CHM - Alliance Renewal Agreement - February 2, 2016


(Crane Manufacturers Association of America (CMAA); Hoist Manufacturers Institute (HMI); and Monorail Manufacturers Association (MMA))

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Crane, Hoist, and Monorail (CHM) Partners continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and the CHM Partners hereby renew the Alliance, signed October 5, 2005, and renewed on October 29, 2007, and November 21, 2012. OSHA and the CHM Partners are committed to providing their members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help to protect the health and safety of workers, as well as promote a better understanding of worker rights and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).

Through the Alliance, the participants will continue to promote a culture of safety and health within the crane, hoist, and monorail manufacturing industry, including non-English and limited English speaking employees, to reduce workplace incidents and prevent worker exposures to electrical shock/electrocution, falls from elevations, and being struck by moving equipment. The Alliance will develop relevant products and share information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards related to improving workplace safety for employers and workers in the crane, hoist, and monorail manufacturing industry.

Work will also involve the use of relevant injury, illness, and hazard exposure data, as well as information on workers' compensation claims, non-injury incident data, and similar information to identify and prioritize areas of emphasis for awareness, training, outreach, and communication activities. Additionally, the Alliance will explore and implement a means to evaluate the effectiveness of the Alliance's products and activities. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and the CHM Partners recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort, and that information about the products and activities of the Alliance may be shared with these partners for the advancement of common goals.

This renewal agreement provides a framework and objectives for the Alliance's activities. Alliance participants will summarize specific activities and timeframes for completion in a written work plan.

Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives

The Participants will work together to achieve the following raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement objectives:

  • Share information on OSHA's National Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process.
  • Disseminate information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.

Outreach and Communication

The Participants will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication objectives:

  • Develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards (such as electrical shock/ electrocution, falls from elevations, and being struck by moving equipment) and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's and the CMAA's, HMI's, and MMA's websites) to employers and workers in the industry.
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or the CHM Partners' conferences, local meetings, or other events, such as ProMat, MODEX, and CMAA's, HMI's, and MMA's semi-annual membership meetings.
  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding best practices (or effective approaches) and new technology through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.

OSHA's Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives, training and education, and outreach and communication. 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 or promoting, nor does it intend to endorse or promote, any of that party's products or services.

An implementation team made up of representatives of each organization will meet to develop a work plan, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet at least two times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. OSHA team members will include representatives of the Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs and any other offices as appropriate. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA On-site Consultation Projects' participation on the team.

This agreement will remain in effect for five years. Any signatory may terminate it for any reason at any time, provided they give 30 days' written notice. The agreement may be modified at any time with the written concurrence of all signatories.

Signed this 2nd day of February 2016.

  • David Michaels, PhD, MPH
  • Assistant Secretary of Labor for
  • Occupational Safety and Health

  • Matthew T. Smurr
  • Managing Director, CMAA/HMI/MMA
  • MHI

  • Chris Becker
  • President
  • Crane Manufacturers Association of America

  • Bob Burkey
  • President
  • Hoist Manufacturers Institute

  • Rob Beightol
  • President
  • Monorail Manufacturers Association