The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Maritime Safety
Association (NMSA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer
and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and NMSA hereby form an Alliance to provide NMSA'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. In developing
this Alliance, OSHA and NMSA recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are
an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA and NMSA will work together to achieve the following training and education goal:
OSHA and NMSA will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop workplace safety and health curricula on hazards in
the marine cargo handling industry.
OSHA and NMSA 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 NMSA's Web sites) to
employers and employees in the industry.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's and NMSA's conferences and events such as NMSA Annual Meeting,
safety summits and training sessions.
- 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
- Promote and encourage NMSA's 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.
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.
- Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health, and
publicize the results.
- Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings to address
safety and health issues in the marine cargo handling industry, including intermodal container
lashing and marine terminal traffic.
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
Enforcement Programs, Directorate of Standards and Guidance 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 both signatories.
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
National Maritime Safety Association