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

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Industrial Truck Association (ITA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer American workplaces. OSHA and ITA hereby form an Alliance to promote the safe operation and use of powered industrial trucks by providing information, guidance, and access to training resources to assist employers and employees in reducing and preventing exposure to potential hazards associated with the use of powered industrial trucks in general, and in warehouses in particular. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and ITA recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and ITA will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
  • Encourage and promote the training of powered industrial truck operators pursuant to the OSHA operator training standard.
     
  • Develop electronic assistance tools on the use and operation of powered industrial trucks including the issues concerning youth workers.
     
  • Develop information regarding the safe operation and use of powered industrial trucks that could be included in the powered industrial trucks operators' manuals and disseminated through print and electronic media and links from OSHA's and ITA's Web sites.
     
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA and/or ITA conferences, local meetings and other events such as ITA's Annual and/or Spring meetings.
     
  • Promote and encourage ITA member's participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, Consultation and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
     
  • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects that affect the use of industrial trucks in the workplace that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
OSHA and ITA will work together to achieve the following goal related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
  • Participate in forums, roundtable discussions, conferences and stakeholders meetings on issues concerning powered industrial trucks, including youth worker outreach, to help forge innovative solutions to raising safety awareness in the workplace and to provide information during the development of industry specific safety and health guidelines.
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 all parties 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 quarterly 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, Directorate of Science, Technology and Medicine and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA Consultation Projects' participation on the team.

Any material provided by ITA and/or its members is for informational purposes only. Information provided by ITA does not constitute an official statement or position by ITA and is not intended by the parties to create any legal obligations for ITA or its individual members. ITA in not a standard-setting organization, and information provided pursuant to this Alliance Agreement is not intended as a legally binding standard or guideline.

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.




 
John Henshaw
Assistant Secretary
Occupational Safety and
Health Administration


 
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Dirk von Holt
President
Industrial Truck Association


 
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