Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program << Back to Concluded Alliances

(Formerly International Mass Retail Association) (signed March 12, 2003; concluded February 28, 2005)



The Alliance focuses on encouraging OSHA and IMRA to use their collective expertise to help foster a culture of prevention while sharing best practices and technical knowledge, including the area of ergonomics. OSHA and IMRA will provide IMRA members with information and guidance to help them protect employees' health and safety and reach out to IMRA members who will benefit from mentoring or guidance in developing, implementing, or improving safety and health programs, including ergonomic programs. The Alliance goals including the following:

Outreach and communication:

  • Promote training and education programs on safety, health and ergonomic issues.
  • Develop and disseminate information at conferences, events, or through print and electronic media, including links from OSHA's and IMRA's Web sites.

Promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:

  • Share information on safety, health and ergonomics programs of IMRA members with others in the industry through outreach by IMRA.
  • Convene or participate in forums and round table discussions on ergonomic issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace.

Related Documents


Alliance Agreements

Alliance Annual Reports

Alliance News Releases

Activities and Events


  • April 13-16, 2004: Loss Prevention, Auditing and Safety Conference, Wyndham Anatole, Dallas, Texas.
  • January 11-14, 2004: IMRA 2004 Logistics Conference, Disney Yacht and Beach Club Resort, Orlando, Florida.
    • January 13, 2004: IMRA - OSHA Alliance, Jason Todd, Manager, Government Affairs, IMRA. Mr. Todd's presentation focused on the recent history of the ergonomics debate and outlined the outreach and assistance OHSA has demonstrated with the business industry. In addition, the presentation discussed the basics of the Alliance IMRA signed with OSHA on March 12, 2003 and the two organizations' efforts to share best practices in retail distribution centers.
  • September 14 - 17, 2003: IMRA '03, Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Orlando, Florida
  • March 12, 2003: John Henshaw, OSHA's then-Assistant Secretary, USDOL/OSHA addressed the International Mass Retail Association's Loss Prevention, Auditing and Safety Conference immediately prior to signing the OSHA-IMRA Alliance. During his presentation, he discussed OSHA's strategies including strong, fair and effective enforcement; outreach, education and compliance assistance; and partnerships and cooperative programs.