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AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
THE INTERNATIONAL WAREHOUSE LOGISTICS ASSOCIATION
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the International Warehouse Logistics
Association (IWLA) recognize the value of renewing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and
more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and IWLA hereby renew the Alliance signed on February 17,
2004 to provide IWLA members and others, including owners and operators of public warehouses and
other third-party warehouses, with information, guidance, and access to training resources. Through
the Alliance renewal agreement, the organizations will continue to help to protect employees' health
and safety, including hard-to-reach and youth workers, by addressing material handling, forklift
safety and Hazard Communication (HAZCOM). In renewing the Alliance, OSHA and IWLA recognize that
OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national
OSHA and IWLA will work together to achieve the following training and education goal:
OSHA and IWLA will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- 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.
OSHA and IWLA will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national
dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- 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 IWLA's Web sites) to
employers and employees in the industry.
- 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
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA and IWLA conferences, local meetings and other events such as
IWLA's annual meeting.
- 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.
- Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects, including warehouse
material handling, forklift safety and HAZCOM, that are addressed and developed through the Alliance
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.
- Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health and
publicize their results.
- Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on warehouse
industry safety and health issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide
input on safety and health issues.
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 Consultation Projects'
participation on the team.
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.
Steven F. Witt
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary
Occupational Safety and
President and CEO
International Warehouse Logistics Association