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(signed September 16, 2003; renewed February 22, 2006; renewed October 17, 2007; concluded September 16, 2009)


Participants of the 2008 NAOSH Week Kick-off event on May 5, 2008 at the Department of Labor
(L to R) Melissa Low, Director, Industry Resources and Legislative Services, Club Managers Association of America; Michaela Rydstrom, Assistant, Environmental Health and Safety, Brick Industry Association; Robin Crawford, Marketing Manager, American Heart Association; David Hicks, Manager/Technical Initiatives, American Industrial Hygiene Association; Karen Orso, Director, National Accounts and Commercial Markets, American Heart Association; Patrick Voight, President-Elect, Association of periOperative Registered Nurses; Kevin Cannon, Safety Specialist, National Association of Home Builders; and Bill O'Connell, Manager, Government Affairs, National Safety Council; attended the 2008 NAOSH Week Kick-off event on May 5, 2008 at the Department of Labor.


Through the Alliance, OSHA and CMAA are providing the organization's members and others, including small businesses, with information, guidance, and access to training resources to help protect membership club employees' health and safety including non-English or limited English speaking and youth workers. In particular, the Alliance focuses on addressing Hazard Communication (HAZCOM), recordkeeping and respiratory protection issues. In addition, the organizations will address safety and health issues related to membership clubs' landscaping and horticultural activities. The Alliance's goals include:

Training and education:

  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education courses and "toolbox talks" in English and Spanish on HAZCOM, recordkeeping, respiratory protection and landscaping and horticultural activities and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.

Outreach and communication:

  • 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 CMAA's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or CMAA's annual events, local meetings, or other events such as CMAA's World Conference on Club Management and Leadership/Legislative Conference.
  • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects, including HAZCOM, recordkeeping, respiratory protection and landscaping and horticultural activities that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

Promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:

  • Convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions or stakeholder meetings on small business, non-English or limited English speaking and youth worker outreach and HAZCOM, recordkeeping and respiratory protection issues and landscaping and horticultural activities, to help forge innovative solutions in workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

Related Documents


Alliance Agreements

Alliance Annual Reports

Alliance News Releases


Activities and Events (Archive)
  • October 19-25, 2009: 2009 Drug-Free Work Week. CMAA and a number of other Alliance Program participants are supporting the 2009 Drug-Free Work Week. Sponsored annually by the U.S. Department of Labor's Working Partners for an Alcohol and Drug-Free Workplace Program, the Week focuses on educating employers, employees and the public about the importance of being drug-free as an essential component of a safe and healthful workplace.
  • May 3-9, 2009: North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) and more than 55 other Alliance Program participants supported 2009 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), an Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. The theme for 2009 NAOSH Week was "Safety Means Always Coming Home."
    • May 4, 2009: Melissa Low, Director, Industry Resources and Legislative Services, CMAA, attended the NAOSH Week Kick-off event at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, DC. Acting Assistant Secretary Jordan Barab, USDOL-OSHA; Warren Brown, President, ASSE; and Andrew Cooper, Secretary, CSSE; provided brief remarks. The Kick-off also featured an Alliance Program participant panel with presentations from Alliance Program participants American Heart Association, ASSE, Independent Electrical Contractors, and National Safety Council focusing on workplace safety and health issues.
  • October 20-26, 2008: 2008 Drug-Free Work Week. The Club Managers Association of America and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported the 2008 Drug-Free Work Week. Sponsored annually by the U.S. Department of Labor's Working Partners for an Alcohol- and Drug-Free Workplace Program, the Week focused on educating employers, employees and the public about the importance of being drug-free as an essential component of a safe and healthful workplace.
  • May 4-10, 2008: 2008 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. Club Managers Association of America and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported 2008 NAOSH Week, "Safety is Good Business." Sponsored annually by American Society of Safety Engineers and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace.
    • May 5, 2008: A representative of the Club Managers Association of America attended the NAOSH Week Kick-off event at the U.S. Department of Labor. Donald Shalhoub, Deputy Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA; and Michael Thompson, then-President, ASSE; were the keynote speakers. Mr. Shalhoub presented "Safety is Good Business" to OSHA and Alliance Program participants and other safety and health representatives.
  • February 1-5, 2008: CMAA's World Conference on Club Management, Orlando, Florida.
    • Joan D. Spencer, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Region IV, Tampa, Florida Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, staffed an Alliance Program exhibit booth in the CMAA member pavilion during the conference.
    • February 4, 2008: Joan D. Spencer, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Region IV, Tampa, Florida Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation "Introduction to OSHA for Small Businesses."

