AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
ALLENTOWN AREA OFFICE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
THE PENNSYLVANIA OSHA CONSULTATION PROGRAM
SAFETY PEER GROUP NETWORK
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Allentown Area Office, the Pennsylvania OSHA Consultation Program and the Safety Peer Group Network (SPG Network), which is a consortium, coordinated through Lehigh Valley Health Network - HealthWorks, of various businesses, including manufacturing, transportation and distribution centers, health care institutions, and faith-based organizations, recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA, the PA OSHA Consultation Program and the SPG Network (hereinafter referred collectively as "the Participants") hereby form an Alliance to provide the SPG Network members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to ergonomic hazards, healthcare environmental conditions, chemical hazards and by addressing injury and illness prevention programs, effective safety training, and OSHA's cooperative program opportunities, and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).
This 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 Participants 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 developing this Alliance, OSHA and the SPG Network 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 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 various safety and health topics including but not limited to: ergonomics, substance abuse testing and prevention programs, medical marijuana, legionella, silica, injury and illness prevention programs, OSHA Consultation Program and OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
- To encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by actively participating in workplace safety committees and/or workplace safety suggestion programs.
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 SPG Network members regarding, ergonomics, substance abuse testing and prevention programs, medical marijuana, legionella, silica, injury and illness prevention programs, OSHA Consultation Program and OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
- To develop effective training and education programs for SPG Network members to promote understanding of workers' rights, including the use of the OSHA complaint process, and the responsibilities of employers and to communicate such information to workers and employers.
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., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's and the Lehigh Valley Health Network – HealthWorks' Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or SPG Network conferences, local meetings, or other events, as scheduled and as time and resources permit.
- To educate stakeholders and encourage the voluntary use of the free, confidential onsite consultation services provided by the Pennsylvania OSHA Consultation Program.
- To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding SPG Network members good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, written documents and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the Participants.
- To work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on injury and illness prevention and hazard mitigation and control that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
- To develop and/or disseminate case studies on various occupational health hazards, as identified, and publicize their results.
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 representatives of the Allentown Area Office. OSHA will encourage the OSHA On-site Consultation Projects' participation on the team.
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 written concurrence of all signatories.
Signed this 20th day of September, 2017.
Jean G. Kulp
Area Director – Allentown Area Office
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Carmine J. Pellosie, DO, MPH, MBA, FACOEM
Occupational Health Services
Lehigh Valley Health Network - HealthWorks
PA OSHA Consultation Program
Indiana University of Pennsylvania