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Through the Alliance, OSHA and ISSA are working together to provide the organization's members and others in the cleaning, maintenance and warehousing industries with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help protect employee's health and safety. In particular, the Alliance is focusing on reducing exposure to hazards such as slips, trips and falls and hazard communication (HAZCOM) issues (e.g., hazard classification, precautionary labeling, material safety data sheets and personal protective equipment). The Alliance's goals include:

Training and Education
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for cleaning, maintenance, and warehousing industry employers and employees regarding slips, trips and falls and HAZCOM.
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 ISSA's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's and ISSA's conferences and workshops, including various ISSA training seminars and forums such as ISSA's annual convention, ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America.
  • Promote and encourage ISSA members' or worksites' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and the On-site Consultation Program and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
  • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on cleaning, maintenance, and warehousing industry hazards, such as slips, trips and falls and HAZCOM that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
Promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions or stakeholder meetings on cleaning, maintenance, and warehousing industry hazards such as slips, trips and falls and HAZCOM, to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

Related Documents

Alliance Agreements
Alliance Annual Reports
Alliance News Releases

Activities and Events

  • May 1-7, 2011: 2011 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The ISSA and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported 2011 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 2011 was "Celebrating a Century of Safety."

Products and Resources

  • Controlling Slips & Falls in Restaurants (PDF*). Through the OSHA and ISSA Alliance, ISSA developed "Controlling Slips & Falls in Restaurants." The Fact Sheet provides information to help minimize slip and fall incidents in restaurants. (2010, March)
  • ISSA Safety and Health Portal. Through the OSHA and ISSA Alliance, ISSA developed the ISSA Safety and Health Portal. The Web page includes ISSA Occupational Safety and Health Topics Pages for the cleaning industry on: Bloodborne Pathogens; Cleaning Chemicals in the Workplace (Hazard Communication); Injury & Illness Recordkeeping; Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); Slips, Trips and Falls in the Workplace; Small Business Resources; Spanish Resources, and Warehouse Safety. (2007, November)
  • Minimizing Slips, Trips and Falls (PDF*). Through the OSHA and ISSA Alliance, ISSA developed "Minimizing Slips, Trips and Falls." The checklist provides information to help minimize slip, trip and fall incidents. (2007, April)
  • Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls for Custodians (PDF*). Through the OSHA and ISSA Alliance, ISSA developed "Preventing Slips Trips and Falls for Custodians." The article presents a checklist of common causes for slips, trips and falls and practical tips for avoiding these types of workplace incidents. (2007, April)
Alliance Program Participant Developed Products
OSHA Safety and Health Topics Pages
Publications and Newsletters
  • ISSA E-newsletter, June 2008. The Safety and Health Corner in ISSA's June edition of Legislative and Regulatory Update includes two articles, "OSHA Unveils New Flood and Tornado Cleanup and Recovery Web Page," and "OSHA Offers Safety Tips for Working in Summer Heat."
  • ISSA E-newsletter, May 2008. The Safety and Health Corner in ISSA's May edition of Legislative and Regulatory Update includes an article, "Industry Study Indentifies Most Disabling Workplace Injuries."
  • ISSA E-newsletter, April 2008. The Safety and Health Corner in ISSA's April edition of Legislative and Regulatory Update includes an article, "ISSA Adds Small Business Resources to Safety and Health Portal."
  • ISSA E-newsletter, July/August 2007. The Safety and Health Corner in ISSA's July/August edition of Legislative and Regulatory Update includes an article, "OSHA Case Study Highlights Benefits of Safety and Health Program."
  • ISSA E-newsletter, June 2007. The Safety and Health Corner in ISSA's June edition of Legislative and Regulatory Update includes an article, " OSHA VPP: A Proven Way to Reduce Workplace Injuries, Illnesses and Costs."
  • ISSA E-newsletter, May 2007. The Safety and Health Corner in ISSA's May edition of Legislative and Regulatory Update includes an article, "OSHA Training Must Be Presented in a Manner That is Understood by Workers."
  • ISSA E-newsletter, April 2007. The Safety and Health Corner in ISSA's April edition of Legislative and Regulatory Update includes an article, "ISSA Supports North American Occupational Safety and Health Week, May 6-12."
  • ISSA E-newsletter, February/March 2007. The Safety and Health Corner in ISSA's February/March edition of Legislative and Regulatory Update includes an article, "OSHA Unveils New Guidance on Preparing For Influenza Pandemic."
  • ISSA E-newsletter, January 2007. The Safety and Health Corner in ISSA's January edition of Legislative and Regulatory Update includes an article, "OSHA Workshop Identifies Compliance Assistance Tools For GHS."
  • ISSA E-newsletter, November/December 2006. The ISSA's November/December 2006 edition of Legislative and Regulatory Update includes an article, "EPA and OSHA Participate in GHS Public Forums" and "OSHA Offers Avian Flu Guidance." The edition's Safety and Health Corner includes "OSHA Makes The Business Case For Safety and Health."
  • ISSA E-newsletter, July 2006. The ISSA's July 2006 edition of Legislative and Regulatory Update includes an article, "OSHA, DOL & ISSA Offer Valuable Workplace Compliance Assistance."
  • ISSA E-newsletter, May/June 2006. The ISSA's May/June 2006 edition of Legislative and Regulatory Update includes an article, "OSHA Offers Employers a Guide to Workplace First Aid Programs."
  • ISSA E-newsletter, May/June 2006. The ISSA's May/June 2006 edition of Legislative and Regulatory Update includes an article, "Making the Most of OSHA's Standard Letters of Interpretation."
  • ISSA E-newsletter, March 2006. The ISSA's March 2006 edition of Legislative and Regulatory Update includes an article, "Helping Small Businesses Benefit from Being Drug Free."
  • ISSA E-newsletter, February 2006. The ISSA's February 2006 edition of Legislative and Regulatory Update includes an article, "OSHA Offers New Guidelines to Help Reduce Motor Vehicle Crashes."
  • ISSA E-newsletter, February 2006. The ISSA's February 2006 edition of Legislative and Regulatory Update includes an article, "Health and Safety Resources for Employers with Hispanic Workers."
  • ISSA E-newsletter, January 2006. The ISSA's January 2006 edition of Legislative and Regulatory Update includes an article, "Required OSHA Posters and Publications Are Available For Free."
  • ISSA E-newsletter, December 2005. The ISSA's December 2005 edition of Legislative and Regulatory Update includes an article, "Department of Labor Offers Safety Tips on Preventing Impaired Driving During the Holiday Season."
  • ISSA E-newsletter, November 2005. The ISSA's November 2005 edition of Legislative and Regulatory Update includes an article, "Valuable Workplace Health and Safety Resources."
  • ISSA E-newsletter, September/October 2005. The ISSA's September/October 2005 edition of Legislative and Regulatory Update includes an article, "Consultation Helps Small businesses Establish Workplace Health and Safety Programs."
  • ISSA E-newsletter, August 2005. The ISSA's August 2005 edition of Legislative and Regulatory Update includes an article, "Occupational Safety and Health to be Featured in the Legislative and Regulatory Update."
  • ISSA E-newsletter, August 2005. The ISSA's August 2005 edition of Legislative and Regulatory Update includes an article, "ISSA Forms Alliance With OSHA to Promote Worker Safety and Health."
Additional Resources

** Alliance Implementation Team members serve on the editorial board.
+ Alliance Implementation Team members participated in the development of this resource.


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