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AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
St. Louis Area Office
AND
The BEGIN Center at St. Patrick Center

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and The BEGIN Center at St. Patrick Center recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and The BEGIN Center hereby form an Alliance to provide The BEGIN Center clients and incubator businesses with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and The BEGIN Center recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and The BEGIN Center will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for clients and incubator businesses.
     
  • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of basic hazard recognition and/or OSHA 10-hour courses.
     
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop workplace safety and health curricula.
OSHA and The BEGIN Center will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
  • Develop and disseminate information through print and electronic media, including electronic assistance tools and links from OSHA's and the Career Center's Web site.
     
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at Career Center classes, programs, or conferences as appropriate.
OSHA and The BEGIN Center will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
  • Promote and encourage The BEGIN Center incubator businesses' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
     
  • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
     
  • Encourage The BEGIN Center incubator businesses to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety 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 both organizations will develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet at least once 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. 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 concurrence of both signatories.



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



 
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Greg Vogelweid
Chief Operating Officer
St. Patrick Center



 
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