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



The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Little Rock Area Office, Oklahoma City Area Office, and the Northwest Arkansas Worker Justice Center (NWAWJC) in Springdale, Arkansas, recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and NWAWJC hereby form an Alliance to provide NWAWJC members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to fall, electrical, struck-by, chemical, and caught in/between hazards and to help them understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). In developing this Alliance, OSHA and NWAWJC 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 workers and employers.

  • To raise awareness of and demonstrate commitment to workplace safety and health and workers' rights whenever leaders from the Participants' address groups.

Training and Education


The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
  • To develop effective training and education programs for NWAWJC members in Arkansas and Oklahoma regarding safety and health hazards in the Construction and General Industries relating to fall, electrical, struck-by, chemical, and caught in/between hazards, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.

  • To develop training and education programs for NWAWJC members in Arkansas and Oklahoma to promote understanding of workers' rights and responsibilities of employers, including the use of the OSHA complaint process, and to communicate such information to workers and employers.

  • To deliver or arrange for the delivery of OSHA 10-Hour Construction and General Industry Outreach Training Programs and other safety related 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, and electronic assistance tools, and links to OSHA's Web site from the NWAWJC Web site) to members in Arkansas and Oklahoma and their employers.

  • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or the Northwest Arkansas Worker Justice Center conferences, local meetings, or other events.

OSHA, The Workers Defense Project and CSHI will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on Spanish worker safety and health 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 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 Participant intends to meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the Participants. In addition, the Participants intend to 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 Little Rock, Arkansas and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Area Offices 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 years from the date of signing. 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 all signatories.

Signed this 12th day of August, 2010.


 
For the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration,
Little Rock Area Office:
 
_____________________
Carlos M. Reynolds,
Area Director
 
For the Northwest Arkansas Worker Justice Center
in Springdale, Arkansas:
 
 
_________________________
Jose Luis Aguayo,
Director
 
For the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration,
Oklahoma City Area Office:
 
______________________
David A. Bates,
Area Director