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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Graphic Arts Association (GAA)
recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to promote and foster safer and
more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and GAA hereby form an Alliance to provide GAA members and
others in the graphic arts industry, including small businesses, with information, guidance, and
access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety. In
particular, the Alliance will address issues associated with ergonomics that may be experienced by
employees in the graphic arts industry. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and the GAA recognize that
OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national
OSHA and the GAA will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
OSHA and the GAA will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for the graphic
arts industry regarding ergonomic hazards, hazard communication, machine guarding and/or
lockout/tagout issues and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and
employees in the industry
- Deliver or arrange for the delivery of graphic arts industry-related safety and courses
OSHA and the GAA will work together to achieve the following goal 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 the GAA’s Web sites)
to employers and employees in the industry.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or the GAA’s conferences, local meetings, or other events such
as GAA’s Annual Members Meeting.
- Share information among OSHA personnel and graphic arts industry safety and health professionals
regarding GAA’s best practices and publicize results through outreach by GAA and through OSHA or GAA
developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable
- Promote the benefits of the graphic arts industry participating in OSHA's cooperative programs
such as Compliance Assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, Consultation 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 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.
- Convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on graphic arts
industry issues to help create innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety
and health issues.
An implementation team made up of representatives from 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 and safety
professionals from or representing the graphic arts industry. Additional team members may be brought
in from either group as needed to assist with technical matters. 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.
Signed this 10th day of October 2006
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Graphic Arts Association
Patricia K. Clark
Gary W. Roskoski
Area Director, Marlton Office