The National Maritime Safety Association (NMSA) represents the marine cargo handling industry in the United States in safety and health matters arising under various statutes, including the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
The objectives and purposes of the Association are:
- to aid, advance, assist, encourage, promote and support safety in the marine cargo handling operations;
- to monitor all federal, state, and local governmental regulatory agencies having jurisdiction over safety in marine cargo handling operations, including but not limited to the U.S. Department of Labor; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; U.S. Coast Guard; and U.S. Department of Transportation; and to advise these agencies, as appropriate, on the views of the industry on regulations and related matters;
- to cooperate with the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, in the development of injury and health statistics in marine cargo handling operations;
- to act as a clearinghouse for the industry and its members in general on information necessary to help reduce the injuries and illnesses in the marine cargo handling workplace;
- to monitor legislative developments affecting safety in the marine cargo handling workplace and, when necessary, to take steps to have Congress or other legislative bodies implement sound legislative policy affecting maritime safety and related matters; and
- to initiate legal action or participate in any court or before any administrative agency in matters affecting the objectives and purposes of the Association.