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AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
COLUMBUS AREA OFFICE
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS–OHIO
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and National Federation
of Independent Business/Ohio (NFIB/Ohio) recognize the value of establishing a
collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American
workplaces. OSHA and NFIB/Ohio hereby renew an Alliance providing NFIB/Ohio
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 hazards in machine guarding, electrical, lockout/tagout
and to address written safety and health program issues. This Alliance will also
have a special emphasis on providing safety and health awareness training and
information to young workers in small businesses. In continuing this Alliance,
OSHA and NFIB/Ohio recognize that OSHA’s On-Site Consultation Program is an
integral part of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA and NFIB/Ohio will continue to work together to achieve the following
training and education goals:
OSHA and NFIB/Ohio will continue to work together to
achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- OSHA will provide expertise to develop
training and education programs for small business employers and employees
regarding hazards in areas such as machine guarding, electrical, and
lockout/tagout, written safety and health programs, and to provide expertise
in communicating such information to employers and employees, with a special
emphasis on young workers, in the industry.
- OSHA will provide expertise to develop workplace safety and
health curricula for small business using the OSHA website.
OSHA and NFIB/Ohio will continue to work together to achieve the following goals
related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- 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, OSHA’s and the NFIB Web sites) to
employers and employees, with a special emphasis on young workers, in the
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA or NFIB/Ohio conferences, local
meetings, or other state events.
- Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health
professionals regarding NFIB best practices or effective approaches and
publicize results through outreach by NFIB/Ohio and through OSHA- or NFIB
developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or
any other applicable forum).
- Promote and encourage NFIB/Ohio 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 (SHARP).
- Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects such
as annual training seminars for NFIB/Ohio members which are addressed and
developed through the Alliance Program.
- Encourage NFIB/Ohio to build relationships with OSHA’s Regional and Area
Offices to address health and safety issues, including OSHA updates.
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 continuing 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
Raise others’ awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace
safety and health whenever NFIB/Ohio 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 OSHA issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or
to provide input on safety and health issues.
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 Columbus Area OSHA office and NFIB/Ohio. 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. OSHA will
encourage OSHA’s On-Site Consultation Program participation on the team.
This agreement will remain in effect for two years from the date of signing.
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.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Member Benefits Program Manager
National Federation of Independent Business/Ohio