|<< Back to American Supply Association (ASA)
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
and the American Supply Association (ASA) recognize the value of establishing a
collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American
workplaces. OSHA and ASA hereby form an Alliance to provide ASA’s members 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 agreement will focus on addressing exposure to hazards
associated with material handling and forklift operations and hazard
communication issues. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and ASA recognize that
OSHA’s State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part
of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA and ASA will work together to achieve the following outreach and
OSHA and ASA will work together to achieve the following
goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the
recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in
developing ways of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic
media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA’s and ASA’s Web sites) to
employers and employees in the industry.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or ASA’s conferences and local
meetings, such as ASA’s Annual Convention, Regional Conferences, and Peer
Networking Council Meetings.
- Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health
professionals regarding ASA’s best practices or effective approaches and
publicize results through outreach by ASA and through OSHA- or ASA-developed
materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, webinars, publications and
lectures (or any other applicable forum).
- Promote and encourage ASA members’ participation in OSHA’s cooperative
programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and
the On-site Consultation Program and its Safety and Health Achievement
- Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on
hazards that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
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.
- 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 to provide input on safety and health issues or to help forge
innovative solutions in the workplace.
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
|Edwin G. Foulke,
Occupational Safety and
American Supply Association