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Safety Links

American Industrial Hygiene Assoc–Founded in 1939, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) is the premier association of occupational and environmental health and safety professionals. AIHA’s 10,000 members play a crucial role on the front line of worker health and safety every day. Members represent a cross-section of industry, private business, labor, government and academia.

American Society of Safety Engineers— Founded in 1911, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is the world’s oldest professional safety society. ASSE promotes the expertise, leadership and commitment of its members, while providing them with professional development, advocacy and standards development. It also sets the occupational safety, health and environmental community’s standards for excellence and ethics.

Chemical Safety Board— The CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration— The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries. Activities of the Administration contribute to ensuring safety in motor carrier operations through strong enforcement of safety regulations; targeting high-risk carriers and commercial motor vehicle drivers; improving safety information systems and commercial motor vehicle technologies; strengthening commercial motor vehicle equipment and operating standards; and increasing safety awareness.

Federal Register: OSHA items— The Federal Register (FR) is the official journal of the federal government of the United States that contains most routine publications and public notices of government agencies, including OSHA. It is a daily (except holidays) publication.

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report— The MMWR contains data on specific diseases as reported by state and territorial health departments and reports on infectious and chronic diseases, environmental hazards, natural or human-generated disasters, occupational diseases and injuries, and intentional and unintentional injuries.

MSHA— The purpose of the Mine Safety and Health Administration is to prevent death, disease, and injury from mining and to promote safe and healthful workplaces for the nation’s miners.

National Safety Council— The National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy.

NIOSH— The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health provides national and world leadership and research to prevent workplace illnesses and injuries.

NIOSH Fatality Narratives— Each day, between 12 and 13 U.S. workers die as a result of a traumatic injury on the job. Investigations conducted through the FACE program allow the identification of factors that contribute to these fatal injuries.

OSH Review Commission— The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission is an independent federal agency, providing administrative trial and appellate review, created to decide contests of citations or penalties resulting from OSHA inspections of American workplaces.

OSHA— With the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to assure safe and healthful working conditions for men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.

OSHA FAQs — The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) webpage highlights topics and specific questions that are often asked of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). All of the links are to existing OSHA documents.

Manufacturing Associations and Other Organizations Links

Aluminum Extruders Council


1000 N. Rand Rd., Ste. 214

Wauconda, IL 60084 USA

(847) 526-2010 Fax: (847) 526-3993

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Contact: Donn W. Sanford, CAE

President. Sanford, Donn W.

MEMBERSHIP: Manufacturers of extruded aluminum shapes and suppliers. Compiles statistics; provides technical assistance and develops markets. Conducts workshops for management, sales, and plant personnel. PUBLICATIONS: Executive Report (bimonthly).


American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association


1445 Research Blvd., Stuite 450

Rockville, MD 20850 USA

(301) 738-1200 Fax: (301) 738-9499

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Contact: Jeff Standley

President: John J. Healy

MEMBERSHIP: Distributors and builders of metal working machine tools. Offers technical training, sales training and management. Compiles statistics. PUBLICATIONS: AMTDA Directory (annual) * US Machine Tool Consumption Report (monthly).


Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, International


(815) 399-8700 Fax: (815) 484-7701

Co. E-mail: Contact Gerald M. Shankel, Pres. & CEO

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) is a professional organization with more than 1,400 individual and company members working together to improve the metal forming and fabricating industry. Founded in 1970, FMA brings metal fabricators and manufacturers together through technology councils, educational programs, networking events, and FABTECH International / AWS Welding Show. The official publications of FMA include -The FABRICATOR®, TPJ -The Tube & Pipe Journal®, STAMPING Journal®, and Practical Welding Today®. FMA also has a technology affiliate, the Tube & Pipe Association, International (TPA).


National Tooling and Machining Association


9300 Livingston Rd.

Fort Washington, MD 20744 USA

(301)248-6200 Toll-Free: 800-248-NTMA Fax: (301)248-7104

Contact: Matthew B. Coffey, Pres. Coffey, Matthew B.

Manufacturers of tools, dies, jigs, fixtures, molds, gages, or special machinery; companies that do precision machining on a contract basis; past service and associate members. Provides management services; represents members in legislative matters. Promotes apprenticeship programs. Compiles management surveys; conducts management training workshops; maintains speakers’ bureau. Has produced motion pictures and videocassettes on tool, die, and precision machining for educational showings. PUBLICATIONS: Business Management Advisories (periodic) * Buyers Guide of Special Tooling and Precision Machining Services (annual) * Catalog of Publications and Training Materials (periodic) * Membership Directory (annual) * Precision (bimonthly) * Record (monthly).


