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AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
TAMPA, FL AREA OFFICES
AND
THE TAMPA AREA SAFETY COUNCIL, INC.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and The Tampa Area Safety Council (TASC) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and the TASC hereby form an Alliance to provide the TASC members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help protect employees' health and safety. OSHA and TASC will work to reduce and prevent employee exposure to workplace hazards in the warehousing and distribution industries, by developing effective safety and health tools (i.e., safety and health management systems and struck-by prevention programs, emergency planning, as well as fleet safety programs, first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) programs). In addition an emphasis will be placed on effectively communicating these issues to hard-to-reach groups, such as non-English speaking workers. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and TASC recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and TASC will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for employees and employers in the warehousing and distribution industries regarding safety and health management systems and struck-by prevention programs, emergency planning, as well as fleet safety programs, first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) programs, and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industries.

  • TASC will deliver or arrange for the delivery of certified training courses and other courses on the topics listed above.

  • 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 speaking workers.
OSHA and TASC 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 the TASC's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industries.

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or TASC's events such as educational awareness seminars, local meetings, and the annual TASC Board Meeting.

  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding TASC best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by the TASC and through OSHA- or TASC-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).

  • Promote and encourage TASC members or worksites to participate in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, Onsite Consultation and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
OSHA and TASC will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
  • Raise the awareness of other industry groups and the public with respect to workplace safety and health, and demonstrate the industry's commitment to the issues identified in this Alliance Agreement when TASC leaders address outside groups, educational conferences and member meetings.

  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, stakeholder meetings, or steering committees on fleet safety, emergency care and occupational safety and health programs 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 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 from the date of signing. Either signatory may terminate the agreement 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 signatories.





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



 
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Patty Fernandez
Chief Executive Officer
Tampa Area Safety Council, Inc.



 
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