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Agreement Establishing An Alliance
Between
Michigan Occupational Safety & Health Administration (MIOSHA)
And
Precision Metalforming Association (PMA)
East and West Michigan Districts

Purpose and Scope of Alliance:
In this section, provide a brief summary of the purpose of the alliance, which is identified as the target audience, the major activities of the alliance, benefits, and positive impact on workplace safety & health of the alliance, etc.

Purpose: The purpose of this Alliance is to establish a collaborative relationship to foster safer workplaces in the metalforming industry in Michigan. The Alliance will provide information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help companies protect employees safety and health.

Target Audience: The Alliance will target both member companies of the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) and non-member employers and employees throughout the Michigan metalforming industry.

Major Alliance Activity: The PMA East and West Michigan Districts will work with MIOSHA to develop training resources and other materials to promote worker safety in the metalforming industry. Also, dialogue between MIOSHA and Alliance partners will increase understanding of practical applications of MIOSHA standards, processes, and standard interpretations that pertain to the industry.

Alliance Benefit: Reduce and prevent exposure to ergonomic hazards and address press safety issues such as machine guarding and lockout/tagout to prevent amputations and other injuries.

Alliance Positive Impact: Through participation and support of this Alliance, the PMA East and West Michigan Districts will promote a workplace free of recognizable hazards within the metalforming industry, while improving knowledge and understanding of the fundamental requirements established by MIOSHA.
Goals and Objectives of Alliance:
All Alliances must include an outreach and communication goal. Other goal areas should be included and explained when included in the activities of the alliance. Please list below the goals and objective this alliance.

Reduce exposure to ergonomic hazards and address press safety issues such as machine guarding and lockout/tagout to prevent amputations and other injuries.

Create and develop training programs and other resources for the metalforming industry in Michigan.

Develop a collaborative relationship between MIOSHA and the PMA East and West Michigan Districts to provide a safe work environment.

Work together to keep the industry competitive globally by promoting the industrys latest advances in pressroom safety (example: systems approach to die changes of a line of automated presses).
  • Outreach and Communication:
    Describe the types of outreach and communication that will be a part of this alliance. Include, in general terms, how these will be accomplished.

    MIOSHA will speak, exhibit, and participate at PMA East and West Michigan District events as requested and when possible.

    Distribute safety and health resources for metalforming industry companies in Michigan, such as safety posters, checklists, and training programs.

    Promote the goals and objectives of this Alliance through newsletters, websites, and other means of communication, including reciprocal website links.

    Promote and encourage members of the PMA East and West Michigan Districts to participate in MIOSHAs free onsite consultation to assist employers with compliance and the development of a safety and health system. Also, PMA would serve as a resource on special issues involving lockout/tagout and power press safeguarding in the metalforming industry.
     
  • Training and Education:
    Include a description of training and education activities, when applicable. Do not respond if training and education is not part of the alliance.

    Develop and conduct safety and health programs for the PMA East and West Michigan Districts.

    Coordinate training for some MIOSHA staff to increase their understanding of the hazards in the metalforming industry.
     
  • Promoting Dialogue:
    Include a description of how this alliance will promote dialogue in Michigan related to workplace safety and health issues. Do not respond if promoting dialogue is not part of the alliance.

    Coordinate efforts for the PMA East and West Michigan Districts to dialogue with MIOSHA through forums or roundtable discussions to forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

    PMA will share lockout/tagout system information used in the metalforming industry.

    PMA will participate in MTI training courses related to the metalforming industry and provide feedback to MIOSHA on the content of these programs.

    PMA will participate on standard advisory committees where appropriate to lend expertise on issues that affect the metalforming industry.
Roles and Responsibilities:
Include a general description of the role of all parties signing the alliance.

MIOSHA will work collaboratively with the PMA East and West Michigan Districts to promote safety and health awareness, provide consultation and training, and participate in open dialogue to increase MIOSHA staff knowledge of the metalforming industry. MIOSHA will promote the Alliance through its website and newsletters.

The PMA East and West Michigan Districts will work closely with MIOSHA to achieve the goals and objectives outlined in the Alliance agreement.

The East and West Michigan District boards will work with CET to introduce MIOSHA specific topics into PMAs district meeting schedule.

The PMA East and West Michigan Districts will promote the MIOSHA Training Institute and MIOSHA cooperative programs to district members via email blasts, possibly sponsoring one or more MTI classes for district members.

Primary contacts will be Christie Carmigiano, Industry Safety Manager at PMA Headquarters in Independence, OH; Richard Sbroglia, Safety and Environmental Director for E&E Mfg. Co. in Plymouth, MI, and PMA East Michigan District Representative; and Joe Hartings, Safety Manager for Trans-Matic Mfg. Co. in Holland, MI, and PMA West Michigan District Representative.
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 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 partys products or services; nor does the Agency enter into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular partys products or services.
Outcomes of Alliance Activities:

Include a general summary of the expected outcomes of the alliances such as the number of activities, news releases, outreach activities, anticipated number of people reached as a result of the alliance activities.

This Alliance will provide metalforming companies an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with MIOSHA for purposes of training and education, outreach and communication, and promoting a dialogue on workplace safety and health. Alliances have proven to be valuable tools for both MIOSHA and its Alliance participants. By entering into this Alliance MIOSHA is not endorsing any of PMAs products or services.


Initiation and Cancellation of Agreement:
 
The alliance agreement is effective on the date of signing and will be in effect for 3 years. Prior to the expiration of the agreement, the parties will confer and evaluate whether the agreement should be extended. Without regard to the term of the agreement, any of the parties can terminate the agreement with 30 days written notification.

 
ALLIANCE PARTNER(S)
MIOSHA



 
William Gaskin
President,
PMA Headquarters



 
Date



 
Douglas J. Kalinowski
Director,
Michigan Occupational Safety & Health Administration



 
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Joe Hartings
Safety Committee Chair,
PMA West Michigan District



 
Date



 
Martha B. Yoder
Deputy Director,
Michigan Occupational Safety & Health Administration



 
Date



 
Richard Sbroglia
Safety Committee Chair, PMA East Michigan District



 
Date



 
Connie ONeill
Division Director,
Consultation Education and Training Division



 
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