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AGREEMENT TO ESTABLISH AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SAFETY ENGINEERS- GULF COAST CHAPTER
TEXAS ENGINEERING EXTENSION SERVICE
AND
HOUSTON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

Background

Nearly 200,000 teens in the U.S. are injured each year in occupational settings. Approximately 70 teens under the age of 18 years of age are fatally injured annually. Work place fatalities among teen workers resulted from homicides, equipment rollovers, falls, and electrocutions. Teens are injured while working in agriculture, retail, services, construction and other industries. Common injuries sustained among teens are sprains, strains, contusions, lacerations, and fractures, amongst others.

In an effort to reduce fatalities and injuries among teen workers, the Houston North and South Area Offices of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (hereupon referred to as OSHA), American Society of Safety Engineers – Gulf Coast Chapter (ASSE-GCC), Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), and Houston Independent School District (HISD) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces through educating students and faculty of HISD. OSHA, ASSE-GCC, TEEX, and HISD therefore agree to form an Alliance to use their collective expertise to help foster a culture of prevention while sharing best practices and technical knowledge.

OSHA, ASSE-GCC, TEEX, and HISD agree to establish an Alliance to promote occupational safety and health for students of HISD who may be employed or soon to be employed to increase hazard recognition and elimination of potential hazards and/or injuries by:
  • Providing HISD students and faculty with information and guidance that will help them protect their health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to hazards relating to careers which have been or will be established through the Career and Technology Education program at HISD.
     
  • Increasing access to safety and health information and training resources.
OSHA, ASSE-GCC, TEEX and HISD will also work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
  • Develop training and education programs based on OSHA 10-hr general industry course issues.
     
  • Jointly promote the delivery of computer-based training (CBT) CareerSafeTM education software.
     
  • Develop safety and health curricula related to specific industry/technology programs (i.e. Agriculture, Business/Office, Health Science, Cosmetology, Food Production, Trade and Industry).
     
  • Educate students about careers in the safety and health fields.
     
  • TEEX will provide train-the-trainer courses to educators once per year provided funding is available.
OSHA, ASSE-GCC, TEEX, and HISD will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
  • Seek opportunities to jointly develop and disseminate information at conferences, events, or through print and electronic media, including links from OSHA, ASSE-GCC, and TEEX’s Web sites.
     
  • Seek opportunities to speak, exhibit, or appear at conferences, local meetings, or other events.
OSHA, ASSE-GCC, TEEX and HISD will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health among HISD students and educators:
  • Raising awareness through speeches and appearances by trying to raise others’ awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever OSHA, ASSE-GCC, TEEX, and HISD leaders address groups.
     
  • Share information on best practices of ASSE-GCC members/worksites with others in the industry through outreach by ASSE-GCC and through OSHA, TEEX, or ASSEGCC developed training programs and materials. Promote their implementation through print or electronic media, promotion at conferences, or other means of reaching out to others in industry.
     
  • Perform case studies and publicize their results through print or electronic media, promotion at conferences, or other means of reaching out to others in industry.
An implementation team made up of representatives of all 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 one year from the date of signing and will automatically be renewed annually thereafter. This agreement may be modified at any time with the concurrence of all signatories and may be terminated for any reason with 30 days written notice from any signatory.

 


 
Joe Reina
Deputy Regional Administrator
Occupational Safety and
Health Administration


 
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Cindy Lewis
President
Gulf Coast Chapter
American Society of Safety Engineers


 
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John Lawson
Area Director
Houston North Area Office
Occupational Safety and
Health Administration


 
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Teresa Madden-Thompson
OSHA Training Institute Director
Texas Engineering Extension Service


 
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Raymond Skinner
Area Director
Houston South Area Office
Occupational Safety and
Health Administration


 
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Dr. Ronald B. Johnson


 
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