The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Air Transportation
Association’s Airline Services Council (NATA-ASC) recognize the value of establishing a
collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and NATA-ASC
hereby form an Alliance to provide NATA members and others 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 inclement/severe weather hazards (e.g. electrical storms,
extreme cold, extreme heat/humidity, tornados and hurricanes) on the Airport Operating Area (AOA)
ramp areas, cargo and mail ramp areas, and ramp areas associated with aircraft maintenance
operations. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and NATA-ASC recognize that OSHA’s State Plan and
Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA and NATA-ASC will work together to achieve the following training and education goal:
OSHA and NATA-ASC will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs on inclement/severe
weather issues targeted to AOA employees.
OSHA and NATA-ASC 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 the NATA’s Web sites)
to employers and employees in the industry.
- Speak, exhibit or appear at OSHA’s or NATA-ASC conferences, local meetings or other safety events
such as NATA Safety 1st seminars and the NATA Convention & AS3 Tradeshow.
- Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding
NATA’s best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by NATA and
through OSHA- or NATA-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or
any other applicable forum).
- Promote and encourage NATA-ASC members’ or worksites’ 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 on specific issues and projects on AOA employee safety that
are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
- Encourage NATA-ASC members to build relationships with OSHA’s Regional and Area Offices to address
health and safety issues.
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 NATA-ASC 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
inclement/severe weather issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide
input on safety and health issues.
An implementation team comprising 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 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 all signatories.
Jonathan L. Snare
Occupational Safety and
James K. Coyne
National Air Transportation Association