Products and Resources


Alliance Program Participant Developed Products

  • Safety Alert. Through the OSHA and Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) Alliance, CMAA developed the following safety alert for membership club employers and employees:
    • Chemical Cocktails in Your Club [298 KB PDF*, 1 page]. The "Chemical Cocktails in Your Club" Safety Alert helps employers and others inform their employees about the potentially fatal effects of mixing products containing bleach and ammonia or other incompatible chemicals. The Safety Alert includes information about how to prevent this from occurring. (2009, December)
  • Twelve Steps to Safety. Through the OSHA and Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) Alliance, the CMAA developed the following articles as informational products for membership club employers and employees.
    • Step One: How and Where Does One Start? [95 KB PDF*, 2 pages]. The "Step One: How and Where Does One Start?" article highlights the benefits of starting a workplace safety and health program. (2008, February)
    • Step Two: Recordkeeping and Reporting [66 KB PDF*, 3 pages]. The "Step Two: Recordkeeping and Reporting" article assists employers in recording and maintaining the required records of employee injuries and illnesses. (2008, March)
    • Step Three: Accident Prevention and Investigation [62 KB PDF*, 2 pages]. The "Step Three: Accident Prevention and Investigation" article assists employers in addressing accident prevention, hazard assessment and accident investigation in the workplace. (2008, April)
    • Step Four: Hazard Communication [96 KB PDF*, 3 pages]. The "Step Four: Hazard Communication" article assists employers in developing and implementing a written hazard communication program at their facilities. (2008, May)
    • Step Five: Respiratory Protection [63 KB PDF*, 2 pages]. The "Step Five: Respiratory Protection" article assists employers in evaluating the hazards in their workplaces to determine if a respiratory protection program is required at the facility. (2008, June) 
    • Step Six: Landscaping and Horticulture [60 KB PDF*, 2 pages]. The "Step Six: Landscaping and Horticulture" article highlights the eventualities that can occur when working outdoors including landscaping and horticulture activities. (2008, July)
    • Step Seven: Housekeeping [148 KB PDF*, 4 pages]. The "Step Seven: Housekeeping" article assists employers in assessing and addressing the safety and health hazards associated with housekeeping. (2008, August)
    • Step Eight: Kitchens, Including Satellite Kitchens [87 KB PDF*, 4 pages]. The "Step Eight: Kitchens, Including Satellite Kitchens" article assists employers identifying hazards in the kitchen areas including sharp items, electricity, wet floors and hazardous chemicals and how to address the issues through communication and training. (2008, September)
    • Step Nine: Disaster Planning [122 KB PDF*, 5 pages]. The "Step Nine: Disaster Planning" article provides and overview of planning for disasters including tasks associated with an effective plan. (2008, October)
    • Step Ten: Young (Teen) Workers [816 KB PDF*, 2 pages]. The "Step Ten: Young (Teen) Workers" article helps employers in understanding that young workers often lack experience and the maturity to deal with hazardous situations and assists employers in the proper training of young employees. (2008, November)
    • Step Eleven: Utilizing OSHA's Consultation Program [70 KB PDF*, 2 pages]. The "Step Eleven: Utilizing OSHA's Consultation Program" article provides information about OSHA's On-site Consultation Program that assists managers in identifying potential hazards at their worksites and the benefits of the program in eliminating those hazards. (2008, December)
    • Step Twelve: Other Resources [75 KB PDF*, 3 pages]. The "Step Twelve: Other Resources" article highlights additional electronic safety and health resources available on the Web. (2009, January) 
