AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
COORDINATING COMMITTEE FOR AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and CCAR hereby form an Alliance to provide CCAR affiliates and others in the automotive industry, including but not limited to youth and Spanish-speaking workers, with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly by focusing on workplace vehicle safety, abrasive wheel machinery (including associated silica hazards), and ergonomics. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and CCAR recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA and CCAR will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- Develop and disseminate information through print and electronic media, including electronic assistance tools and links from OSHA's and CCAR's Web sites, CCAR's S/P2 newsletter and clearinghouse of automotive workplace safety and health information.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at conferences such as NACE (International Autobody Congress and Exposition), IMDA (International Midas Dealers Association), NADA (National Automobile Dealers Association), MAP (Motorist Assurance Program), I-CAR (Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair) or other events.
- Cross-train OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals in CCAR best practices or effective approaches, as jointly determined by OSHA and CCAR.
- Promote and encourage CCAR affiliates' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and Consultation, and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
- Share information on best practices, as jointly determined by OSHA and CCAR, of CCAR affiliates with others in the industry and publicize the results through outreach by CCAR and through OSHA- or CCAR-initiated compliance assistance efforts.
- Work with other Alliance participants on projects relating to workplace vehicle safety, personal protective equipment, and ergonomics as they are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
OSHA and CCAR will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- Raise others' awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever CCAR leaders address groups.
- Develop and disseminate case studies on the issues addressed in this Alliance, illustrating the business value of safety and health and publicize their results.
- Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on topics such as workplace vehicle safety, abrasive wheel machinery, and ergonomics issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
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 quarterly 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, as well as representatives of CCAR that may include the President, S/P2 Information Officer, CCAR Outreach Specialists and CCAR Board Members. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA Consultation Projects' participation on the team.
This agreement will remain in effect for two years from the date of signing. 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 all signatories.
- John Henshaw
- Assistant Secretary
- Occupational Safety and
- Health Administration
- Sean M. Ochester
- S/P2 Information Officer
- Coordinating Committee
- for Automotive Repair (CCAR)