2020

Alliance Logo

Annual Report on the
Alliance Program

October 1, 2019, to September 30, 2020

Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP)
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)

Table of Contents
  1. Executive Summary
  2. Alliance Program Participants
  3. Alliance Program Impact in FY 2020
    1. National Office Alliance Program Participants
      1. Outreach and Communication
      2. Support for Key OSHA Initiatives
      3. Events and Training for Members and Public
      4. Training for OSHA Staff
      5. Alliance Products and Review of OSHA Products
    2. Regional and Area Office Alliance Program Participants
  4. Looking Ahead to FY 2021

Executive Summary

OSHA's Alliance Program was created in 2002 to develop voluntary, collaborative working relationships with organizations that are committed to workplace safety and health. Each year, OSHA's Alliances reach millions of employers and workers, providing them with safety and health information, tools, and resources through newsletters, social media posts, presentations at conferences and meetings, training, and other projects. This snapshot shares information, data, and examples from the 232 Alliances active during Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 to showcase the impact of the program as a whole.

OSHA develops Alliances at the National, Regional, and Area Office levels, and all of the Alliance Program participants work collaboratively with the agency to improve workplaces and support OSHA's outreach and education mission. Alliances effectively assist the agency reach employers and workers in small, high-hazard, and other industries, which may not otherwise engage with the agency. In March 2020, OSHA issued the updated Alliance Program Directive, and provided tools and resources to staff and the public describing the changes and how they would be implemented. It also began implementing the directive and promoted 17 long-term Alliances to Ambassadors.

Throughout FY 2020, National Alliance Program participants:

  • Conducted more than 1,400 activities to disseminate information about OSHA's safety and health initiatives and resources, reaching more than 7.5 million people 1.
  • Provided billboard space to support a variety of outreach initiatives, including OSHA's National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls, viewed by an estimated 73 million people.
  • Conducted more than 300 public training events and activities, including exhibits and presentations that reached more than 43,000 people.
  • Provided five technical training sessions for 107 representatives from federal OSHA, state OSHA agencies, and On-Site Consultation programs.

Regional and Area Office Alliances involved OSHA staff in more than 980 outreach and training activities attended by almost 135,000 people. Approximately 13 million employers and workers were further impacted through these attendees.

In FY 2021, OSHA will continue to work with Alliance Program participants to promote workplace safety and health, by signing an expected 12 new Alliances and renewing Alliances with existing organizations that remain committed to working with OSHA. The program will support the agency's continued emphasis on providing guidance to employers and workers on preventing COVID-19 transmission in the workplace, as well as its strategic goals, through varying communications portals, engagement of participants and their members in agency outreach initiatives, and coordination with organizations in industry sectors of interest. In the coming year, OSHA will also continue to refine its practices to clarify and implement the requirements on the updated Alliance Program Directive issued in March 2020.

Alliance Program Participants

The Alliance Program is open to all groups that are committed to workplace safety and health, including trade and professional organizations, labor organizations, businesses, educational institutions, and other government agencies. Alliances are established by OSHA's National, Regional, and Area Offices. In FY 2020, OSHA worked with 232 Alliances, including 37 National Alliances and 195 Regional and Area Office Alliances. During FY 2020, OSHA signed 12 new Alliances and concluded 10. OSHA also renewed 21 Alliances and promoted 17 long-time Alliances to the newly-created Alliance Program Ambassador status. Primary areas of emphasis include construction, Hispanic worker outreach, and youth outreach. The majority of Alliance signatories are trade associations, consulates of Mexico and other countries, professional associations, and unions. Consultation Programs and State Plans are also actively involved in OSHA's alliances. Figures 1 – 3 provide additional data on program participation, signatories, and emphasis areas.

Figure 1: Alliance Program Participants, FY 2005 – FY 2020

Line Plot Chart of Alliance Program Participant, Fiscal Year 2005 through Fiscal Year 2020

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Figure 2: Distribution of Alliance Program Participants by Emphasis Area

Figure 2: Distribution of Alliance Program Participants by Emphasis Area

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Figure 3: Distribution of Alliance Program Participants by Organization Type

Figure 3: Distribution of Alliance Program Participants by Organization Type

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In addition, State Plans are encouraged to develop their own Alliance Programs and sign Alliance agreements. At least seven State Plans have adopted their own Alliance Programs, including Arizona, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, and Oregon.

