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American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) and
Pulp and Paper Safety Association (PPSA)

(signed November 3, 2005; renewed November 1, 2007; concluded November 3, 2009)

OSHA, AF&PA and PPSA will continue to provide the members of AF&PA and PPSA, and others in the forest, pulp, paper, and paper-converting industries (the "Covered Industries") with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in addressing workplace ergonomics and machinery safety issues. The Alliance's goals include:

Training and education:
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs and materials on ergonomics and machinery safety, and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the Covered Industries.
  • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of ergonomics and machinery safety courses.
Outreach and communication:
  • 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, AF&PA's and PPSA's Web sites) to employers and employees in the Covered Industries.
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's, AF&PA's or PPSA's conferences, local meetings, or other events such as the PPSA's annual safety conference.
  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding AF&PA's and PPSA's effective approaches (e.g., success stories) and publicize results through outreach by AF&PA and PPSA, and through OSHA-developed, AF&PA-developed, and/or PPSA-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures.
  • Encourage AF&PA's and PPSA's members and/or worksites to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to address ergonomics and machinery safety issues.

Related Documents

Alliance Agreements
Alliance Agreements
Alliance Agreements

Activities and Events

  • October 19-25, 2009: 2009 Drug-Free Work Week. AF&PA/PPSA and a number of other Alliance Program participants are supporting the 2009 Drug-Free Work Week. Sponsored annually by the U.S. Department of Labor's Working Partners for an Alcohol and Drug-Free Workplace Program,  the Week focuses on educating employers, employees and the public about the importance of being drug-free as an essential component of a safe and healthful workplace.
  • May 3-9, 2009: 2009 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) and Pulp and Paper Safety Association (PPSA) and more than 55 other Alliance Program participants supported 2009 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), an Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. The theme for 2009 NAOSH Week was "Safety Means Always Coming Home."
    • May 4, 2009: Lawrence P. Halprin, Partner Keller and Heckman LLP, represented AF&PA/PPSA and attended the NAOSH Week Kick-off event at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, DC. Acting Assistant Secretary Jordan Barab, USDOL-OSHA; Warren Brown, President, ASSE; and Andrew Cooper, Secretary, CSSE; provided brief remarks. The Kick-off also featured an Alliance Program participant panel with presentations from Alliance Program participants American Heart Association, ASSE, Independent Electrical Contractors, and National Safety Council focusing on workplace safety and health issues.
    • May 4, 2009: Lawrence P. Halprin, Partner Keller and Heckman LLP, represented AF&PA/PPSA, and attended the OSHA-led afternoon seminar. Barnett Lawrence, Compliance Assistance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA), Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP), USDOL-OSHA presented "Navigating the OSHA Web Site." Amanda Edens, Deputy Director, Directorate of Standards and Guidance, USDOL-OSHA; Michael Walterschied, Area Director, Region III, Baltimore/Washington D.C. Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; John Ferris, Director, Office of Emergency Management, Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management, USDOL-OSHA; and Doug Goodell, then-Acting Deputy Director, DCSP, USDOL-OSHA participated on the "OSHA Update" panel discussion. Elizabeth Way, Director, OOSA, DCSP, USDOL-OSHA presented "OSHA Top 10 Violations and Compliance Assistance Resources."
  • October 20-26, 2008: 2008 Drug-Free Work Week. The American Forest & Paper Association and Pulp and Paper Safety Association and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported the 2008 Drug-Free Work Week. Sponsored annually by the U.S. Department of Labor's Working Partners for an Alcohol- and Drug-Free Workplace Program, the Week focused on educating employers, employees and the public about the importance of being drug-free as an essential component of a safe and healthful workplace.
  • October 23, 2008: The American Forest & Paper Association's Workshop on Understanding and Practical Prevention of Combustible Dust Hazards in the Wood Products and Paper Industries, Hilton Atlanta Airport, Atlanta, Georgia.
    • Benjamin Ross, Assistant Regional Administrator, Enforcement Programs, Region IV, Atlanta, Georgia, Regional Office, USDOL-OSHA gave a presentation, "Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program," to 75 workshop attendees.
  • June 8-11, 2008: Pulp and Paper Association's 65th Annual Safety Conference, Sheraton Society Hill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
    • June 9, 2008: Jim Touey, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Region III, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation about machine guarding.
    • June 9, 2008: Albert D'Imperio, Area Director, Region III, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Area Office, USDOL, gave a presentation about inspection history as it pertains to the pulp and paper industry.
    • June 10, 2008: James Johnston, Assistant Regional Administrator, Region III, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Regional Office, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation "OSHA Ergonomic Policy: History and Current Status."
  • May 4-10, 2008: 2008 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) and Pulp and Paper Safety Association (PPSA) and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported 2008 NAOSH Week, "Safety is Good Business." Sponsored annually by American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace.

Products and Resources

OSHA Safety and Health Topics pages
OSHA eTools
OSHA Safety and Health Ergonomics Success Stories

¤ Alliance Implementation Team members serve on the editorial board.

† Alliance Implementation Team members participated in the development of this resource.

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