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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Safety Council of Northwest Ohio (SCNWO) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and the Safety Council of Northwest Ohio hereby form an Alliance to use their collective expertise to help foster a culture of prevention while sharing best practices and technical knowledge.
OSHA and SCNWO agree to establish an Alliance to promote safe and healthful working conditions for improvement of safety and health protections in the workplace, particularly in helping to reduce and eliminate related worker deaths and injuries by:
- Providing SCNWO members with information and guidance that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to potential workplace hazards.
- Increasing access to safety and health information and training resources.
OSHA and SCNWO will also work together to achieve the following training and education goals
- Develop training and education programs on injury/accident prevention; implementation of safety and health management systems; incident/accident investigation & analysis; safety, health & environmental auditing/inspections/evaluations; job safety analysis; regulatory compliance management; process safety management; safety performance management; transportation safety management; safety and evacuation plans; hazard recognition, evaluation, analysis & control; ergonomics; emergency preparedness; first aid; Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR); Automated External Defibrillator (AED); workplace violence; avoidance and reduction of traffic collisions; and safety/prevention issues targeted for employer and employee awareness.
- Deliver or arrange for the delivery of safety awareness, prevention, management, and compliance courses.
- Develop workplace safety and health curricula.
- Increase awareness of available OSHA and SCNWO resources.
OSHA and SCNWO will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- Develop and disseminate information at conferences, events, or through print and electronic media, including links from OSHA's and SCNWO's Web sites.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at conferences, local meetings, or other events.
- Promote and encourage SCNWO members' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP). In addition, SCNWO will act as mentors to member's worksites that aspire to excellence in safety and health.
OSHA and SCNWO will 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 SCNWO leaders address groups.
- Share information on best practices, as jointly determined by OSHA and SCNWO with others in the industry through outreach by SCNWO and through OSHA or SCNWO developed training programs and materials. Promote their implementation through print or electronic media, at conferences, or by other means of outreach.
- Perform case studies and publicize their results through print or electronic media, promotion at conferences, or other means of outreach.
- Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on industry specific problems to help forge innovative solutions to current issues 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. In addition, they will meet at least quarterly to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance.
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.
This agreement will remain in effect for two years. 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.
Jule A. Jones
Toledo OSHA Office
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Dennis W. McMickens
Safety Council of Northwest Ohio