Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Region VI


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Kilgore College (KC), Texas State Technical College-Marshall (TSTC) and the East Texas Workforce Development Board (ETWDB), recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA, KC, TSTC and the ETWDB hereby form an Alliance to provide small business employers with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to fall, struck by, electrical and noise hazards. In developing this alliance, OSHA, KC, TSTC and the ETWDB recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and the ETWDB will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • Develop training and education programs on fall, struck by, electrical and noise control issues targeted at small businesses.

  • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of courses addressing fall, struck by, electrical and noise hazards.

  • Develop workplace safety and health curricula on fall, struck by, electrical and noise hazards.

OSHA, KC, TSTC and the ETWDB will work together to achieve the following training and communication goals:

  • Develop and disseminate information through print and electronic media, including electronic assistance tools and links from OSHA, KC, TSTC and ETWDB Web sites.

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at a mall business conference hosted by KC, TSTC or ETWDB. Promote and encourage small business participation in OSHA cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

  • Share information on best practices, as jointly determined by OSHA, KC, TSTC and the ETWDB with others in the industry and publicize the results through outreach by KC, TSTC and the ETWDB through OSHA or KCTSTC, and ETWDB-developed training programs and materials.

  • Encourage small business worksites to build a relationship with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues, including reducing the injury and illness rate in small business.

OSHA, KC, TSTC and East Texas Workforce Development Board will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health.

  • Raise others' awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever KC, TSTC and the ETWDB 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 state holder meetings on the identification of hazards in small business 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 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 this Alliance with a party, OSHA is not endorsing any of those party's products or services; nor does the Agency enter into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular party's product or services.

An implementation team made up of representatives of OSHA, KC, TSTC and the ETWDB will meet within 30 days after signing the Alliance Agreement, to develop a plan of action for implementing this agreement. The team will meet at least quarterly to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. OSHA will encourage the Texas Consultation Commission to participate on the team.

This agreement will remain in effect for two years and may be modified by either party. Either of the signatories may terminate this agreement for any reason at any time provided they give a 30-day notice. This agreement may be modified at any time with the concurrence of all signatories.




John B. Miles Jr.,
Regional Administrator
Occupational Safety and Health Administration



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Randy Lewellen
Dean of Business, Technology, and Language
Development
Kilgore College



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James Shaw, Chairman
East Texas Workforce Development Board



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Jeanne Wesley
Associate Vice President
Texas State Technical College-Marshall



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Kathryn Delaney
Area Director
Dallas Area Office
Occupational Safety and Health Administration



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