|OSHA, National Safety Management Society form Alliance
Goal is effective development and implementation of integrated
safety management systems
WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) and the National Safety Management Society (NSMS) joined
in a formal Alliance to protect worker health and safety with
a focus on integrated safety management systems and workplace
safety and health programs, OSHA Administrator John Henshaw
"There can be no denying the value of committed management
and solid management principles in establishing workplace
safety and health," Henshaw said. "NSMS provides
safety management expertise and I'm looking forward to working
with them as we continue to foster a culture of worker safety
Added James J. Thatcher, NSMS President: "We take great
pleasure in signing this Alliance. Compliance with safety
standards, safety management systems and building the kind
of culture which encourages employee involvement and working
as a team are what keeps workers safe and businesses competitive.
This Alliance creates and fosters that kind of culture."
OSHA and NSMS have agreed to develop and provide effective
safety management systems related training for conferences,
meetings, and through NSMS' learning network, when both organizations
jointly identify the need. Further, upon request, NSMS will
provide OSHA's Training Institute with educational and training
materials and resources on issues specific to safety management
The Alliance will also provide a means to raise awareness
through speeches and appearances by NSMS leaders of the benefits
of incorporating integrated safety management systems into
workplace safety and health programs. Additionally, OSHA and
NSMS will develop information and guidance on safety management
systems and disseminate that information through websites,
newsletters, workshops and other resources.
OSHA and NSMS will share information on the best safety management
systems of NSMS members, as jointly determined by both organizations,
with both NSMS members and others in the occupational health
and safety profession.
Finally, avenues and processes will be established for NSMS
members to use to mentor and assist OSHA personnel as they
proceed with professional certification.
Founded in 1968, NSMS is a non-profit organization that provides
a forum for safety and health professionals to address safety
and health management systems. The association conducts or
sponsors research projects designed to identify new techniques
and methods for implementing and improving safety and health
management system programs.