AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
LITTLE ROCK AREA OFFICE, OKLAHOMA CITY AREA OFFICE,
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
THE NORTHWEST ARKANSAS WORKERS JUSTICE CENTER
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Little Rock Area Office, Oklahoma City Area Office and the Northwest Arkansas Workers Justice Center continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and the Northwest Arkansas Workers Justice Center (NWAWJC) hereby renew the Alliance signed August 12, 2010 and renewed August 26, 2013 and September 4, 2015, with a continued emphasis on reducing and preventing exposure to struck-by, falls, ergonomic hazards, and electrical hazards in the residential construction and poultry industries. Specifically, each organization is committed to providing the Northwest Arkansas Workers Justice Center members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). Through the Alliance, the organizations will continue to address struck-by, falls, ergonomic, sanitation, and electrical hazards in the residential construction and poultry industries.
This renewal agreement provides a framework and objectives for the Alliance’s activities. Alliance participants will summarize specific activities and timeframes for completion in a written work plan.
Through the Alliance, the organizations will use relevant injury, illness, and hazard exposure data when appropriate to help identify areas of emphasis for Alliance awareness, outreach, and communication activities. The Alliance will also explore and implement selected options to evaluate the effectiveness of the Alliance and measure the impact of its overall effort on improving workplace safety for employers and workers. In renewing 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, and that information about the products and activities of the Alliance may be shared with these partners for the advancement of common goals.
Raising Awareness of OSHA’s Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following objectives related to raising awareness of OSHA’s rulemaking and enforcement initiatives:
- To share information on OSHA’s National/Regional/Local Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process.
- To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
- To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on falls, electrical, struck-by, chemical, ergonomic, sanitation, and caught-in/between hazards in the construction and poultry industries to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
- To encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by providing training, publication material, and joint forums.
Training and Education
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education objectives:
- 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 falls, electrical, struck-by, chemical, ergonomic, sanitation, and caught-in/between hazards, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
- To develop effective training and education programs for NWAWJC members in Arkansas and Oklahoma to promote understanding of workers’ rights, including the use of the OSHA complaint process, and the responsibilities of employers 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 objectives:
- 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, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA’s and the NWAWJC Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or NWAWJC conferences, local meetings, or other events.
- To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding NWAWJC good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.
- To work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on ergonomic and sanitation issues in the poultry industry for NWAWJC members in those areas that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
- To develop and disseminate case studies on ergonomic and sanitation topics and publicize their results.
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 organization will meet to develop a work plan, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet at least two 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 and Oklahoma City Area Office 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 three years. Any 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 7th day of March, 2018.
Carlos M. ReynoldsArea DirectorOccupational Safety and
Little Rock Area Office
Northwest Arkansas Workers Justice Center
David A. BatesArea DirectorOccupational Safety and
Oklahoma City Area Office