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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 providing their members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help to protect the health and safety of workers who manufacture and use cranes, hoists, and monorails, as well as promote a better understanding of worker rights and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). The Alliance will specifically work to reduce workplace incidents and prevent worker exposures to electrical shock/electrocution, falls from elevations, and being struck by moving equipment. The Alliance goals include:

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.
  • Disseminate information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
Outreach and communication
  • Develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards (such as electrical shock/ electrocution, falls from elevations, and being struck by moving equipment) 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 websites) to employers and workers in the industry.
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or the CHM Partners' conferences, local meetings, or other events, such as ProMat, MODEX, and CMAA's, HMI's, and MMA's semi-annual membership meetings.
  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding best practices (or effective approaches) and new technology through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.
Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of USDOL-OSHA (seated center) with representatives of the CHM Alliance at the Alliance renewal ceremony on February 2, 2016.

Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of USDOL-OSHA (seated center) with representatives of the CHM Alliance at the Alliance renewal ceremony on February 2, 2016.

Related Documents

Alliance Agreements
Alliance Annual Reports
Alliance News Releases and QuickTakes

Products and Resources

Alliance Program Participant Developed Products
  • Fact Sheets
    • Fact Sheet No. 1: Proper Inspection and Maintenance of Overhead Cranes and Hoists English (PDF) and Spanish (PDF). Through the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail 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) and Spanish (PDF). Through the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail 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 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 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 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).
  • Flowcharts
    • Crane Assembly & Disassembly - Around Power Lines Flowchart English/Spanish (PDF). Through the OSHA and Altec Alliance, Altec developed a flowchart to help employers comply with OSHA's requirements for assembly and disassembly of cranes around power lines. (2012, April; Spanish translation, 2013 September).
    • Crane Operation Around Power Lines Flowchart English/Spanish (PDF). Through the OSHA and Altec Alliance, Altec developed a flowchart to help employers comply with OSHA's requirements for crane operation around power lines. (2012, April; Spanish translation, 2013 September).
  • Safety Tips Cards
    • Overhead Crane Safety Tips Card: General Tips (PDF). Through the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail 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).
    • Overhead Crane Safety Tips Card: Before Each Shift (PDF). Through the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail 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 (PDF). Through the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail 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).
    • Overhead Crane Safety Tips Card: Operating the Crane and Moving the Load (PDF). Through the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail 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).
    • Overhead Crane Safety Tips Card: Parking the Load (PDF). Through the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail 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 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).
  • Safety Tips Sheets
    • Safety Tips Sheet No. 1: Proper Use of Hand Signals for Cab-Controlled Cranes English (PDF) and Spanish (PDF). Through the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail 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 Sheet No. 2: Pre-Operational Equipment Check of Cranes and Hoists English (PDF) and 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) and Spanish (PDF). Through the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail 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) and Spanish (PDF). Through the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail 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 (PDF). Through the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail Alliance, the Alliance participants developed a safety tips sheet providing workers with guidelines on the safe carrying and transporting of loads. (2008, May).
    • Safety Tips Sheet No. 6: Management Guidelines for Safe Carrying and Transporting of Loads (PDF). Through the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail 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 (PDF). Through the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail 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).
    • Safety Tips Sheet No. 8: Alternatives to Manual Handling of Individual Containers (PDF). Through the Through the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail 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 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 Alliance, the Alliance participants developed a safety tips sheet providing workers with information on ways cranes and monorails can improve ergonomics. (2009, December).
    • Safety Sheet No. 12: Hoist/Trolley Control - Contactor vs. Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) (PDF). Through the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail Alliance, the Alliance participants developed a safety sheet providing workers with information on the differences between contractor and VFD hoist/trolley controls. (2015, April).
    • Safety Tips Sheet No. 13: General Safety Guidance for Lever Hoists (PDF). Through the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail Alliance, the Alliance participants developed a safety sheet providing workers with information on the safe operation of lever hoists. (2015, April).
    • Safety Tips Sheet No. 14 : Workstation Crane and Patented Track Systems Inspection (PDF). Through the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail Alliance, the Alliance participants developed a safety sheet providing workers with information on inspecting workstation cranes and patented track systems. (2015, April).
    • Safety Tips Sheet No. 15: Overhead Manual Chain Hoist (PDF). Through the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail Alliance, the Alliance participants developed a safety sheet providing workers with information on the safe operation of overhead manual chain hoists. (2015, April).
OSHA Safety and Health Topics Pages
Publications and Newsletters
  • e-Mhove. (2006, September). 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. (2005, Fall). 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.

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