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AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
WILKES-BARRE AREA OFFICE
AND
THE GREATER HAZLETON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce hereby form an Alliance to provide the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce members and others with training, information, guidance, and access to OSHA resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing employee injury and illness. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of a series of 5 seminars to its members addressing: Safety Pays, Preparing for an OSHA Inspection, PENN SAFE, Workers' Compensation, and Violence in the Workplace. These seminars will be held within a 12 month period.
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to members in order to enhance workplace safety and health programs by requesting OSHA attendance and participation in selected Roundtables.
  • Encourage the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce members to participate in OSHA training courses offered through the OSHA Institute and/or through the designated Educational Centers.
  • Arrange for the delivery of the OSHA 10 hour course for general industry to be offered to the members of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce members.

OSHA and the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce conferences, local meetings, or other events in order to raise awareness of occupational safety and health and accident prevention.
  • Promote and encourage Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce members' or worksites' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and Consultation and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
  • Encourage other Chamber's of Commerce to build alliances/relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices, State Plan States, and Consultation Projects to address health and safety issues.
  • Promote OSHA's web based resources by linking the OSHA website to the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce web page and to recognize OSHA's participation with the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce in promoting a safe and healthful workplace.
  • Disseminate new or updated OSHA information through existing communication tools, including web sites and news letters (HR- Corner Topic), and to explore new resources for providing such information to the Chambers members.

OSHA and the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce 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 the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce leaders address groups.
  • Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health and publicize their results.
  • Convene or participate in forums, roundtable 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 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 products or services.

An implementation team made up the Human Resources Committee of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce and the Compliance Assistance Specialist of the Wilkes-Barre OSHA office 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 one-year and is renewable for one-year periods with the agreement of both parties. Any signatory may terminate the Alliance 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 both signatories.

 


Andrew Hedesh
Wilkes-Barre Area Director
Occupational Safety and
Health Administration

 

Date

 


Donna Palermo
President
Greater Hazleton Chamber Of Commerce

 

Date

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