Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Region VII


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and The BEGIN New Venture Center and the BEGIN Employment and Training Center at St. Patrick Center (The BEGIN Center) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and The BEGIN Center hereby renew in part the Alliance signed on April 9, 2009, to provide The BEGIN Center clients and incubator businesses 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). In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and The BEGIN Center recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

Training and Education

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • To develop effective training and education programs (including curricula) for The BEGIN Center clients and incubator businesses regarding workplace safety and health training, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
  • To develop effective training and education programs for The BEGIN Center clients and incubator businesses to promote understanding of workers' rights, including the use of the OSHA complaint process, and the responsibilities of employers and to communicate such information to workers and employers.
  • To deliver or arrange for the delivery of basic hazard recognition and/or OSHA 10-hour courses.

Outreach and Communication

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • To promote and encourage The BEGIN Center incubator businesses' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
  • To work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
  • To encourage The BEGIN Center incubator businesses to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues.

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 once 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 St. Louis Area Office.

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 28th day of July, 2012.



Bill McDonald
Area Director
St. Louis Area Office
Occupational Safety and Health Administration




Greg Vogelweid
Chief Operating Officer
St. Patrick Center