AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
HARRISBURG AREA OFFICE AND
(THE MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY CENTER)
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Manufacturing Technology Center (MANTEC) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and healthier American workplaces. OSHA and MANTEC, Inc. hereby form an Alliance to provide Small to Medium size Enterprise (SME) employers and others with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to hazards impacting those Pennsylvania employers who comply with the General Industry standards. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and MANTEC recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
MANTEC covers the following counties: Fulton, Franklin, Perry, Cumberland, Adams, Dauphin, York, Lebanon and Lancaster. MANTEC, Inc. is an Industrial Resource Center (IRC) supported by the Commonwealth of Pa. through the Department of Community and Economic Development and an affiliate of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), a program of the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology. The MEP is a nationwide network of centers helping smaller U.S. manufacturers improve their performance and become more competitive. Today's MEP network delivers services and solutions to small manufacturers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
OSHA and MANTEC will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
- Develop training and education programs for occupational safety and health issues relevant to the MANTEC SME community, as defined by the Commonwealth.
- Deliver and arrange for delivery of occupational safety and health speakers at a semi-annual presentation to SMEs on OSHA General Industry compliance guidelines.
- Enhance and compliment MANTEC's current offerings of workplace safety and health curricula, including coverage of OSHA's most frequently cited General Industry standards (e.g. HAZCOM, recordkeeping, lockout/tagout, electrical), OSHA inspections, and other training opportunities. MANTEC would consider offering additional courses suggested by OSHA.
OSHA and MANTEC will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- (OSHA) Develop and (MANTEC) disseminate information through print and electronic media, including electronic assistance tools and links from OSHA's and MANTEC's web sites.
- MANTEC will update its website web page, to link to a wide variety of safety and health resources offered on OSHA's web page.
- OSHA will assist MANTEC by providing compliance assistance news items for MANTEC's website and newsletter.
- MANTEC will print an article in "Delivers" (MANTEC's quarterly newsletter) each year.
- MANTEC will highlight and publicize safety and health success stories to its SME. Specific emphasis will be given to VPP (Voluntary Protection Program) successes.
- OSHA and MANTEC will develop, speak, exhibit, or appear at each others' conferences.
- OSHA will assist MANTEC by suggesting topics for safety conferences and will provide speakers.
- MANTEC will regularly update OSHA about current manufacturing technologies in order to educate and promote safety in the workplace.
- Promote and encourage SME participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), Consultation and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).
OSHA and MANTEC will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting of the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- Raise awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to safety and health whenever MANTEC leaders or OSHA representatives have the opportunity to address SMEs and others about workplace safety and health.
- Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace.
OSHA's Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA to promote 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 quarterly 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. Any 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.
Mathew C. Bole
Acting Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
John W. Lloyd
President and CEO