Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Region IV


The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Atlanta-East, Atlanta-west and Savannah Area Offices, the Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Occupational Safety and Health Division (Georgia Tech), and  the Georgia Health Care Association (GHCA) continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA, Georgia Tech, and the GHCA renew the Alliance signed October 21, 2003, and renewed on January 19, 2006, with a continued emphasis on the reducing and preventing hazards in the nursing home industry. Specifically, OSHA, Georgia Tech, and the GHCA are committed to providing GHCA 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 the prevention of workers exposure to musculoskeletal disorders (MSD’s) bloodborne pathogens, fall, workplace violence and other hazards in the nursing home industry.  In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and the AGC-MS 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

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

  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on nursing home safety and health issues, with industry groups, to help forge innovative solutions to safety and health concerns.

Training and Education

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

  • To develop effective training and education programs for employers and employees in the nursing home industry regarding prevalent safety and health issues1 and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.

Outreach and Communication

The Participants 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, Georgia Tech’s, and the GHCA’s Web sites) to employers and workers in the nursing home industries.
  • To speak, exhibit, or appear at GHCA Annual Conference, and local meetings, or other events.
  • To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding GHCA’s 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 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. OSHA team members will include representatives of the Atlanta-East, Atlanta-west and Savannah Area Offices and any other appropriate offices. 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. 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 21st day of June, 2011.

GHCA Alliance Signature Page:

1Training and Education topics will include the following: Intro to OSHA; OSHA Recordkeeping; Hazard Assessment; Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD’s); Bloodborne Pathogens, workplace violence; as well as Slip; Trips and Falls



 
Robert Vazzi
Savannah Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health
Administration


 
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Fred A Watson
President
Georgia Health Care
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Andre Richards
Atlanta- West Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health
Administration


 
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William Fulcher
Atlanta-East Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health
Administration


 
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Daniel J. Ortiz
Program Manager
Georgia Tech Research Institutes
Safety, Health & Environmental
Technology Division


 
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