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(signed August 16, 2004; renewed December 5, 2006; concluded August 16, 2007)



The OSHA and SMACNA Alliance focuses on providing the organization's members and others in the sheet metal and air conditioning construction contracting industries, including small businesses, with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help protect employees' health and safety. The Alliance will particularly focus on motor vehicle safety, fall protection and personal protective equipment with an emphasis on cuts and eye injuries, and reducing and preventing exposure to amputation and welding hazards. The Alliance's goals include:

Outreach and communication:

  • 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. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's and SMACNA's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's and SMACNA's conferences and events, such as the annual SMACNA Convention and chapter meetings.
  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding SMACNA best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by SMACNA and through OSHA- or SMACNA-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).

Promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:

  • Convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on sheet metal and air conditioning and construction contracting industry issues such as motor vehicle safety, fall protection and personal protective equipment and, amputation and welding hazards to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace.

Related Documents


Alliance Agreements

Alliance Annual Reports

Alliance News Releases

Activities and Events


  • May 6-12, 2007: 2007 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association (SMACNA) and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported 2007 NAOSH Week; "All Modes of Transportation." Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), an Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace.
    • May 7, 2007: Representatives of AIHA attended the NAOSH Week Kick-off event at the U.S. Department of Labor. Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., former-Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA, was the keynote speaker and presented "The Road to Safety" to OSHA and Alliance Program participants and other safety and health representatives.
  • December 4-5, 2006: SMACNA Council of Chapter Representatives Meeting, South Beach, Florida.
    • December 5, 2006: Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., former-Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation on the OSHA Alliance Program. Following his speech, Mr. Foulke signed the OSHA and SMACNA Alliance renewal agreement.
  • October 8-12, 2006: SMACNA Annual Convention, Phoenix, Arizona. Representative from the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health and OSHA Region IX staffed the Alliance Program exhibit booth during the conference.

Products and Resources


Alliance Program Participant Developed Products

  • Construction Vehicle and Service Vehicle Safety Cards. Through the OSHA and SMACNA Alliance, SMACNA developed "Construction Vehicle and Service Vehicle Safety Cards." The Safety Cards provide pre-use inspection checklists for a vehicle operator and tips on how to safely operate both construction and service vehicles. (2005, October)
  • Heat Stress and Heat Illness Safety Tips Card. Through the OSHA and SMACNA Alliance, SMACNA developed "Heat Stress and Heat Illness Tips Card." The Tips Card is based on the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health's Emergency Heat Illness Prevention Standard and focuses on various aspects of heat exposure. (2006, August)

OSHA Safety and Health Topics Pages

Publications and Newsletters

  • Safety Focus, April 2006. The SMACNA's April 2006 edition of its quarterly e-newsletter includes an article, "SMACNA-OSHA Alliance Update" that describes the activities of the OSHA and SMACNA Alliance.
  • Safety Focus, December 2006. The SMACNA's December 2006 edition of its quarterly e-newsletter includes an article, "SMACNA-OSHA Alliance Renewed" that describes the OSHA and SMACNA Alliance renewal agreement.

Additional Resources

  • Alliance Program Construction Roundtable. Through the Alliance Program's Construction Roundtable and its Design for Safety and Fall Protection Workgroups, a number of products and resources have been developed for the construction industry.