The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Harrisburg Area Office and the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry (PCBI) continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and PCBI hereby renew the Alliance signed March 29, 2004 and last renewed August 18, 2009 with a continued emphasis on reducing and preventing exposure to hazards associated predominantly with general industry. Specifically, OSHA and PCBI are committed to providing PCBI 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). In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and PCBI 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
OSHA and PCBI 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 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 hazards associated with general industry to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues, as resources permit.
- To encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by participating in the PCBI sponsored Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and the Bureau of Pennsafes’ annual employer/employee safety committee recertification training event.
Training and Education
OSHA and PCBI intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
- To develop or assist in the development of effective training and education programs for member companies and others regarding hazards within the general industry sector and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
- To present occupational safety and health topics at least annually, to PCBI members on OSHA General Industry compliance.
Outreach and Communication
OSHA and PCBI intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- 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 PCBI Web site) to employers and workers in the industry.
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or PCBI conferences, local meetings, or other applicable events, as resources permit.
- To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding PCBI good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by OSHA and PCBI.
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 representatives of each organization will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of OSHA and PCBI. In addition, they will meet at least three times per year to track and shareinformation on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. OSHA team members will include representatives of the Harrisburg Area OSHA Office that is a signatory to the Alliance agreement and any other appropriate office. OSHA will encourage State Plan States’ and 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 5th day of March, 2012.
Area Director - Harrisburg Area Office
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Vice President of Finance and Operations
Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry