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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Hamilton County Fire Chief’s Association recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and the Hamilton County Fire Chief’s Association hereby form an Alliance to provide Fire Department, emergency response team 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 ground hazards and addressing specific life safety issues. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and Hamilton County Fire Chief’s Association recognize that OSHA’s State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and the Hamilton County Fire Chief’s Association will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • Provide expertise to develop training and education programs for firefighter safety and health regarding trench collapse, overhead and underground electrical hazards, fall protection, homeland defense issues and general safety and health, and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.

  • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of the courses to meet the desired goals.

  • Provide expertise to develop workplace safety and health curricula on planned courses.

OSHA and Hamilton County Fire Chief’s Association will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • 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 Hamilton County Fire Chief’s Association Web sites) to employers and employees in all industries.

  • Speak, exhibit, appear or assist at OSHA’s or Hamilton County Fire Chief’s Association conferences, local meetings, other events or emergency scenes when requested.

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

  • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on reduction of line of duty deaths within the fire service, that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

  • Encourage the International Fire Chiefs’ Association, Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association, and other State and Local Fire Service Associations to build relationships with OSHA’s Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues, including reduction of firefighter line of duty deaths nationwide.

OSHA and Hamilton County Fire Chief’s Association 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 Hamilton County Fire Chief’s Association leaders address groups.

  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on firefighter safety 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 OSHA’s local area office. 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 a period of two (2) 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 concurrence of both signatories.



 
Michael G. Connors
Regional Administrator
Occupational Safety and Health Administration


 
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Kevin Kaiser
President
Hamilton County Fire Chief’s Association


 
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