AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
OMAHA AREA OFFICE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
NEBRASKA APPLESEED CENTER FOR LAW IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Omaha Area Office, and Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest (Nebraska Appleseed) in Lincoln, Nebraska recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and Nebraska Appleseed hereby establish this Alliance, with an emphasis on worker rights and employer responsibilities to provide a safe and healthful workplace. Specifically, both organizations are committed to providing Nebraska Appleseed staff; immigrant workers; meatpacking, poultry, and manufacturing workers; and other English-language-learner and hard-to-reach populations 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 address safety and health issues confronting these employees and their employers. In this Alliance, OSHA and Nebraska Appleseed recognize that OSHA’s State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
Raising Awareness of OSHA’s Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following goal related to raising awareness of OSHA’s rulemaking and enforcement initiatives:
- To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
Training and Education
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
- To develop effective training and education programs for Nebraska Appleseed staff; immigrant workers; meatpacking, poultry, and manufacturing workers; and other English-language-learner and hard-to-reach populations, and others to promote understanding of workers’ safety and health and whistleblower rights. This includes the use of the OSHA complaint process, and the responsibilities of employers and to communicate such information to workers and employers.
Outreach and Communication
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or Nebraska Appleseed’s conferences, local meetings, or other community-based events.
- To work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects related to immigrant workers; meatpacking, poultry, and manufacturing workers; and other English-language-learner and hard-to-reach populations’ safety and health and whistleblower rights that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
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 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. OSHA team members will include representatives of the Omaha Area Office and Nebraska Appleseed 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 two years. 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 written concurrence of both signatories.
Signed this 10th day of February, 2015.
Occupational Safety and
Immigrants & Communities Program
Nebraska Appleseed Center Public Interest
for Law in the Public Interest