OSHA Strategic Partnerships - Frequently Asked Questions
Partnerships rely on the combined participation of labor, management and OSHA to leverage resources and maximize results. Since each Partnership is unique, the roles played by each differ, and are clearly defined in the agreement. Examples of employee participation include developing and offering training, conducting self-audits, serving on safety committees, and contributing to the evaluation of the Partnership.
No. In many OSP's, partners work together to develop safety and health management systems. By doing so, partners will continue to improve workplace safety and health long after the OSP is completed.
The partners agree in advance on an implementation plan and timetable. Together, the partners will evaluate, at least annually, the progress toward this goal and make adjustments as necessary.
OSHA considers each Partnership proposal on an individual basis. While prior citations and penalties are a consideration, OSHA also takes into account the efforts made by the employer to improve workplace safety and health since receipt of the citations, as well as other demonstrations of good faith. The goal is to work with willing employers to improve workplace safety and health.
According to the OSHA Strategic Partnership Program Directive (PDF), no new or renewed OSPs may have inspection exemptions or any other enforcement incentives.