Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program << Back to Concluded Alliances

(signed June 23, 2006; renewed September 4, 2008; concluded June 23, 2010)


Through the OSHA and NMSA Alliance, the organizations will work together to provide the association's members and others in the marine cargo handling industry with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety. The Alliance will particularly focus on intermodal container lashing issues and marine terminal traffic safety. The Alliance's goals include:

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 to employers and employees in the industry.
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's and NMSA's conferences and events such as NMSA's Annual and Technical Committee meetings.
  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding NMSA best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by NMSA and through OSHA-or NMSA developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
  • Promote and encourage NMSA's participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and the On-site Consultation Program and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
  • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

Related Documents
Alliance Agreements Alliance Annual Reports Alliance News Releases
Activities and Events (Archive)
  • June 17, 2010: NMSA Technical Committee Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana. John Vos, Maritime Specialist, Region IV, Savannah, Georgia Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, delivered a maritime safety-related presentation.
  • May 2-8, 2010: 2010 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The National Maritime Safety Association and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported 2010 NAOSH Week, "Mission NAOSH 2010: Safe Workplaces." Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace.
  • December 2, 2009: NMSA Technical Committee Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana. John Vos, Occupational Safety and Health Specialist, Region IV, Savannah, Georgia Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, delivered a maritime safety and health presentation during the meeting.
  • October 19-25, 2009: 2009 Drug-Free Work Week. NMSA and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported the 2009 Drug-Free Work Week. Sponsored annually by the U.S. Department of Labor's Working Partners for an Alcohol- and Drug-Free Workplace Program, the Week focused on educating employers, employees and the public about the importance of being drug-free as an essential component of a safe and healthful workplace.
  • September 16, 2009: NMSA Technical Committee Meeting, San Francisco, California. Jack Reich, Compliance Safety and Health Officer, Region IX, Oakland, California Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, delivered a maritime safety and health presentation during the meeting.
  • May 3-9, 2009: 2009 North American Occupational Safety and Health Week. The National Maritime Safety Association and more than 55 other Alliance Program participants supported 2009 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), an Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. The theme for 2009 NAOSH Week was "Safety Means Always Coming Home."

Products and Resources
Alliance Program Participant Developed Products
  • Generic Person in Water (PIW) Recovery Guide. Through the OSHA and National Maritime Safety Association (NMSA) Alliance, NMSA developed a guide addressing issues associated with person in water (PIW) recovery, including factors to be considered with developing a PIW response plan. (2010, November)
  • Container Lashing Safety Tip Sheet. Through the OSHA and NMSA Alliance, NMSA developed a safety tip sheet, which provides a quick refresher for Lashers and Lashing Supervisors prior to start of any lashing job. (2009, October)
  • NMSA Fatal Facts Videos. Through the OSHA and National Maritime Safety Association (NMSA) Alliance, NMSA developed the following videos: Safety Video #1 - Longshore Worker killed by top loader; Safety Video #2 - Longshore worker killed during container loading and unloading operations; Safety Video #3 - Longshore worker killed by yard tractor tip-over; and Safety Video #4 - Longshore worker killed by container falling from ship. The videos provide marine cargo handling industry employers and employees with information on how to prevent vehicular and shipping container-related fatalities in a marine terminal. (2009, March)
  • Marine Terminal Traffic Safety Tip Sheet. Through the OSHA and National Maritime Safety Association (NMSA) Alliance, NMSA developed "Marine Terminal Traffic Safety Tip Sheet". The Tip Sheet provides marine cargo handling industry employers and employees with information on how to prevent traffic-related injuries and fatalities in a marine terminal. (2008, August)
Publications and Newsletters
  • NMSA Semi-Annual Newsletter, July 2006. This inaugural edition of NMSA's semi-annual newsletter includes an article, "NMSA/OSHA Safety Alliance," describing the June 23, 2006 Alliance signing and the goals of the agreement.