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AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN THE
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
AND THE
NATIONAL MARITIME SAFETY ASSOCIATION

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:
  • 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 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 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 applicable forum).

  • 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 and NMSA will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
  • 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.
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 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.
Assistant Secretary
Occupational Safety and Health Administration


 
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Mark Baker
President
National Maritime Safety Association


 
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