AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
OMAHA AREA OFFICE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
NEBRASKA SAFETY COUNCIL, GREAT PLAINS SAFETY AND HEALTH ORGANIZATION AND NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL NEBRASKA
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Omaha Area Office and Nebraska Safety Council, Great Plains Safety and Health Organization, and National Safety Council Nebraska recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and Nebraska Safety Council, Great Plains Safety and Health Organization, and National Safety Council Nebraska hereby form an Alliance to provide the meat packing industry and other industries in the state of Nebraska with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers from hazards including but not limited to slips/trips/and falls, noise, energy control, machine guarding, electrical, repetitive motion disorders, back injuries, other ergonomic-related hazards, process safety management, and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).
This agreement provides a framework and objectives for the Alliance’s activities. Alliance participants will summarize specific activities and timeframes for completion in a written work plan.
Through the Alliance, the organizations will use relevant injury, illness and hazard exposure data when appropriate to help identify areas of emphasis for Alliance awareness, outreach, and communication activities. The Alliance will also explore and implement selected options to evaluate the effectiveness of the Alliance and measure the impact of its overall effort on improving workplace safety for employers and workers. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and Nebraska Safety Council, Great Plains Safety and Health Organization, and National Safety Council Nebraska recognize that OSHA’s State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort, and that information about the products and activities of the Alliance may be shared with these partners for the advancement of common goals.
Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following objectives related to raising awareness of OSHA’s rulemaking and enforcement initiatives:
- To share information on OSHA’s National/Regional/Local Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process as it relates to the general industry.
- To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
- To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on slips trips and falls, muscular skeletal disorders, process safety management, and lockout tagout/machine guarding hazards issues 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 objectives:
- To arrange for the delivery of courses regarding slips trips and falls, muscular skeletal disorders, process safety management, and lockout tagout/machine guarding hazards.
Outreach and Communication
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication objectives:
- To develop 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 Nebraska Safety Council, Great Plains Safety and Health Organization, and National Safety Council Nebraska Web sites) to employers and workers in general industry.
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or Nebraska Safety Council, Great Plains Safety and Health Organization, and National Safety Council Nebraska conferences, local meetings, or other events.
- To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding Nebraska Safety Council, Great Plains Safety and Health Organization, and National Safety Council Nebraska good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.
- To present case studies on slips trips and falls, muscular skeletal disorders, process safety management, lockout tag out/machine guarding hazards.
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 work plan, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet at least two 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 Omaha 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 from the date of this signature. 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 written concurrence of all signatories.
Signed this 28th day of February, 2017.
- Jeff Funke, CSP
- Area Director
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration
- Mick Anderson
- Executive Director
- Great Plains Safety and Health Organization
- Laurie Klosterboer
- Executive Director
- Nebraska Safety Council
- Beverly Reicks
- President / CEO Nebraska
- National Safety Council