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AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
THE POPCORN BOARD
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and The Popcorn Board
recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer
and more healthful workplaces. OSHA Region VII and The Popcorn Board therefore
agree to form an Alliance to use their collective expertise to help foster a
culture of prevention while sharing best practices and technical knowledge.
OSHA Region VII is comprised of the State of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and
Nebraska. Federal OSHA has responsibility for worker safety and health in
Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska while the State of Iowa operates its own job
safety and health program under federal direction.
OSHA and The Popcorn Board agree to establish an Alliance to promote safe and
healthful working conditions for the employees of the microwave packaging
OSHA and The Popcorn Board will work together to achieve the following
outreach and communication goals for its member companies within jurisdiction
boundaries of OSHA Region VII:
- Providing member companies of The Popcorn Board with information and
guidance that will help them protect employees' health and safety,
particularly in reducing and preventing the incidence of obstructive lung
disease in the workplace.
- Increasing access to safety and health information and training resources.
An implementation team made up of representatives of both organizations will
develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles
and responsibilities of the participants. Members of the team will, on at least
a quarterly basis, track and share information on activities and results in
achieving the goals of the Alliance.
- Using a mailing list provided by The Popcorn Board of member companies
engaged in microwave popcorn packaging, OSHA will forward to them recent
information on the potential adverse health effects of employees exposure to
artificial butter flavoring compounds.
- The mailing will also include information to assist employers in
recognizing and evaluating the development of obstructive lung disease among
- In addition, the mailing will provide jointly developed best practice
approaches for the safe handling of artificial butter flavoring compounds in
the manufacturing process through the use of engineering and administrative
- Representatives of The Popcorn Board will review and provide comment and
input on a draft OSHA "Hazard Information Bulletin" to be
developed by OSHA for internal distribution to it's compliance officers in
Team members will include representatives of OSHA's Kansas City Regional and
Area Offices. Representatives of state Consultation Projects within OSHA's
Kansas City Region will be offered the opportunity to participate, as will
representatives of the Iowa State Plan. Members of The Popcorn Board will be
those designated by the Board.
Charles E. Adkins, CIH
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
September 22, 2002
Deirdre T. Flynn
The Popcorn Board
September 22, 2002