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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the National Chicken Council (NCC) and the National Turkey Federation (NTF) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful workplaces and a culture of prevention. OSHA, NCC and NTF hereby form an Alliance to provide NCC's and NTF's members and others with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help them protect the safety and health of employees, including those who speak languages other than English. In particular, the Alliance will focus on machinery hazards and provide potential solutions to reduce injuries (e.g., amputations). In developing the Alliance, OSHA, NCC and NTF recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA, NCC and NTF will work together to achieve the following training and education goal:
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for the poultry industry on equipment safety and to provide expertise in communicating such information in English, as well as other languages to employers and employees in the industry.
OSHA, NCC and NTF 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 NCC's and NTF's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's, NCC's or NTF's conferences, local meetings, or other events.

  • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on equipment safety that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
OSHA, NCC and NTF will work together to achieve the following goal related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions or stakeholder meetings on equipment safety issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace.
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 made up of representatives of all three 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 On-site Consultation Projects' participation on the team.

This agreement will remain in effect for two years. Any 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.


Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.
Assistant Secretary
Occupational Safety and Health Administration


George B. Watts
National Chicken Council


Michael Rybolt
Director of Scientific and Regulatory
National Turkey Federation