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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

Products and Resources

Alliance Program Participant Developed Products
  • Surface Finishing Safe Work Practices Manual (PDF). 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, July).
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