Alliance Program Impact in FY 2020

Each year, OSHA's Alliances reach millions of employers and workers through activities that include dissemination of safety and health information; presentations at conferences and meetings; trainings; and other projects.

National Office Alliance Program Participants

The information provided below has been drawn from data provided by the national participants, and illustrates the combined reach and impact of the program in supporting OSHA outreach initiatives and areas of emphasis. Regional and Area Office data is gathered and presented separately.

Outreach and Communication

In FY 2020, OSHA's national participants conducted more than 1,400 activities to disseminate information about safety and health initiatives, and resources from OSHA and other organizations. This is an overall decrease from the 1,700 activities conducted in FY 2019; however, it does not include all outreach activities conducted by the 15 National participants promoted to Ambassador. These organizations have demonstrated their commitment to collaborating with the agency and no longer submit activity data as a condition of their participation in the program. In addition, much of the agency's communication in FY2020 centered on COVID-19, delaying and reducing communication and engagement on other initiatives.

Dissemination activities in FY 2020 included posting OSHA information on participants' websites, sending email blasts to members and other stakeholders, and distributing information through social media channels. These activities reached more than 7.5 million people2. In addition, Lamar Advertising Company provided billboard space to promote outreach to meatpacking facilities on COVID-19, OSHA's Fall Prevention Campaign, and other outreach initiatives. Fall Stand-Down billboards received 73 million impressions across the United States in September 2020.

The following chart shows national participant dissemination activities by OSHA’s areas of emphasis.

OSHA Emphasis Area Number of Dissemination Activities Number Reached
Construction 206 321,839
COVID-19 324 1,895,193
Fall Prevention 206 1,110,012
Hazard Communication/Chemicals 167 1,605,530
Heat Illness Prevention 58 404,529
Oil and Gas 34 9,978
Recordkeeping/Reporting 61 911,568
Safety and Health Programs 206 1,439,028
Safe + Sound Week 196 556,193
Small Business 116 238,407
Temporary Workers 44 137,025
Trenching 23 172,703
Young Workers 49 348,806

Support for Key OSHA Initiatives

The following are examples of activities conducted by OSHA’s national Alliance participants in support OSHA’s key initiatives.

Events and Training for Members and Public

National participants also conducted more than 300 events and training activities for the public in FY 2020, reaching more than 43,000. Though the COVID-19 pandemic severely restricted the number of in-person events possible during FY 2020, the expanded use of virtual platforms also led to an increase in the number of people reached by these outreach and training activities.

Training for OSHA Staff

The COVID-19 pandemic severely restricted the ability of National Alliance participants to conduct training for federal OSHA, state OSHA agencies, and On-Site Consultation programs in FY 2020. During the first half of the year (October through March), before the COVID-19 pandemic ceased nearly all such activities, participants provided five trainings, reaching 107 staff.

Alliance Products and Review of OSHA Products

National participants developed three new Alliance products. These products provide information to employers and workers on specific industries or hazards addressed by the Alliances.

The following are products developed in FY 2020. For a complete listing of Alliance-developed products, see the Alliance Program Participants Developed Products page.

National participants also provided subject matter experts to review OSHA products. For example, representatives from the National Service, Transmission, Exploration & Production Safety (STEPS) Network and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Alliance participated in the workgroup that updated OSHA Oil and Gas Extraction Safety and Health Topics page and the Oil Well Drilling and Servicing eTool Transportation module. Several Alliances participated in stakeholder engagement discussions with OSHA on COVID-19 resource needs.

Regional and Area Office Alliance Program Participants

In FY 2020, OSHA field staff were involved in 984 Regional and Area Office Alliance participant outreach activities, which were attended by more than 134,000 employers and workers and reached nearly 13 million people.

The following table shows the number of Regional and Area Office participant activities in FY 2020, and the number of people reached by these activities.3

Region Number of Alliances Number of Activities Number Attended Number Affected
1 34 139 5,608 1,075,376
2 5 7 120 103,750
3 19 156 45,174 2,055,077
4 27 23 574 1,080,124
5 23 111 6,551 1,937,941
6 58 409 32,998 6,537,841
7 5 58 39,120 68,777
8 25 51 3,055 67,424
9 3 10 1,215 37,456
10 5 20 433 31,865
Totals 195 984 134,848 12,995,631

*Elevator Safety Partners Alliance signed by all 10 Regions, so total is 9 less than sum of Alliances.

