The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and The International Carwash Association (ICA)
recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful
American workplaces. OSHA and ICA hereby form an Alliance to provide members of the professional car
wash/car care industry, including small businesses and non-English or limited English speaking
employees and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help
them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in addressing slips, trips and falls, hazard
communication and vehicle operation safety. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and ICA recognize that
OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national
OSHA and ICA will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
OSHA and ICA will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting
the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- 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 the ICA's Web sites) to
employers and employees in the industry.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or ICA's conferences such as ICA's Car Care World Expo.
- Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding
ICA's best practices or effective approaches and publicize the results through outreach by ICA and
through OSHA- or ICA-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or
any other applicable forum).
- Promote and encourage ICA's members' and others in the car wash/car care industry, participation
in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and
the Consultation Program and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
- Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects such as slips, trips and
falls, hazard communication and vehicle operation 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 training and education, outreach and communication
and promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health. 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 any of that party's products or services; nor does the Agency enter
into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular party's products or services.
- Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on car care
industry issues such as, slips, trips and falls, hazard communication and vehicle operation safety
to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace.
An implementation team made up of representatives of 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 any other
appropriate offices. 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.
Jonathan L. Snare
Acting Assistant Secretary
Occupational Health and
Chair, Safety and Health Committee
International Carwash Association