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AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Wichita Area Office
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
OSHA and WATC will work together to achieve the following outreach and
- 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
OSHA and WATC will work together to achieve the following
goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- 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
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.
- 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.
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 five 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
Judy A. Freeman
Occupational Safety and
Workforce Education & Development
Wichita Area Technical College