The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces (OSHA's primary mission) as well as protect overall human health (EPA's primary mission). OSHA and EPA Region 6's Multimedia Planning and Permitting Division Cumulative Risk Team hereby form an Alliance to share information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect human health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to airborne hazards. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and EPA recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA and EPA's Cumulative Risk Team will work together to achieve the following information sharing goals:
- EPA will share cumulative risk prioritization and targeting tools and provide training to OSHA staff.
- OSHA will share monitoring data collected at facilities within the Region.
- OSHA and EPA will work together towards the improvement of emissions inventories.
- OSHA and EPA wilt share workplace safety and health curricula on airborne hazards.
OSHA and EPA will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- Build relationships between EPA and OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues, including airborne hazards.
- Share and disseminate information through print and electronic media, including electronic tools and links from OSHA's and EPA's Web sites.
- Convene or participate in formal, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on airborne hazard issues to help forge innovative solutions to protect human health at work and at home.
This EPA/OSHA's Alliance will provide both parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship of information sharing for purposes such as training and education, outreach and communication and promoting a national dialogue on Improving workplace safety and health. Alliances have proved to be valuable tools for both OSHA and its Alliance partners in the past. By entering into an Alliance, neither OSHA nor EPA are endorsing any of the other party's products or services; nor does either 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 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.
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.
John B. Miles
Occupational Safety and
Carl E, Edlund, P.E.
Multimedia Planning and
Environmental Protection Agency,