The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Allentown Area Office (AAO) and the Lehigh Career & Technical Institute (LCTI) continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and LCTI (hereinafter referred collectively as “the Participants”) hereby renew the Alliance signed November 17, 2005 and renewed April 19, 2010, with a continued emphasis on youth safety education. Specifically, the participants are committed to providing LCTI's students, faculty, administrators and the Occupational Advisory Council members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). Through the Alliance, the organizations will continue to address hazards associated with the various skilled and technical trades including but not limited to: construction, healthcare, manufacturing and service related industry clusters. In renewing this Alliance, the Participants recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following goals related to raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives, as resources permit:
- To share information on OSHA's National/Regional/Local Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process.
- To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
- To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on youth safety to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on
safety and health issues.
Training and Education
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goals, as resources permit:
- To develop effective training and education programs for youth entering the workforce regarding hazards associated with their trade(s), and to communicate such information
to constituent employers and workers.
- To develop effective training and education curricula for youth entering the workforce to promote understanding of workers' rights, including the use of the OSHA complaint
process, and the responsibilities of employers and to communicate such information to workers and employers.
- To deliver or arrange for the delivery of various safety and health related topics including but not limited to: fall hazards on the job site, hazards associated with operations
of heavy equipment used on construction sites, material handling hazards, use of personal protective equipment and hazards associated with chemicals.
Outreach and Communication
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals, as resources permit:
- To develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media,
electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's and the LCTI's Web sites) to students, faculty, employers serving on Occupational Advisory Councils and other academic (career and
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or LCTI's conferences, local meetings, or other Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education events.
- To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding LCTI's best practices or effective approaches through training programs,
workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.
OSHA's Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives, training and education, and outreach and communication. 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 or promoting, nor does it intend to endorse or promote, any of that party's products or services.
An implementation team made up of representatives of each organization 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. OSHA team members will include representatives of the Allentown Area Office and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA On-site Consultation Projects' participation on the team.
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 written concurrence of both signatories.
Signed this 12th day of December, 2012.
Jean G. Kulp
Occupational Safety and
Sandra J. Himes
Lehigh Career & Technical Institute