The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers
Association (KCMA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer
and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and KCMA hereby form an Alliance 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. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and KCMA recognize
that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA
OSHA and KCMA will work together to achieve the following training and education goal:
OSHA and KCMA will work together to achieve the following outreach and
- 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.
OSHA and KCMA will work together to achieve the following goal 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
amputation injuries in kitchen cabinet manufacturing, and to provide expertise in developing ways of
communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and
OSHA's and the KCMA Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at KCMA conferences, local meetings, or other KCMA events, such as the
association's Spring Convention and Fall Management Conference.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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 On-site 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.
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.
Occupational Health and
Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association