OSHA, warehouse group alliance highlight forklift safety

By Plant Engineering Staff March 10, 2006

OSHA and the International Warehouse Logistics Association have renewed their alliance for another two years to further improve worker safety and health in the areas of forklift operations, materials handling, and hazard communication and chemical safety. The Alliance was first initiated in February 2004.
“Renewing our Alliance with IWLA allows us to continue our joint efforts to enhance the safety and health of thousands of workers employed in the warehouse logistics industry,” said acting OSHA administrator Jonathan L. Snare. “Together, we’ll continue to provide valuable information and training resources on issues directly related to the warehouse industry, including a strong focus on forklift safety and youth workers.”
“I am pleased to reaffirm this important Alliance with OSHA on behalf of the more than 430 warehouse logistics companies IWLA represents,” said Alex Glann, Acting President and CEO of IWLA. “Working with OSHA the past two years we have expanded these efforts, enhancing the safety of the estimated 500,000 workers employed in the logistics industry. I look forward to what the future will bring.”
IWLA and OSHA will continue working with owners and operators in the warehousing industry to provide IWLA members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources. Special attention will be paid to increasing hard-to-reach and youth workers’ access to safety and health information and training resources.