Through the OSHA and KCMA Alliance, the organizations will work together to provide KCMA members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to amputation hazards in the manufacture of kitchen cabinets. The Alliance's goals include:
Training and education:
Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for kitchen cabinet manufacturers regarding prevention of amputation injuries 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 KCMA best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by KCMA and through OSHA- or KCMA-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
Promote and encourage KCMA members' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and On-site Consultation and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
Promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on workplace safety and health issues including the prevention of amputation injuries in the kitchen cabinet manufacturing process to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
May 3-9, 2009: 2009 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA) and more than 55 other Alliance Program participants supported 2009 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), an Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering CSSE, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. The theme for 2009 NAOSH Week was "Safety Means Always Coming Home."
Through the OSHA and KCMA Alliance, KCMA developed the following table saw safety training program especially for cabinet manufacturers. The program is for training employees on the safe operation of a table saw. It consists of five components: (1) a powerpoint presentation to train employees; (2) a safety tip sheet; (3) a test for employees to take to demonstrate their undestanding of the powerpoint presentation; (4) an answer sheet for test; and (5) an evaluation of the trainer demonstration of the saw. (2010, March).
† Alliance Implementation Team members serve on the editorial board.
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