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


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Nebraska Grain and Feed Association (NGFA), Nebraska State Fire Marshals Office (SFM) and Nebraska Workforce Development 21(d) OSHA Consultation Program (Consultation) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA, NGFA, SFM and Consultation hereby form an Alliance to provide NGFA 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 fire, explosion, engulfment, struck-by hazards, ergonomic hazards and transportation safety issues.

OSHA, NGFA, SFM and Consultation will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • Provide expertise toward the development of training and education programs for NGFA members regarding fire, explosion, engulfment, struck by and ergonomic hazards, and transportation safety issues, and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.

  • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of OSHA 10-hour and/or other relevant safety-related courses.

  • Develop a basic outline of annual training requirements as needed by NGFA members.

OSHA, NGFA, SFM and Consultation will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • Work with OSHA, SFM and Consultation 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 participants websites) to employers and employees in the industry.

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

  • Cross-train OSHA, SFM, and Consultation personnel and industry safety and health professionals in NGFs best practices or effective approaches, as jointly determined by OSHA, NGF, SFM, and Consultation.

  • Promote and encourage NGFA members or worksites' participation in OSHAs cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and SHARP.

  • Share information among participants and industry safety and health professionals regarding NGFs best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by NGF and through OSHA, SFM, Consultation or NGF developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).

OSHA, NGF, SFM 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 whenever NGFA leaders address groups.

  • 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.

OSHAs 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 partys products or services; nor does the Agency enter into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular partys products or services.

An implementation team made up of representatives of all participant organizations (OSHA, SFM, Consultation, and NGFA) 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 quarterly 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 their participation 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.



 
Ben Bare, CIH
Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health Administration


 
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Patrick J. Ptacek
Executive Vice President
Nebraska Grain and Feed Association


 
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Fernando Lecuona III
Commissioner
NE Workforce Development -
Nebraska Department of Labor


 
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Dennis C. Hohbein
State Fire Marshal
Nebraska State Fire Marshals Office


 
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