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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc. (SPI) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and SPI hereby renew their Alliance originally signed on September 19, 2002 and renewed on March 4, 2004 to provide SPI's members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources to promote machine safety. OSHA and SPI will identify machinery hazards and provide potential solutions to reduce injuries (e.g., lacerations, burns, and amputations). In addition, the organizations will work together to raise awareness of hazard communication issues in the workplace. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and SPI recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and SPI will work together to achieve the following training and education goal:
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for plastic industry employers and employees regarding machine guarding and lockout/tagout, and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.
OSHA and SPI will work together to achieve the following 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. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's and the SPI's Web sites) to employers and employees in the plastics industry.

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA and SPI conferences, such as NPE 2006, local meetings, or other industry events.

  • Promote and encourage SPI members' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and Consultation and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

  • Work with other Alliance participants on projects on hazard communication issues that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
OSHA's Alliances provide parties with 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.

An implementation team made up of representatives of both organizations will continue to 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 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 two years. 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.


Steven F. Witt
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary
Occupational Safety and Health Administration


William R. Carteaux
Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc.