OSHA renewed its alliance with Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), originally signed in November 2005, to continue to provide its members and others with guidance, information and access to training to help protect the health and safety of employees in the metalforming industry.

The alliance will continue to address ergonomic hazards and press safety issues such as machine guarding and lockout/tagout to prevent amputations and other injuries.

"PMA is pleased to be renewing our alliance and continuing to work with OSHA on such critical issues as power press safety and ergonomics," said William E. Gaskin, president, PMA. "We look forward to building on the progress we have made during the past two years, and further promoting employee safety and health in the metalforming industry."

Through the agreement, PMA created a PMA/Alliance Web page featuring OSHA's Machine Guarding eTool and Small Business Handbook, developed safety posters and is collaborating with OSHA to revise PMA's "Safety First" video, and update its Safety Guidelines Checklist. In addition, OSHA staff participated in several events including PMA's Regional METALFORMING Tradeshows, PMA's Power Press Safety Seminars, and the PMA Annual Meeting.

With nearly 1,200 member companies, PMA represents metal stampers, fabricators, spinners, slide and roll formers, and suppliers of equipment, materials and services to the industry.