The following table shows the number of Regional and Area Office Alliance activities broken out by OSHA areas of emphasis.

Region
Number of Alliances
Total Activities*
COVID-19
Construction
Fall Stand-Down
Hazard Communication
Heat Illness Prevention
Oil and Gas
Recordkeeping/Reporting
Safety and Health
Programs
Small Business
Temporary Workers
Trenching
Youth
1 34 139 32 93 29 33 15 - 21 25 83 13 9 30
2 5 7 - 4   2 1 - - - 1 - - 1
3 19 156 59 74 9 27 11 7 40 29 73 12 18 31
4 27 23 1 11 1 - 2 - 1 13 9 6 6 -
5 23 111 22 53 10 19 7 7 11 25 74 7 13 13
6 58 409 131 129 30 85 42 31 61 67 109 14 56 11
7 5 58 10 24 29 29 23 1 25 33 46 17 21 19
8 25 51 12 6 6 14 1 9 19 23 28 4 1 1
9 3 10 - 5 - 1 1 - 1 1 8 - - -
10 5 20 - 9 - 3 5 - 2 1 3 2 2 5
Totals 195 984 267 408 115 213 108 55 181 217 434 75 126 111

* A single activity may cover more than one area of emphasis, and therefore may be counted in more than one area of emphasis column.

The following are examples of activities conducted by Regional and Area Office Alliance Program participants in FY 2020:

Looking Ahead to FY 2021

In FY 2021, and as the COVID-19 pandemic recedes, OSHA will begin to resume in-person outreach and training in partnership with its Alliance Program participants. The agency will continue to work with trade and professional organizations, labor organizations, businesses, educational institutions, and other government agencies through the Alliance Program to promote workplace safety and health. Working with participants, OSHA will identify opportunities to speak and exhibit about workplace safety and health issues and the Alliance Program. OSHA and participants will also continue to identify training opportunities.

OSHA plans to sign 12 new Alliances and renew Alliances with organizations that remain committed to working with OSHA to address occupational safety and health issues. In the coming year, OSHA will also continue implementing the updated Alliance Program Directive and review procedures for the new elements of the program, such as the Annual Evaluation and transitioning long-term Alliances to Ambassador.

Participants will continue to support the Agency’s strategic goals through their expansive dissemination efforts and engagement in agency outreach initiatives, particularly timely messaging on OSHA and NIOSH guidance for COVID-19 as the pandemic evolves. Participants will continue to raise awareness of and engage members in established national safety and health initiatives (OSHA’s Safe + Sound Campaign and Safe + Sound Week, Fall Prevention Campaign and the National Fall Stand-Down), and continue outreach efforts on grain handling and safe summer jobs for youth. OSHA will also continue to leverage participants’ expertise to enhance technical resources for staff, such as the OSHA Technical Manual, and compliance assistance tools for employers, workers, and the public, such as OSHA eTools, Safety and Health Topics pages, publications, and training courses.


1 Note that this figure does not represent 7.5 million different people. Multiple dissemination activities by an Alliance participant may reach the same group of people. For example, a particular Alliance may send two email blasts on different topics to its 500 stakeholders, which accounts for 1,000 people reached in our calculation.

2 Note that this figure does not represent 7.5 million different people. Multiple dissemination activities by an Alliance participant may reach the same group of people. For example, a particular Alliance may send two email blasts on different topics to its 500 stakeholders. This counts as 1,000 people reached in our calculation.

3 The numbers include only those Alliance activities in which an OSHA staff person was involved and reported in the OSHA Information System (OIS). There is a small percentage of Regional and Area Office Alliance activities that do not involve an OSHA staff person and are not reflected in these numbers.