  • Toolbox Talks for Club Employees. Through the OSHA and Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) Alliance, CMAA developed the following toolbox talks for membership club employers and employees:
    • Preventing Sprains and Strains [409 KB PDF*, 2 pages]. The "Preventing Sprains and Strains" Toolbox Talk helps employers and other to inform their employees about proper material handling. The toolbox talk includes information about the first steps to material handling, pre-lift assessment, lifting/lowering and other tips for safe material handling. (2009, August)
    • Knife Safety [169 KB PDF*, 1 page]. The, "Knife Safety, Toolbox Talk helps employers and others to inform their employees about knife safety. The toolbox talk includes a list of Do's and Don'ts tips for employees. (2008, May)
    • Trenching Safety [171 KB PDF*, 2 pages]. The "Trenching Safety" toolbox talk helps employers inform employees about safety rules and practices to follow when working in or around excavations. (2007, October)
    • Cold Weather Safety [169 KB PDF*, 1 page]. The "Cold Weather Safety" toolbox talk helps employers inform employees about the hazards associated with working outdoors during the winter months and it identifies guidelines for employees to follow. (2007, July)
    • Pesticides and Fertilizer Spraying [169 KB PDF*, 1 page]. The "Pesticides and Fertilizer Spraying" toolbox talk helps employers inform employees of guidelines for the employees to follow when handling pesticides and fertilizers. (2007, July)
    • Youth Workers [178 KB PDF*, 2 pages]. The "Youth Workers" toolbox talk helps employers identify regulations regarding youth employees and inform employees about what operations and equipment young workers are prohibited from performing and using. (2007, June)
    • Avoiding Heat Stress [172 KB PDF*, 2 pages]. The "Avoiding Heat Stress" toolbox talk helps employers inform employees about the hazards associated with working outdoors during the summer months and identifies guidelines for employees to follow. (2007, May)
    • Ladder Safety [169 KB PDF*, 1 page]. The "Ladder Safety" toolbox talk helps employers inform employees of the hazards associated with improper ladder use and provides safety tips. (2007, May) 
    • Slips and Falls Inside the Clubhouse [173 KB PDF*, 2 pages]. The "Slips and Falls Inside the Clubhouse" toolbox talk helps employers inform employees about slips and falls hazards inside the clubhouse and how to avoid injuries. (2007, May)
    • Employee Safety and Health Orientation [29 KB PDF*, 1 page]. The "Employee Safety and Health Orientation" toolbox talk helps employers inform employees about safety and health-related policies in their workplaces. (2007, April)
    • The Importance of Handwashing [92 KB PDF*, 2 pages]. "The Importance of Handwashing" toolbox talk describes the importance of handwashing in the workplace to prevent the spread of illnesses and details proper handwashing techniques. (2009, January)
    • Make Safety a Priority [20 KB PDF*, 1 page]. The "Make Safety a Priority" toolbox talk helps employers keep employees focused on the important safety and health aspects of their jobs. (2007, April)
       
  • Toolbox Talks Fact Sheets and Forms. Through the OSHA and Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) Alliance, CMAA developed the following supplemental information for the membership club employers and employees that use the toolbox talks:

OSHA Safety and Health Topics Pages

OSHA eTools

Publications and Newsletters

  • Club Management, September/October 2008. This edition of CMAA's bi-monthly magazine includes an article, "Making the Business Case for Safety and Health."
  • Club Management, September/October 2008. This edition of CMAA's bi-monthly magazine includes an article, "Nantucket Club Works with OSHA On-site Consultation Program to Enhance Club Safety."

Success Stories

Additional Resources

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