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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:
  • 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 outreach and communication goals:
  • 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 and NATA-ASC will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
  • 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.
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.

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
Acting Assistant Secretary
Occupational Safety and
Health Administration


James K. Coyne
National Air Transportation Association