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(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
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.
Alliance Annual Reports
Alliance News Releases
Activities and Events (Archive)
- 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
- 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
- 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
Products and Resources
OSHA Safety and Health Topics pages
OSHA Safety and Health Ergonomics Success Stories
* Alliance Implementation Team members serve on the editorial board.
- Ergonomics: Success Stories The following success stories highlight ergonomic programs or best practices that
American Forest & Paper Association member companies have implemented in their workplaces that
have led to positive results, including reducing employee discomfort and injuries.
+ Alliance Implementation Team members participated in the development of this resource.