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AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
AND
THE INTERNATIONAL CARWASH ASSOCIATION

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 effort.

OSHA and ICA will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
  • 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 and ICA will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
  • 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.
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.

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
Safety Administration


 
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Neil Hitchcock
Chair, Safety and Health Committee
International Carwash Association


 
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