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Through the OSHA and PMA Alliance, the organizations will work together to provide PMA members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety in the metalforming industry. The Alliance will work to reduce and prevent exposure to ergonomic hazards and address press safety issues such as machine guarding and lockout/tagout to prevent amputations and other injuries. The Alliance's goals include:

Training and education
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for the metalforming industry regarding press safety issues such as machine guarding and lockout/tagout and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.
Outreach and communication
  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding issues such as ergonomic hazards and press safety issues and publicize results through outreach by PMA and through OSHA- or PMA-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
Promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health
  • Convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on metalforming industry issues, such as ergonomic hazards and press safety issues, to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

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Products and Resources

Alliance Program Participant Developed Products
  • Avoid Slips, Trips and Falls (PDF*). Through the OSHA and Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Alliance, PMA developed this poster that provides safety tips for employees on how to avoid slips, trips and falls in the metalforming industry. (2008, March).
  • Dress for Safety (PDF*). Through the OSHA and Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Alliance, PMA developed this poster that identifies how employees can dress safely when working around equipment in the metalforming industry. (2008, March).
  • PMA Ergonomics Checklist (PDF*). Through the OSHA and Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Alliance, PMA developed a checklist providing information to help evaluate and identify ergonomics-related issues in the workplace. (2007, October).
  • PMA General Machine Guarding Checklist (PDF*). Through the OSHA and Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Alliance, PMA developed a machine guarding checklist that provides information to help identify potential safety issues commonly found in industrial facilities. (2012, March).
  • PMA Lockout/Tagout Checklist (PDF*). Through the OSHA and Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Alliance, PMA developed a lockout/tagout checklist that provides information to help identify potential safety issues commonly found in industrial facilities. (2011, December).
  • PMA Mechanical Power Presses Checklist (PDF*). Through the OSHA and Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Alliance, PMA developed a checklist providing information to help evaluate and identify mechanical power press-related issues in the plant. (2007, November).
  • PMA Safety First Training Program. Through the OSHA and Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Alliance, PMA revised the "PMA Safety First Training Program" DVD which provides a first-day-on-the-job safety awareness introduction for new employees, temporary workers, and contractors in the metalforming industry. (2008, September).
  • Protect Yourself from Injury (PDF*). Through the OSHA and Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Alliance, PMA developed this poster that provides safety tips for employees working with machinery in the metalforming industry. (2008, March).
  • Reduce the Risk of Back Injuries (PDF*). Through the OSHA and Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Alliance, PMA developed this poster that provides safe lifting and packing tips for employees in the metalforming industry (2008, March).
OSHA eTools
Publications and Newsletters
  • PMA Update. (2008, October). This edition of PMA's bi-monthly newsletter includes an article, "PMA Introduces New Safety DVD."
  • MetalForming. (2008, April). This edition of PMA's monthly magazine includes an article, "In the Words of Sergeant Phil Esterhaus: 'Hey, Let?s be Careful Out There'."
  • MetalForming. (2006, October). This edition of PMA's monthly magazine includes an article, "DOL Website Helps Small Businesses Develop Drug-Free Policies and Programs."
  • PMA Update. (2007, October). This edition of PMA's bi-monthly newsletter includes an article, "PMA and OSHA Develop New Ergonomics Checklist."
  • PMA Update. (2007, October). This edition of PMA's bi-monthly newsletter includes an article, "PMA-OSHA Alliance Making a Difference."
  • MetalForming. (2007, October). This edition of PMA's monthly magazine includes an article, "Ergonomics in the Pressroom."
  • MetalForming. (2007, October). This edition of PMA's monthly magazine includes an article, "PMA-OSHA Alliance Making a Difference."
  • PMA Update. (2006, July/August). This edition of PMA's bi-monthly newsletter includes an article, "On-site Consultation Program Helps Small Businesses Establish Safety and Health Programs."
  • MetalForming Xtra Newsletter. (2006, May 24). This edition of PMA's bi-weekly newsletter includes an article, "OSHA Website Offers Official Responses to FAQs," containing information about OSHA's standard interpretation letters.
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