Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to USITT and IATSE




The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) the and International Alliance of the Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, its Territories and Canada, AFL-CIO, CLC (IATSE) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA, USITT, and IATSE hereby form an Alliance to provide USITT and IATSE members and others with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help them (1) protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to fall, electrical, ergonomic, and powered platform hazards and addressing issues related to youth workers and the standardization of safety practices in the industry, and (2) understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. In developing this Alliance, OSHA, USITT and IATSE recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following goal related to raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives:

  • To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.

Training and Education

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goal:

  • To develop effective training and education programs for entertainment technicians regarding fall and electrical hazards and other issues related to the standardization of safety practices in the industry, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.

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 USITT's and the IATSE's Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
  • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or USITT and IATSE conferences, local meetings, or other events.
  • To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding USITT and IATSE good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.

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 track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. OSHA team members will include representatives of the Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA On-site Consultation Projects' participation on the team.

This agreement will remain in effect for two years. Any 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 all signatories.

Signed this 16th day of July, 2013.




 
David Michaels, PhD, MPH
Assistant Secretary of Labor for
Occupational Safety and Health



 
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David Grindle
Executive Director
United States Institute for Theatre Technology



 
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Mathew D. Loeb
International President
International Alliance of the Theatrical
Stage Employees, Moving Picture
Stage Employees, Moving Picture
United States, its Territories and Canada,
AFL-CIO, CLC



 
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