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Memorandums of Understanding - Table of Contents
• Information Date: 12/26/1989
• Agreement Agency: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health


I. Purpose

The purpose of this agreement is to provide improved access by each party to this agreement to the computerized data bases that are developed and maintained by the other party. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) data bases that are covered under this agreement are the Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances (RTECS) and NIOSHTIC, a bibliographic data base of the occupational safety and health literature. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) data base that is covered under this agreement are technical and program information data bases that are currently contained in the OSHA Computerized Information System (OCIS). If jointly agreed to by NIOSH and OSHA, additional data bases developed by either party may be exchanged under this agreement.

II. Program Elements

A. NIOSH agrees to provide OSHA with magnetic tapes of the RTECS and NIOSHTIC data bases on a quarterly basis with new accessions to these data bases. OSHA agrees to utilize these data bases for internal use only.

B. NIOSH reserves the right to change the technical content or format of its data bases. If a change is to be made, at least six (6) months advance notice will be given to allow sufficient time for OSHA to modify the appropriate computer programs.

C. OSHA agrees to provide NIOSH with access to the OCIS data bases.


1. OSHA agrees to develop approximately 20 copies of a prototype CD-ROM disk that includes the NIOSHTIC data base as well as the OCIS data base. OSHA will internally evaluate the effectiveness of this media for their use and supply NIOSH with two (2) copies of the CD-ROM discs and associated software for evaluation by NIOSH.

2. Following evaluation of the prototype CD-ROM, a decision will be made by the NIOSH and OSHA liaison officers if joint development of this product will continue. If it is determined that joint development of the CD-ROM disc is to continue, the following elements become applicable to both parties:

a. As stipulated in Element A, NIOSH will provide OSHA with quarterly updates of the NIOSHTIC and RTECS data bases on magnetic tape.

b. As produced, OSHA will provide NIOSH with 25 copies of each CD-ROM computer disc and relevant software, instructions, and documentation for any CD-ROM discs that contain NIOSH data bases.

c. OSHA agrees to assume all responsibilities for the development of the CD-ROM discs.

d. NIOSH and OSHA agree to utilize the CD-ROM discs for internal use only and will not distribute them outside their respective agencies without prior written approval from the other party.

III. Resources

A. NIOSH will assume all costs of providing OSHA with quarterly updates of the NIOSH data bases.

B. OSHA will assume all costs for updating the NIOSHTIC data base on the OCIS on-line system and development of CD-ROM discs.

C. There will be no transfer of funds between NIOSH and OSHA under this agreement.

IV. Duration and Modification

This Memorandum of Understanding is effective when approved by both parties through September 30, 1993. The provisions of this agreement may be amended or modified at any time with the prior written approval of both parties.

V. Termination

This Memorandum of Understanding may be terminated by either party at any time upon thirty (30) days written notice to that effect to the opposite party.

VI. Liaison Officers

    A.  CDC/NIOSH                 Director
                                  Division of Standards Development and
                                    Technology Transfer
                                  Robert A. Taft Laboratories
                                  4676 Columbia Parkway
                                  Cincinnati, Ohio 45226
                                  Phone:  684-8302 (FTS)
                                          (202) 533-8302 (Commercial)
    B.  DOL/OSHA                  Director
                                  Directorate of Technical Support
                                  Occupational Safety and Health
                                  200 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
                                  Room N3651
                                  Washington, D.C. 20210
                                  Phone:  532-7031 (FTS)
                                          (202) 523-7031 (Commercial)

VII. Authorized Signatories

This Memorandum of Understanding is executed by the duly authorized parties whose signatures are affixed below:

J. Donald Millar, M.D.
G.F. Scannell Assistant Surgeon General
National Institute for
Occupational Safety and Health

December 1, 1989

G.F. Scannell
Assistant Secretary of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health

December 26, 1989

Memorandums of Understanding - Table of Contents

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