AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
DENVER AND ENGLEWOOD AREA OFFICES
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Denver and Englewood .Area Offices and EmployBridge recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safe and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and EmployBridge hereby form an Alliance to provide EmployBridge members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to general industry hazards, including but not limited to those arising from falls, electrical exposures, amputations, confined spaces and chemical use. The alliance will provide information to Employ Bridge members and others to understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), particularly as it relates to the responsibilities of both temporary staffing agencies and host employers, and OSHA's expectations regarding those responsibilities.
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 rulemakng 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, especially those that apply in general industry workplaces, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
- To convene or participate in forums; roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on temporary worker issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on general industry safety and health issues.
- To encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by providing information about worker rights and ways to be involved in workplace safety and health programs.
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 temporary workers and host employers regarding general industry hazards, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
- To develop effective training and education programs for temporary workers and host 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 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 EmployBridge Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's 'or EmployBridge conferences, local meetings, or other training events, such as OSHA· 10 hour classes sponsored by EmployBridge.
- To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding EmployBridge good practices or effective approaches through training programs; workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.
- To work with other Alliance participants. on specific issues and projects related to temporary worker safety issues 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 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 track1 and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. OSHA team members will include representatives of the Denver and Englewood area offices and any other appropriate offices.
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 4th day of September, 2014.
- Herb Gibson, Area Director, Denver; OSHA
- David Nelson, Area Director, Englewood; OSHA
- Robert Lewellen, Director of Safety and Loss Prevention, EmployBridge