IWLA - Alliance Renewal Agreement - March 2, 2006


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA) recognize the value of renewing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and IWLA hereby renew the Alliance signed on February 17, 2004 to provide IWLA members and others, including owners and operators of public warehouses and other third-party warehouses, with information, guidance, and access to training resources. Through the Alliance renewal agreement, the organizations will continue to help to protect employees' health and safety, including hard-to-reach and youth workers, by addressing material handling, forklift safety and Hazard Communication (HAZCOM). In renewing the Alliance, OSHA and IWLA recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and IWLA will work together to achieve the following training and education goal:

  • Work with OSHA to develop and deliver training and education programs regarding warehouse industry hazards such as material handling, forklift safety, HAZCOM and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.

OSHA and IWLA 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 IWLA's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding IWLA best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by IWLA and through OSHA- or IWLA developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA and IWLA conferences, local meetings and other events such as IWLA's annual meeting.
  • Promote and encourage IWLA's members' or worksites' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, Consultation and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
  • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects, including warehouse material handling, forklift safety and HAZCOM, that are addressed and developed through the Alliance program.

OSHA and IWLA 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 warehouse industry safety and health issues 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 both 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 OSHA's 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. Either 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.


Steven F. Witt
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary
Occupational Safety and
Health Administration


Alex Glann
Acting President and CEO
International Warehouse Logistics Association