Arlington, Virginia-Prevention of exposure to diisocyanates of workers in the truck-bed lining sector is the aim of a new alliance formed 1 March 2006 between two US bodies. The Alliance for the Polyurethanes Industry (API) is collaborating with federal offices of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in Region 6 to reduce and prevent exposure to the harmful chemical while spray applying truck bed liners. This alliance will build on experience gained in API's existing alliance with OSHA Region 5, which brings industry experts together to address important worker safety issues. These include proper use of personal protective equipment and respirators and correct maintenance of equipment and ventilation booths. "The first six months of the alliance with Region 5 has been very successful, especially for opening the lines of communication between the truck bed lining industry and OSHA," said Barbara Cummings of Bayer MaterialScience, who chairs the API Truck Bed Lining Task Force. In a statement from API, Cummings continued: "We are excited to work with Region 6 as we continue to strengthen our voice within the truck bed lining industry."OSHA and API will work together to raise industry awareness of job hazards and the business value of a company's commitment to employee safety and health. Previously, API has addressed issues of worker protection during truck-bed lining through its brochure, Truck Bed Liners; Worker Protection."