AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
ATLANTA-EAST AREA OFFICE,
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, GEORGIA
THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
(AFGE) LOCAL 987
THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIREFIGHTERS
(IAFF) LOCAL F107
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Atlanta East Area Office in Tucker, Georgia; Robins Air Force Base; the American Federation of Government Employees - AFGE Local 987; and the International Association of Firefighters - IAFF F107 (hereafter collectively referred to as the Robins Air Force Base Alliance) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful workplaces. To that end, the participants hereby form this Alliance to provide AFGE Local 987 and IAFF Local F107 members, base employees, 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 safety and health hazards, as well as hazards unique to Robins Air Force Base workplace environments, and to understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). Furthermore, Robins Air Force Base will pursue an environment of trust and respect that balances people and mission.
Promoting Worker Occupational Safety and Health and Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives
The Alliance Participants intend to work together towards the goals of promoting workplace occupational safety and health and raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives:
- To encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by participating in the activities of the Atlanta Field Federal Safety and Health Council (FFSHC).
Training and Education
The Alliance Participants intend to work together towards the following training and education goals:
- To develop training and education programs for employees regarding occupational hazards related to employee workplaces, communicating such information to employees and members of the Alliance.
- To deliver or arrange for the delivery of occupational safety and health training focused on safety and health issues related to employee workplaces and workplace hazards.
Outreach and Communication
The Alliance Participants intend to work together towards 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 the Alliance Participants' Web sites) to employees.
- To share information among Alliance Participants and industry workplace safety and health professionals regarding Alliance members' good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the Alliance participants.
OSHA encourages Alliances in an effort to foster an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship for purposes of promoting worker safety and health, 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 OSHA tools for Alliance participants.
This Alliance Agreement does not establish any legally enforceable requirements for Participants. In addition, participation in the Alliance and related activities is subject to availability of funds and other resources at the discretion of the Alliance Participant.
An implementation team made up of representatives of each Alliance Participant entering into this Alliance will meet to discuss activities and a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. Each Alliance Participant shall fund and resource its respective participation in the Alliance, subject to availability of funds and other resources at the discretion of the Alliance Participant. 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 OSHA Atlanta East Area Office and any other appropriate offices. Participation and meetings shall normally occur at Robins AFB, and may be attended via teleconferencing technology.
This agreement will remain in effect for three years. Any signatory may terminate it for any reason at any time, provided such signatory gives 30 days written notice. This agreement may be modified at any time with the written concurrence of all signatories.
Signed this 8th day of August, 2014.
Robert B. Tidwell, President
American Federation of
AFGE Local 987
Todd E. Surber, President
International Association of Fire
Fighters, IAFF Local F107
William C. Fulcher
Atlanta-East Area Director
Occupational Safety and
Christopher D. Hill
Robins Air Force Base, Georgia