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AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR – OSHA REGION V
INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND INDUSTRY
ILLINOIS ON-SITE CONSULTATION
OHIO ON-SITE CONSULTATION
WISCONSIN HEALTH ON-SITE CONSULTATION
AND
ALLIANCE FOR THE POLYURETHANES INDUSTRY

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Indiana Department of Labor (IDOL), Michigan Department of Labor (MDOL), Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (MDLI), Illinois On-site Consultation Program, Ohio On-site Consultation Program, Wisconsin Health Consultation Program and the Alliance for the Polyurethanes Industry (API), a business unit of the American Plastics Council, recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA, IDOL, MDOL, MDLI, Illinois On-site, Ohio On-site Consultation, Wisconsin Health On-site Consultation and API hereby form an Alliance to provide API members and others in the spray-on truck bed liner industry with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposures of diisocyanates during the application of spray-on truck bed liners. In developing this Alliance, OSHA, IDOL, MDOL, MDLI, Illinois On-site, Ohio On-site Consultation, Wisconsin Health On-site Consultation and API recognize that OSHA’s State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA IDOL, MDOL, MDLI, Illinois On-site, Ohio On-site Consultation, Wisconsin Health On-site Consultation and API will work together to achieve the following training and education goal:
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for employees involved in the application of spray-on truck bed liners and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.
OSHA IDOL, MDOL, MDLI, Illinois On-site, Ohio On-site Consultation, Wisconsin Health On-site Consultation and API will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
  • Work with OSHA IDOL, MDOL, MDLI, Illinois On-site, Ohio On-site Consultation, Wisconsin Health On-site Consultation 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 to employers and employees in the spray-on truck bed liner industry (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA’s and API’s websites).

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s and API’s conferences or local meetings such as API’s Technical Conference & Trade Fairs.

  • Share information among OSHA, IDOL, MDOL, MDLI, Illinois On-site, Ohio On-site Consultation, Wisconsin Health On-site Consultation personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding spray-on truck bed liner industry best practices and publicize results through OSHA- and/or API- developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other appropriate forum or medium).

  • Promote and encourage the spray-on truck bed liner industry’s participation in OSHA’s IDOL, MDOL, MDLI cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, Consultation, and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

  • Encourage the spray-on truck bed liner industry to build relationships with OSHA’s Regional, Area Offices, IDOL, MDOL, MDLI to address health and safety issues
OSHA, IDOL, MDOL, MDLI, Illinois On-site, Ohio On-site Consultation, Wisconsin Health On-site Consultation and API will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health in the spray-on truck bed liner industry:
  • Raise industry awareness of and demonstrate API’s and OSHA’s IDOL, MDOL, MDLI, Illinois On-site, Ohio On-site Consultation, Wisconsin Health On-site Consultation commitment to workplace safety and health whenever API’s and OSHA’s leaders address groups.

  • Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the purpose and business value of a company’s commitment to employee safety and health.

  • Convene or participate in forums, round-table discussions, or industry meetings on spray-on truck bed liner issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input and guidance on employee safety and health issues.
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 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.

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 signatories.


 
Michael G. Connors
Regional Administrator
Occupational Health and Safety Administration


 
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Richard E. Mericle II
Executive Director
Alliance for the Polyurethanes Industry


 
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Miguel Rivera, Sr.
Commissioner
Indiana Department of Labor


 
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David Kramer
Project Manager
Illinois On-site Consultation


 
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Rosalyn Wade
Assistant Commissioner
Minnesota Department of Labor


 
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Douglas Kalinowski
Director
Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration


 
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Wes Hohl
Project Manager
Ohio On-site Consultation Program


 
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Terry Moen
Program Manager
WI OSHA Health Consultation Program
University of Wisconsin
State Laboratory of Hygiene


 
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