ISRI - Agreement - October 19, 2015

Agreement Establishing an Alliance between
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
U.S. Department of Labor
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI)

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful workplaces. To that end, OSHA and ISRI hereby form an Alliance to provide ISRI's members and others with information, guidance, training, and other resources to protect the health and safety of workers within the scrap recycling industry and promote understanding of the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

Through the Alliance, the participants will promote a culture of safety within the scrap recycling industry that works towards the reduction of workplace incidents and control of workplace hazards such as those associated with powered industrial trucks and other machinery, hazardous energy sources, materials handling, chemical exposures, and others as appropriate.

Work will also involve the use of relevant injury, illness, and hazard exposure data as appropriate to prioritize areas of emphasis for Alliance activities. The Alliance will also explore and implement selected options to evaluate the effectiveness of the Alliance and measure its impact on improving workplace safety for employers and workers in the scrap recycling industry.

In developing this Alliance, OSHA and ISRI 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 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 objectives related to raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives:

  • Share information on OSHA's National Emphasis Programs, enforcement initiatives, 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.
  • Convene and/or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on health and safety hazards in recycling and related industries to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
Training and Education

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education objectives:

  • Improve existing informational and training resources to promote greater utilization and improved safety and health outcomes in the scrap recycling sector.
  • Develop and disseminate new informational and training resources in English, Spanish, and other languages, as appropriate.
  • Revise existing and develop new best practices for workplace safety and health management systems and other safety performance programs, as well as promote their adoption by the scrap recycling industry.
Outreach and Communication

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

  • Disseminate new and/or revised informational and training resources (print and electronic media) to ISRI members and other stakeholders in the scrap recycling sector, as well as provide in-person training, including OSHA staff.
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA or ISRI's conferences, local meetings or other events.
  • Collaborate with other Alliance participants or industry stakeholders on issues and projects related to workplace health and safety in the recycling sector.
  • Encourage ISRI members and other industry stakeholders to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues in the scrap recycling industry; participate in OSHA's Cooperative Programs, including the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) and the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP); and utilize OSHA's On-site Consultation Program to improve health and safety in scrap recycling workplaces.

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 plan of action, 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 from the National Office. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA On-Site Consultation Projects' participation on the team. ISRI team members will include representatives from its leadership with experience in safety management. In addition, ISRI will invite representatives of employee groups to participate.

This Agreement will remain in effect for two years. Either signatory may terminate if 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 both OSHA and ISRI.

Signed this 19th day of October, 2015.


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


Doug Kramer
National Chair
Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc.