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Signatories are:

  • Crane Manufacturers Association of America (CMAA)
  • Hoist Manufacturers Institute (HMI)
  • Monorail Manufacturers Association (MMA)

Through the OSHA and CHM Alliance, the organizations are committed to provide CMAA, HMI, and MMA members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers 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 continue to address electrical, falls from elevation, and struck-by moving equipment hazards, and address issues related to non-English-speaking or limited-English-speaking workers. The Alliance's goals are:

Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives
  • To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
Outreach and communication
  • To develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's and the CMAA's, HMI's, and MMA's Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
  • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or Material Handling Industry of America's conferences, local meetings, or other events, such as ProMat, MODEX, and CMAA's, HMI's, and MMA's annual membership meetings.
  • To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding CMAA's, HMI's and MMA's good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.
  • To work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

Milestones and Successes

Related Documents

Alliance Agreements
Alliance Annual Reports
Alliance News Releases

Activities and Events

  • May 4-10, 2014: North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The Crane, Hoist, and Monorail (CHM) Alliance and a number of other Alliance Program participants support 2014 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by the 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. 2014 Theme: "Workplace Safety Works for Everyone."

Products and Resources

  • Safety Tips Cards
    • Overhead Crane Safety Tips Card: General Tips [English PDF* - 47 KB, Spanish PDF* - 47 KB]. Through the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail (CHM) Alliance, the Alliance participants developed a safety tips card addressing issues associated with overhead crane safety, including general safety tips for overhead crane operators. (2010, September; Spanish translation, 2014, February)
    • Overhead Crane Safety Tips Card: Before Each Shift (PDF*). Through the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail (CHM) Alliance, the Alliance participants developed a safety tips card addressing issues associated with overhead crane safety, including tips for overhead crane operators to follow before each shift or before the crane is used each shift. (2010, September)
    • Overhead Crane Safety Tips Card: Before Operating the Crane and Applying the Load [English PDF* - 47 KB, Spanish PDF* - 47 KB]. Through the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail (CHM) Alliance, the Alliance participants developed a safety tips card addressing issues associated with overhead crane safety, including tips for overhead crane operators to follow before operating cranes and applying loads. (2010, September; Spanish translation, 2014, February)
    • Overhead Crane Safety Tips Card: Operating the Crane and Moving the Load [English PDF* - 47 KB, Spanish PDF* - 47 KB]. Through the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail (CHM) Alliance, the Alliance participants developed a safety tips card addressing issues associated with overhead crane safety, including tips for crane operators to follow while operating a crane and moving loads. (2010, September; Spanish translation, 2014, February)
    • Overhead Crane Safety Tips Card: Parking the Load (PDF*). Through the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail (CHM) Alliance, the Alliance participants developed a safety tips card addressing issues associated with overhead crane safety, including tips for overhead crane operators to follow before parking the load. (2010, September)
    • Overhead Crane Safety Tips Card: Fall Protection for Overhead Crane Operators and Service Providers (PDF*). Through the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail (CHM) Alliance, the Alliance participants developed a safety tips card addressing issues associated with overhead crane safety, including tips for overhead crane operators to follow to prevent falls. (2010, September)
  • Fact Sheets
    • Fact Sheet No. 1: Proper Inspection and Maintenance of Overhead Cranes and Hoists (English PDF*, Spanish PDF*). Through the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail (CHM) Alliance, the Alliance participants developed a fact sheet addressing issues associated with inspection and maintenance of overhead cranes and hoists, including information on standards, reference manuals, and safety tips for the application and operation of overhead material handling equipment. (2006, September; Spanish translation 2010, July)
    • Fact Sheet No. 2: Hoists, Cranes, Pullers - Safety & Warning Labels and Test Certification (English PDF*, Spanish PDF*). Through the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail (CHM) Alliance, the Alliance participants developed a fact sheet addressing issues associated with safety and warning labels test certification, including information concerning items that operators and inspectors need to know when purchasing, installing or using hoist, crane and puller equipment. (2006, September; Spanish translation 2010, March)
    • Fact Sheet No. 3: Proper Inspection of Wire Rope Used on Hoists (PDF*). Through the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail (CHM) Alliance, the Alliance participants developed a fact sheet addressing issues associated with the inspection of wire ropes used on hoists, including information to determine if a wire rope is damaged and should be replaced. (2011, June)
