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Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Concluded Regional Alliances - Region VI

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Texas Association of Responsible Nonsubscribers (TXANS) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and TXANS hereby form an Alliance to provide employers and 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 workplace hazards in general industry by addressing safety program and training issues.

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

  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for TXANS members regarding OSHA regulations, and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees.

  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop workplace safety and health curricula on hazard identification and inspection routines.

OSHA and TXANS 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 to employers and employees in general industry or construction with an emphasis on small business.

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or TXANS conferences, symposiums and other events.

  • Share information about OSHA regulations in the TXANS Newsletter, TXANS Newsline, and the TXANS Knowledge Center through OSHA or TXANS developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).

  • Promote and encourage TXANS members to participate in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

  • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on common or unique health and safety issues and that are addressed and/or developed through the Alliance Program and provide employers with a link to OSHA contacts when they request assistance with workplace safety programs.

  • Encourage TXANS member's worksites to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues, including hazard identification.

OSHA and TXANS 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 TXANS 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 related hazard identification and correction 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 each participating organization will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. Team members may include representatives from OSHA's Austin Area Office In addition, representatives will meet at least three times a 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. 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 concurrence of all signatories.

Steve Bent
Executive Director
Texas Association of Responsible Nonsubscribers

Eric S. Harbin
Area Director
OSHA, Austin Area Office

Date: March 6, 2008