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AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE

BETWEEN

THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Lubbock District Office

AND

Texas State Technical College, Sweetwater, Texas

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Texas State Technical College recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and the Texas State Technical College hereby form an Alliance to provide employer’s, students others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to hazards associated with the Wind Power Generation Industry. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and the Texas State Technical College recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and the Texas State Technical College will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for Wind Power Generation industry workers regarding falls from elevations, caught-in or between, struck-by, crushed-by, electrocution and fire, and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry:

  • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of safety and health related courses.
     
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop or expand workplace safety and health curricula on coursed that target specific hazards listed above.
     
  • Work toward the goal of becoming an OSHA Education Center that provides specific training for the Wind Power Generation industry.
     
  • Provide training to OSHA compliance staff on the hazards inherent to the Wind Energy Industry to increase their hazard awareness while conducting inspections.
OSHA and Texas State Technical College will work together to achieve 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 ways of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's and the Texas State Technical College’s Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
     
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at Texas State Technical College conferences, local meetings, or other civic events.
     
  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding Texas State Technical College’s best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by Texas State Technical College and through OSHA- or Texas State Technical College Wind Energy-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
     
  • Promote and encourage Texas State Technical College members' or worksites' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and Consultation and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
     
  • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on construction, and Wind Power Generation industries that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
     
  • Encourage Texas State Technical College worksites to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices, to address health and safety issues including hazards inherent with the industries of the area and surrounding communities.
     
OSHA and Texas State Technical College 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 Texas State Technical College 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 stakeholder meetings on pertinent and specific industry 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 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.

An implementation team made up of representatives of both 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 three times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance.

This agreement will remain in effect for two years (dates will be put in when this is approved by OSHA and TSTC). 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 concurrence of all signatories.


 
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Jack Rector
Area Director
Lubbock District Office
Occupational Safety and Health Administration



 
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Ray Fried
Vice President, Administrative Operations
Texas State Technical College, Sweetwater, Texas