AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
DES MOINES AREA OFFICE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
IOWA-ILLINOIS SAFETY COUNCIL
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) DES MOINES AREA OFFICE (DMAO) and IOWA-ILLINOIS SAFETY COUNCIL (IISC) continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and IISC hereby renew in part the Alliance signed April 29, 2009, with an emphasis on distracted drivers. Specifically, both organization(s) are committed to providing IISC members and others 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 automobile and vehicular hazards, particularly distracted drivers in reducing and preventing texting and cell phone use. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and IISC 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 goals related to raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives:
- To share information on OSHA's Distracted Driver Initiative, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
- To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on the hazards of distracted driving to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
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 employers, youth, and the general public regarding distracted driving, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
- To deliver or arrange for the delivery of safety and health courses, including but not limited to defensive driving courses.
Outreach and Communication
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- To provide information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's and the IISC Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or IISC's conferences, local meetings, or other local events and share information on the recognition and prevention of distracted driving.
- To share information among OSHA personnel 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.
- To work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on distracted driving 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. 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.
Signed this 14th day of July, 2011.
- Chester Razer
- Area Director
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration
- Laura Johnson, CAE
- Executive Director
- Iowa Illinois Safety Council