A new alliance between OSHA and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc. (ISRI) was recently established in order to protect workers in the scrap recycling industry, as well as promote understanding of worker rights and employer responsibilities under the OSH Act. This new partnership will focus on the hazards present in the workplace regarding powered industrial trucks and other types of equipment, employee exposure to chemicals, hazardous energy sources, and the handling and storage of materials. OSHA and ISRI will collaborate in creating and revising informational and training resources, encouraging the use of safety and health management systems and other safety performance programs, and promoting compliance assistance resources. This joint venture is a huge leap forward for the scrap industry’s commitment to a safe and healthful workplace for the employees.
OSHA will be working with unions, trade and professional organizations, faith- and community-based organizations, businesses and educational institutions to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses. Alliance Program participants, however, will not be exempt from OSHA inspections or any other enforcement benefits.