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

(signed November 29, 2004; renewed November 28, 2006; renewed November 18, 2008; concluded November 29, 2010)


The OSHA and AHTD Alliance will provide industrial workers, supervisors and machine designers with information and guidance to raise their awareness of the importance of proper selection, use, maintenance and installation of machine guarding equipment and the use of lockout/tagout procedures. Goals of the Alliance include:

Outreach and communication:

  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing and disseminating information on machine guarding equipment and lockout/tagout procedures, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's and the AHTD's Web site to employers and employees in the industry.)
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's and AHTD's conferences, meetings or other events, such as the AHTD Spring and Fall Meetings and regional safety conferences that AHTD member companies may participate in.
  • Work with other Alliance participants on projects to address safety and health issues in the industrial workplace including machine safeguarding and lockout/tagout procedures.

Promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:

  • Participate in stakeholder and other forums for providing input on machine safeguarding and lockout/tagout issues in the workplace.

Related Documents


Alliance Agreements

Alliance Annual Reports

Alliance News Releases

Activities and Events


  • May 2-8, 2010: 2010 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The Association for High Technology Distribution and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported 2010 NAOSH Week, Mission NAOSH 2010: Safe Workplaces. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers, an Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace.
  • October 19-25, 2009: 2009 Drug-Free Work Week. AThe American Supply Association and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported 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 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.
  • May 3-9, 2009: 2009 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. Association for High Technology Distribution (AHTD) 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: James Norton, President, JHN Group, AHTD 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: James Norton, President, JHN Group, AHTD, 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."
  • May 2006 through October 2008: Through the OSHA and AHTD Alliance, AHTD representatives have conducted the "Machine Guarding Technology Training Seminar," which focuses on high technology machine guarding devices that are used in the workplace. During the seminar, a number of topics are discussed including safety interlock switches and guard locking devices. [More...]
  • October 8-11, 2008: AHTD 2008 Fall Meeting, Vail, Colorado.
    •  October 9, 2008: Bill Wright, Safety Engineer, Region VIII, Denver, Colorado Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation on OSHA's compliance assistance resources and the OSHA and AHTD Alliance activities.
  • September 19, 2008: Through the OSHA and AHTD Alliance, OSHA has provided the opportunity for AHTD to present their draft presentation, "Robotics" to the OSHA Region I staff in Boston, Massachusetts. The presentation covered how robots are becoming more prevalent in the workplace and the safety measures involved in utilizing them.
  • September 12-17, 2005: 2005 Fall Meeting, Hyatt Regency Tamaya, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
    • September 15, 2005: Woody Norwood, Compliance Assistance Specialist, State VPP Coordinator, and Kathy Morino, Compliance Officer and VPP Coordinator, New Mexico Environment Department, Occupational Safety and Health Bureau; staffed an OSHA and AHTD Alliance Program exhibit booth at the New Products Showcase, distributed information and answered questions for approximately 200 registered attendees.
  • April 6-9, 2005: 2005 Spring Meeting, Hilton Head Marriott Beach and Golf Resort, Hilton Head, South Carolina.
    • April 8, 2005: John J. Deifer, Director, Region IV, Savannah Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation on OSHA's cooperative programs and the OSHA and AHTD Alliance to approximately 150 attendees.

Products and Resources


Alliance Program Participant Developed Products

  • Sample Safety Light Curtain Check-out Log [DOC* - 125 KB]. Through the OSHA and Association for High Technology Distribution (AHTD) Alliance, AHTD developed a log template to assist employers and employees in developing a procedure log for new light curtain machine guarding equipment being installed at their facilities. (2008, June)
  • Machine Guarding Devices [PPT* - 8 MB]. Through the OSHA and Association for High Technology Distribution (AHTD) Alliance, AHTD developed a slide presentation with technical information about the use of machine guarding devices in the workplace. (2008, November)

OSHA Safety and Health Topics Pages

OSHA eTools

Additional Resources

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