Dec. 3, 2007
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Phone: (202) 693-1999
WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) renewed its Alliance with Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), originally signed on November 17, 2005, to continue to provide its members and others with guidance, information and access to training to help protect the health and safety of employees in the metalforming industry. The Alliance will continue to address ergonomic hazards and press safety issues such as machine guarding and lockout/tagout to prevent amputations and other injuries.
"Protecting the safety and health of America's working men and women is OSHA's top priority," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. "Through our partnership with PMA, we will continue to address safety hazards, and develop products and tools to maintain the well-being of employees in the metalforming industry."
"PMA is pleased to be renewing our Alliance and continuing to work with OSHA on such critical issues as power press safety and ergonomics," said William E. Gaskin, president, PMA. "We look forward to building on the progress we have made during the past two years, and further promoting employee safety and health in the metalforming industry."
Through the Alliance, PMA created a PMA/Alliance Web page featuring OSHA's Machine Guarding eTool and Small Business Handbook, developed safety posters and is collaborating with OSHA to revise PMA's "Safety First" video, and update its Safety Guidelines Checklist. In addition, OSHA staff participated in several events including PMA's Regional METALFORMING Tradeshows, PMA's Power Press Safety Seminars, and the PMA Annual Meeting. Through the various events, as well as the print and electronic resources supported by the Alliance, more than 280,000 people have received information on safety and health issues related to the metalforming industry.
With nearly 1,200 member companies, PMA represents metal stampers, fabricators, spinners, slide and roll formers, and suppliers of equipment, materials and services to the industry. The association provides safety manuals and training videos on its Website. It produces conferences and seminars related to metalforming and publishes MetalForming Magazine.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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