2019

Alliance Logo

Annual Report on the
Alliance Program

October 1, 2018, to September 30, 2019

Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP)
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)

Table of Contents
  1. Executive Summary
  2. Alliance Program Participants
  3. Alliance Program Impact in FY 2019
    1. National Office Alliance Program Participants
      1. Outreach and Communication
      2. Support for Key OSHA Initiatives
      3. Events and Training for Members and Public
      4. Training for OSHA Staff
      5. Alliance Products and Review of OSHA Products
    2. Regional and Area Office Alliance Program Participants
  4. Looking Ahead to FY 2020

Executive Summary

OSHA’s Alliance Program was created in 2002 to develop voluntary, collaborative working relationships with organizations that are committed to workplace safety and health. Each year, OSHA’s Alliances reach millions of employers and workers, providing them with safety and health information, tools, and resources through newsletters, social media posts, presentations at conferences and meetings, training, and other projects. This snapshot shares information, data, and examples from the 244 Alliances active during Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 to showcase the impact of the program as a whole.

OSHA develops Alliances at the National, Regional, and Area Office levels, and all of the Alliance Program participants work collaboratively with the agency to improve workplaces and support OSHA’s outreach and education mission. Alliances enable the agency to more effectively reach employers and workers in small, high-hazard, and other industries, which may not otherwise engage with the agency.

Throughout FY 2019, National Alliance Program participants:

  • Conducted more than 1,700 activities to disseminate information about OSHA’s safety and health initiatives and resources, reaching more than 9.5 million people1, which represents an increase from FY 2018.
  • Provided billboard space to support a variety of outreach initiatives, including billboards to promote OSHA’s fall prevention campaign that were viewed by an estimated 19.3 million people.
  • Conducted more than 250 training events and activities, including exhibits and presentations that reached more than 28,000 people.
  • Provided 21 technical training sessions for 308 representatives from federal OSHA, state OSHA agencies, and On-Site Consultation programs.

Regional and Area Office Alliances involved OSHA field staff in more than 980 outreach and training activities attended by more than 115,000 people. In addition, approximately 1.4 million employers and workers were impacted through these attendees.

In FY 2020, OSHA will continue to work with Alliance Program participants to promote workplace safety and health, by signing an expected 20 new Alliances and renewing Alliances with existing organizations that remain committed to working with OSHA. The program will also continue to support the agency’s strategic goals through varying communications portals, engagement of participants and their members in agency outreach initiatives, and coordination with organizations in industry sectors of interest to the agency. In the coming year, OSHA will also issue an updated Alliance Program Directive to create a program framework and administrative requirements that ensure sustainability and better align with relationship building, information sharing, and dissemination.

Alliance Program Participants

The Alliance Program is open to all groups that are committed to workplace safety and health, including trade and professional organizations, labor organizations, businesses, educational institutions, and other government agencies. Alliances are established by OSHA's National, Regional, and Area Offices. In FY 2019, OSHA worked with 244 Alliances, including 36 National Alliances and 208 Regional and Area Office Alliances. During FY 2019, 29 organizations signed new Alliances with OSHA, 36 organizations renewed their Alliances, and 9 organizations concluded their Alliances. This level of activity has remained relatively consistent over the last five years. The primary areas of emphasis include construction, Hispanic worker outreach, and youth outreach. The majority of Alliance signatories are trade associations, consulates of Mexico and other countries, professional associations, and unions. Figures 1 – 3 provide additional data on program participation, signatories, and emphasis areas.

Figure 1: Alliance Program Participants, FY 2003 – FY 2019

Figure 1: Alliance Program Participants, fiscal year 2003 through fiscal year 2019

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Figure 2: Distribution of Alliance Program Participants by Emphasis Area

Figure 2: Distribution of Alliance Program Participants by Emphasis Area

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Figure 3: Distribution of Alliance Program Participants by Organization Type

Figure 3: Distribution of Alliance Program Participants by Organization Type

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State Plans and OSHA’s On-Site Consultation programs are also signatories to a number of Regional and Area Office alliances. In addition, State Plans are encouraged to develop their own Alliance Programs and sign Alliance agreements. At least seven State Plans have adopted their own Alliance Programs, including: Arizona, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, and Oregon.

Alliance Program Impact in FY 2019

Each year, OSHA’s Alliances reach millions of employers and workers through activities that include dissemination of safety and health information, presentations at conferences and meetings, training, and other projects.

