OSHA Alliance Program
One of SMRP’s top policy priorities is to enhance workplace safety, and in doing so, we have developed a strong relationship with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). As maintenance, reliability and physical asset management professionals, SMRP members play a vital role in maintaining safe and healthy workplace conditions. Research indicates there is a direct correlation between ongoing maintenance practices and healthy and safe workplaces. As a result, SMRP is dedicated to providing our profession with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help protect the health and safety of workers.
To strengthen our relationship with OSHA and to demonstrate our commitment to workplace safety, SMRP has entered into a pre-OSHA Alliance Program partnership. This means that SMRP has agreed to assist in raising awareness of OSHA’s rulemaking and enforcement initiatives, provide outreach and communications to our members on health and safety best practices, and conduct training and educational sessions to ensure both our members and OSHA have the skills needed to execute a comprehensive health and safety management program.
Based on feedback from SMRP members, the initial emphasis from a training and educational standpoint will focus on reducing the occurrence of workplace injuries and hazards pertaining to (1) slips, trips, and falls, (2) hand injuries, (3) chemical exposures and (4) pressurized systems equipment. Additional common injuries and hazards can be incorporated into the program once more input is received from the SMRP membership.
SMRP has drafted a detailed work plan that we will implement over the course of the year. Upon successful completion of the work plan, OSHA will officially welcome SMRP into the OSHA Alliance Program in conjunction with the SMRP 24th Annual Conference in Jacksonville, FL. In addition, OSHA plans to participate on a workplace health and safety panel session during the SMRP 24th Annual Conference. It is our hope that these actions will result in a reduction or elimination of common workplace injuries and further establish SMRP as the leader of the maintenance, reliability and physical asset management profession.