AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
THE COORDINATING COMMITTEE FOR AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR) continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safe and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and CCAR hereby renew the Alliance signed February 17, 2004, and renewed September 12, 2006 and August 4, 2008. Both organizations are committed to providing CCAR members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers in the car repair industry, obtain information about important OSHA news, and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).
Through the Alliance, the organizations will use injury and illness data, information on workers' compensation, non-injury incident data, information on potential exposures to health hazards and similar relevant information related to the automotive repair industry to identify areas of emphasis. The initial areas of focus under this agreement are lift safety, Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) batteries, and contaminated refrigerant. The Alliance will also develop methods to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of the Alliance's efforts to improve safety in the automotive repair industry. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and CCAR recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort, and that information about the products and activities of the Alliance will be shared with these partners for the advancement of common goals.
Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following goals related to raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives:
- Share information on OSHA's National Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process through the CCAR website and blog.
- Convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on automotive industry safety issues, transportation safety issues, or general industry safety issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
Training and Education
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
- Develop effective training and education programs through online modules for workers in the automotive industry regarding lift safety, Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) batteries, and contaminated refrigerant, and to communicate such information to employers and workers.
Outreach and Communication
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding CCAR's good practices or effective approaches through training programs developed by the participants.
- Develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, as well as develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, OSHA's and CCAR's website and blog) to employers and workers in the industry.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA or CCAR conferences and local meetings, or other industry events.
- Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects related to the automotive industry, transportation, or general industry safety 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 raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives, training and education, and outreach and communication. 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 or promoting, nor does it intend to endorse or promote, any of that party's products or services.
An implementation team made up of representatives of each organization will develop a work plan with specific measurable objectives and timelines, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet at least twice a year, with other meetings as needed, to track and share information on progress in achieving the goals of the Alliance. OSHA team members will include representatives of the Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP), and any other appropriate offices as needed. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA On-site Consultation Projects' participation on the team.
This agreement will remain in effect for five 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 written concurrence of both signatories.
Signed this 12th Day of May, 2015.
- Dr. David Michaels
- Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health
- Charles Ayers
- Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair