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


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful workplaces within the State of Ohio. The Cleveland OSHA Office and Cuyahoga Community College hereby form an Alliance to provide Cuyahoga Community College members, businesses, and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees’ health and safety. In particular, emphasis will be placed on the prevention of fatalities and serious injuries and illnesses in construction and general industry. OSHA’s national and local emphasis programs can be the basis for determining course content. Those emphasis programs are designed to address industry hazards that cause fatalities and serious injuries and illnesses to employees. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and Cuyahoga Community College recognize that OSHA’s State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and Cuyahoga Community College will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for construction employers as well as those from general industry.

  • Delivery or arrangement for the delivery of these courses will be accomplished by Cuyahoga Community College.

  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing workplace safety and health curricula on such topics as the following: Hazard Awareness and Recognition, Benefits of an effective Safety and Health program, Effective Safety and Health Training, and OSHA Recordkeeping.

OSHA and Cuyahoga Community College will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at Cuyahoga Community College meetings to provide a forum for OSHA personnel to address members and others. Design and implement at least two “Safety Days” to be held at the college and hosted by both entities. These separately held “Safety Days” will be designed for smaller businesses in general industry and construction to discuss pertinent safety and health issues, program development, industry representation and other related topics.

  • Develop and disseminate information through print and electronic media, including electronic tools and links from OSHA’s and Cuyahoga Community College Web sites along with occasional articles provided by OSHA for applicable publications.

  • Cross-train OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals in Cuyahoga Community College’s best practices or effective approaches, as jointly determined by OSHA and Cuyahoga Community College.

  • Promote and encourage members of Cuyahoga Community College to participate in OSHA’s cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and SHARP.

  • Share information on best practices, as jointly determined by OSHA and Cuyahoga Community College, with others in the industry and publicize the results through outreach by Cuyahoga Community College and through OSHA or Cuyahoga Community College developed training programs and materials.

OSHA and Cuyahoga Community College 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 Cuyahoga Community College leaders address groups.

  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on best practices in the industry 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 quarterly to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. OSHA will encourage OSHA Consultation Projects’ 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.



Rob Medlock, Area Director
Cleveland OSHA Office
Occupational Safety and Health Administration


Leo Russo
Program Manager, Construction
Industry Training
Cuyahoga Community College

Signed:   September 20, 2005