A new OSHA partnership with the U.S. Department of the Army is designed to improve safety and health for the Army's civilian workforce at 21 military installations across the country.

The partnership agreement, announced last Friday, supports the goals of the President's Safety, Health, and Return-to-Employment (SHARE) Initiative. The Army and OSHA will work in partnership to accomplish six key goals:

  • Reduce civilian workforce fatalities, injuries and illnesses at each participating Army installation by at least 3 percent per year.

  • Expand awareness of the value of effective safety and health management systems.

  • Reduce total case rates and severity rates related to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

  • Share best practices and successes with other Army installations and similar worksites in other industries.

  • Expand the Army's participation in VPP.

  • Convey civilian workforce safety and health best practices and injury/illness reduction lessons learned to Army military personnel.