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AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
THE INDUSTRIAL MINERALS ASSOCIATION - NORTH AMERICA
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Industrial Minerals Association - North America (IMA-NA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and IMA-NA hereby form an Alliance to provide IMA-NA members and others in the industrial minerals industry with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety. In particular, the Alliance will focus on reducing and preventing exposure to rail and truck hazards common to industrial facilities (e.g., ingress and egress of rail cars and trucks at the workplace, movement of rail cars and trucks between holding and loading/unloading sites, opening/closing gates and bin closures, loading/unloading practices, securing loads, etc.). In developing this Alliance, OSHA and IMA-NA recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Onsite Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA and IMA-NA will work together to achieve the following training and education goal:
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 Onsite Consultation Projects' participation on the team. IMA-NA team members will include representatives from a variety of member companies and will include both producer and associate members.
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.