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




The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Wilkes-Barre Area Office and The Northeast Pennsylvania Manufacturers and Employers Association (NEPA MAEA) 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, OSHA and The Northeast Pennsylvania Manufacturers and Employers Association hereby renew in part the Alliance signed November 30, 2004, and last renewed on April 5, 2010 with a continued emphasis on providing the Participant members, and others, with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help manufacturing businesses 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 worker safety issues and employer safety management issues that impact new employees in the workforce, small businesses, and employees with limited or English as a second language challenges. 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.

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:

  • To share information on OSHA's National/Regional/Local Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process.
  • To continue to participate in specified quarterly safety roundtable meetings on current OSHA topics to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues. Employees of member Participants that attend these monthly roundtables are solicited for relevant and current topics for these meetings.

Training and Education

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • To deliver effective training and education programs for Small Business members which include "Introduction to OSHA for Small Business" and" Introduction to Safety and Health Management", and to deliver such information to constituent employers and workers.
  • To participate in existing NEPA MAEA employability training and education programs for students, adjudicated young adults and limited or English as second language workers to promote workplace safety, including the roles and responsibilities of employees and employers in an effective safety program.

Outreach and Communication

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • To speak, exhibit, or appear at NEPA MAEA workshops and events, as resources permit.

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 Participants. By entering into an Alliance with any 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 Participant will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. Employees of member Participants that attend safety roundtables will be part of the implementation team in that they contribute ideas for relevant and current topics for these meetings. In addition, the team 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 OSHA Office. 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 written concurrence of both signatories.

Signed this 16th day of July, 2012.

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Mark Stelmack
Area Director
Occupational Safety
and Health Administration
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Darlene Robbins
President
Northeast PA Manufacturers
and Employers Association