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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education (DCTE) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces, and technical education centers. OSHA and DCTE hereby form an Alliance to provide information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help protect students and employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to hazards associated with the building and trades industry.

OSHA and DCTE will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • Develop training and education programs that introduce safety and health education into the core curriculum of trade schools and career education centers.

  • Develop and implement workplace safety and health curricula within the vocational, technical, and career training centers of North Dakota.

OSHA and DCTE will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • Develop and disseminate information through print and electronic media, including electronic assistance tools and links from OSHA’s and DCTE’s Web site.

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or DCTE conferences, local meetings, or other stakeholder events.

  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding DCTE’s best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by DCTE and through OSHA and other organizations such as Associated General Contractors (AGC), Home Builders Association (HBA) or trade union locals developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).

  • Encourage stakeholders such as AGC and/or HBA chapters to build relationships with OSHA’s Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues regarding student education and construction safety.

OSHA and CTE 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 DCTE leaders address groups.

  • Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the value of safety and health training for students in vocational, technical, and career education centers and publicize their results.

  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings to help forge innovative solutions to safety and health issues in the industry of trades education or to provide input on safety and health issues in career education centers.

OSHA’s Alliances provide parties and stakeholders 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 quarterly to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance.

This agreement will remain in effect for a two year period. 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 concurrence of both signatories.

Bruce Beelman
Area Director
Occupational Safety and
Health Administration


Wayne Kutzer
State Director
North Dakota Department of Career Technical Education