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AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
HARRISBURG AREA OFFICE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
AND
THE PENNSYLVANIA CHAMBER OF BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY


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 originally signed May 12, 2004 and last renewed July 18, 2014, with a continued emphasis on reducing and preventing exposure to occupational safety and health hazards, predominantly in 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). Through the Alliance, the organizations will continue to address general industry related issues.

This renewal agreement provides a framework and objectives for the Alliance's activities. Alliance participants will summarize specific activities and timeframes for completion in a written work plan.

Through the Alliance, the organizations will use relevant injury, illness, and hazard exposure data when appropriate to help identify areas of emphasis for Alliance awareness, outreach, and communication activities. The Alliance will also explore and implement selected options to evaluate the effectiveness of the Alliance and measure the impact of its overall effort on improving workplace safety for employers and workers. 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, and that information about the products and activities of the Alliance may be shared with these partners for the advancement of common goals.

Raising Awareness of OSHA’s Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following objectives related to raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives:

  • To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
  • To encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by participating in the PCBI sponsored Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers' Compensation, Health and Safety Division, annual employer safety committee recertification training event.

Training and Education

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

  • To develop effective training and education programs for member companies and others regarding occupational safety and health hazards, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
  • To present occupational safety and health information at least annually, to PCBI members on OSHA General Industry compliance.

Outreach and Communication

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

  • To develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's and PCBI Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
  • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or PCBI conferences, local meetings, or other applicable events.
  • 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 the participants.

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 work plan, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet at least two times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. OSHA team members will include representation from the Harrisburg Area OSHA Office. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA On-site Consultation Projects' participation on the team.

This agreement will remain in effect for five 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 written concurrence of all signatories.

Signed this 1 day of September 2016 by:

  • Timothy W. Braun, Acting Area Director, Harrisburg Area Office, OSHA
  • Samuel Gualardo, Director, PA/OSHA Consultation Program, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Jewell Lester, Vice President, Finance and Administration, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry
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