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TCC                 OSHA
AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
HOUSTON NORTH AND SOUTH AREA OFFICE
AND
THE TEXAS CHEMICAL COUNCIL

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Texas Chemical Council (TCC) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to cultivate healthy and safe American workplaces. OSHA and the TCC hereby agree to form an Alliance to provide TCC- ACIT members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees’ health and safety unique to the Chemical and Refining Industries particularly in reducing and preventing exposure dealing with Process Safety hazards. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and TCC-ACIT recognize that OSHA’s State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral component of OSHA’s national effort.

Texas Chemical Council (TCC) is a statewide trade association of chemical manufacturing facilities in Texas. Currently, 85 member companies produce chemical products for a variety of purposes.

TCC and OSHA will work together to effect 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 methods of communicating and disseminating such information (e.g. print, and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA’s and the TCC-ACIT website) to employers and employees in the industry.
     
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or TCC conferences, seminars, local meetings or other events.
     
  • Work with OSHA to promote healthy and safe working conditions for all workers through the TCC – Environmental Health and Safety Seminar Committee. Share technical expertise with local community colleges and universities in the Science field in order educate both the students and teachers regarding the Chemical and Refinery Industry and the hazards associated with them.
     
  • Promote and encourage TCC members' worksite participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Challenge, Consultation, and SHARP. In addition, they will act as facilitators to members that aspire to excellence in health and safety for their worksites.
OSHA and the TCC will also work together to achieve the following training and education goal
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing and delivering training and education programs designed to educate its members on the hazards associated with Process Safety when working in the chemical and refining industry and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.
     
  • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of courses designed to prevent injuries and illnesses related to workplace hazards in the chemical and refining industry including the value of an effective safety and health management system in the workplace.
An implementation team made up of representatives of OSHA and the TCC Environmental Health and Safety Seminar Committee 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. OSHA will also afford the opportunity for representatives of the Occupational Safety and Health State Plan Association and the association of state Consultation Projects to participate as well.

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.

This agreement will remain in effect for two years from the date of signing and will be automatically renewed thereafter unless terminated by either of the signatories. This agreement may be modified at any time with the concurrence of the signatories and may be terminated for any reason with 30 days written notice from either of the signatories.


Signed this date, June 11, 2009


 
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Joe Reina
Deputy Regional Administrator
Occupational Safety and
Health Administration
Region VI



 
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Larry Hensley
Texas Chemical Council
Vice Chairman
Occupational Safety Committee



 


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Mark. R. Briggs, CSP
Area Director
Occupational Safety and
Health Administration
Houston South Area Office



 


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Stephen Greco
Texas Chemical Council
2005 Chairman – Environmental Health and
Safety Seminar Planning Committee



 


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



 


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Lee Haring
Texas Chemical Council
2008 Chairman – Environmental Health and
Safety Seminar Planning Committee