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

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), represented by its area offices in Georgia, the Georgia Institute of Technology, Safety Health and Environmental Division, and Georgia Nursing Home Association (GNHA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA, Georgia Tech, and GNHA hereby form an Alliance to provide GNHA’s members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect nursing home employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), bloodborne pathogens, falls, workplace violence and other hazards.

OSHA, Georgia Tech and GNHA will work together to achieve the following training and education goal:

  • OSHA and Georgia Tech will develop training and education programs for the participant’s employees that focus on safety and health issues related to the nursing home industry.1 The seminars will be suitable for and will address the needs of a broad range of professionals in the nursing home industry.2 GNHA will provide the training facilities, reproduce training material, advertise the training sessions throughout the state, and assign the appropriate continuing education credit units (CEUs) to the courses.

OSHA, Georgia Tech and GNHA will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • Develop and disseminate information through print and electronic media, including electronic assistance tools and links from OSHA’s, Georgia Tech’s and GNHA’s Web sites. GNHA members will also be registered to receive the OSHA Region IV E-Newsletter.
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at conferences, local meetings, or other events, such as the Annual GNHA Conference.
  • Promote and encourage GNHA members’ or worksites’ participation in OSHA’s cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, Consultation, and the Safety Health Achievement Recognition Program.
  • Share information on best practices, as jointly determined by OSHA, Georgia Tech and GNHA, with others in the industry.

OSHA, Georgia Tech and GNHA will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:

  • Raise others’ awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever GNHA 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 nursing home industry issues such as MSDs, bloodborne pathogens, falls and workplace violence, to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace.

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 OSHA, Georgia Tech and GNHA 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.

This agreement will remain in effect for two years. 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.

John Deifer
Savannah Area Director
Occupational Safety and
Health Administration


Fred A Watson
Georgia Nursing Home Association


Andre Richards
Atlanta- West Area Director
Occupational Safety and
Health Administration


Gei Thae Breezley
Atlanta-East Area Director
Occupational Safety and
Health Administration


Kenneth E. Johnson
Division Chief, Safety Health
and Environmental Division
Georgia Institute of Technology



1OSHA (Mission, Strategic Planning and National Emphasis Program); OSHA Website (E-tools & Safety Pays); Recordkeeping (OSHA 300 Logs and Recordkeeping requirements); Muscularskeletal Disorders (MSDs); Machine Guarding-Lockout Tagout; Electrical Hazards; Bloodborne Pathogens; Tuberculosis; Hazard Communication (Employee Right to Know); Personal Protection Equipment (PPE); Hazard Assessments; as well as Slips, Trips and Falls.

2Administrator, Assistant Administrator, Executive Director ; Coordinator, Clinical Department Heads; Clinical Consultants; Specialized Therapies; Business Office Manager; Regional and Corporate Staff; Nurses; as well as Nursing Aids and Maintenance Personnel.