ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Central Ohio National Federation of Independent Businessmen
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Central Ohio National Federation of Independent Businessmen recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and NFIB hereby form an Alliance to provide NFIB members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to hazards in machine guarding, electrical, lockout/tagout and to address written safety and health program issues. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and NFIB recognize that OSHA's On-Site Consultation Program is an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA and NFIB will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for small business employers and employees regarding hazards in areas such as machine guarding, electrical, and lockout/tagout, written safety and health programs, and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop workplace safety and health curricula for small business using the OSHA website.
OSHA and NFIB 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, OSHA's and the NFIB Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA or NFIB conferences, local meetings, or other state events.
- Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding NFIB best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by NFIB and through OSHA- or NFIB developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
- Promote and encourage NFIB members' or worksites' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and the NFIB's Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
- Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects such as annual training seminars for NFIB members which are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
- Encourage NFIB chapters to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues, including OSHA updates.
OSHA and NFIB 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 NFIB 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 OSHA issues 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. Team members will include representatives of Columbus Area OSHA office and Central Ohio NFIB. 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 will encourage OSHA's On-Site Consultation Program participation on the team.
This agreement will remain in effect for two years from the date of signing. 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 concurrence of both signatories.
- Deborah Zubaty
- Area Director
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration
- Shawn Combs
- Assistance State Director/Member Services
- National Federation of Independent Business/Ohio