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AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
THE DENVER AREA OFFICE
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
AND
COLORADO MOUNTAIN COLLEGE - WEST GARFIELD CAMPUS


The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Denver Area Office and Colorado Mountain College - West Garfield Campus continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and Colorado Mountain College - West Garfield Campus hereby renew the Alliance signed October 5, 2012, with a continued emphasis on the oil and gas industry as well as a new focus on general industry and construction activities. Specifically, both organizations are committed to providing Colorado Mountain College - West Garfield Campus students, clients and other employers in the community 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 hazards and issues related to oil and gas drilling, servicing and support activities, focus four hazards and other areas of emphasis.

Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following goals 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 encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by providing training and information to employees about worker rights, including temporary workers.

Training and Education

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

  • To develop effective training and education programs for Western slope employers and employees in the oil and gas industry, construction industry and general industry, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
  • To develop effective training and education programs for Western slope employers and employees to promote understanding of workers' rights, including temporary workers, including the use of the OSHA complaint process, and the responsibilities of employers and to communicate such information to workers and employers.
  • To deliver or arrange for the delivery of SafeLand and other courses related to oil and gas safety and health. OSHA and CMC will deliver at least two additional courses related to oil and gas safety issues or other current emphasis areas per year.

Outreach and Communication

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

  • 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 CMC's Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry. OSHA will provide CMC with print and other types of outreach materials. CMC will be a resource on the western slope for distribution and dissemination of OSHA information, particularly in promoting OSHA initiatives.
  • To speak, exhibit. or appear at OSHA's or CMC conferences, local meetings, or other events.
  • To work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on oil and gas safety issues as opportunities are available, that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

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 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. OSHA team members will include a representative of the Denver Area Office.

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 written concurrence of both signatories.

Signed this 14th day of May, 2015.

  • Herb Gibson, Area Director, OSHA
  • Steve Boyd, Director of Purchasing and Contractors, Colorado Mountain College
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