Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program << Back to Concluded Alliances

(signed February 14, 2003; renewed March 24, 2005; concluded February 14, 2007)


R to L: Kevin M. Burke, AAFAs President and CEO, and Steven F. Witt, OSHAs Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, renew national Alliance agreement on March 24, 2005.
R to L: Kevin M. Burke, AAFA's President and CEO, and Steven F. Witt, OSHA's then-Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, renew national Alliance agreement on March 24, 2005.

By renewing the Alliance, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and AAFA will continue to use their collective expertise to help foster a culture of injury and illness prevention by sharing best practices and technical safety and health knowledge, especially in the area of ergonomics. The Alliance's goals include:

Training and education:

  • Develop and deliver training and education programs on ergonomics issues.
  • Cross-train OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals in AAFA ergonomics programs or best practices, as determined by OSHA and AAFA.

Outreach and communication:

  • Develop and disseminate information and guidance through print and electronic media, particularly the AAFA and OSHA Web sites.
  • Disseminate information and guidance in applicable foreign languages.
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at conferences, local meetings, or other events to promote the effectiveness of ergonomics programs.

Promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:

  • Encouraging AAFA members to act as industry liaisons and resources for OSHA's cooperative programs and Compliance Assistance Specialists.
  • Share information on best practices of AAFA members, as determined by OSHA and AAFA, with others in the industry.

Related Documents

Alliance Agreements

Alliance Annual Reports

Alliance News Releases


Activities and Events
  • February 22, 2006: AAFA's Annual Meeting, Aventura, Florida. John Eapan, Vice President, Environmental, Health and Safety for American & Efird and a member of the OSHA and AAFA Alliance implementation team, gave an update on the OSHA and AAFA Alliance to AAFA's Environmental Taskforce and Social Responsibility Committee.
  • June 21, 2005: AAFA's Social Responsibility Committee Meeting, New York, New York. John Eapan, Vice President, Environmental, Health and Safety for American & Efird and a member of the OSHA and AAFA Alliance implementation team, gave an update on the OSHA and AAFA Alliance to 25 attendees.
  • AAFA's Ergonomics Training Seminars: "A Practical and Economical Approach to Enhancing Your Company's Success Without Reinventing the Wheel" provided training to AAFA members and others in the apparel and footwear industry on AAFA's ergonomics manual, "Ergonomics for Supervisors: Volume I, An Introductory Manual for the Apparel and Footwear Industries," which was developed through the OSHA/AAFA Alliance. Representatives from OSHA and State Plan States assisted with the presentations at several of the seminars.
    • May 10, 2005, Miami, Florida
    • April 5, 2005, Charlotte, North Carolina: Betty Copeland, Education and Training Specialist, North Carolina Department of Labor, Division of Occupational Safety and Health, and Roseanne Morgan, Health Compliance Officer II, North Carolina Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Division, served as seminar presenters.
    • March 16, 2005, Charlotte, North Carolina: Betty Copeland, Education and Training Specialist, North Carolina Department of Labor, Division of Occupational Safety and Health, and Roseanne Morgan, Health Compliance Officer II, North Carolina Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Division, served as seminar presenters at a special session to train 10 AAFA trainers who are leading the AAFA seminars around the country.
  • February 24-26, 2005: AAFA's Annual Meeting, The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida.
  • February 26-28, 2004: AAFA Annual Meeting, Phoenician Hotel, Scottsdale, Arizona.
  • June 12, 2003: "OSHA Alliances and Partnerships with the Apparel Industry," Adrienne Huey, USDOL-OSHA, and Frank Strasheim, USDOL-OSHA. Frank Strasheim (Administrator) and Adrienne Huey (Occupational Safety and Health Manager) of OSHA Region IX spoke to the Social Responsibility Committee at the AAFA 2003 Annual Conference. In addition, OSHA participated in the conference with an exhibit table.
  • June 11, 2003: "OSHA-AAFA Ergonomics Alliance Update," San Francisco, California. Steven Jesseph, Executive Director, Global Workplace Values and Safety, Sara Lee Corporation, provided an updated on the OSHA-AAFA Alliance to the AAFA Government Contracting Committee.

Products and Resources

Alliance Program Participant Developed Products

  • Ergonomics for Supervisors: Volume I, An Introductory Manual for the Apparel and Footwear Industries. American Apparel and Footwear Association.

Additional Resources