to Region V
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Illinois Health Care Association
(IHCA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more
healthful American workplaces. OSHA and the IHCA hereby form an Alliance (the “Alliance”) to provide
IHCA 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
blood, ergonomic, chemical, electrical, and physical hazards and for the implementation of effective
safety and health programs. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and the IHCA recognize that OSHA’s
State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA and the IHCA will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
OSHA and the IHCA will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- Develop and provide training and education programs for the IHCA’s members and healthcare industry
for preventing exposure to blood, ergonomic, chemical, electrical, and physical hazards and for the
implementation of effective safety and health programs and to provide expertise in communicating
such information to employers and employees in the industry.
- Deliver or arrange for the delivery of safety and health training sessions at the IHCA’s
- Develop workplace safety and health checklists that can be used to assist IHCA members and health
care industry employers in identifying and controlling hazards.
OSHA and the IHCA will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the
national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- Provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards
and developing innovative ways of communicating such information through print, electronic media,
electronic tools, and the IHCA’s Web site to assist IHCA members, employers and employees in the
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at the IHCA’s conventions, regional meetings, or other events.
- Share non-confidential information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health
professionals regarding the IHCA’s best practices or effective approaches and publicize results
through outreach by the IHCA and through OSHA or the IHCA developed materials, training programs,
workshops, seminars, lectures or other applicable forum.
- Promote and encourage the IHCA members’ participation in OSHA’s cooperative programs such as
compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and Consultation and its Safety and Health
Achievement Recognition Program.
- Work with IHCA members and other participants on specific issues and projects for safety and
health program improvements.
- Encourage the IHCA members to build relationships with OSHA’s Regional and Area Offices, State
Plan States, and Consultation Projects to address health and safety issues.
The Alliance provides 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. The Alliance will be a valuable tool for both OSHA
and Alliance participants. By entering into the Alliance, neither IHCA nor OSHA endorses any of each
other’s products or services; nor do either party enter into the Alliance for the purpose of
promoting the other party’s products or services.
- Raise others’ awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health
whenever the IHCA 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 health and
safety issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace.
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 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 two years. Either party may terminate it for any reason at
any time, provided they give 30 days advanced written notice. This agreement may be modified in
writing at any time with the concurrence of both parties.
Occupational Safety and
William L. Kempiners
Illinois Health Care Association