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November, 2008

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    October 2, 2006


    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), The Automotive Lift Institute (ALI), The Automobile Dealers Association of North Dakota (ADAND), The South Dakota Automobile Dealers Association (SDADA), The South Dakota Independent Automobile Dealers Association (SDIADA) recognized the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA, ALI, ADAND, SDADA, and SDIADA hereby formed an Alliance to provide the organizations’ members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that helped them protect students and employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to potential hazards associated with operating automotive lifts. In developing this Alliance, OSHA, ALI, ADAND, SDADA, and SDIADA recognized that the Consultation Project partners were an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

    History of ALI

    The ALI was founded in 1945 as the trade association of U.S. manufacturers of in-ground lifts. By 1988, ALI welcomed members from Canada as well as North American based marketers of automotive lifts produced and distributed globally. ALI’s mission was to promote the safe design, construction, installation, service, and use of automotive lifts. In keeping with the ALI Conflicts of Interest Policy, the Certification Program Administrator and the testing laboratories supporting the ALI Lift Certification Program do not supply, design or manufacture lift products. Since ALI’s inception, changes in the marketplace have led the industry to identify lifts with terms such as auto lifts, auto hoists, and vehicle lifts among others. Regardless of how the product is identified, there are now seven (7) types of lifts commonly used in today’s auto equipment garage. ALI, in cooperation with the National Bureau of Standards, sponsored the first standard governing automotive lifts (CS142) in 1947. Today’s Institute remains diligent with regard to lift safety as a primary activity and pursues a mission of promoting the safe design, construction, installation, service and use of automotive lift products. Credentialed as a Nationally Recognized Standards Development Organization and as an Accredited Product Certification Program Provider, ALI sponsors several national safety standards and offers a Third-Party Certification Program for automotive lifts. More information regarding standards and other ALI sponsored safety activities can be found throughout the Institute’s website.

    Implementation Team Members

    Bruce Beelman Area Director - OSHA
    Scott Overson Compliance Officer - OSHA
    Tom Deutscher Compliance Assistance Specialist - OSHA
    R.W. (Bob) O’Gorman President/CEO - ALI
    Myron Rau President - SDADA
    Bob Lamp Executive Vice President/CEO - ADAND
    Jerry Vogeler Executive Director - SDIADA

    Evaluation Period

    October 2007 - October 2008

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    Kick off Meeting October 2006
    Meeting - ALI November 2006
    Conference Call October 2006
    Conference Call November 2006
    Conference Call December 2006
    Meeting - ADAND April 2007
    Meeting - SDADA April 2007
    Meeting - N.O. January 2008
    Conference Call April 2008
    Meeting - Consultation April 2008
    Conference - Seattle May 2008

  3. Results
    1. Events and ProductsTraining and Education Goal
      • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of automotive lift industry training and education program materials that introduce safety and health education into the core curriculum of trade schools and career education centers.
        • October 2006 - ALI and New Hampshire ADAWCT present 19 Tech Schools with Vehicle Lifting Points CD.
        • December 2006 - ALI sends Complimentary Lift Safety DVD Kit and 150 Vehicle Lifting Point Guides on CD-ROM to Bismarck OSHA for circulation to trade schools and career education centers.
        • January 2007 and 2008 - ALI sends Complimentary Vehicle Lifting Point Guides to Bismarck OSHA for circulation to trade schools and career education centers.
        • January 2008 - Bismarck OSHA puts ALI into contact with Department of Career and Technical Education.
        • April 2008 - ALI President meets with AL Koch (Program Manager - North Dakota Consultation) to discuss forum for fall 2008 meeting and materials to be delivered by Bismarck OSHA after OSHA Conference.
        • April 2008 - ALI President meets with James Manning (Program Director - South Dakota Consultation) to discuss forum for fall 2008 meeting and materials to be delivered by Bismarck OSHA after OSHA Conference.
        • October 2006 thru October 2008 - The Department of Career and Technical Education has added a component to their safety and health curriculum regarding automotive lift training to bolster their 10 and 30-hour OSHA courses.
      • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of automotive lift industry training and education program materials to all alliance participants.
        • December 2006 - ALI sends Complimentary Lift Safety DVD Kit and 150 Vehicle Lifting Point Guides on CD-ROM and extends deeply reduced pricing for other safety related materials to all alliance participants.
        • January 2007 and 2008 - ALI sends Complimentary Vehicle Lifting Point Guides to all alliance participants.
        • June 2008 - D.C. Based OSHA contacts Regional CAS Coordinators to introduce ALI and Bismarck Alliance Opportunity.
        • July 2008 - In recognition of the Bismarck Alliance with ALI, ALI Board votes in favor of sending each regional OSHA office copies of ALI lift safety and training materials and copies of current American National Standards pertaining to automotive lift safety and training. Copies of the 16-page "Service Bay Safety" as well as 7,000 copies of a special Automotive Lift "Safety Tips" containing the Alliance Logo are also circulated. Street value of all safety materials, including costs of mailing, exceeded $23,000.
        Note - As part of its outreach and communication activities through its Alliance with OSHA’s Bismarck, North Dakota Area Office, ALI generously agreed to send materials on automotive lift safety to each of OSHA’s Regional Office CAS Coordinators.

