AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
THE DES MOINES AREA OFFICE
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
THE IOWA-ILLINOIS SAFETY COUNCIL
THE DES MOINES FIELD FEDERAL SAFETY AND HEALTH COUNCIL
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Des Moines Area Office; The Iowa-Illinois Safety Council (IISC); and The Des Moines Field Federal Safety and Health Council (FFSHC), recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA, IISC, and FFSHC hereby form an Alliance to provide OSHA's, IISC's, and FFSHC's 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 struck-by-hazards, distracted driving, and other general workplace hazards, as well as to educate workers on their rights and employers on their responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). In developing this Alliance, OSHA, IISC, and FFSHC 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 will work together to achieve the following goals related to raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives by:
- Sharing information on OSHA's Distracted Driver Initiative, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
- Sharing information on OSHA's Region VII Evaluate Your Entire Surroundings (EYES) Initiative related to vehicle "struck by" hazards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
- Convening or participating in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on the hazards of vehicle struck-by and distracted driving to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on general safety and health issues.
Training and Education
The Participants will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
- Develop effective training and education programs for employers, youth, and the general public regarding vehicle struck-by hazards and distracted driving, and communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
- Deliver or arrange for the delivery of safety and health courses and information pertaining, but not limited, to defensive driving and general workplace safety and health.
Outreach and Communication
The Participants will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- Provide information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, OSHA's and the IISC Web sites, and FFSHC meetings) to affected employers and workers.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's, IISC's, and FFSHCs conferences, local meetings, or other local events to share information on the recognition and prevention of struck-by hazards, distracted driving, and other items of safety and health.
- Share information among OSHA compliance personnel, Federal employees, and industry safety and health professionals regarding IISC good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants. Additionally, share information among Federal Employees and other FFSHC represented entities of FFSHC information activities and resources.
- Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on vehicle struck-by hazards, distracted driving, and general safety issues 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 Des Moines 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. 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 all signatories.
- Larry O. Davidson, Sr.
- Area Director
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration
- Laura Johnson, CAE
- Executive Director
- Iowa Illinois Safety Council
- Shirley A. Smith
- Des Moines Field Federal Safety and Health Council