The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Dallas Regional Office and CareerSafe continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and CareerSafe hereby renew the Alliance signed October 16, 2009, with a continued emphasis on teen workers. Specifically, both organizations are committed to providing teens with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). Through the Alliance, the organizations will continue to address teen safety and health issues. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and CareerSafe recognize that OSHA’s State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
Raising Awareness of OSHA’s Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following goal related to raising awareness of OSHA’s rulemaking and enforcement initiatives:
- To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of teen workers and employers.
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
- To develop effective training and education programs for teen workers regarding General Industry and Construction regulations as well as safety and health hazard recognition, and to communicate such information to teen workers.
- To deliver or arrange for the delivery of CareerSafe courses.
Outreach and Communication
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- To develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA’s and CareerSafe’s Web sites) to teens entering the workforce.
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or CareerSafe’s conferences, local meetings, or other Regional or National Service Center events.
- To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding CareerSafe’s good practices or effective approaches, and to publicize results through outreach by CareerSafe and through OSHA- or CareerSafe-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
- To work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on teen safety that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
OSHA’s Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as raising awareness of OSHA’s rulemaking and enforcement initiatives, training and education, and outreach and communication. 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 or promoting, nor does it intend to endorse or promote, any of that party’s products or services.
An implementation team made up of representatives of each organization 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. OSHA team members will include representatives of the Dallas Regional Office and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage State Plan States’ and OSHA On-site Consultation Projects’ participation on the team.
This agreement will remain in effect for two (2) 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 written concurrence of both signatories.
Signed this 8th day of December, 2010.
William A. Burke
Acting Regional Administrator
OSHA, Region VI
Larry D. Teverbaugh
President & CEO