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

(signed June 9, 2004; renewed June 22, 2006; concluded June 9, 2008)


(left top right) OSHA's then-Assistant Secretary John Henshaw, and APA's Executive Director, Julie Heckman sign the Alliance as APA President Michael Collar looks on.
(left top right) OSHA's then-Assistant Secretary John Henshaw, and APA's Executive Director, Julie Heckman sign the Alliance as APA President Michael Collar looks on.

(left to right) OSHA's then-Assistant Secretary John Henshaw, APA's Executive Director, Julie Heckman, and APA President Michael Collar pose with OSHA/APA Alliance-developed Fireworks Safety Posters after the signing ceremony.
(left to right) OSHA's then-Assistant Secretary John Henshaw, APA's Executive Director, Julie Heckman, and APA President Michael Collar pose with OSHA/APA Alliance-developed Fireworks Safety Posters after the signing ceremony.
Through the Alliance, OSHA and APA will provide APA members, OSHA personnel, and others, including small businesses, with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety. In particular, the Alliance focuses on reducing and preventing accidents involving the manufacturing, transportation, storage, sale, and handling of commercial display fireworks and consumer fireworks and the use of commercial display fireworks. The Alliance agreement's goals include:

Outreach and communication:

  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to OSHA in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to provide ways of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and links from OSHA's and APA's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA or APA events such as APA's Winter Educational Conference, Fall Annual Meeting, local meetings, or other events.
  • Promote and encourage APA members' or worksites participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and the Consultation Program and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding APA's best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by APA and through OSHA- or APA-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).

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.
  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on safety and health issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
Related Documents

Alliance Agreements

Alliance Annual Reports

Alliance News Releases

Activities and Events

  • October 4-6, 2007: 59th Annual Convention, Hyatt Regency at Reunion, Dallas, Texas.
    • October 5, 2007: Ron Tom, Occupational Safety and Health On-site Consultation Program, Texas Department of Insurance, Austin, Texas, presented the OSHA short course, "Introduction to OSHA for Small Businesses" to 28 APA members.
  • April 26, 2007: Manufacturer, Consumer and Display Site Training Seminars. APA Safety Manager Gregg Smith conducted a pyrotechnics training seminar for 30 attendees including OSHA Region X staff, Washington State Plan representatives, local public fire and public enforcement officials at the Shoreline Fire Department, Shoreline, Washington. [More...]
  • September 12-16, 2006: 58th Annual Meeting and Convention, Renaissance Nashville Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee.
    • September 14, 2006: Garret Rea, Industrial Hygiene Supervisor, Consultative Services, Tennessee Department of Labor Workforce Development, gave a presentation to APA's members during an "OSHA Consultation Services Workshop."
  • May 2006 and June 2006: Manufacturer, Consumer and Display Site Training Seminars. APA Safety Program Manager Gregg Smith conducted pyrotechnics training seminars for 171 OSHA staff and public fire and public enforcement officials in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; New York, New York; Atlanta, Georgia; Kansas City, Missouri and Denver, Colorado. [More...]
  • September 23, 2005: APA Annual Trade Show, San Francisco, California.
  • September 20-24, 2005: 57th Annual Meeting and Convention, Hyatt Regency San Francisco, San Francisco, California.
    • September 23, 2005: Emil Golias, Senior Industrial Hygienist, Salt Lake Technical Center, USDOL-OSHA, and Gregg Smith, APA Safety Manager, staffed an OSHA/APA Alliance exhibit booth during APA's 15th Annual Trade Show, distributed information and answered questions for approximately 400 attendees.
  • May 2005 and June 2005: Manufacturer, Consumer and Display Site Training Seminars. APA Safety Manager Gregg Smith conducted pyrotechnics training seminars for 123 OSHA staff and public fire and public enforcement officials in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Arlington Heights, Illinois; Mesquite, Texas; Kansas City, Missouri and Jacksonville, Florida. [More...]
  • February 22-26, 2005: APA 3rd Annual Winter Education Conference, Treasure Island Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada.
    • February 23, 2005: Emil Golias, Senior Industrial Hygienist, Salt Lake Technical Center, USDOL-OSHA, and Greg Smith, APA Safety Manager, conducted a workshop on OSHA Compliance for more than 125 attendees that covered topics such as hazard communication, personal protective equipment, forklift safety and injury and illness reporting documents.

Products and Resources


OSHA Safety and Health Topics Pages

Additional Resources

  • Fireworks Safety Pocket Card [PDF - 39 KB]. One side of OSHA's card addresses Fireworks Retail Sales Operations and the other side addresses Fireworks Display Site Operators. Each side of the card contains ten safety tips for employers and employees in the pyrotechnics industry. The card was developed with assistance from the APA.
  • Poster: Fireworks Safety, Display Operators [PDF - 845 KB]. This poster is a product of the OSHA/APA Alliance.
  • Poster: Fireworks Safety, Retail Fireworks Sales [PDF - 925 KB]. This poster is a product of the OSHA/APA Alliance.

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