Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to American Textile Manufacturers Institute (ATMI)

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Textile Manufacturers Institute (ATMI) agree to establish an Alliance to promote safe and healthful working conditions for textile industry employees by:
  • Providing ATMI members with information and guidance that will help them protect employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to cotton dust, noise, and unintended release of mechanical, electrical, or other energy hazards.
  • Reaching out to members who may benefit from mentoring or guidance in developing, implementing, or improving safety and health management systems.
OSHA and ATMI will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
  • Seek opportunities to jointly develop and disseminate information and guidance through print and electronic media, particularly the ATMI and OSHA Web sites.
  • Promote and encourage ATMI members’ participation in OSHA’s cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, SHARP, and mentoring among ATMI members.
OSHA and ATMI will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
  • Recognizing that ATMI’s Quest for the Best Program companies are identified by the association as having outstanding safety and health programs, encouraging Quest members to act as industry liaisons and resources for OSHA’s cooperative programs and Compliance Assistance Specialists. In addition, act as mentors to ATMI members that aspire to excellence in safety and health.
  • Share information on best practices of participants in the Quest for the Best program with other members
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 on a regular schedule to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. OSHA will afford the opportunity for representatives of the Occupational Safety and Health State Plan Association and the association of state Consultation Projects to participate as well.

This agreement will remain in effect for one year from the date of signing and will automatically be renewed annually thereafter. This agreement may be modified at any time with the concurrence of both signatories and may be terminated for any reason with 30 days written notice from either signatory.

John Henshaw
Assistant Secretary
Occupational Safety and
Health Administration


Parks D. Shackelford
American Textile Manufacturers Institute