AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
ILLINOIS AREA OFFICES
THE ILLINOIS HEALTH CARE ASSOCIATION
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Illinois Health Care Association (IHCA) recognize the value of continuing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and the IHCA hereby renew 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 continue to recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA and the IHCA will continue to work together to achieve the following training and education 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 convention.
- 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 continue to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- 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 industry.
- 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 forums.
- 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.
OSHA and the IHCA will continue to 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 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.
The Alliance continues to 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. The Alliance continues to 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.
An implementation team made up of representatives of both organizations will continue to meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will continue to 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. 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 Health Administration
Illinois Health Care Association