National Office Alliance Program Participants

The information provided below has been drawn from data provided by the national participants, and illustrates the combined reach and impact of the program in supporting OSHA outreach initiatives and areas of emphasis. Regional and Area Office data is gathered and presented separately.

Outreach and Communication

In FY 2019, OSHA’s national participants conducted more than 1,700 activities to disseminate information about safety and health initiatives, and resources from OSHA and other organizations. This was an increase from the approximately 1,500 dissemination activities in FY 2018 and 600 dissemination activities in FY 2017. These activities included posting OSHA information on participants’ websites, sending email blasts to members and other stakeholders, and distributing information through social media channels. These activities reached more than 9.5 million people2. In addition, Lamar Advertising Company provided billboard space to promote OSHA’s Fall Prevention Campaign and other outreach initiatives. These billboards were viewed by an estimated 19.3 million people.

The following chart shows national participant dissemination activities by OSHA’s areas of emphasis.

OSHA Emphasis Area Number of Dissemination Activities Number Reached
Construction 259 605,808
Fall Prevention 300 1,649,110
Hazard Communication/Chemicals 83 805,956
Heat Illness Prevention 41 696,647
Oil and Gas 18 65,573
Recordkeeping/Reporting 23 355,519
Safety and Health Programs 176 807,365
Safe and Sound Week 247 1,015,315
Silica 37 93,947
Small Business 65 269,496
Temporary Workers 40 1,075,163
Trenching 30 100,623
Young Workers 64 513,976

Support for Key OSHA Initiatives

The following are examples of activities conducted by OSHA’s national Alliance participants in support OSHA’s key initiatives.

  • Safe + Sound. National participants played a critical role in supporting OSHA’s Safe + Sound Campaign, and, in particular, Safe + Sound Week in August 2019.
  • Fall Prevention. National participants supported OSHA’s 2019 Fall Prevention Campaign and the National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. For example:
    • CWPR, NSC, and ASSP were partners, and worked with OSHA and NIOSH to plan the event.
    • In April 2019, the Scaffold & Access Industry Association worked with other organizations in the Houston area to host a Fall Prevention Safety Day.
    • Lamar Outdoor Advertising provided free billboards to promote the 2019 National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction.
    • NAWIC helped to promote the 2019 Stand-Down using a customized poster featuring female construction workers.
  • Young Workers. CareerSafe spearheaded the MySafeSummerJob Campaign. This social media campaign was conducted over five weeks in April and May to raise awareness among working teens, parents, and employers about workplace safety and health. NSC, AIHA, ASSP, CPWR, and BCSP supported the campaign.
  • Grain Handling. National Grain and Feed Association was a co-sponsor of the Stand-Up for Grain Safety Week in March 2019. NGFA held the kick-off event in Bloomington, Illinois.

Events and Training for Members and Public

National participants also conducted more than 250 events and training activities for the public in FY 2019, including exhibits and presentations. These events reached more than 28,000 people. For example, the American Staffing Association (ASA) hosted a webinar on OSHA’s temporary worker initiative bulletin on respirator protection.

Training for OSHA Staff

National participants also provided 21 training sessions for federal OSHA, state OSHA agencies, and On-Site Consultation programs, training 308 staff. For example:

Alliance Products and Review of OSHA Products

National participants developed 11 new Alliance products and updated two existing Alliance products. These products provide information to employers and workers on specific industries or hazards addressed by the Alliances.

The following are examples of products developed in FY 2019. For a complete listing, see the Alliance Program Participants Developed Products page.

National participants also provided subject matter experts to review OSHA products. For example, representatives from the Robotic Industries Association and NIOSH Alliance provided feedback on OSHA’s Robotics Safety and Health Topics Page. National STEPS Network and NIOSH Alliance participated in the workgroup that updated OSHA Oil and Gas Well Drilling and Servicing eTool modules. The American Staffing Association provided feedback on one of OSHA’s temporary worker initiative bulletins.

Regional and Area Office Alliance Program Participants

In FY 2019, OSHA field staff were involved in 985 Regional and Area Office Alliance participant outreach activities, which were attended by more than 115,000 employers and workers and impacted almost 1.4 million people.

The following table shows the number of Regional and Area Office participant activities in FY 2019, and the number of people reached by these activities3.

