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AGREEMENT RENEWING AN ALLIANCE
BETWEEN
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
AND
THE AMERICAN IRON & STEEL INSTITUTE,
THE SPECIALTY STEEL INDUSTRY OF NORTH AMERICA
AND THE STEEL MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and "The Steel Group" comprised of the American Iron & Steel Institute (AISI), the Specialty Steel Industry of North America (SSINA), and the Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA) hereby renew their Alliance originally signed on July 7, 2004 and renewed August 26, 2005. OSHA and The Steel Group continue to recognize the value of collaborative efforts to achieve workplace safety. Both groups will continue to provide the steel manufacturing industry and others, including downstream manufacturers, with information, guidance, and mentoring that will help them protect employees' health and safety. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and The Steel Group recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Onsite Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and The Steel Group 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 Steel Group's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.

  • Speak, exhibit or appear at OSHA's or The Steel Group's conferences, local meetings, or other events.

  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding The Steel Group's best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by The Steel Group and through OSHA- or The Steel Group's developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum)

  • Promote and encourage The Steel Group members' or worksites' 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.
OSHA and The Steel Group will work together to achieve the following goal related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
  • Convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, conferences and stakeholder meetings on issues concerning injuries and illnesses that may occur in steel industry plants to help forge innovative solutions to these incidents in the workplace.
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.

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 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. Any 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 all signatories.

 


 
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.
Assistant Secretary
Occupational Safety and
Health Administration


 
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Andrew G. Sharkey, III
President and CEO
American Iron and Steel Institute


 
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Louis L. Schorsch
Chairman
American Iron and Steel Institute


 
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Thomas A. Danjczek
President
Steel Manufacturers Association


 
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Don B. Daily
Chairman
Steel Manufacturers Association


 
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David A. Hartquist, Esq.
Counsel
Specialty Steel Industry of North America


 
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Jack W. Shilling, Ph.D.
Chairman
Specialty Steel Industry of North America


 
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