AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
WILKES-BARRE AREA OFFICE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
THE NORTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA MANUFACTURERS AND
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, the Participants hereby renew in part the Alliance signed November 30, 2004, and last renewed on July 16, 2012 with a continued emphasis on providing the NEPA MAEA 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, 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, when resources permit:
- 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.
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at NEPA MAEA workshops and events.
Training and Education
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goals, when resources permit:
- To participate in existing NEPA MAEA employability training and education programs (YES) 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.
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 NEPA MAEA members 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 Project participation on the implementation 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 1st day of April, 2015.
- Mark Stelmack
- Area Director
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration
- Darlene Robbins
- Northeast PA Manufacturers and Employers Association