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AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
BILLINGS AREA OFFICE
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
AND
AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SAFETY ENGINEERS,
BIG SKY CHAPTER


The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Billings Area Office and the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), Big Sky Chapter continues to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and the ASSE Big Sky Chapter hereby renew the Alliance signed March 12, 2014, with a continued emphasis on support and dissemination of information related to OSHA's rulemaking, enforcement, and cooperative program initiatives.

Specifically, OSHA and the American Society of Safety Engineers, Big Sky Chapter are committed to providing the ASSE Big Sky Chapter 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). Through the Alliance, the organizations will continue to address: workplace violence, hazards associated with woodworking establishments, serious incident and illness reporting requirements, walking/working surfaces in general industry applications, trenching/excavation, temporary employees and fall hazards in construction.

This renewal agreement provides a framework and objectives for the Alliance's activities. Alliance participants will summarize specific activities and timeframes for completion in a written work plan.

Through the Alliance, the organizations will use relevant injury, illness, and hazard exposure data when appropriate to help identify areas of emphasis for Alliance awareness, outreach, and communication activities. The Alliance will also explore and implement selected options to evaluate the effectiveness of the Alliance and measure the impact of its overall effort on improving workplace safety for employers and workers. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and the American Society of Safety Engineers, Big Sky Chapter recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort, and that information about the products and activities of the Alliance may be shared with these partners for the advancement of common goals.

Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following objectives 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 forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues such as:
  • workplace violence,
  • hazards associated with woodworking establishments,
  • serious incident and illness reporting requirements,
  • walking/working surfaces in general industry applications,
  • trenching/excavation,
  • temporary employees and,
  • fall hazards in construction
  • To encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by promoting National Safety Stand-Down's and Workers Memorial Day.

Training and Education

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education objectives:

  • To develop effective training and education programs for the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards regarding workplace violence, combustible dust explosion and deflagration, cave in hazards and falls from elevations to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
  • To develop effective training and education programs for small employers 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.

Outreach and Communication

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication objectives:

  • 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 American Society of Safety Engineers, Big Sky Chapter to employers and workers in the industry.
  • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or the American Society of Safety Engineers, Big Sky Chapter conferences, local meetings, or other National Safety Stand-Down events.
  • Provide opportunities for OSHA personnel to speak at meetings/conferences, and the staffing of an exhibit booth (e.g., Safety Fest, and Workers Memorial Day events).

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 work plan, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet at least two 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 Billings Area Office and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA On-site Consultation Projects' participation on the team.

This agreement will be in effect from June 2017, through June of 2022. The work plan will be reviewed annually and may be revised at any time with the concurrence of all Alliance signatories. The Alliance renewal is for 5 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 18th day of July, 2017


Art Hazen
Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Date


Jamey Wheeler
Acting President
Big Sky Chapter ASSE

Date

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