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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Central Florida Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (CF-ASSE) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and CF-ASSE hereby form an Alliance to provide CF-ASSE members and others with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to ergonomics hazards. Emphasis will also be placed on effectively communicating these issues to hard-to-reach groups, such as young workers and those whose primary language may not be English. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and CF-ASSE recognize that the OSHA Consultation Program is an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and CF-ASSE will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders, through good ergonomic programs and practices, and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in general and construction industries.
  • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of OSHA related presentations on safety and health issues, such as, ergonomic risk factors, MSD’s signs and symptoms, multi-disciplinary ergonomic committees, and OSHA’s ergonomic guidelines.
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop workplace safety and health curricula on the topics listed above for hard-to-reach groups, such as non-English or limited English speaking employees and young workers.
CF-ASSE and OSHA 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 (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA’s and CF-ASSE’s Web sites) to employers and employees in the industries.
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or CF-ASSE’s events such as seminars, conferences, networking meetings/sessions, local meetings, etc.
  • Promote and encourage CF-ASSE members' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance and the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), the University of South Florida Consultation Program and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP). Additionally, CF-ASSE members will be encouraged to attend an OSHA Train-the-Trainer Course on Occupational Safety and Health Standards.
  • Share information among OSHA personnel and safety and health professionals regarding achieving and maintaining professional certifications.
OSHA and the CF-ASSE will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, stakeholder groups and other forums, and provide input into the development of ergonomic programs and MSD guidelines 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; nor does the Agency enter into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular party’s products or services.

An implementation team made up of representatives of all parties 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 quarterly to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. Team members will include representatives of OSHA’s Tampa Area Office, and CF-ASSE.

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 concurrence of all signatories.

Leslie L. Grove III
Area Director
Tampa Area Office
Occupational Safety and Health Administration


Jeff Spackman
American Society of Safety Engineers
Central Florida Chapter