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(signed May 1, 2007; concluded May 1, 2009)


Through the Alliance, OSHA and NASF will work together to provide NASF members and others in the metal surface finishing industry with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help protect employees' health and safety. The Alliance will focus on reducing and preventing exposure to chemical hazards, including hexavalent chromium. The Alliance's goals include:

Training and education:

  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs regarding chemical hazards and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.

Outreach and communication:

  • 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 NASF's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or NASF's conferences local meetings, or other appropriate industry meetings such as the industry's annual technical conference and trade show, SUR/FIN.
  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding NASF best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by NASF and through OSHA- or NASF- developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, lectures, and other appropriate industry meetings.

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 to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

Related Documents

Alliance Agreements

Alliance Annual Reports

Alliance News Releases


Activities and Events
  • June 16-18, 2009: NASF SUR/FIN 2009, Louisville, Kentucky.
    • June 16, 2009: Bob Elkins, Safety Standards Specialist, Kentucky OSHA, and Kristi Redmon, Health Standards Specialist, Kentucky OSHA, will present "Outlook on OSHA Priorities for 2009" during the conference.
    • June 16-18, 2009: Representatives from Kentucky OSHA will staff an Alliance Program exhibit booth during the conference.
  • May 3-9, 2009: 2009 North American Occupational Safety and Health Week. The National Association for Surface Finishing and more than 55 other Alliance Program participants supported 2009 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers, 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. The theme for 2009 NAOSH Week was "Safety Means Always Coming Home."
  • April 28-30, 2009: NASF Washington Forum, Washington, DC.
    • April 29, 2009: Elizabeth (Bea) Way, Director, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, USDOL-OSHA, presented "OSHA Update: Cooperative Programs" during the forum.
  • May 4-10, 2008: 2008 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The National Association for Surface Finishing and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported 2008 NAOSH Week, "Safety is Good Business." Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace.
  • April 22-24, 2008: NASF Washington Forum at the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel, Washington, DC.
    • April 22, 2008: Lee Anne Jillings, then-Director, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, USDOL-OSHA, presented "OSHA Update: Alliance Program and Surface Finishing Industry Issues" during the meeting.
  • March 18, 2008: Michigan Association of Metal Finishers Monthly Meeting, West Bloomfield, Michigan. Adrian Rocskay, Safety and Health Manager, General Industry Safety and Health Division, Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth, presented "Inspection Procedure Guidelines for Occupational Exposures of Hexavalent Chromium" during the meeting.
  • May 1-3, 2007: NASF Washington Forum, Washington, DC.
    • May 1, 2007: Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., former-Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA, gave the presentation "The Power of Prevention, Making the Business Case for Workplace Safety & Health." Following his speech, Mr. Foulke signed the OSHA and NASF Alliance agreement.

Products and Resources
Alliance Program Participant Developed Products
  • Surface Finishing Safe Work Practices Manual [PDF*- 3 MB]. Through the OSHA and National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) Alliance, NASF developed "Surface Finishing Safe Work Practices Manual." The Manual provides practical information on industry recommended work practices to improve safety and health in metal surface finishing facilities. The purpose of these work practices is to identify potential hazards associated with metal finishing operations and the precautions that should be adopted for the safety and health of all personnel involved in these processes. (2009, October).

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