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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
- 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
- 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.
Texas Association of Responsible Nonsubscribers
Eric S. Harbin
OSHA, Austin Area Office
Date: March 6, 2008