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AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
BISMARCK AREA OFFICE
AND
THE NORTH DAKOTA ASSOCIATION OF RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES (NDAREC)

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (NDAREC) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and NDAREC hereby form an Alliance to provide information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help protect employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to hazards associated with the electric transmission and distribution service industry.

OSHA and NDAREC will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
  • Identification and elimination of hazards likely to be present in the electric transmission and distribution service industry.
OSHA and NDAREC 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 NDAREC’s Web site.

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

  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding NDAREC’s best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by NDAREC and through OSHA and other organizations.
OSHA and NDAREC 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 NDAREC leaders address groups.

  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings to help forge innovative solutions to safety and health issues in the industry.
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.

 



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Bruce Beelman
Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health Administration



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Dennis Hill
Executive Vice President and General Manager
North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives



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