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(signed November 17, 2005; renewed November 29, 2007; concluded March 14, 2012)


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.

Related Documents


Alliance Agreements

Alliance Annual Reports

Alliance News Releases


Activities and Events (Archive)


  • September 21, 2011: PMA OSHA Compliance Seminar, PMA Headquarters, Independence, Ohio.
    • September 21, 2010: Julie A. Weis, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Region V, Cleveland, Ohio Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation "An OSHA Update for the Metalforming Industry."
  • May 1-7, 2011: 2011 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The Precision Metalforming Association and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported 2011 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers, an Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. The theme for 2011 was "Celebrating a Century of Safety."
  • May 25, 2010: PMA OSHA Compliance Seminar, PMA Headquarters, Independence, Ohio.
    • May 25, 2010: Julie A. Weis, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Region V, Cleveland, Ohio Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation "An OSHA Update for the Metalforming Industry."
    • May 25, 2010: Todd Jensen, Industrial Hygienist, Region IV, Toledo, Ohio Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation "OSHA and NFPA 70E Standards...What You Need to Know."
  • May 2-8, 2010: 2010 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The Precision Metalforming 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, an Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace.
  • November 15-18, 2009: FABTECH International & AWS Show and METALFORM 2009, McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois.
    • Representatives from OSHA's Region V, Calumet City, Illinois Area Office staffed an Alliance Program exhibit booth.
    • A representative from OSHA's Region V, Calumet City, Illinois Area Office gave an update on revised OSHA Standards.
  • October 19-25, 2009:2009 Drug-Free Work Week. The Precision Metalforming Association 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.
  • May 3-9, 2009: 2009 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. Precision Metalforming Association and more than 55 other Alliance Program participants supported 2009 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers, an Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, 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."
  • May 4-10, 2008: 2008 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. Precision Metalforming Association and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported 2008 NAOSH Week, "Safety is Good Business." Sponsored annually by 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.
  • April 1-3, 2008: PMA's METALFORM Exposition and Conference, Jefferson Convention Center, Birmingham, Alabama.
    • Representatives from OSHA's Region IV, Birmingham, Alabama Area Office staffed an Alliance Program exhibit booth.
    • April 3, 2008: Virginia Ames, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Region IV, Birmingham, Alabama Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation "Ergonomics in the Pressroom."
    • April 3, 2008: Virginia Ames, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Region IV, Birmingham, Alabama Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, participated in a panel discussion "Enhancing Workplace Safety through OSHA's Cooperative Programs."

Products and Resources


Related Alliance

Alliance Program Participant Developed Products

  • PMA General Machine Guarding Checklist [PDF* - 29 KB]. 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* - 37 KB]. 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 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)
  • Avoid Slips, Trips and Falls [PDF* - 294 KB]. 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* - 450 KB]. 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)
  • Protect Yourself from Injury [PDF* - 439 KB]. 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* - 430 KB]. 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)
  • PMA Mechanical Power Presses Checklist [PDF* - 61 KB]. 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 Ergonomics Checklist [PDF* - 31 KB]. 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)

OSHA eTools

Publications and Newsletters

  • PMA Update, October 2008. This edition of PMA's bi-monthly newsletter includes an article, "PMA Introduces New Safety DVD."
  • MetalForming, April 2008. 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, October 2006. This edition of PMA's monthly magazine includes an article, "DOL Website Helps Small Businesses Develop Drug-Free Policies and Programs."
  • PMA Update, October 2007. This edition of PMA's bi-monthly newsletter includes an article, "PMA and OSHA Develop New Ergonomics Checklist."
  • PMA Update, October 2007. This edition of PMA's bi-monthly newsletter includes an article, "PMA-OSHA Alliance Making a Difference."
  • MetalForming, October 2007. This edition of PMA's monthly magazine includes an article, "Ergonomics in the Pressroom."
  • MetalForming, October 2007. This edition of PMA's monthly magazine includes an article, "PMA-OSHA Alliance Making a Difference."
  • PMA Update, July/August 2006. 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, May 24, 2006. 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.

Additional Resources

**Alliance Implementation Team members serve on the editorial board.
+ Alliance Implementation Team members participated in the development of this resource.


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