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AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
BISMARCK AREA OSHA OFFICE
AND
NORTH DAKOTA GRAIN DEALERS ASSOCIATION

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the North Dakota Grain Dealers Association (NDGDA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and the North Dakota Grain Dealers Association hereby form an Alliance to use their collective expertise to help foster a culture of prevention while sharing best practices and technical knowledge.

OSHA and NDGDA agree to establish an Alliance to promote safe and healthful working conditions for grain elevator and feed mill employees by:
  • Providing NDGDA members with information and guidance that will help them protect employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to hazards associated with railcar operations, fire and explosion hazard’s, grain bin entry, and confined space hazards.
     
  • Increasing access to safety and health information and training resources.
OSHA and the NDGDA will also work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
  • Develop training and education programs on the hazards of the grain industry targeted for facility managers, supervisors, and workers.
     
  • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of training and education courses addressing the hazards in the grain industry.
OSHA and the NDGDA will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
  • Develop and disseminate information through print and electronic media, including links from OSHA’s and NDGDA’s Web sites.
     
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at conferences, local meetings, or other events.
     
  • Promote and encourage NDGDA members’ participation in OSHA’s cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and SHARP(Safety and Health Recognition Program, a cooperative program that encourages employers to operate exemplary safety and health management systems). In addition, the NDGDA will act as mentors to member’s worksites that aspire to excellence in safety and health.
OSHA and the NDGDA 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 the NDGDA leaders address appropriate groups.
     
  • Share information on best practices, as jointly determined by OSHA and the NDGDA of their member’s worksites with others in the industry through outreach by the NDGDA and through OSHA - or the NDGDA - developed training programs and materials. Promote their implementation through print or electronic media, at conferences, or by other means of outreach.
     
  • Perform case studies and publicize their results through print or electronic media, promotion at conferences, or other means of outreach.
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 the first year and as necessary thereafter to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. OSHA will afford the opportunity for representatives of the North Dakota OSHA Consultation project to participate as well.

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 concurrence of all signatories.



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Bruce C. Beelman
Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health
Administration
Date   Steve Strege
Executive Vice President
North Dakota Grain Dealers Association
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