Precision Metalforming Association





6363 Oak Tree Blvd.

Independence, OH 44131-2500 USA

(216) 901-8800 Fax: (216) 901-9190

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PMA History

The Association was born in 1913 in Cleveland when a handful of stampers formed The Pressed Metal Association. Inactive following World War I, the organization reemerged briefly in 1928 and 1929 as The Pressed Metal Institute (PMI). In 1942, 42 charter members re-established PMI. In 1961, PMI renamed itself American Metal Stamping Association. In 1987, the Association changed its name to Precision Metalforming Association to better reflect the industry it serves.

Though the names changed as time passed, the Association’s strengths did not. These strengths include forward-thinking member companies, outstanding volunteer leadership, an abundance of valuable services for members and the industry, and a dedicated staff.

Industry Served

PMA is the full-service trade association representing the $41-billion metalforming industry of North America-the industry that creates precision metal products using stamping, fabricating and other value-added processes. Its nearly 1,200 member companies include metal stampers, fabricators, spinners, slide formers and roll formers as well as suppliers of equipment, materials and services to the industry. Members are located in 30 countries, with the majority found in North America in 41 states of the United States as well as Canada and Mexico.

PMA Mission

“To represent the Metalforming industry and to lead innovative member companies toward superior competitiveness and profitability.”


Society of Carbide and Tool Engineers 


Rockford/Beloit Chapter

P.O. Box 6183

Rockford, IL 61125-1183


ASM International (440) 388-5151


Contact: M. Jacobs

Industrial engineers, machine operators, sales personnel, and others whose work is concerned with metal removal techniques, particularly by use of carbide. Conducts elementary course, advanced course, and in-plant training program in carbide engineering. Chapters conduct local educational programs and/or annual tool show. PUBLICATIONS: Carbide and Tool Journal (bimonthly) * Principles of Tungsten Carbide Engineering * Proceedings (annual).


Society of Manufacturing Engineers


One SME Dr. / PO Box 930

Dearborn, MI 48121-0930 USA

(313) 271-1500 Toll-Free: 800-733-4763 Fax: (313) 425-3400

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Contact: Mark Tomlinson, Exec.Dir.

Professional society of manufacturing engineers, practitioners, and management executives concerned with manufacturing technologies for improved productivity. Seeks to advance the science of manufacturing through the continuing education of manufacturing engineers, practitioners, and management. Conducts expositions, international seminars and clinics. PUBLICATIONS: Composites in Manufacturing (quarterly) * Electronics Manufacturing: SME’s Quarterly on Electronics Manufacturing Technology (quarterly) * Finishing Line: AFP/SME’s Quarterly on Finishing and Coatings Technology (quarterly) * Journal of Manufacturing Systems (quarterly) * Manufacturing Engineering (monthly) * Manufacturing Systems Transactions (annual) * SME News (bimonthly) * Vision: SME’s Quarterly on Vision Technology (quarterly). TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES: electronic bulletin board; hotline, CARIC, (313)271-5340, to obtain information and technical data on automation in manufacturing and robotics; website,


Specialty Tools and Fasteners Distributors Association


500 Elm Grove Rd. / Box 44

Elm Grove, WI 53122 USA

(262) 784-4774 Toll-Free: 800-352-2981 Fax: (262) 784-5059

Contact: Morrie E. Halvorsen, Exec.Dir. Halvorsen, Morrie E.

MEMBERSHIP: Distributors and suppliers of power tools, power-actuated tools, anchors, fastening systems, diamond drilling, and related construction equipment. PURPOSE: Encourages legal, ethical, and friendly business relations within the industry. Collects and disseminates information pertinent to the industry; develops more effective, economical, and profitable distribution. PUBLICATIONS: Specialty Tools and Fasteners Distributors Association–Trade News (monthly).


Tooling & Manufacturing Association


1177 S. Dee Road

Park Ridge, IL 60068

(847) 825-1120 Fax: 847-825-0041

Contact: Kent Gladish

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Recognizing manufacturers as value-added producers of goods and services, and creators of high quality jobs for Chicago area citizens, the Tooling & Manufacturing Association supports industry by providing educational opportunities, industry representation, services to foster member company global competitiveness.

The Small Business Administration (SBA)

Provides financial, technical, and management assistance to help Americans start, run, and grow their own businesses.


Illinois: Better Business Bureaus

 Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois, Inc.

330 N. Wabash Ave.

Chicago, IL 60611 USA

(312) 832-0500 Fax: (312) 832-9985


Better Business Bureau (Rockford)

810 E. State St., 3rd Fl.

Rockford, IL 61104-1001 USA

(815) 963-2222 Fax: (815) 963-0329


Better Business Bureau of Central Illinois, Inc.

3024 W. Lake

Peoria, IL 61615-3770 USA

(309) 688-3741 Fax: (309) 685-1852


Better Business Bureau of Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois

12 Sunnen Dr., Ste. 121

St. Louis, MO 63110-1400 USA

(314) 531-3300 Fax: (314) 645-2666


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