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AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
WICHITA AREA OFFICE
AND
KANSAS GRAIN AND FEED ASSOCIATION
KANSAS 21(d) CONSULTATION PROJECT

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Kansas Grain and Feed Association (KGFA) and Kansas Department of Labor OSHA 21(d) Consultation Project (Consultation) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA, KGFA and OSHA 21(d) Consultation hereby form an Alliance to provide KGFA 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 engulfment, struck by, falls, electrical, machine guarding and ergonomic hazards, transportation safety issues and compliance with 29 CFR 1910.272.

OSHA, KGFA and Consultation will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
  • To provide expertise to develop training and education programs for KGFA members regarding engulfment, struck by, falls, electrical, machine guarding, ergonomic hazards and transportation safety issues, and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.

  • To deliver or arrange for the delivery of OSHA’s 10-hour general industry course and grain engulfment hazards course.
OSHA, KGFA and Consultation will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
  • To provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of 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, Consultation and the KGFA Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at KGFA conferences, local meetings, or other events.

  • KGFA will serve as a conduit for information regarding industry best practices or effective approaches to other industry members and OSHA and Consultation personnel. This goal will be achieved by KGFA publicizing such practices and approaches through newsletters, workshops, training programs, etc.

  • Promote and encourage KGFA members’ or worksites’ participation in OSHA’s cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and SHARP.
OSHA, KG&FA and Consultation 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 workplace safety and health.

  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on hazards and issues identified in this alliance 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 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 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 the signatory 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 or teleconference at least two times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance.

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 of all signatories.

 


 
Judy A. Freeman
Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health Administration


 
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Tom R. Tunnell
President
Kansas Grain and Feed Association


 
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Steve Zink
Project Manager
Kansas Department of Labor
Industrial Safety and Health Section


 
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