CHM - Alliance Agreement - May 5, 2005


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Crane Manufacturers Association of America (CMAA), Hoist Manufacturers Institute (HMI) and Monorail Manufacturers Association (MMA), recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and CMAA, HMI, and MMA hereby form an Alliance to provide crane, hoist and monorail systems owners and operators with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to safety and health issues such as amputations and ergonomics. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and CMAA, HMI, and MMA recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and CMAA, HMI, and MMA will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • 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 CMAA, HMI, and MMA Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or CMAA, HMI, and MMA conferences, local meetings, or other events such as the NA2006 (North American Material Handling & Logistics Show and Conference) and ProMat 2007 as resources allow.
  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding CMAA, HMI, and MMA best practices or effective approaches in the safe use of crane, hoist and monorail equipment and publicize results through outreach by CMAA, HMI, and MMA and through OSHA or CMAA, HMI and MMA developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
  • Promote and encourage CMAA, HMI, and MMA members' or worksites' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and the Consultation Program and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
  • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on the safe use of crane hoist and monorail equipment that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

OSHA and CMAA, HMI, and MMA will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:

  • Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health and publicize their results.
  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on safety issues related to the use of crane, hoist and monorail equipment to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

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.

An implementation team made up of representatives of the 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 three times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. Team members will include representatives of CMAA, HMI, and MMA and OSHA's Directorate of Construction, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs and any other appropriate offices. 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 all signatories.

  • Jonathan L. Snare
  • Acting Assistant Secretary
  • Occupational Health and Safety Administration


  • Jeff Breitrick
  • President
  • Crane Manufacturers Association of America


  • Chris Hess
  • President
  • Hoist Manufacturers Institute


  • Joseph Gibbs
  • President
  • Monorail Manufacturers Association


  • F. Hal Vandiver
  • Executive Vice President
  • Material Handling Industry of America