Safety - AEM Alliances
AEM / OSHA Alliance
On October 1st, 2007 the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) formed the AEM / OSHA Alliance to promote jobsite safety. This alliance joins the technical expertise of the manufacturers with the communication and administrative expertise of OSHA. The AEM / OSHA Alliance is initially focusing on the safe operation of rough-terrain forklifts.
OSHA / AEM Agreement
AEM and OSHA participated in a formal signing ceremony in which AEM's President, Dennis Slater, and OSHA's Assistant Secretary of Labor, Edwin G. Foulke Jr., sealed the AEM / OSHA Alliance agreement.
The AEM-OSHA Alliance work group has developed a number of documents including:
- Best Practices Bulletins that highlight critical considerations for the safe operation of equipment presented in multiple languages
- Decals indicating the requirement for properly trained operators
Copies of these documents may be downloaded, printed and copied, and freely distributed for educational purposes.
The Industrial Truck Standards Development Foundation (ITSDF) has developed several safety standards, including safety standards for rough-terrain forklifts. These standards are available as free downloads at the following website:
Safety and Health Week 2012
AEM / OSHA Alliance supports the North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week 2012, and Occupational Safety and Health Professional (OSHP) day, May 9th. Activities span the week of May 6st through 12th, 2012. NAOSH Week is intended to raise awareness about occupational safety, health and the environment. There are many activities scheduled in Washington around NAOSH week which promote the safety profession and safety in the workplace. While it tends to be directed toward children, you can use this opportunity to increase safety awareness at your place of business. Each year the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE's) urges everyone to get involved in NAOSH Week in an effort to better educate the public about the positive benefits a safe workplace provides not only for workers, but for their families, friends, businesses, their local community and global community.
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A Path to Develop Safety and Health Management Systems
A Challenge to Excellence. by Judith Weinberg (Following are excerpts)
Companies that pursue safety and health excellence do so voluntarily. These businesses often are among the most profitable in their industries and communities, and their safety and health performance can be an important factor in overall success. Many companies, however, lack the resources or expertise to pursue this path to excellence.
OSHA Challenge offers businesses and public sector organizations an opportunity to develop or improve their safety and health management system in a non-threatening, proactive manner. A step-by-step roadmap, based on the successful VPP model, guides Participants through Challenge's three stages.
OSHA provides many useful publications to the public free of charge, requests up to (5) five hard copies may be ordered from the following website:
AEM offers a wide variety of cost-effective materials and resources to help you incorporate safe practices into your workplace. Several safety manuals are now offered in a variety of languages.
AEM offers a free database of “industry recognized” pictorial illustrations for voluntary use in the design of equipment safety signs, manuals and other training materials.
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