The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) renewed its alliance with the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) to continue working together to protect workers from exposure to hazardous chemical releases from ammonia refrigeration systems. The alliance will also focus on improving the process safety management (PSM) programs for these systems.
“We look forward to our continued alliance with GCCA and working together to protect worker safety and health,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels.
Through the alliance, OSHA and GCCA will provide training to OSHA staff including a webinar on ammonia safety, and develop outreach materials related to ammonia safety and PSM. The alliance will also support the agency’s national outreach campaigns including the National Emphasis Program for Chemical Facilities and the prevention of falls in construction.
GCCA comprises 1,650 employers in the temperature-controlled products industry whose primary focus is to maintain the quality and safety of products distributed to consumers. GCCA members employ about 300,000 workers, which accounts for 90 percent of public refrigerated warehouse facility workers. Through its Alliance Program, OSHA works with unions, consulates, trade and professional organizations, faith- and community-based organizations, businesses and educational institutions to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses. Alliance Program participants do not receive exemptions from OSHA inspections or any other enforcement benefits.
For more information, visit www.osha.gov