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AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
THE FORGING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Forging Industry Association (FIA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to promote and cultivate safer and more healthful American workplaces. FIA and OSHA hereby form an Alliance to provide FIA members and others in the forging industry, including small businesses, with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety. In particular, the Alliance will address issues associated with ergonomics and machine guarding, including the prevention of amputations that may be experienced by employees in the forging industry. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and FIA recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA and FIA will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
An implementation team made up of representatives from 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 safety professionals from or representing the forging industry. Additional team members may be brought in from either group as needed to assist with technical matters. 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.