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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Alliance for the Polyurethanes Industry (API), part of the American Chemistry Council, recognize the value of establishing a cooperative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and the API hereby form an Alliance to provide the 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 exposure to diisocyanates during the application of spray-on truck bed liners. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and the API recognize that OSHA’s State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA 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 and the API will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on 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 and API websites).

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

  • Promote and encourage the API’s participation in OSHA’s cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

  • Encourage the spray-on truck bed liner industry to build relationships with OSHA’s Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues.

OSHA and API will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:

  • 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.



 
Frank Strasheim
Acting Regional Administrator
Occupational Safety and Safety Administration


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


 
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Kathryn L. Delaney
Area Director
Dallas Area Office
Occupational Safety and Health Administration


 
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Dean R. Wingo
Area Director
Fort Worth Area Office
Occupational Safety and Health Administration


 
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