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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), represented by its offices in Georgia, as well as Jacksonville and Tampa, Florida; the Georgia Tech Research Institutes Occupational Safety and Health Division (GTRI) and the Southeastern Wood Producers Association, Inc. (SWPA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA, GTRI and SWPA hereby form an Alliance to provide members and others in the logging industry with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to struck-by hazards, amputations and overhead power lines. In developing this Alliance, OSHA, GTRI and SWPA recognize that OSHAs State Plan and Onsite Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA, GTRI and SWPA will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for employers and employees focused on the recognition of struck-by, amputations and overhead power lines hazards, and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the logging industry.

  • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of logging safety & health training courses.
OSHA, GTRI and SWPA 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 OSHAs, GTRIs and SWPAs Websites) to employers and employees in the industry.

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at SWPAs, conferences, local meetings, or other events.

  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding GTRI and SWPA best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by OSHA, GTRI and SWPA and through OSHA, GTRI and SWPA developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).

  • Promote and encourage Alliance members or worksites participation in OSHAs cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Onsite Consultation, and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
OSHAs 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 partys products or services; nor does the Agency enter into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular partys products or services.

An implementation team made up of representatives of these 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. OSHA will afford the opportunity for representatives of the Occupational Safety and Health State Plan Association and the association of Consultation Projects to participate as well.

This agreement will remain in effect for two years from the date of signing and will be automatically renewed annually thereafter. However, any 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 all signatories.

SWPA Logging Alliance
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John J Deifer
Savannah Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health Administration



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Tommy Carroll
Executive Director
Southeastern Wood Producers Association, Inc.



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Gei-Thae Breezley
Atlanta-East Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health Administration



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Randy McKenzie
President
Southeastern Wood Producers Association, Inc.



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Andre C. Richards
Atlanta-West Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health Administration



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Leslie L. Grove III
Tampa Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health Administration



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James D. Borders
Jacksonville Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health Administration



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Daniel Ortiz, CSP
Division Chief/ Program Manager
Georgia Tech Research Institute Occupational Safety and Health Division



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