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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the State of Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation / OSHA OnSite Consultation, and the Ohio Forestry Association, Inc. (OFA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA, OnSite Consultation, and OFA hereby form an Alliance to provide forestry-related companies (i.e. logging companies and sawmills) with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing deaths and serious injuries from falls, electrical, struck-by, caught-in, and other hazards related to logging industry work.

OSHA, OnSite Consultation, and OFA will work together to achieve the following training and education goal:

  • Work together to provide expertise to develop safety and health training and education programs (such as the Master Logging Certification and Chainsaw Safety training) for companies and their employees working in forestry-related industries such as logging and sawmills, and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.

OSHA, OnSite Consultation, and OFA will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • Work together to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards for forestry industry employees, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information to these employers and employees (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's, OnSite Consultation's, and OFA's websites).
     
  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding best practices and success stories, and publicize results through developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other appropriate forum or medium).
     
  • Promote and encourage forestry industry employer's participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, Consultation, and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
     
  • Encourage forestry industry companies to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Ohio Area Offices, as well as the Ohio BWC and OnSite Consultation to address health and safety issues.

OSHA, OnSite Consultation, and OFA will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:

  • Raise industry awareness of and demonstrate OSHA's, BWC's, OnSite Consultation's, CBS's and OSSA's commitment to forestry employee workplace safety and health whenever OSHA's, OnSite Consultation's, and OFA's leaders address groups.
     
  • Convene or participate in forums, round-table discussions, or industry meetings (such as the annual Paul Bunyan Show) on forestry industry safety issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input and guidance on forestry worker 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 all 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. Any signatory may withdraw from 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.

Agreed to on March 20, 2009




 
Deborah Zubaty
Area Director
Occupational Safety and
Health Administration
Columbus, Ohio



 
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John Dorka
Executive Director
Ohio Forestry Association, Inc.
Zanesville, Ohio



 
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Greg Collins Date
OSHA On-Site Consultation
Project Manager
Ohio BWC
Pickerington, Ohio



 
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