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


The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Kansas City and St. Louis Area Offices and The Safety Council of the Ozarks (SCO) continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and The Safety Council of the Ozarks hereby renew in part the Alliance signed December 9, 2003, and renewed on October 22, 2004, October 13, 2006, and September 9, 2009, with a continued emphasis on the Focus Four hazards of falls, electrocutions, stuck-by and caught-in or between in both general industry and construction workplaces. Specifically, both organizations are committed to providing SCO 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). In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and SCO recognize that OSHA’s 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 National/Regional/Local Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process.
  • 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 conferences, OSHAC meetings, forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on a variety of hazards to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
  • To encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by participating in conferences, Occupational Safety and Health Advisory Councils (OSHAC) meetings, forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings.
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 both SCO members and non-members regarding a variety of hazards and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
  • To develop effective training and education programs for both SCO members and non-members to promote understanding of workers’ rights, including the use of the OSHA complaint process, and the responsibilities of employers and to communicate such information to workers and employers.
  • To deliver or arrange for the delivery of courses at SCO’s Annual Conference.
  • To participate as a member of the Annual Conference Planning Committee.
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 SCO’s Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
  • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or SCO’s conferences, local meetings, or other events.
  • To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding The National Safety Council’s good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, conferences and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.
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 Kansas City and St. Louis Area Offices and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage 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 written concurrence of both signatories.

Signed this 12th day of May, 2011.


 
     

Barb Theriot
Area Director
Kansas City Area Office
Occupational Safety and
Health Administration
 
Debora Biggs
Executive Director
Safety Council of the Ozarks
     

Bill McDonald
Area Director
St. Louis Area Office
Occupational Safety and
Health Administration