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PMA Forms Alliance with OSHA to Advance Industry Safety & Health

PMA Forms Alliance with OSHA to Advance Industry Safety & Health

Friday, November 18, 2005

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CLEVELAND, OH—November 18, 2005—The Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) yesterday signed an alliance agreement with the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) to further promote worker safety and health in the metalforming industry. In particular, PMA and OSHA will work together to reduce exposure to ergonomic hazards and address press safety issues such as machine guarding and lockout/tagout to prevent amputations and other injuries. “Safety is of utmost importance to the metalforming industry,” said PMA President Bill Gaskin. “OSHA has diligently cooperated with a wide range of industries, including construction, maritime and biological organizations, and we are pleased that they are also focusing attention on workers in the metalforming industry. PMA looks forward to working closely with OSHA through this alliance to provide the industry with detailed information and easy access to training resources that will help protect employee safety and health." “This alliance is an important step in reaching out to PMA members and workers in the metalforming industry to provide them the training and education that will help keep them safe on the job,” said Jonathan L. Snare, Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA. “We look forward to a successful working relationship with PMA and improving worker safety and health throughout the industry.” Part of the U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA works to assure the safety and health of U.S. workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health. As a result of the alliance, PMA will work with OSHA to create press safety training courses, produce materials on safety and health in the metalforming industry, and develop electronic assistance tools and other s to communicate this information to the industry. A joint team of representatives from PMA and OSHA will meet regularly to develop an action plan, identify goals and objectives, and track and share information on activities and results of the alliance. PMA is the full-service trade association representing the $41-billion metalforming industry of North America—the industry that creates precision metal products using stamping, fabricating and other value-added processes. Its nearly 1,200 member companies include metal stampers, fabricators, spinners, slide formers and roll formers as well as suppliers of equipment, materials and services to the industry. Members are located in 30 countries, with the majority found in North America—in 41 states of the United States as well as Canada and Mexico.