Region Number of Activities Number Attended Number Affected
1 181 29,478 210,016
2 10 2,246 14,730
3 141 6,111 188,000
4 40 8,957 150,156
5 140 24,672 130,044
6 264 25,610 525,886
7 61 7,395 17,532
8 123 9,505 144,532
9 5 564 2,610
10 20 1,004 9,642
Totals 985 115,542 1,393,148

The following table shows the number of Regional and Area Office Alliance activities broken out by OSHA areas of emphasis.

Region
Total Activities*
Construction
Fall Prevention
Hazard Communication
Heat Illness Prevention
Oil and Gas
Recordkeeping/Reporting
Safety and Health
Programs
Silica
Small Business
Temporary Workers
Trenching
Youth
1 181 89 122 39 18 2 23 26 32 98 13 24 36
2 10 3 11 3 3 - 3 2 2 6 1 1 6
3 141 68 62 29 21 10 33 9 25 38 13 7 50
4 40 18 11 6 4 - 3 6 7 14 1 3 6
5 140 54 89 19 13 3 20 22 22 78 7 28 28
6 264 138 138 76 68 30 52 16 31 88 24 28 9
7 61 25 77 25 29 1 11 21 12 40 13 19 31
8 123 36 86 37 7 8 26 28 20 87 9 27 4
9 5 - 1 - - - - - - 2 - - 1
10 20 9 9 1 2 - - - 1 4 2 1 4
Totals 985 440 606 235 165 54 171 130 152 455 83 138 175

* A single activity may cover more than one area of emphasis, and therefore may be counted in more than one area of emphasis column.

The following are examples of activities conducted by Regional and Area Office Alliance Program participants in FY 2019:

  • National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) of Texas. The Dallas and Fort Worth Area Offices have an Alliance with NUCA that focuses on the prevention of trench hazards for underground utility contractors and excavators. In September 2019, OSHA and NUCA co-sponsored a free live outdoor trench training event for 267 attendees. The training, provided in English and Spanish, featured seven stations that covered topics such as slopping and benching, trench boxes, and trenchless technology.
  • Consulate of Mexico in Kansas City. The Kansas City, Missouri Area Office Area has an Alliance with the Consulate of Mexico in Kansas City. Office representatives gave monthly presentations at the Consulate on topics including worker rights, fall protection, hazard communication, and heat stress.
  • Colorado Brewing Industry Alliance. OSHA Region 8 has an Alliance with several brewery associations. OSHA representatives have presented at industry conferences. An association provided training for OSHA’s Compliance Safety and Health Officers.
  • Safe + Sound Alliance. OSHA Region 2 signed an Alliance with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the New Jersey State Industrial Safety Committee to promote and support the Safe + Sound campaign.
Looking Ahead to FY 2020

In FY 2020, OSHA will continue to work with trade and professional organizations, labor organizations, businesses, educational institutions, and other government agencies through the Alliance Program to promote workplace safety and health. Working with participants, OSHA will identify opportunities to speak and exhibit about workplace safety and health issues and the Alliance Program. OSHA and participants will also continue to identify training opportunities.

OSHA plans to sign 20 new Alliances and renew Alliances with organizations that remain committed to working with OSHA to address occupational safety and health issues. In the coming year, OSHA will issue and begin implementing an updated Alliance Program Directive to create a program framework and administrative requirements that ensure sustainability and better align with relationship building, information sharing, and dissemination. OSHA will also work to more fully collect activity data and information from participants at all levels (National, Regional, and Area Office) and present it in a more cohesive format in FY 2020.

Participants will continue to support the Agency’s strategic goals through their expansive dissemination efforts and engagement in agency outreach initiatives. Participants will continue to raise awareness of and engage members in established national safety and health initiatives (OSHA’s Safe + Sound Campaign and Safe + Sound Week, Fall Prevention Campaign and the National Stand Down), as well as promote newer initiatives on trench safety, grain handling, and safe summer jobs for youth. OSHA will also continue to leverage participants’ expertise to enhance technical resources for staff, such as the OSHA Technical Manual, and compliance assistance tools for employers, workers, and the public, such as OSHA eTools, Safety and Health Topics pages, publications, and training courses.


1 Note that this figure does not represent 9.5 million different people. Multiple dissemination activities by an Alliance participant may reach the same group of people. For example, a particular Alliance may send two email blasts on different topics to its 500 stakeholders, which accounts for 1,000 people reached in our calculation.

