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The Chicago North Area Office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Lake County Medical Society (LCMS) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and the LCMS hereby form an Alliance to provide LCMS members with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to bloodborne pathogen hazards and other hazards related to medical facilities. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and the LCMS recognize that OSHA’s State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and LCMS will work together to achieve the following training and education, goals:
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs targeted to healthcare professionals. In conjunction with the Chicago Medical Society there may be presentations sponsored and promoted by CMS and LCMS on OSHA requirements for medical offices. OSHA will assist with these presentations.
OSHA and LCMS will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
  • Work with OSHA to provide outreach materials for the medical community on applicable OSHA standards for their workplace.

  • Work with OSHA to create articles for the newsletters for LCMS on workplace hazards and solutions.

  • Promote and encourage LCMS members’ or worksites’ participation in OSHA’s cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP), and the Consultation Program and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).
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 from each of the 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 confer at least quarterly to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. OSHA will encourage the Illinois On-Site Consultation Project to participate on the team.

This agreement will remain in effect for two 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.

Diane Turek
Area Director
Chicago North Area Office
Occupational Safety and Health Administration


Jane Stein
Executive Director
Lake County Medical Society