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(signed February 9, 2004; renewed May 23, 2006; renewed May 13, 2008; concluded January 14, 2011)



Through the Alliance, OSHA and ILMA will encourage employers, including small businesses, to increase employee access to safety and health information and training resources, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to industrial hazards in the manufacturing environment. In addition, the OSHA and ILMA Alliance will address hazard communication and safety and health issues related to above ground storage tanks. The Alliance's goals include:

Outreach and communication:
  • 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 ILMA's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding ILMA's best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by ILMA and through OSHA- or ILMA-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
  • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on manufacturing industrial hazards that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
Promoting the national dialogue on workplace health and safety:
  • Convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions or stakeholder meetings on manufacturing industrial hazards and hazard communication to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace.

Related Documents
Alliance Agreements Alliance Annual Reports Alliance News Releases
Activities and Events (Archive)
  • May 2-8, 2010: 2010 National Association of Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association (ILMA) and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported 2010 NAOSH Week, Mission NAOSH 2010: Safe Workplaces. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers, an Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace.
  • May 3-9, 2009: 2009 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association and more than 55 other Alliance Program participants supported 2009 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers, an Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. The theme for 2009 NAOSH Week was "Safety Means Always Coming Home."
  • October 5-8, 2008: 3rd Symposium on the Assessment and Control of Metal Removal Fluids, Dearborn, Michigan.
    • October 6, 2008: Elaine M. Clapp, M.S., Safety and Health Manager, Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration, gave a presentation entitled "Overview of OSHA and State Plan State Enforcement Activities Involving Metalworking Fluids," to 40 attendees during the symposium.
  • April 28-May 1, 2008: OSHA On-site Consultation Training Conference, Seattle, Washington.
    • April 30, 2008: Lee Anne Jillings, then-Director, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, USDOL-OSHA, presented an overview of the OSHA and ILMA Alliance and John K. Howell, Safety, Health, and Environmental Specialist, D.A. Stewart Company discussed tools and resources that have been developed through the Alliance Program in a workshop, "Safety and Health Tools for Down-stream Users of Metal Working Fluids" during the On-site Consultation Training Conference.

Products and Resources
Alliance Program Participant Developed Products
  • Lubricant Fact Sheet. Through the OSHA and Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association (ILMA) Alliance, ILMA developed a fact sheet that provides small businesses with the definition of a lubricant, addresses classification of materials based on type and use, provides the associated hazards and best practices of handling these substances in order to reduce associated hazards. (2010, June)
  • Safe Tank Entry: When Entering Aboveground Storage Tanks. Through the OSHA and Safe Tank and Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association (ILMA) Alliances, the participants developed a brochure providing information on how to prevent confined space entry-related injuries when working in aboveground storage tanks. (2008, July)
  • Dermal Assessment Guide [PDF* - 5 MB]. Through the OSHA and Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association (ILMA) Alliance, ILMA developed a guide that provides small businesses with information in order to understand the possible connection between instances of employee dermatitis and facility operations using the metal removal fluids. (2007, January)
  • Metalworking Fluids in Small Business: A Health and Safety "QUICKSTART" Guide. Through the OSHA and Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association (ILMA) Alliance, ILMA developed a guide that provides a step-by-step outline on how to work safely with metalworking fluids (MWFs) and to help small business workers effectively manage the health, safety and environmental impacts of MWFs. (2005, December)
OSHA Safety and Health Topics Pages Publications and Newsletters
  • OEM/Lube News, January 8, 2007. The metalworking fluid industry's weekly e-newsletter, OEM/Lube News includes an article, "ILMA Publishes Dermal Assessment Guide as Part of OSHA Alliance" describing the Dermal Assessment Guide [PDF* - 96 KB], which is a product of the OSHA/ILMA Alliance.
Additional Resources ** Alliance Implementation Team members serve on the editorial board.


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