The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Foundry Society (AFS) hereby renew the Alliance agreement signed on March 22, 2004. OSHA and AFS continue to recognize the value of collaborative efforts to achieve workplace safety. Both groups will encourage AFS members and others, including small businesses, in the metalcasting industry to increase employee access to safety and health information and training resources on workplace issues, including personal protective equipment (PPE), ventilation and reducing and preventing exposure to silica. In renewing this Alliance OSHA and AFS recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA and AFS will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
OSHA and AFS will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
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 the 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. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA Consultation Projects' participation on the team. 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 renewal will remain in effect for two years. The signatories 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.
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