The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Association for
High Technology Distribution (AHTD) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship
to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and AHTD hereby form an Alliance to
promote worker safety and health in industrial workplaces, including small businesses, and to protect
employees' health and safety. Through the Alliance, the organizations 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. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and AHTD recognize that
OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national
OSHA and AHTD will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- 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
- Encourage AHTD's members to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to address
health and safety issues in the industrial workplace, including machine safeguarding and
- Work with other Alliance participants on projects to address safety and health issues in the
industrial workplace including machine safeguarding and lockout/tagout procedures.
- Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding AHTD
best practices or effective approaches and publicize the results through outreach by AHTD and
through OSHA-or AHTD-developed training programs, workshops, seminars and lectures (or any other
OSHA and AHTD will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national
dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health and
publicize their results.
- Participate in stakeholder and other forums for providing input on machine safeguarding and
lockout/tagout issues in the workplace.
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 a 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. 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 agreement will remain in effect for two years. Either signatory 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.
Occupational Safety and
Association for High Technology Distribution