Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Region VII

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Omaha Area Office and the City of Omaha (City) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces.  To that end, OSHA and the City hereby form an Alliance to provide the City's elected officials, department directors, division managers, supervisors, employees, contractors, 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 the Focus Four Construction hazards (Falls, Electrocutions, Struck-by, and Caught-in hazards), and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).  In developing this Alliance, OSHA and the City recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.  While the City, being a municipality, is not, nor is it intended that it will be, under the regulatory authority of OSHA or the rules of the OSH Act, this Alliance signifies an understanding that whenever governmental entities can join forces in a cooperative effort, the end result is a better and safer workforce for the taxpayers.

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 occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
  • To encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by educating workers on the recognition of hazardous conditions and behaviors, encouraging workers to correct or report unsafe conditions, to address the unsafe behaviors of co-workers and contractors, and to refer uncorrected unsafe conditions or behaviors to supervisors, safety representatives, or OSHA. 

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 City employees and supervisors regarding the Focus Four hazards in construction, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
  • To develop effective training and education programs for City employees and supervisors to promote understanding of workers' rights, including the use of the OSHA's complaint or referral process, and the responsibilities of employers and to communicate such information to workers and employers.
  • To deliver or arrange for the delivery of OSHA 10 Hour Construction Outreach courses.
  • Outreach and Communication

    The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

    • 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 City's Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
      • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or the City's conferences, local meetings, or other Safety and Health-related events.

      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 the Omaha Area Office and the City 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 (3) 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 (2) years.  Either signatory may terminate it for any reason at any time, provided they give thirty (30) days written notice.  This agreement may be modified at any time with the written concurrence of both signatories.

      Signed this 29th day of August, 2012.

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      Bonita Winingham                                     Jim Suttle                                
      Area Director                                            Mayor
      Occupational Safety and
      City of Omaha, Nebraska Health Administration