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On September 4, 2008, OSHA and the AFSA formed an Alliance to provide AFSA's members and others in the fire sprinkler installation industry with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to material handling. In addition, the OSHA and AFSA Alliance worked to address fall hazards and motor vehicle safety issues.
Based on discussions regarding the future of the Alliance, OSHA and AFSA agreed to conclude the agreement as of October 23, 2012. A number of successes resulted from OSHA and AFSA working together to meet the Alliance's goals. For example:
- Through the Alliance, AFSA developed thirty-three toolbox talks addressing human factors (ergonomics), safe driving, fall protection, personal protective equipment, electrical
safety, fire safety, hand tools, and hazard communication.
- Through the OSHA and AFSA Alliance, AFSA representatives attended the Alliance Program Construction Roundtables.
- Through the Alliance, AFSA supported the North American Occupational Safety and Health Week.
Report prepared by: Morgan Seuberling, Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, November 1, 2012.