2 Note that this figure does not represent 9.5 million different people. Multiple dissemination activities by an Alliance participant may reach the same group of people. For example, a particular Alliance may send two email blasts on different topics to its 500 stakeholders. This counts as 1,000 people reached in our calculation.

3 The numbers include only those Alliance activities in which an OSHA staff person was involved and reported in the OSHA Information System (OIS). There is a small percentage of Regional and Area Office Alliance activities that do not involve an OSHA staff person and are not reflected in these numbers.


2018

Alliance Logo

Annual Report on the
Alliance Program

October 1, 2017, to September 30, 2018

Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP)
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)

Table of Contents


  1. Executive Summary
  2. Alliance Program Purpose and Benefits
  3. Alliance Program Participants
  4. Alliance Program Goals
  5. Alliance Program Impact in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018
    1. National Office Alliance Program Participants
      1. Outreach and Communications
      2. Support for Key OSHA Initiatives
      3. Events and Training for Members and Public
      4. Training for OSHA Staff
      5. Alliance Products and Review of OSHA Products
    2. Regional and Area Office Alliances
  6. Looking Ahead to FY 2019
  1. Executive Summary

    OSHA's Alliance Program was created in 2002 to develop voluntary, collaborative working relationships with organizations that are committed to workplace safety and health. Each year, OSHA's Alliances reach millions of employers and workers, providing them with safety and health information, tools, and resources through newsletters, social media posts, presentations at conferences and meetings, training, and other projects. Alliance Program participants' activities are captured and shared with the public in individual annual reports that are available on OSHA's public website. This report compiles information, data, and examples from the individual annual reports for the 245 Alliances active during Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 to showcase the impact of the program as a whole.

    OSHA develops Alliances at the National, Regional, and Area Office levels, and all of the Alliance Program participants work collaboratively with the agency to improve workplaces and support OSHA's outreach and education mission. Alliances enable the agency to more effectively reach employers and workers in small, high-hazard, and other industries, which may not otherwise engage with the agency.

    Throughout FY 2018, National Alliance Program participants:

    • Conducted more than 1,500 activities to disseminate information about OSHA's safety and health initiatives and resources, reaching more than 8.9 million people,1 which represents a significant increase from FY 2017.
    • Provided billboard space to support a variety of outreach initiatives, including billboards to promote OSHA's fall prevention campaign that were viewed by an estimated 18.2 million people.
    • Conducted more than 200 training events and activities, including exhibits and presentations that reached more than 216,000 people.
    • Provided 22 technical training sessions for 335 representatives from federal OSHA, state OSHA agencies, and On-Site Consultation programs.

    OSHA's Regional and Area Office Alliances involved OSHA field staff in more than 900 outreach and training activities attended by more than 400,000 people. In addition, approximately 1.8 million employers and workers were impacted through these attendees.

    In FY 2019, OSHA will continue to work with Alliance Program participants to promote workplace safety and health, by signing an expected 20 new Alliances and renewing Alliances with existing organizations that remain committed to working with OSHA. The program will also continue to support the agency's strategic goals through varying communications portals, engagement of participants and their members in agency outreach initiatives, and coordination with organizations in industry sectors of interest to the agency. In the coming year, OSHA will also issue an updated Alliance Program Directive to create a program framework and administrative requirements that ensure sustainability and better align with relationship building, information sharing, and dissemination.

  2. Alliance Program Purpose and Benefits

    OSHA and Alliance Program participants (participants) work together to develop and share safety and health information, resources, and tools with workers and employers, and educate workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities. Participants also assist OSHA in building trust and establishing relationships with employers and workers that traditionally have been hard for the agency to reach, such as small employers. The agency and regulated community have seen positive results since the program's inception. Participants find the routine exchange with OSHA beneficial to their members, improving perception of the agency and willingness to interact with the agency at a local level. From the agency's stand point, Alliances have actively supported outreach campaigns (e.g., Fall Prevention, Heat Illness Prevention, and Safe + Sound Campaigns) and remain important intermediaries for OSHA and NIOSH, 2 as exemplified by the extended reach and resulting impact showcased in this report.

