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AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
ILLINOIS AREA OFFICES,
THE
GRAIN AND FEED ASSOCIATION OF ILLINOIS
AND THE
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY/CONSULTATION


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Grain and Feed Association of Illinois (GFAI) and the Onsite Safety and Health Consultation Program, IL DCEO (Onsite Consultation) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA, Onsite Consultation and the GFAI hereby form an Alliance to provide the GFAI 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 fire, fall, confined space and amputation hazards and addressing issues of emergency action plans, exits, fire extinguishers, grain bin entry, working on top of railcars and machine guarding. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and the GFAI recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA, Onsite Consultation and the GFAI will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for the GFAI membership regarding fire, fall, confined space and amputation hazards, and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.
  • Deliver or arrange for the delivery by OSHA of articles for the GFAI newsletters, including emergency action plans, exits, fire extinguishers, grain bin entry, railcar work and machine guarding.

OSHA, Onsite Consultation and the GFAI 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 GFAI Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or the GFAI conferences, local meetings, or other membership events.
  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding the GFAI best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by the GFAI and through OSHA- or the GFAI-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
  • Promote and encourage GFAI members' or worksites' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
  • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on industry hazard recognition and topics that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
  • Encourage the GFAI membership and/or worksites' to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues, including industry recognized hazards.

OSHA, Onsite Consultation and the GFAI 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 the GFAI 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 industry recognized hazard 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 the OSHA's Area Office, the GFAI and DCEO/Consultation. 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 three years. Any 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 all signatories.

 


John Newquist
Area Director
OSHA Peoria Area Office

 

Date

 


Hugh Whalen
Director
Grain and Feed Association of Illinois

 

Date

 


Gary Anderson
Area Director
OSHA Calumet City Area Office

 

Date

 


Diane Turek
Area Director
OSHA Chicago North Area Office

 

Date

 


Kathy O'Connell
Area Director
OSHA Aurora Area Office

 

Date

 


David Kramer
Director
Department of Commerce and
Economic Opportunity/Consultation

 

Date

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