The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Eau Claire, Wisconsin Area Office, and the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC) recognize the value of continuing a collaborative relationship to support workplace safety and reduce hazards and associated losses.
OSHA and WITC agree to continue the Alliance to provide staff, outside employers, and members of our community with information, guidance, and access to training and related resources that will help promote and improve employee health and safety. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and WITC recognize the Eau Claire, Wisconsin OSHA Area Office as playing an integral role in the agency’s national efforts.
OSHA and WITC will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
- Develop training programs and written materials focusing on relevant health and safety issues, designed to improve technical knowledge and educational skills to students enrolled in WITC programs, as well as students and staff within the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College system.
- Deliver or arrange for the presentation of courses such as OSHA 10 and 30 hour classes for employees, supervisors and management working in the WITC district and areas covered by this alliance.
- Develop workplace safety and health curricula in the specific areas of interest to the partners, as well as training in other areas that may become apparent during the course of this alliance.
- Cross-train OSHA and WITC personnel with best practices or effective approaches.
OSHA and WITC will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- 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 and OSHA’s and WITC to employers and employees in the industry.
- Develop and disseminate information through print and electronic media (such as Internet or Web-based links from OSHA and WITC.)
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at conferences, workshops, symposiums, local meetings, or other events.
- Promote and encourage participation in OSHA’s cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
- Share information on best practices with companies and organizations in the WITC district, and publicize the results through outreach training programs and materials.
- Work with other alliance participants on specific issues and projects as they relate to education and safety and are addressed and developed through the alliance program.
- Encourage WITC degree and certification programs to build positive relationships with OSHA’s Area Offices regarding health and safety issues.
OSHA and WITC will work to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health, including the following areas:
- Raise others’ awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever WITC leaders address groups.
- Develop and communicate results from case studies or actual events, illustrating the value of safety and health.
- Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on safety and health issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
OSHA alliances provide an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes including training and education, outreach and communication, promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health. These alliances have proven to be valuable tools for both OSHA and its alliance participants. By entering into this alliance, OSHA is not endorsing the College’s products or services.
An implementation team made up of representatives from OSHA and WITC will meet to develop action plans, determine operating procedures, and identify roles and responsibilities. Quarterly or more frequent meetings will be held to shareinformation on activities and evaluate the results from the cooperative endeavors.
This agreement will remain in effect for three years. Either organization may withdraw from the agreement at any time, provided they give 30 days written notice. This agreement may be modified with the concurrence of both organizations.
Signed this 29th day of November, 2012
Mark W. Hysell – OSHA Area Director – Eau Claire
Dr. Robert Meyer – WITC President