On June 9, 2004, OSHA and APA formed an Alliance to focus on providing APA members, OSHA personnel,
and others, including small businesses, with information, guidance, and access to training resources
to help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in 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 was
renewed on June 22, 2006.
Because APA has decided to focus on other projects and priorities, OSHA and APA agreed to conclude
the Alliance as of June 9, 2008. Through the organizations' work together to meet the agreement's
goals, a number of successes resulted from the Alliance, including:
Report Prepared by: Adam Brumbergs, Research Assistant, Office of Outreach
Services and Alliances, June 4, 2008.
- On October 5, 2007, Ron Tom, Manager, Occupational Safety and Health On-site Consultation Program,
Texas Department of Insurance, Workplace Safety, Austin, Texas presented the OSHA short course,
"Introduction to OSHA for Small Businesses," to APA's members at the 59th Annual Convention in
- Through the Alliance, Gregg Smith, Safety Program Manager, APA provided "Manufacturer, Consumer
and Display Site Training" Seminars for OSHA staff, local fire and public enforcement officials.
Topics discussed at the seminars included the sale, manufacture, storage and transportation of
consumer fireworks and industry best practices at public fireworks display sites. More than 440
attendees participated in the seminars.
- On September 14, 2006, Garret Rea, Industrial Hygiene Supervisor, Consultative Services, Tennessee
Department of Labor Workforce Development presented "OSHA Consultation Services Workshop" at the
58th Annual APA Meeting and Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.
- On September 23, 2005, Emil Golias, Senior Industrial Hygienist, Salt Lake Technical Center,
USDOL-OSHA and Gregg Smith, Safety Manager, APA staffed an Alliance Program exhibit booth at the
15th Annual APA Trade Show in San Francisco, California.
- On September 29-30, 2004, Lee Smith, then Director of the Office of Safety Systems, Directorate of
Standards and Guidance, USDOL-OSHA and Mat Chibbaro, Fire Protection Engineer, Directorate of
Standards and Guidance, USDOL-OSHA participated in panel discussions on display operators and
consumer retail fireworks sales at the 56th Annual APA Meeting and Convention in Orlando, Florida.
- APA members helped develop and served on the editorial board of the Pyrotechnics Industry Safety
and Health Topics page on the OSHA Web site.