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Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Concluded Regional Alliances - Region VII

The St. Louis and Kansas City Area Offices of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in conjunction with the Youth Build organizations of Missouri recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. The St. Louis and Kansas City Area Offices and Operation Excel/Youth Build, St. Louis; in conjunction with Job Point Youth Build, Columbia; Hi-Tech Charities Youth Build, St. Louis, and Youth Build Kansas City hereby form an Alliance to provide information, guidance, and access to training resources that will enhance the value of occupational safety instilled in youth enrolled in Youth Build training programs. Execution of this agreement will help to ensure an early safety culture in America's youth and ensure future, quality workplace safety. The Alliance will focus on education and training goals central to OSHA's and Youth Build's missions. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and Youth Build recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

This agreement establishes an Alliance to promote safe and healthful working conditions in Youth Build students and future American employees and employers by:
  • Providing Youth Build with information and guidance that will help foster a quality safety culture in Youth Build's students, thus impacting future employee safety and health, and

  • Increase access to safety and health information and training resources.
OSHA and Youth Build will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
  • Collaborate on training and education programs for accident and injury prevention, as well as delivery media in communicating such information to Youth Build's students, and other beneficiaries of such information.

  • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of OSHA updates or other relevant briefings or training.
The St. Louis and Kansas City Area Offices and Youth Build will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
  • Seek opportunities to jointly develop and disseminate information at conferences, events, or through print, electronic and mass media, including links from OSHA's and Youth Build's web sites.

  • Seek opportunities to speak, exhibit, or appear at conferences, local meetings, or other events.

  • Promote and encourage Youth Build's affiliates' participation in, and promotion of OSHA's cooperative programs such as Alliances, Compliance assistance, Partnerships, and Consultation.

  • Act as mentors to Youth Build affiliate and similar organizations that aspire to excellence in safety and health education and training.
The St. Louis and Kansas City Area Offices and Youth Build 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 addressing groups.

  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions or stakeholder meetings on accident, injury, and illness prevention information to help forge innovative prevention solutions in the workplace.
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 at least three 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 years from the date of signing and will automatically be renewed annually thereafter. This agreement may be modified at any time with the concurrence of the OSHA and Youth Build signatories, and may be terminated for any reason with 30 days written notice from either party.

William McDonald, CSP
Area Director, St. Louis Area Office
Occupational Safety and Health Administration


Julia Tibbs
Director of Grants &
Operation Excel/Youth Build - St. Louis


Barbara Theriot
Area Director, Kansas City Area Office
Occupational Safety and Health Administration


Gary Taylor
Executive Director
Job Point/Youth Build - Columbia