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AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR SURFACE FINISHING
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and The National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and NASF hereby form an Alliance to provide NASF's members and others, such as small businesses and other than English-speaking employees, with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to chemical hazards, including hexavalent chromium. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and NASF recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA and NASF will work together to achieve the following training and education goal:
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, Directorate of Standards and Guidance, and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA On-site Consultation Projects' participation on the team.
Nothing in this agreement supersedes or otherwise affects the settlement agreement between the Surface Finishing Industry Council (SFIC), OSHA, Public Citizen Health Research Group, and the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union dated October 25, 2006, which resolved SFIC's legal challenge to OSHA's hexavalent chromium standard.
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.