    • Fact Sheet No. 4: Radio Controls Can Enhance Safety and Productivity (PDF*). Through the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail (CHM) Alliance, the Alliance participants developed a fact sheet addressing issues associated with radio controls improving safety and productivity when used with overhead cranes. (2012, December)
    • Fact Sheet No. 5: Crane Components That Can Improve Safety, Reliability, and Maintenance (PDF*). Through the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail (CHM) Alliance, the Alliance participants developed fact sheet addressing crane components that can improve safety, reliability, and maintenance, including horns, warning/crane lights, and walkways. (2012, December)
  • Safety Tips Sheets
    • Safety Tips Sheet No. 1: Proper Use of Hand Signals for Cab-Controlled Cranes. (English PDF*, Spanish PDF*). Through the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail (CHM) Alliance, the Alliance participants developed a safety tip sheet addressing issues associated with the use of hand signals for cab-controlled cranes, including information regarding nine industry standard hand signals that are used for communication between the operator in the crane cab and the floor person. (2006, September; Spanish translation 2012, August)
    • Safety Tips Sheep No. 2: Pre-Operational Equipment Check of Cranes and Hoists. (English PDF*, Spanish PDF*). Through the OSHA and Crane, the Alliance participants developed a safety tips sheet addressing issues associated with safe crane operation, including information on a pre-operational equipment checklist for cranes and hoists. (2006, September; Spanish translation 2012, August)
    • Safety Tips Sheet No. 3: Safe Lifting Practices. (English PDF*, Spanish PDF*). Through the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail (CHM) Alliance, the Alliance participants developed a safety tips sheet addressing issues associated with safe lifting practices, including information for workers moving loads of material. (2006, September; Spanish translation 2010, March)
    • Safety Tips Sheet No. 4: Hoist Operation. (English PDF*, Spanish PDF*). Through the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail (CHM) Alliance, the Alliance participants developed a safety tips sheet addressing issues associated with hoist operation, including information on what an operator should and should not do while operating a hoist. (2006, September; Spanish translation 2012, August)
    • Safety Tips Sheet No. 5: Employee Guidelines for Safe Carrying and Transporting Loads [English PDF* - 36 KB, Spanish PDF* - 211 KB]. Through the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail (CHM) Alliance, the Alliance participants developed a safety tips sheet providing workers with guidelines on the safe carrying and transporting of loads. (2008, May; Spanish translation, 2014, March)
    • Safety Tips Sheet No. 6: Management Guidelines for Safe Carrying and Transporting of Loads (PDF*). Through the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail (CHM) Alliance, the Alliance participants developed a safety tips sheet that provides employers with information on the safe carrying and transporting of loads. (2008, May)
    • Safety Tips Sheet No. 7: Hazard Evaluation Checklist for Lifting, Carrying, Pushing, or Pulling [English PDF* - 44 KB, Spanish PDF* - 211 KB]. Through the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail (CHM) Alliance, the Alliance participants developed a safety tips sheet providing workers with a checklist to help identify hazards when moving loads of material. (2008, May; Spanish translation, 2014, March)
    • Safety Tips Sheet No. 8: Alternatives to Manual Handling of Individual Containers (PDF*). Through the Through the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail (CHM) Alliance, the Alliance participants developed a safety tips sheet providing workers with information regarding alternatives to manual handling of containers. (2008, May)
    • Safety Tips Sheet No. 9: When and Why to Use Overhead Lifting as Opposed to Manual Lifting (PDF*). Through the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail (CHM) Alliance, the Alliance participants developed a safety tips sheet providing workers with information on when to use overhead lifting opposed to manual lifting techniques. (2009, December)
    • Safety Tips Sheet No. 10: 4 Ways Cranes and Monorails Can Improve Ergonomics (PDF*). Through the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail (CHM) Alliance, the Alliance participants developed a safety tips sheet providing workers with information on ways cranes and monorails can improve ergonomics. (2009, December)
Other Alliance Program Participant Developed Products
OSHA Safety and Health Topics Pages
Publications and Newsletters
  • e-Mhove, September 2006. This edition of MHIA's monthly publication includes an article, "OSHA Alliance Information and Resources Now Available On-line," which describes the goals of the agreement and the specific section of the MHIA Web page that promotes the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail (CHM).
  • on the Mhove, Fall 2005. This edition of MHIA's quarterly publication, on the Mhove, includes an article, "OSHA Announces Alliance with CMAA, HMI and MMA," describing the goals of the Alliance agreement.
Additional Resources

+Alliance Implementation Team members participated in the development of this resource.


*Accessibility Assistance: Contact OSHA's Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs at (202) 693-2200 for assistance accessing PDF materials.

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