AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
THE 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) hereby renew the Alliance signed on February 17, 2004. OSHA and CCAR continue to recognize the value of a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. Both groups are committed to providing 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), hexavalent chromium and ergonomics. In renewing 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:
- 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 CCAR's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or CCAR's conferences, local meetings, or other events such as the International Autobody Congress and Exposition (NACE), the International Midas Dealers Association (IMDA), the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), the Motorist Assurance Program (MAP), and the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR).
- Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding CCAR's best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by CCAR and through OSHA- or CCAR developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
- Promote and encourage CCAR 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.
- Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects relating to workplace vehicle safety, personal protective equipment, hexavalent chromium, and ergonomics that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
OSHA and CCAR will work together to achieve the following goal related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- Convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on topics such as workplace vehicle safety, abrasive wheel machinery, hexavalent chromium, and ergonomics 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 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 signatories.
- Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.
- Assistant Secretary
- Occupational Safety and
- Health Administration
- Robert G. Stewart
- Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair