Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Region IV

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Area Offices in Georgia and the Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Occupational Safety and Health Division (GTRI) and the Southeastern Wood Producers Association, Inc. (SWPA) continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. To that end, OSHA and the GTRI and the SWPA hereby renew the Alliance signed August 31, 2007, with a continued emphasis on the safety of employers and employees in the logging industry. Specifically, OSHA and the GTRI and the SWPA are committed to providing SWPA members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). Through the Alliance, the participating organizations will continue to address worker of exposure to struck-by hazards, amputations and overhead power lines in the logging industry. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and the GTRI and the SWPA recognize that OSHA’s State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

Training and Education

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
  • To develop effective safety and health training and education programs for workers in the logging industry regarding struck-by, amputations and overhead power lines hazards, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
  • To deliver or arrange for the delivery of logging safety & health training courses.
Outreach and Communication

The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
  • To develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA’s and the GTRI’s and the SWPA’s Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
  • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or GTRI and SWPA conferences, local meetings, or other events.
  • To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding SWPA’s good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.
OSHA’s Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as raising awareness of OSHA’s rulemaking and enforcement initiatives, training and education, and outreach and communication. 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 or promoting, nor does it intend to endorse or promote, any of that party’s products or services.

An implementation team made up of representatives of each organization 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 team members will include representatives of the Georgia Area Offices and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage State Plan States’ and OSHA On-site Consultation Projects’ participation on the team.

This agreement will remain in effect for two-years. 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 written concurrence of all signatories.

SWPA Logging Alliance
Signature Page:

Robert Vazzi
Savannah Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health


Tommy Carroll
Executive Director
Southeastern Wood Producers Association
Association, Inc.


William C. Fulcher
Atlanta-East Area Director
Occupational Safety and Health


Jimbo Nathe
Southeastern Wood Producers
Association, Inc


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


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