        The material includes:
        • Safety training DVD entitled "Lifting it Right." Hosted by racing legends Richard and Kyle Petty, this 24-minute DVD is based on ALI Safety Manual.
        • South Dakota Automotive Dealers Association (SDADA) purchased 10 copies of the Safety Video Kit which includes manual, safety tips card, written test, and answer key.
        • ANSI standard: National Safety Standard on Automotive Lift Safety, Inspection, Operation and Maintenance.
        • ALI shipped 100 copies to each ADA represented within the Bismarck Alliance.
      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. newsletters, print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA’s and ALI, ADAND, SDADA, and SDIADA websites) to employers and employees in the industry.
        • March 2007 - Bismarck staff and ALI staff exchanged information regarding identifiable general duty clause citations pertaining to automotive lifts.
        • March 2007 - Exchange of information above brings Bismarck OSHA and one ALI member into discussions regarding field observations by Region VIII lift users. ALI was instrumental in facilitating initial contact and discussion regarding the 4-post lift concerns raised by OSHA.
        • March 2007 - Approval granted by Bismarck OSHA for ALI to produce complimentary copies of ALI’s "Lift SafetyTips". These complimentary copies shall include the ALI logo alongside the Alliance logo.* 7,000 copies shall be produced for OSHA offices to distribute as deemed appropriate. Approval granted for a Power Point slide depicting the ALI and OSHA Alliance logo. Slide was incorporated into all ALI presentations discussing safety and ALI.
        • April 2007 - ALI agrees to and provides a series of articles for publication by the SDADA newsletter and website.
        • November 2007 - ADAND publishes ALI web address and other lift safety alliance information in online newsletter.
          January 2008 - ALI website totally redesigned. Site now includes a link to www.osha.gov and a Media Center presenting the OSHA Alliance agreement online as well as other lift safety related initiatives and articles.
        • February 2008 - ALI announced the availability of a new ALI "Vehicle Lifting Point for Frame Engaging Lifts". This updated guide is a quick-reference single-source manual for lifting point information as recommended by the vehicle manufacturers. The 60-page Lifting Point Guide (LPG) for domestic and imported cars and light trucks uses over 200 undercarriage images to cover the most recent 18 model years.
        • April 2008 - ALI enlists the help of Professional Tool and Equipment News to circulate a 16-page magazine insert entitled "Service Bay Safety" to 120,000 service and repair shops across North America. This magazine-styled supplement included several lift safety related articles including one from OSHA's former Assistant Secretary Edwin Foulke. OSHA and ALI co-authored an article, which was published in 20 trade magazines throughout North America, regarding the findings of the automotive lift LEP.
        • April 2008 to Present - ALI website hosts and allows download of 16-page insert identified in the previous bullet.
        • April 2008 to Present - ALI obtained 10,000 extra copies of 16-page insert and provides free copies to schools, lift manufacturers, and OSHA offices.
        *1000 copies of a special print run of ALI’s "Automotive Safety Tips" containing the joint logos of ALI and the OSHA Alliance program.
        • A total of 7000 were printed. 5,000 were split in May between the remaining Compliance Assistance Specialists throughout the OSHA network.
        • ALI shipped 100 copies to each ADA represented within the Bismarck Alliance.
        • ALI will hold an additional 500 copies in reserve for the Bismarck office to be used during a visit that is scheduled for later this year.
        • ALI distributed (free of charge) the final 500 copies to ALI Safety Alliance Partners and to others as appropriate (Seattle Presentation for example).
      • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or ALI, ADAND, SDADA, and SDIADA conferences, local meetings, or other events.
        • October 2007 - ALI met with the inspectors and consultation group representing southern Nevada OSHA.
        • April 28 - May 1, 2008 - ALI President hosts two workshops entitled "Automotive Lift Safety - Changing The Way An Industry Thinks" during OSHA’s Seattle On-site Consultation Training Conference. In preparation for these presentations, ALI President met with the ALI Board of Directors and they agreed that in recognition of the Bismarck OSHA Alliance, they would offer one (1) complimentary copy of the Lift Safety DVD, the American National Standard for Automotive Lift Operation, Inspection, and Maintenance (ANSI/ALI-ALOIM), and some of the special production safety tips to all attendees. They also sent a complimentary packet of the same items (5,000 remaining special run copies of the safety tips) to each Compliance Assistance Specialist nationwide.
        Note: Two planned meetings (fall 2006 in Las Vegas and fall 2008 in Region VIII) were cancelled or not confirmed due to costs of unbudgeted travel and unexpected injury of ALI President.
      • Promote and encourage ALI, ADAND, SDADA, and SDIADA 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 provided training to the South Dakota Consultation Program regarding automotive lift inspections and ANSI standard requirements.
        • OSHA, in cooperation with Benco Equipment (qualified lift inspectors), provided training to the North Dakota Consultation Program (stakeholders) regarding automotive lift inspections and ANSI standard requirements.
      Promoting the National Dialogue Goals
      • Raise others’ awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever ALI, ADAND, SDADA, and SDIADA leaders address groups.
        • 2006 to 2008 - ALI presentations to ALI membership, Board of Directors, prospective members, Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories, and others include reference to and discussion of OSHA Alliance with the Bismarck area office.
        • 2006 to 2008 - ALI member presentations to lift service and distributors introduced the OSHA/ALI Alliance to demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health.
        • January 2008 - Meeting with American National Standards Institute and other Third Party Certification Agencies allowed ALI the opportunity to introduce the OSHA Alliance initiated through the Bismarck Area OSHA Office.
        • February 2008 - Made National Safety Council (NSC) aware of OSHA Alliance. Discussed possible ways to include NSC.
      • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on automotive lift safety and health issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
        • October 2006 - ALI participated in the Society of Automotive Engineers Recommended Practice (SAE RP-J2184) Committee and briefly introduced OSHA Alliance with Bismarck’s OSHA office.
        • January 2008 - ALI President traveled to Washington to meet with OSHA Alliance Program Director and separately with Specialty Equipment Manufacturer’s Association (SEMA) staff to discuss ALI Alliance initiatives.
        • February 2008 - ALI President met with New York State Department of Transportation Motor Carrier and Freight Safety Bureau and helped develop a pending program that will require DOT inspection stations to have all lifts inspected annually and for the inspectors to demonstrate evidence of appropriate training.
        • March 2008 - ALI Membership and an OSHA Compliance Officer from the Bismarck Area Office participated in American National Standards Institute Consensus Body moving ANSI/ALI-ALOIM to approval as a New American National Standard Covering Safety Requirements for Automotive Lift Operation, Inspection, and Maintenance.
        • July 2008 - ALI directly supported the development of The National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) new Light Vehicle Maintenance and Inspection Program. This new program focuses on entry-level service personnel that are either contemplating or just beginning an automotive service career.
    2. Executive Summary

