The Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) continue to strive to meet customer needs by providing information, assistance, and training that will enable businesses
to successfully meet the challenge of fostering safe and healthful workplaces.
Both RIMS and OSHA recognize the value that successful safety and health management systems add to a worksite, and the impact
of using a cooperative approach between OSHA, management, and labor. RIMS and OSHA agree to use their collective expertise to
help foster a culture of prevention while sharing best practices and technical knowledge by:
RIMS and OSHA will work together to effect the following outreach and communication goals:
- Establishing lines of communication between OSHA and member organizations of RIMS that will improve the perception of OSHA,
foster understanding of the safety and health needs of the member organizations of RIMS, and allow the exchange of technical
information and best practices.
- Promoting the use of OSHA's outreach services, including consultation, training, technical assistance, and voluntary
- Demonstrating the cost benefits and business value of safety and health management systems.
RIMS and OSHA will also work together to effect the following training and education goals:
- Exchange technical information and best practices
- Inform RIMS membership of OSHA issues and concerns
- Use existing communication tools more effectively, including web sites, newsletters, magazines, and conference exhibits
- Provide workshop instruction at RIM's annual and regional conferences
- Provide access to OSHA's Compliance Assistance Specialists and Consultation Projects and establish links between OSHA Area
Offices and local and state RIMS Chapters
An implementation team made up of representatives of both organizations will meet at least quarterly to achieve the goals of
the Alliance. OSHA's representatives will include one from the Occupational Safety and Health State Plan Association to
facilitate the participation of State Plan States in the Alliance. Likewise, a representative of the state Consultation
Projects will participate in order to maximize opportunities for the involvement of Consultation Projects. Additional team
members may be brought in as needed to assist with technical matters or special projects. The implementation team will
determine Alliance procedures, identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants, track, analyze and share
information on activities and results, and meet at least annually to evaluate the effectiveness of the agreement. When
possible, annual meetings will take place at the RIMS annual conference.
- Collect and analyze cost benefit information in order to develop a tool for safety and health professionals to use in
demonstrating the cost savings and benefits associated with effective safety and health management systems
- Encourage employers to incorporate safety and health into their overall business management systems
This agreement will remain in effect until either signatory withdraws from the alliance or both parties agree to a
modification. This agreement may be modified at any time with the concurrence of both signatories and may be terminated for
any reason with thirty (30) days written notice from either signatory.
John L. Henshaw
David L. Mair