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Department of the Air Force (#586)

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August 29, 2007

August 29, 2010

Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, (202) 693-2213

Partnership Agreement

Partnership Annual Evaluations

Partnership Success Story
Program takes safety, occupational health to next level. Air Force News Release. (2009, September 5)


Partnership Overview

In the spring of 2006, the Air Force approached OSHA with a desire to improve their proactive approach to safety and health at their installations. The Air Force recognized that OSHA had valuable expertise in workplace safety and health, and could offer useful tools, such as the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) and OSHA Challenge, to help achieve that goal.

In return, OSHA recognizes that a partnership with the Air Force covers a diverse spectrum of hazards, challenges, best practices and overall safety and health management systems. OSHA will share the knowledge gained both with their own staff, and with other employers and industries. Additionally, lessons learned from participating sites will benefit employee safety and health at all Air Force installations. By entering into this Agreement, the Air Force and OSHA formalize their commitment to improve safety and health and reduce injuries and illnesses. This agreement supports the goals of the President?s Safety, Health, and Return-to-Employment (SHARE) Initiative.

Partnering Agencies
  • Department of the Defense, Department of the Air Force
  • Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Partnership Goals

The Air Force and OSHA will work in partnership to accomplish three key goals:

  • Reduce civilian and military workforce injuries, and illnesses at each participating Air Force installation by at least 3% per year consistent with SHARE goals
  • Expand Air Force participation in VPP and increase awareness of the value of effective safety and health management systems
  • Provide mechanisms for promoting contractor safety and health
Partnership Objectives

Partnership goals will be achieved through strategies and objectives that include:

  • Identifying top injury and illness causal factors at each installation through review of injury and illness data and other supporting documentation
  • Developing protocols to address top causal factors and abate hazards
  • Developing a system for tracking, reporting and recording near misses
  • Completing a baseline assessment for each installation using OSHA?s Challenge tools
  • Conducting employee awareness surveys (baseline and after one year)
  • Expanding and improving tools to promote safety and health and share best practices
  • Increasing training/events to promote safety and health
  • Facilitating the use of mentors and Special Government Employees to help participating sites apply for and achieve VPP status
  • Providing guidance to contractors to improve their safety and health performance
  • Requiring contract work statements to address safety and health requirements and training as appropriate
  • Tracking contractor safety and health performance
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., former Assistant Secretary of Labor, OSHA (left) and William C. Anderson, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Installations, Environment and Logistics, sign a partnership agreement between the Air Force and Occupational Safety and Health Administration on August 27, 2007 in Washington, D.C. at the annual Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association Conference.

Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., former Assistant Secretary of Labor, OSHA (left) and William C. Anderson, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Installations, Environment and Logistics, sign a partnership agreement between the Air Force and Occupational Safety and Health Administration on August 27, 2007 in Washington, D.C. at the annual Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association Conference.

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