AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
ALLENTOWN AREA OFFICE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
LEHIGH CAREER & TECHNICAL INSTITUTE
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Allentown Area Office (AAO) and the Lehigh Career & Technical Institute (LCTI), hereinafter referred to collectively as “the Participants”, continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, the Participants hereby renew the Alliance signed August 27, 2003 and last renewed on December 18, 2014 with a continued emphasis on youth safety education. Specifically, the Participants are committed to providing LCTI’s students, faculty, administrators and 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 Participants 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.
This renewal agreement provides a framework and objectives for the Alliance’s activities. Alliance Participants will summarize specific activities and timeframes for completion in a written work plan.
Through the Alliance, the Participants may use relevant injury, illness, and hazard exposure data, within the school and community when appropriate to help identify areas of emphasis for Alliance awareness, outreach, and communication activities. The Alliance will also explore and implement selected options to evaluate the effectiveness of the Alliance and measure the impact of its overall effort on improving workplace safety for employers and workers. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and LCTI recognize that OSHA’s State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort, and that information about the products and activities of the Alliance may be shared with these partners for the advancement of common goals.
Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following objectives related to raising awareness of OSHA’s rulemaking and enforcement initiatives, as resources permit:
- 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 objectives, as resources permit:
- To review and provide input on 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 various safety and health related topics including but not limited to: understanding worker rights, fall, struck-by, caught between, electrical hazards, 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 objectives, 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 technical) institutions.
- 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, academia 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 Participants will meet to develop a work plan, 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. OSHA will encourage State Plan States’ and OSHA On-site Consultation Projects’ participation on the team.
This agreement will remain in effect for five 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 19th day of January, 2017.
- Jean G. Kulp
- Area Director
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration
- Dr. Thomas J. Rushton
- Executive Director
- Lehigh Career & Technical Institute