The National Safety Council (NSC) has signed agreements with three organizations in an effort to further advance safety and health initiatives throughout the United States. In separate agreements, the NSC will partner with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

“As we begin reshaping the next era in safety and health management, we are calling upon leaders of industry, government organizations and non-government, academia and communities, to join us in accelerating efforts to improve safety and health conditions at workplaces and communities across our nation,” said Alan C. McMillan, President and CEO, National Safety Council. “How well we build the next era of safety and health depends on alliances and partnerships such as these which enable us to pool our expertise and resources, to unite in a shared mission, and to advance our call to instill safety as a core corporate value among all businesses, across all industries.”

The NSC and OSHA have agreed to continue a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces by renewing the Alliance signed on September 9, 2003. Through the Alliance, the NSC and OSHA will continue working together to improve health and safety in the general and construction industries and provide the nation’s employers and employees —including small businesses, Hispanics, and young workers—with information, guidance, and access to training resources.

Through an agreement for partnership, the NSC and NIOSH aim to improve safety and health conditions at workplaces throughout the United States. Through the partnership, the NSC and NIOSH will use their collective efforts and expertise to advance the protection of workers, promote best practices and encourage employers to develop and utilize safety and health management programs and effective prevention strategies and technologies.

The NSC and MSHA have recognized the value of working collaboratively on health and safety programs and seek to further their initiatives though a formal alliance. The alliance between the NSC and MSHA would pool resources to create a more focused approach to developing safety and health programs for the mining industry as well as educational outreach to the public, especially children, about the dangers of exploring active and abandoned mines.

Through the newly formed alliance with MSHA, the NSC will expand its involvement with the “Stay Out-Stay Alive” national public awareness campaign.