Department of Labor Seal photos representing the workforce - digital imagery© copyright 2001 photodisc, inc.
Department of Labor Seal   [skip navigational links]     Advanced Search | A-Z Index
 Site Index: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Find It! in DOL
Department of Labor
Cooperative Programs

OSHA offers a number of avenues for businesses and organizations to work cooperatively with the Agency.
  • Alliances. The Alliance Program enables trade or professional organizations, employers, labor organizations, and educational institutions that share an interest in workplace safety and health to collaborate with OSHA to prevent injuries and illnesses in the workplace. OSHA and the organization sign a formal agreement with goals that address training and education, outreach and communication, and promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health.
  • On-Site Consultation. Small businesses, particularly those in high-hazard industries or involved in hazardous operations, can use this free service to help improve their safety performance. Safety and health consultants work with employers to identify workplace hazards, provide advice on compliance with OSHA standards, and assist in establishing safety and health programs.
    • SHARP Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP). Employers that participate in the On-Site Consultation Program may seek recognition under SHARP for their exemplary safety and health programs. SHARP provides incentives and support for small businesses to develop, implement, and continuously improve safety and health programs.
  • Strategic Partnership Program Strategic Partnerships. Organizations can enter into Strategic Partnerships with OSHA to address specific safety and health issues. In a partnership, OSHA enters into an extended, voluntary, cooperative relationship with groups of employers, employees, and employee representatives (sometimes including other stakeholders, and sometimes involving only one employer) in order to encourage, assist, and recognize their efforts to eliminate serious hazards and achieve a high level of worker safety and health.
  • Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). The VPP is designed to recognize and promote effective safety and health management. A hallmark of VPP is the principle that management, labor, and OSHA work together in pursuit of a safe and healthy workplace. VPP participants are work sites that have successfully designed and implemented outstanding health and safety management systems.
For more help on deciding which cooperative programs are right for you, see Find a Cooperative Program.

States with OSHA-approved programs have their own cooperative and voluntary compliance programs such as those discussed above, as well as additional programs. Many of these programs are described in the annual reports of the Occupational Safety and Health State Plan Association.

Compliance Assistance
Hispanic Employer/Worker
Quick Start
Small Business

Laws & Regulations
Federal Registers
Lookback Reviews
Dockets & E-Comments

Federal Agency Programs
Local Emphasis
Whistleblower Protection
Enforcement Activity

Cooperative Programs
Strategic Partnerships

State Programs

News Releases

Safety/Health Topics
Biological Agents
Emergency Preparedness
Hazard Communication

Inspection Data


Back to TopBack to Top

Contact Us | Freedom of Information Act | Customer Survey
Privacy and Security Statement | Disclaimers
Occupational Safety & Health Administration
200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20210