The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning
Contractors National Association, Inc. (SMACNA) hereby renew the Alliance agreement signed August
16, 2004. OSHA and SMACNA continue to recognize the value of collaborative efforts to achieve
workplace safety. Both groups will encourage sheet metal and air conditioning construction
contracting industries, including small businesses, to increase employee access to safety and health
information and training resources. 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. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA
and SMACNA recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Onsite Consultation Project partners are an integral
part of the OSHA national effort.
OSHA and SMACNA will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
OSHA and SMACNA will work together to achieve the following goal related to promoting
the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- 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).
- Promote and encourage SMACNA members' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as
compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and the Consultation Program and its
Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
- Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects that are addressed and
developed through the Alliance Program.
- Encourage SMACNA chapters to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices, State Plan
States, and Onsite Consultation Projects to address safety and health issues including motor vehicle
safety, fall protection, and personal protective equipment and amputation and welding hazards.
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.
- 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.
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. Team members will
include representatives of OSHA's Directorate of Construction, Directorate of Cooperative and State
Programs and any other appropriate offices. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA
Consultation Projects' participation on the team.
This agreement will remain in effect for one year. 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.
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.
Occupational Safety and Safety Administration
Executive Director of
Market Sector Councils
Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning
Contractors' National Association, Inc.
Director of Safety and Health
Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association, Inc.