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International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA) and Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC)

(signed February 17, 2004; renewed March 2, 2006; addendum signed March 29, 2007; concluded February 17, 2008)

Through the Alliance, OSHA and IWLA will provide the association's members and others, including owners and operators of public warehouses and other third-party warehouses, with information, guidance, and access to training resources. OSHA and IWLA will help to protect employees safety and health, including hard-to-reach and youth workers, by addressing material handling, forklift safety and Hazard Communication (HAZCOM). The Alliance goals include:

Training and education:
  • Work with OSHA to develop and deliver training and education programs regarding warehouse industry hazards such as material handling, forklift safety, HAZCOM and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.
Outreach and communication:
  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding IWLA best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by IWLA and through OSHA- or IWLA developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
  • Promote and encourage IWLA's members' or worksites' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, Consultation and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
Promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
  • Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health and publicize their results.

Related Documents

Alliance Agreements
Alliance Annual Reports
Alliance News Releases

Activities and Events

  • May 6-12, 2007: 2007 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA) and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported 2007 NAOSH Week; "All Modes of Transportation." Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), 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.
  • March 4-8, 2007: IWLA 116th Annual Convention, Marriott Hilton Head Beach and Golf Resort, Hilton Head, South Carolina.
    • March 6, 2007: Melody Ward, Training Coordinator, South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, and Sharon Dumit, Outreach Coordinator, South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, presented an OSHA Short Course, "Introduction to OSHA for Small Businesses."
  • November 2-3, 2006: IWLA Safety and Risk Conference, Chicago, Illinois
    • November 3, 2006: Paul Seidlitz, On-site Safety and Health Consultant, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity gave a presentation on OSHA's recordkeeping requirements and forklift training.
  • March 19-22, 2006: IWLA 115th Annual Convention, Wynn Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada.
    • March 20, 2006: Paula White, then-Director, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation on OSHA's cooperative programs and an update on the OSHA and IWLA Alliance.
    • March 21 -22, 2006: Brett Besser, Ergonomist, Salt Lake Technical Center, USDOL-OSHA, staffed an OSHA/IWLA Alliance exhibit booth.
  • March 20-23, 2005: IWLA 114th Annual Convention, The Hilton in Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, Florida.
  • March 28-31, 2004: IWLA 113th Annual Convention, the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
    • Kim Lazor, Special Assistant, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation on OSHA's Cooperative Programs and the IWLA Alliance to 40 attendees.

Products and Resources

Alliance Program Participant Developed Products
  • Warehouses: Monthly Workplace Safety and Health Self-Inspection (PDF*). Through the OSHA and International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA)/Warehouse Education Research Council Alliance, IWLA developed a checklist; Warehouses: Monthly Workplace Safety and Health Self-Inspection. The document is intended to help focus attention on the equipment, and commodities at a typical warehouse operation and the most common activities associated with materials handling and storage. (2007, October 26).
Publications and Newsletters
  • IWLA E-newsletter, April 24, 2006 edition. The IWLA April 24, 2006 edition of its monthly e-newsletter includes an article, "Safety and Your Hispanic Workforce" that promotes OSHA's online Spanish-language compliance assistance tools and resources.
Additional Resources

*Accessibility Assistance: Contact OSHA's Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs at (202) 693-2200 for assistance accessing PDF materials.

All other documents, that are not PDF materials or formatted for the web, are available as Microsoft Office® formats and videos and are noted accordingly. If additional assistance is needed with reading, reviewing or accessing these documents or any figures and illustrations, please also contact OSHA's Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs at (202) 693-2200.

**eBooks - EPUB is the most common format for e-Books. If you use a Sony Reader, a Nook, or an iPad you can download the EPUB file format. If you use a Kindle, you can download the MOBI file format.

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