Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program << Back to Region III


The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Manufacturers and Employers Association continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and the Manufacturers and Employers Association hereby renew in part the Alliance signed November 30, 2004, renewed on January 3, 2008, with a continued emphasis on providing the Manufacturers and Employers Association members, and others, with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help small manufacturing businesses protect the health and safety of workers. Through the Alliance, the organizations will continue to address: preparing for an OSHA inspection, electrical safety, accident investigation and recordkeeping. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and the Manufacturers and Employers Association recognize that OSHA’s State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and the Manufacturers and Employers Association will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
  • Deliver a series of seminars addressing Preparing for an OSHA Inspection, Basic OSHA Requirements, Accident Investigation and Interviewing Techniques, Introduction to NFPA 70E, and OSHA Recordkeeping Requirements.
     
  • 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 Safety and Human Resources Roundtables.
     
  • Encourage Manufacturers and Employers Association members to participate in OSHA training courses offered through the OSHA Training Institute and/or through the designated Educational Centers.
OSHA and the Manufacturers and Employers Association will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at Manufacturers and Employers Association conferences, local meetings, or other events in order to raise awareness of occupational safety and health and accident prevention.
     
  • Promote and encourage the Manufacturers and Employers Association 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 the Manufacturers and Employers Association’s sister chapters 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 Manufacturers and Employers Association web page and to recognize OSHA’s participation with the Manufacturers and Employers Association in promoting a safe and healthful workplace.
     
  • Disseminate new or updated OSHA information through existing communication tools, including web sites and newsletters, and through replies to email inquiries sent through the Association's member services area.
     
  • To explore new resources for providing information to the member organizations.
OSHA and the Manufacturers and Employers Association will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the dialogue on workplace safety and health:
  • Raise others’ awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever Manufacturers and Employers Association leaders address groups.
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 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. 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 Wilkes-Barre Area Office and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage 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 concurrence of both signatures.

 



 
Mark Stelmack, Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Wilkes-Barre, PA



 
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Darlene Robbins, President
Manufacturers and Employers Association



 
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