The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
and the Alabama Trucking Association Workers Compensation Fund (ATAWCF)
recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer
and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and the ATAWCF hereby form an
Alliance to provide ATAWCF members and others with information, guidance, and
access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and
safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to hazards on the
highway, at pick-up and delivery points, at maintenance shops, and
administrative business locations, to include traffic accidents, road rage,
musculoskeletal stressors, struck-by incidents, chemical exposures, electrical
shocks and burns, welding hazards, moving parts of machinery, slips, trips,
falls, and general safety and health issues through hazard recognition training
and development of safety and health programs. In developing this Alliance, OSHA
and the ATAWCF recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project
partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA and the ATAWCF will work together to achieve the following training and
OSHA and the ATAWCF will work together to achieve the
following outreach and communication goals:
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education
programs for employers in the trucking industry regarding safety and health
hazards, and to provide expertise in communicating such information to ATAWCF
employees and association members.
- Deliver or arrange for the delivery of courses, i.e., effective safety and
health programs (management commitment and employee involvement, worksite
analysis, hazard control and elimination, training), incident investigation,
fall protection, hazard recognition, and trend analysis.
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop workplace safety and health
curricula on worksite hazards encountered on the highway, at delivery and
pick-up sites, and at fixed member locations to include traffic accidents, road
rage, musculoskeletal stressors, struck-by incidents, chemical exposures,
electrical shocks and burns, welding hazards, moving parts of machinery, slips,
trips, falls, and general safety and health issues.
OSHA and the ATAWCF 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 the ATAWCF web sites) to
employers and employees in the industry.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or ATAWCF conferences, local
meetings or other safety events.
- Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health
professionals regarding the ATAWCF best practices or effective approaches and
publicize results through outreach by the ATAWCF and through OSHA or ATAWCF
developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures.
- Encourage Trucking Association Workers Compensation Fund Members and
their worksites to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area offices to
address health and safety issues, including the development of safety and health
programs necessary to prevent injuries and illnesses.
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 proven 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, round table discussions or stakeholder
meetings on safety and health issues to help forge innovative solutions in the
workplace to develop formal safety and health procedures to control hazards in
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.
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
Roberto Sanchez, Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health
Kimble Coaker, CEO
Alabama Trucking Association
Worker Compensation Fund
Kurt Petermeyer, Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health