The Occupational Safety & Health Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor
has published a new brochure on its "Strategic Partnership Program". It
features information on how partnerships work and their valuable role in
helping to improve worker safety and health management systems.
the OSHA Strategic Partnership Program (OSPP) moves away from traditional
enforcement methods and embraces collaborative agreements. Through OSPP, OSHA
and its partners agree to work cooperatively to address critical safety and
health issues. This very different approach is proving to be an effective tool
for reducing fatalities, injuries, and illnesses in the workplace.
How Do Partnerships Work?
Working together, OSHA, employers, and employees identify the safety and health
problem they will address and begin to craft a Partnership agreement. The
agreement may be national, regional, or local in scope. Partners agree upon
individual responsibilities, identify strategies, establish goals and
performance measures to verify results.
Other interested parties, including unions, trade associations, local/state
governments, the Consultation Projects, and insurance companies, are often
brought into the Partnership to contribute their expertise and resources. The
resulting agreement maximizes the use of non-OSHA resources to accomplish tasks
such as training employees and developing site-appropriate safety and health
management systems. OSHA serves mainly as a technical resource and facilitator.
Who Are The Partners?
Partners can be associations, unions and councils, and industries. Partner
worksites may be very large, but most often they are small businesses averaging
50 or fewer employees. All Partnerships emphasize sustained efforts and
continuing results beyond the typical 3-year duration of the agreement. By
involving employers and workers in combating the hazards in their workplaces,
and by encouraging the sharing of success stories and best practices, OSHA
Strategic Partnerships (OSPs) instill pride and commitment in participants.
AplusA-online.de - Source: Occupational Safety & Health Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor