When Congress enacted the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, it created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and gave it the responsibility of ensuring safe and healthful working conditions for employees throughout the country. One of the ways in which OSHA accomplishes this core mission is by teaming up with other groups committed to worker safety through its Alliance Program. Recently, OSHA signed a two-year alliance with the Pennsylvania OSHA Consultation Program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the state Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.
OSHA Partners with Pennsylvania
The alliance partners will work alongside OSHA representatives in the Allentown, Harrisburg, and Philadelphia area offices. Together, they will focus on promoting safety and health training, workplace safety, and fostering a better understanding of employees’ rights as well as employers’ responsibilities under the OSH Act.
Alliance Program Participation Criteria
Participation in the program is voluntary. There is no application process, however those who wish to participate must:
- be committed to helping OSHA prevent injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in the workplace;
- educate workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities under the OSH Act;
- enhance worker voice;
- provide workers and employers with a forum to resolve workplace health and safety issues ;
- possess sufficient knowledge and resources to fulfill the goals of the agreement;
- make products of the Alliance available to the public for free; and
- demonstrate a track record of meeting Alliance agreement goals for renewal.
Alliance Program participants enter into agreements with OSHA to advance the administration’s goals and commitment to worker safety. Groups such as unions, government agencies, trade or professional organizations, faith- and community-based organizations, and educational institutions may all collaborate with OSHA to promote worker safety and health. Alliance partners generally do so by implementing project plans that:
- Raise awareness of OSHA rules and standards
- Encourage outreach and communication
- Include training and education
Program participants share information, compare experiences, and exchange ideas to eliminate workplace hazards and improve worker health and safety. They must share information with employers and workers so that they each understand their legal rights and responsibilities under the OSH Act. Also, Alliance agreements must include worker representatives so that workers are able to cooperate with employers to solve workplace health and safety issues.
The Benefits of Cooperative Agreement
The benefits of participation in the program include increased worker access to safety and health tools as well as information about workers’ rights, increased worker health and safety protections, and the exchange of information with OSHA and other organizations committed to enhancing worker health and safety. Through such partnerships, OSHA is able to better give workers in high-hazard industries the appropriate tools and information to prevent work-related injuries and illnesses.
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