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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers
Associations and the Rochester Automobile Dealers Association (herein to referred to as "NFADA" and
"RADA") recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more
healthful American workplaces. OSHA, the Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association and the
Rochester Automobile Dealers Association hereby form an Alliance to provide NFADA and RADA members
and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect
employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to automotive repair
and maintenance-related hazards. Such hazards include, but are not limited to, exposure to hazardous
materials such as isocyanates while spraying vehicle bed liners, asbestos during clutch and brake
repair work, using flammable/combustible liquids, hazards associated with welding and cutting and
hazards associated with using automotive repair lifts. In developing this Alliance, OSHA, the NFADA
and the RADA recognize that OSHA’s State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part
of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA, NFADA and the RADA will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
OSHA, NFADA and the RADA will work together to achieve the following outreach and
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for automobile
dealers regarding automotive repair and/or maintenance-related hazards or issues, and to provide
expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.
- Deliver or arrange for the delivery of the 10- and/or 30-hour Occupational Safety and Health
Standards Courses for General Industry.
- Deliver training on safety and health issues to students in automotive repair and maintenance
curriculums at area vocational schools.
OSHA, NFADA and the RADA will work together to achieve the following goals related
to promoting national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of
workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information
(e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA’s and the NFADA’s and RADA’s
Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at conferences, local meetings, or other events.
- Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding the
NFADA’s and RADA’s best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by
the NFADA and RADA and through OSHA- or NFADA- and/or RADA-developed materials, training programs,
workshops, seminars, and lectures.
- Promote and encourage the NFADA and RADA members’ participation in OSHA’s cooperative programs
such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and Consultation and its Safety
and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
- Encourage NFADA and RADA members to build relationships with OSHA’s Regional and Area Offices,
State Plan States, and Consultation Projects to address health and safety, including the hazards
associated with facilities conducting spray-on truck and vehicle bed lining operations containing
isocyanates, work practices and engineering controls for automotive brake and clutch inspection,
disassembly, repair and assembly, of brake repair or clutch linings which contain asbestos,
ergonomics, emergency/disaster planning, vehicle painting using flammable and/or combustible
materials, hazards associated with automotive lifts and welding/cutting operations, and information
regarding personal protective equipment including respiratory protection and the requirements of the
hazard communication standard.
OSHA’s Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative
relationship with OSHA for purposes such as training and education, outreach and communication, and
promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health. These Alliances have proved to be
valuable tools for both OSHA and its Alliance participants. By entering into an Alliance with a
party, OSHA is not endorsing any of that party’s products or services; nor does the Agency enter
into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular party’s products or services.
- Raise others’ awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health
whenever the NFADA and/or RADA leaders address groups.
- Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on automotive
repair and maintenance safety and health issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace
or to provide input on safety and health issues.
An implementation team made up of representatives of all organizations will meet to develop a plan
of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the
participants. In addition, they will meet at least threes times a year to track and share
information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. OSHA will encourage
State Plan States’ and OSHA Consultation Projects’ participation on the team.
This agreement will remain in effect for two years. Any signatory may terminate it for any reason at
any time, provided they give 30 days written notice. This agreement may be modified at any time with
the concurrence of both signatories.
Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association
Rochester Automobile Dealers Association
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Patricia K. Clark
Arthur J. Dube
Buffalo Area Office