On October 24, 2002, OSHA and AMI formed an Alliance to
provide AMI members and others with information, guidance, and access to
training resources to help to protect employees' health and safety, including
non-English or limited English-speaking employees, by addressing ergonomics and
lockout/tagout issues, including the prevention of amputations. The Alliance was
renewed on July 12, 2004 and September 27, 2006.
Because the OSHA and AMI Alliance has achieved its goals, the organizations
agreed to conclude the Alliance as of October 24, 2008. OSHA and AMI will
continue to work together through other avenues to share information on reducing
and preventing exposure to ergonomics and lockout/tagout hazards.
A number of successes resulted from the organizations' work together to meet the
agreement's goals including:
- Through the Alliance, OSHA and AMI delivered a number of best practices
seminars. Through the seminars, members from meat processing companies provided
an in-depth orientation about the meat industry and discussed specific safety
and health applications including process safety management for ammonia
refrigeration systems, personal protective equipment, machine guarding, job
hazard analyses, lockout/tagout, and ergonomics. Presented five times
throughout the U.S. during 2004 to 2008, 139 Federal and State Plan OSHA staff
received training through these seminars.
- During 2002 to 2007, Dan McCausland, Director, Worker Safety and Human
Resources, AMI, provided updates on the OSHA and AMI Alliance at AMI's Worker
Safety Committee and Board of Directors meetings.
- On October 25, 2007, Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA,
gave an OSHA update focusing on the Agency's compliance assistance and
cooperative programs and the OSHA and AMI Alliance to AMI's Board of Directors
at their Fall Meeting in Chicago, Illinois.
- On April 4, 2007, Paula White, then-Director, Directorate of Cooperative
and State Programs, USDOL-OSHA presented "Learn about OSHA's Voluntary
Protection Programs (VPP) and Other Cooperative Programs" which focused on
OSHA's compliance assistance and cooperative programs including the OSHA and
AMI Alliance at AMI's Conference on Worker Safety, Health and Human Resources
in Denver, Colorado.
- On October 30, 2003, Lee Anne Jillings, then-Director, Office of Outreach
Services and Alliances, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs,
USDOL-OSHA and Dan McCausland, Director of Worker Safety and Human Resources,
AMI presented "Cooperative and Collaborative Approach to Workplace Safety" and
discussed OSHA's Strategic Management Plan and the benefits of the OSHA and AMI
Alliance at the AMI International Meat, Poultry and Seafood Convention and
Exposition in Chicago, Illinois.
- AMI members served on the editorial boards of the Powered Industrial Trucks
and Meatpacking Industry Safety and Health Topics pages on the OSHA Web site.
The Topics pages provide the public with numerous resources and information
relevant to the meat packing industry.
- Members of AMI helped develop and served on the editorial board of the
Ammonia Refrigeration eTool on the OSHA Web site. The eTool provides the public
with numerous resources and information relevant to the meat packing industry.
Report prepared by: Todd Briggs, Program Analyst, Office
of Outreach Services and Alliances, November 4, 2008.