OSHA Training Institute courses offered through the OSHA Institute an/or through the numerous designated Educational Centers.
  • Assist in the development of workplace safety and health curricula to be tailored for the many trades within Career and Technical Centers and Vocational Technical Schools for those students (youth) who are studying in the various trades including but not limited to: food preparation, automotive and small engine repair, welding, electrical, carpentry, masonry, cosmetology, and security.

OSHA and the Bureau of CTE 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 OSHA's and the Bureau of CTE's Web sites.
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or the Bureau of CTE's conferences, local meetings, schools or other organizations in order to raise awareness of occupational safety and health and accident prevention for our youth.
  • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of OSHA related presentations to address safety and health issues for youth entering the workforce.
  • Share information on best practices, as jointly determined by OSHA and the Bureau of CTE, with other career and technical schools within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's educational system and publicize the results through outreach by OSHA or the Bureau of CTE developed training programs and materials.
  • Encourage other career and technical schools within Pennsylvania to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues within their respective schools and for the safety education of today's youth and tomorrow's workers.

OSHA and the Bureau of CTE 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 Bureau of CTE representatives and administrators address groups.
  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on safety and health issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

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 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 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. Either 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.


Edward Selker
Deputy Regional Administrator
Region 3
Occupational Safety and Health Administration




Dr. Lee Burket
Bureau of Career and Technical Education
Department of Education
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania



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