AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
DES MOINES AREA OFFICE
IOWA-ILLINOIS SAFETY COUNCIL
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Iowa Illinois Safety Council (IISC) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and IISC hereby form an Alliance to provide IISC members 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 electrical, fall, noise, portable tools, lawnmower, snow removal, heat and cold hazards by addressing hazards through a safety starts at home program. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and IISC recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA and IISC will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for youth, elderly, and the general public regarding hazards in the home and the workplace.
- Deliver or arrange for the delivery of safety and health courses for home and work, including the OSHA 10 Hour Outreach course.
OSHA and IISC 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 home and workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's and the IISC's Web sites) to the employers and employees and the public.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or IISC's conferences and local meetings.
- Share information among OSHA personnel and safety and health professionals regarding IISC's best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by IISC and through OSHA- or IISC-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
- Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects related to safety starts at home and hazards experienced at home that are also experienced in the workplace.
- Encourage IISC's customers and members to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices, and Iowa OSHA to address health and safety issues, including electrical, fall, noise, cold, heat and equipment associated hazards.
OSHA and IISC 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 home and workplace safety and health whenever IISC leaders address groups.
- Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of home safety and health and publicize their results.
- Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on home safety and health 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 by 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 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 will encourage Iowa OSHA and Iowa Consultation's 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 concurrence of both signatories.
- Bonita Winingham
- Area Director
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration
- Laura Johnson, CAE
- Executive Director
- Iowa Illinois Safety Council