The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Gulf Coast Safety Institute at the College of the Mainland recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and the Gulf Coast Safety Institute hereby form an Alliance to provide Houston area small business owners and others with information, guidance, and access to training that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to occupational hazards. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and the Gulf Coast Safety Institute recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA and the Gulf Coast Safety Institute will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
- Work with OSHA to develop training and education programs for Houston area small business owners regarding their rights and responsibilities with regards to safety and health rules and regulations, and to provide expertise in communicating such information to the employers and their employees.
- Deliver or arrange for the delivery of safety and health courses for Houston area small business owners.
OSHA and the Gulf Coast Safety Institute 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 the Gulf Coast Safety Institute Web sites) to Houston area small business employers and employees.
Speak, exhibit, or appear at conferences, local meetings, or other events where Houston area small business employers would most likely be in attendance.
- Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding the Gulf Coast Safety Institute's best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by the Gulf Coast Safety Institute and through OSHA- or the Gulf Coast Safety Institute-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
- Promote and encourage Houston area small business owner's participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, the Challenge Pilot Program, Consultation, and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
OSHA and the Gulf Coast Safety Institute will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- Raise Houston area small business owner's awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever their leaders address groups.
- Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health and publicize their results.
- Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on small business owner issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health 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 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 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. 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.
Mark Briggs, CSP
Houston South Area Director
Occupational Safety and
Dr. Jeff Oakley, CSP
Gulf Coast Safety Institute
Dr. Homer "Butch" Hayes'
College of the Mainland