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AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
 BETWEEN
 THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
 Wichita Area Office
 AND
 Wichita Area Technical College

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and Wichita Area Technical College hereby form an Alliance to provide WATC’s students, business partners and others with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety with particular emphasis in the areas of Youth and Hispanic outreach/training to reduce construction and general industry hazards.

OSHA and WATC will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
  • Provide expertise in the development of training and education programs for construction and general industry regarding the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in these industries.

  • Provide expertise in the development of workplace safety and health curricula on such topics as the following: Hazard Awareness and Recognition, Benefits of an Effective Safety and Health Program, Effective Safety and Health Training, OSHA Recordkeeping, Hazards of Asbestos and Lead-based Paint.

  • Wichita Area Technical College will deliver or arrange for the delivery of these courses.
OSHA and WATC will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
  • 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 OSHA's and WATC’s websites) to employers and employees.

  • Speak, exhibit or appear at WATC safety and health conferences, local meetings, conferences and other appropriate meetings or events.

  • Share information among OSHA personnel and others regarding WATC’s best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by WATC and through OSHA or WATC developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars and lectures.

  • Promote and encourage WATC students and business partner’s participation in OSHA’s cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
OSHA and WATC 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 WATC leaders address groups.

  • Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health and publicize their results.

  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or meetings on health and safety issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace.

  • Cooperatively develop shadowing and internship opportunities for students interested in safety.
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 meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet or teleconference at least three times a 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 concurrence of both signatories.

 


 
Judy A. Freeman
Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health Administration


 
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David Lake
Interim Vice President
Wichita Area Technical College


 
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