On January 23, 2007, AEM and the U.S. Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) joined forces in an alliance intended to promote safety in the mining industry. The Alliance agreement was renewed by AEM’s President, Dennis Slater, and MSHA’s Assistant Secretary, Mr. Joseph Main on July 14, 2011 and subsequently renewed on September 15, 2015. The ongoing AEM/MSHA Alliance focuses on topics that promote safe use of mobile equipment including the proper use of operator restraints while using mobile equipment. This has paved the way for publishing of a white paper concerning "Seat Belt Use on Mobile Equipment."

The AEM/MSHA Alliance has the following content available for free downloads:

  • Seat Belt Use on Mobile Equipment. This white paper provides guidance to a variety of stakeholders on best practices and methods to achieve higher levels of seat belt usage on mobile equipment.
  • Buckle Up...For Life. This presentation is intended to provoke thought and promote the use of seat belts and operator restraints on equipment having ROPS structures.
  • Seat Belts: The Basics of Safety. Seat belt usage is the most basic of all safety habits. Regardless of the equipment, the job duration, or the terrain where you are operating, if the equipment is supplied with a seat belt, USE IT.

The MSHA website provides a variety of useful materials to the public, which are available free of charge.


The AEM/OSHA Alliance was formed on October 1, 2007 to promote job site safety. This alliance joined the technical expertise of the manufacturers with the communication and administrative expertise of OSHA. The AEM/OSHA Alliance was initially focused on the safe operation of rough-terrain forklifts and while the formal alliance concluded in 2015, AEM continues to work closely with OSHA and continues to provide safety materials developed by the alliance work group.

The AEM-OSHA Alliance work group has developed a number of documents including:

  • "Preventing Rough-Terrain Forklift Accidents" Best Practices Bulletin. Providing general safety guidelines on the operation of Rough-Terrain Forklift accidents. English, Portuguese, Spanish.
  • "To See: Preventing Rough-Terrain Forklift Accidents." Know the work area hazards, know the machine, and be aware of changing conditions including traffic patterns. English, Portuguese, Spanish.
  • "Personnel Work Platform" Best Practices Bulletin. Providing general safety guidelines on the operation of Rough Terrain Forklifts equipped with a personnel work platform. English.
  • "See and Be Seen" Best Practices Bulletin. Preventing job site accidents by making workers more aware of the job site and equipment around them. English.
  • Employer-Certified Operators Only Decal. Free pdf download, or decal.
  • Designated/Certified Operators Only Decal. Free pdf download, or decal.
Safety Standards

The Industrial Truck Standards Development Foundation (ITSDF) develops and maintains several safety standards for rough-terrain forklifts. These standards are available as free downloads at the ITSDF website.

OSHA encourages companies to visit their website to learn more about the OSHA Challenge, and download up to five informative publications, free of charge.