FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ALUMINUM ASSOCIATION AND METAL POWDER INDUSTRIES FEDERATION SIGN
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING TO ADVANCE WORKPLACE SAFETY
22, 2013 — 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.
“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
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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
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.