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

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and The Eastern Missouri Small Flows Organization (EMSO) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. EMSO is a not for profit association dedicated to the technical, as well as workplace safety training of plumbers and on-site septic installers. To that end, OSHA and EMSO hereby form an Alliance to provide EMSO members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to plumbing and septic installation hazards. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and EMSO recognize that OSHA’s State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

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

  • Develop training and education programs for plumbers and septic installers regarding excavation and other plumbing related hazards, and provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and workers in the industry.

  • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of excavation safety courses, OSHA updates, or other relevant briefings or training.

  • Develop workplace specific safety and health curricula for advancement of safety and health unique to plumbing and septic installation.
OSHA and EMSO will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
  • Provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA’s and EMSO's web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or EMSO's conferences, local meetings, or other conference and meeting events.

  • Derive information on new workplace hazard developments and devise means of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA’s and EMSO's web sites) to projected recipients.

  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding EMSO's best practices or effective approaches, and publicize results through OSHA's and EMSO's outreach means, and through OSHA's and EMSO's developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).

  • Promote and encourage EMSO's affiliates' or worksites' participation in OSHA’s cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, the On-site Consultation Program and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

  • Work with other Alliance members on specific issues and projects on workplace safety that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

  • Encourage EMSO chapters and worksites to build relationships with OSHA’s Area Offices to address safety and health issues, including engulfment.
OSHA and EMSO will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
  • 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 workplace safety and health to help forge innovative prevention solutions in the workplace.
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 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 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. OSHA team members will include representatives of the St. Louis Area Office 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 from the date of signing. 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.

William McDonald, CSP
Area Director
    Mark O'Brien

Occupational Safety and
Health Administration

Eastern Missouri Small Flow Organization