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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Susquehanna Valley Association of Pennsylvania Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. (SVAPOHN) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and SVAPOHN hereby form an Alliance to provide SVAPOHN members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources to address workplace health and safety issues, including emergency preparedness, musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), and workplace violence. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and SVAPOHN recognize that OSHA's Consultation Project partner is an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and SVAPOHN will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • Work with OSHA and provide expertise to develop training and education programs for occupational health professionals and human resource professionals regarding emergency preparedness, MSDs, or workplace violence prevention and provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.

  • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of courses about emergency preparedness, MSDs, or workplace violence prevention.

  • Develop a compendium of resources for members and others to use to implement and develop emergency preparedness programs, or MSD and workplace violence prevention strategies, or to conduct in-house training.

OSHA and SVAPOHN will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information, such as print and electronic media and electronic assistance tools, that would be accessible on OSHA and SVAPOHN Websites to employers and employees in the industry.

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at SVAPOHN conferences, local meetings, or other safety and health awareness events.

  • Communicate to OSHA personnel, SVAPOHN membership, and industry safety and health professionals information about best practices that are gathered by the Alliance. Publicize results through outreach by SVAPOHN and OSHA, or SVAPOHN-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures or any other applicable forum.

  • Promote and encourage SVAPOHN members or worksites' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and Consultation and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

  • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on emergency preparedness, MSDs, or workplace violence protection and/or other workplace safety and health issues that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

  • Encourage SVAPOHN members and worksites to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices, and Consultation Project to address health and safety issues.

OSHA and SVAPOHN will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the dialogue on workplace safety and health:

  • Raise others' awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever SVAPOHN leaders address groups.

  • Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health and publicize their results.

  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on emergency preparedness, MSDs, or workplace violence prevention issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

OSHA's Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as training and education, outreach and communication and promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health. 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 any of that party's products or services.

An implementation team made up of representatives of both organizations will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet at least three times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance.

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 concurrence of both signatures.




Andrew J. Hedesh, Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Wilkes-Barre, PA



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Carol I. Parks, President
Susquehanna Valley Association of Pennsylvania
Occupational Health Nurses, Inc.



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