AAI and MPIF sign MOU to advance workplace safety.
Press Release Summary:
January 31, 2013 - Aluminum Association and Metal Powder Industries Federation announced memorandum of understanding to cooperate in sharing of information in area of metal powder safety. Powder producing members will support one another where appropriate and when feasible by participating in regional workshops and meetings concerning dust hazards and promotion of safety in plant operations. Associations will also provide updates on publications, standards, or any other pertinent activity of NFPA, OSHA, and CSB.
Original Press Release
Aluminum Association and Metal Powder Industries Federation Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Advance Workplace Safety
Press release date: January 22, 2013
ARLINGTON, VA., — Today, the Aluminum Association (AAI) and the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to cooperate in the sharing of information in area of metal powder safety. The organizations will cooperate to increase awareness of metal dust hazards and to promote safety in plant operations.
The memorandum was signed by Aluminum Association President Heidi Brock and Metal Powder Industries Federation Vice President for Member and Industry Relations James Dale during the Council of Manufacturing Associations Winter Leadership Conference.
Jim Dale and Heidi Brock sign MOU on metal powder safety.
“This is a great opportunity for the aluminum industry to continue to show its commitment to workplace safety,” said Aluminum Association President Heidi Brock. “By formalizing our relationship with MPIF, our member companies will be better informed on issues related to metal powder and dust.”
Specifically, the MOU calls for:
• The powder producing members of both AAI and MPIF will support one another where appropriate and when feasible, by participating in regional workshops and meetings concerning dust hazards and promotion of safety in plant operations.
• The two associations will share information on dust hazards, best practices and provide updates on publications, standards or any other pertinent activity of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and the Chemical Safety Board (CSB).
• The AAI, having representation on the NFPA 484 Technical Committee, is willing to address MPIF concerns, upon request and where feasible.
The Aluminum Association, based in Arlington, Virginia, works globally to aggressively promote aluminum as the most sustainable and recyclable automotive, packaging and construction material in today's market. The Association represents U.S. and foreign-based primary producers of aluminum, aluminum recyclers and producers of fabricated products, as well as industry suppliers. Member companies operate more than 200 plants in the United States, with many conducting business worldwide.
The Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) is a “not-for-profit association” formed by the PM industry to advance the interests of the metal powder producing and consuming industries worldwide. As its name states, it is a federation of trade associations—six in all—that are concerned with some aspect of powder metallurgy, metal powders, or particulate materials. Throughout its long and distinguished history, MPIF has been a stalwart champion of this innovative technology, providing its member companies with a long list of services that help advance the art and science of PM while promoting its benefits to prospective end users.