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


The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Tampa Area Office and the Tampa Area Safety Council (TASC) continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and the TASC hereby renew the Alliance signed March 13, 2008, and renewed February 7, 2011, with a continued emphasis on reducing and preventing 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). Specifically, emphasis will also be placed on effectively communicating these issues to hard-to-reach groups, such as non-English speaking and youth workers. Both organizations are committed to providing the TASC 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). In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and the TASC 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, stakeholder meetings, or 1steering 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.

Training and Education

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

  • To develop effective 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 communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.

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

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 and the TASC's Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.

  • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or the TASC's educational awareness seminars, conferences, local meetings, and the annual TASC Board Meeting, or other TASC events.

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 Tampa Area Office and any other appropriate offices.

This agreement will remain in effect for two-years. Either 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 both signatories.

This 25th day of April, 2013.




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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Footnote 1 - OSHA and TASC will establish a steering committee of safety and health community leaders to discuss the safety and health concerns of small businesses. The group will promote safe and healthful workplaces and develop mentoring tools and outreach products for small businesses in the warehousing and distribution industries.