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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and The Marble Institute of America (MIA)
recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful
American workplaces. OSHA and MIA hereby form an Alliance to provide MIA 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 silica hazards and addressing
safety related hazards in natural stone fabricating businesses, including, but not limited to
material handling, particularly slab handling issues. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and MIA
recognize that OSHA’s State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA
OSHA and MIA will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for MIA member
employers and employees regarding safety and health related hazards, including, but not limited to,
silica exposure, material handling for slabs of stone, and to provide expertise in communicating
such information to employers and employees in the industry.
- Deliver or arrange for the delivery of educational sessions for MIA member employers and employees
in the industry.
- Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop workplace safety and health curricula on the
prevention of silicosis in the stone industry.
OSHA and MIA 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 OSHA’s and MIA’s websites) to
employers and employees in the industry.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or MIA’s conferences, local meetings, or other events, such as
national conferences tailored to the natural stone industry.
- Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding
MIA’s best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by MIA and
through OSHA or MIA’s developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or
any other applicable forum).
- Promote and encourage MIA’s members’ or worksites’ participation in OSHA’s cooperative programs
such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and the Safety and
Health Achievement Recognition Program.
OSHA and MIA will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national
dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- Raise others’ awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health
whenever MIA’s leaders address groups.
- Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on best
practices in the industry to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on
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. OSHA will encourage
State Plan States’ and OSHA Consultation Projects’ participation on the team.
This agreement will remain in effect for a two year period. 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.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Cleveland Area Office
Garis F. Distelhorst
Executive Vice President
The Marble Institute of America
Michael G. Connors
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
WI OSHA Health Consultation Program
University of Wisconsin State Laboratory
Ohio On-site Consultation Program
Minnesota Department of Labor