The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Association of
Institutional Linen Management (NAILM) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative
relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and NAILM hereby form an
Alliance to provide NAILM members and others in the institutional linen industry, in particular
small businesses, with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them
protect employees’ health and safety. The Alliance will focus on reducing and preventing exposure to
ergonomic and fire hazards and hazardous materials (HAZMAT) and motor vehicle safety. In developing
this Alliance, OSHA and NAILM recognize that OSHA’s State Plan and Consultation Project partners are
an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA and NAILM will work together to achieve the following training and education goal:
OSHA and NAILM will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing training and education programs regarding
ergonomic and fire hazards, HAZMAT and motor vehicle safety, and to provide expertise in
communicating the information to employers and employees in the institutional linen industry.
OSHA and NAILM 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 NAILM’s Web sites) to
employers and employees in the industry.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or NAILM’s conferences and local meetings such as the
bi-annual CLEAN conference.
- Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding
NAILM’s best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by NAILM and
through OSHA- or NAILM –developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures.
- Promote and encourage NAILM members’ participation in OSHA’s cooperative programs such as
compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and the Consultation Program and its
Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
- Work with other Alliance participants and OSHA’s Strategic Partnerships on specific issues and
projects, such as ergonomic and fire hazards and motor vehicle safety, that are addressed and
developed through the Alliance Program.
- Encourage NAILM chapters to build relationships with OSHA’s Regional and Area Offices to address
health and safety issues, including ergonomic and fire hazards and motor vehicle safety.
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.
- Raise others’ awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health
whenever NAILM leaders address groups.
- 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
institutional linen industry issues such as ergonomic and fire hazards and motor vehicle safety to
help forge innovative solutions in the workplace.
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 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
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.
Jonathan L. Snare
Occupational Safety and
National Association of Institutional Linen Management