OSHA, RIMS Sign Alliance

The partnership, signed Sunday, includes exchanging technical information and best practices.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) plan to work together to encourage safe and healthful workplaces through a new alliance signed Sunday. OSHA and RIMS agreed to exchange technical information and best practices, promote OSHA outreach services and develop a tool to demonstrate the cost benefits and business value of safety and health.

"We know that safety and health add value, and RIMS is going to help us continue to make the business case for safety and health," OSHA Administrator John L. Henshaw said at the signing ceremony at the RIMS annual conference in New Orleans. "We want to drive injuries and illnesses down, and this alliance advances our cooperation with RIMS and will advance the promotion of safety and health."

As part of the alliance, OSHA will help with workshops at RIMS annual and regional conferences. Local and state RIMS chapters will work with OSHA compliance assistance specialists and consultation project staff on a variety of projects. The two organizations will collect and analyze cost benefit information to develop a tool to show employers and employees that effective safety and health systems add value.

A RIMS/OSHA team will meet quarterly to implement the alliance, and representatives from OSHA consultation projects and state OSHA programs will be included on the team. In addition, the implementation team will determine procedures, identify roles and responsibilities under the alliance, and track, analyze and share information on activities and results.

The OSHA/RIMS alliance will last one year, with the possibility of renewal.

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