      When combined, OSHA’s Alliance with the Automotive Lift Institute and Bismarck’s Local Emphasis Program focusing on automotive lift safety have not only been successful, but have been a proving ground allowing OSHA to examine a segment of America’s virtually unregulated marketplace where the Bureau of Labor and Statistics demonstrates a significantly high rate of injury and death exists.

      Whereas provisions within the current national safety standard for Automotive Lift Certification, Testing, and Validation (ANSI ALCTV) requires that each manufacturer provide obvious signs of compliance readily identifiable by OSHA, (such as the mark of an OSHA Accredited Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) and appropriate safety, caution, and warning labels), employees and employers alike, who are involved in the automotive service and repair industry can rely on the forms and guidance defined within this current national safety standard as evidence of compliance to their responsibilities associated with automotive lift safety and the OSHA General Duty Clause.

      In closing, it should be noted that ALI’s unique position in the industry enables direct interaction with the lift user/consumer as well as lift manufactures and the automotive lift service, repair and training community that OSHA might not readily be able to access under normal day-to-day situations. ALI’s updated website and recent partnership with the National Safety Council on the issue of automotive lift safety training, as well as ALI’s use of OSHA Accredited Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories to evaluate and certify automotive lifts to the requirements of those appropriate American National Standards, allows for a level of integrity that provides support to the lift industry as well as OSHA and other authorities having jurisdiction who find themselves seeking input on current automotive lift safety issues. A continued OSHA-sponsored Alliance with the ALI should be considered either at the national level or by Region VIII.
  4. Results

    This alliance concluded October 1, 2008.

Report prepared by: Tom Deutscher (Compliance Assistance Specialist)
Scott Overson (CSHO)
Bismarck Area Office, November, 2008