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PMA Renews Alliance with OSHA to Advance Industry Safety & Health

PMA Renews Alliance with OSHA to Advance Industry Safety & Health

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

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CLEVELAND, OH—December 5, 2007—The Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) has renewed its alliance agreement with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to improve worker safety and health in the metalforming industry. Originally signed on November 17, 2005, and renewed on November 29, 2007, the alliance focuses on reducing exposure to ergonomic hazards and addressing press safety issues such as machine guarding and lockout/tagout to prevent amputations and other injuries. “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, PMA president. “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.” “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.” Through the alliance, PMA and OSHA have revised the ergonomics and mechanical power press checklists from PMA’s Safety Guidelines booklet; are nearing completion of developing a series of safety posters for the industry; and are working together to update PMA’s Safety First training program. In addition, representatives from OSHA have spoken at several PMA events, including its Annual Meeting, METALFORM Conference and two pressroom safety seminars. Additional information about the PMA-OSHA alliance is available at PMA is the full-service trade association representing the $91-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.