The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has put in place several programs to allow it to work collaboratively with the public in the promotion of safe and healthy workplaces, as well as to enhance the voice of the workforce in the workplace. Parties that are approved to participate include businesses, unions, trade or professional organizations, consulates, faith and community-based organizations, and educational institutions (Root, 2005, p. 56). By participating in OSHA alliances, employers and workers in general industry enjoy a wide range of benefits; they comprise increased access to workplace safety, leverage of resources for maximization of safety, and the establishment of progressive dialogues with the agency with regard to worker safety and health.
For workers, participation in OSHA alliances provides an avenue for easily accessing effective workplace safety, health tools, and information concerning worker rights. This aids to counter various challenges that arise in the workplace due to the employer’s failure to maintain high safety standards. Active participation gives workers the ability to effortlessly reach and impact the communication networks between OSHA and employers, which further ensures that their grievances are heard.
When employers participate in OSHA alliances, they discover new ways of leveraging resources to take full advantage and enhance their worker safety and health protection programs(Toole et al., 2006, p.8-11). For instance, in the OSHA Challenge program gives employers position to enjoy training, mentoring, and learning programs that are geared toward preventing injuries, fatalities, and illnesses in the workplace.
Lastly, OSHA alliances play an instrumental role when it comes to the creation of progressive dialogues with the agency itself. Through dialogues, alliances help to ease any tensions between employers, their employees, and OSHA. Thus, this establishes the conducive conditions necessary for the creation of trusting and cooperative relationships with the agency. Besides, participants gain recognition as practical leaders in safety and health.