  3. Alliance Program Participants

    The Alliance Program is open to all groups that are committed to workplace safety and health, including trade and professional organizations, labor organizations, businesses, educational institutions, and other government agencies. Alliances are established by OSHA's National, Regional, and Area Offices. In FY 2018, OSHA worked with 245 Alliances, including 33 National Alliances and 212 Regional and Area Office Alliances. During FY 2018, 25 organizations signed new Alliances with OSHA, 47 organizations renewed their Alliances, and 15 organizations concluded their Alliances. This level of activity has remained relatively consistent over the last five years. The majority of Alliance signatories are trade associations, consulates of Mexico and other countries, professional associations, and unions. The primary areas of emphasis include construction, Hispanic worker outreach, and youth outreach. Figures 1 – 3 provide additional data on program participation, signatories, and emphasis areas.

    Figure 1: Alliance Program Participants, FY 2002 – FY 2018

    OSHA Alliances by Fiscal Year. From 2002 to 2018: Total: 12, 106, 242, 346, 390, 405, 432, 383, 327, 296, 301, 289, 264, 229, 237, 233, 245. Regional/Area Office: 3, 69, 175, 279, 321, 340, 367, 331, 286, 259, 265, 255, 230, 200, 207, 202, 212. National: 9, 37, 67, 67, 69, 65, 65, 52, 41, 37, 36, 34, 34, 29, 30, 31, 33.

    Figure 2: Current Distribution of Alliance Program Participants by Emphasis Area

    Alliances by Focus Area (as of Sep. 30, 2018). Construction: 117. Hispanic Workers: 67. Youth: 29. Small Business: 26. Chemicals: 22. Oil and Gas: 22. Healthcare: 22. Total Active Alliances: 245. The sum of the focus areas may not equal the total number of Alliances because Alliances can have multiple focus areas and some focus areas are not shown.

    Figure 3: Current Distribution of Alliance Program Participants by Organization Type

    Alliances by Signatory Type (as of Sep. 30, 201). Trade Associations: 75. Consulates: 37. Professional Societies: 29. Consultation Program: 28. Unions: 27. State OSHA: 20. Government Agency: 18. Community/Faith-Based: 6.  The sum of the signatory types may not equal the total number of Alliances because Alliances can have multiple signatory types and some signatories types are not shown.

    State Plans and OSHA's On-Site Consultation programs are also signatories to a number of Regional and Area Office alliances. In addition, State Plans are encouraged to develop their own Alliance Programs and sign Alliance agreements. At least seven State Plans have adopted their own Alliance Programs, including: Arizona, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, and Oregon.

  4. Alliance Program Goals

    An Alliance may focus on an entire industry or on specific hazards within an industry. OSHA and the participant define, implement, and meet a set of short- and long-term goals that fall into:

    • Outreach and Communication – e.g., speaking and exhibiting at conferences, promoting and encouraging members to participate in OSHA's outreach initiatives, and developing compliance assistance resources.
    • Training and Education – e.g., developing training curricula and materials, and delivering training and education programs to the public or OSHA staff.
  5. Alliance Program Impact in FY 2018

    Each year, OSHA's Alliances reach millions of employers and workers through activities that include dissemination of safety and health information, presentations at conferences and meetings, training, and other projects. This information is captured in an Annual Report for each Alliance, which is prepared by OSHA Alliance Coordinators in coordination with the participating organization(s). Annual reports for each National, Regional, and Area Office Alliance are shared with the public through OSHA's website.

    1. National Office Alliance Program Participants

      The information provided below has been drawn from data provided by the national participants, and illustrates the combined reach and impact of the program in supporting OSHA outreach initiatives and areas of emphasis. Regional and Area Office data is gathered and presented separately.

      1. Outreach and Communication

        In FY 2018, OSHA's national participants conducted more than 1,500 activities to disseminate information about safety and health initiatives, and resources from OSHA and other organizations. This was a significant increase from the approximately 600 dissemination activities in FY 2017. These activities included posting OSHA information on participants' websites, sending email blasts to members and other stakeholders, and distributing information through social media channels. These activities reached more than 8.9 million people. 3 In addition, Lamar Advertising Company provided billboard space to promote OSHA's Fall Prevention Campaign and other outreach initiatives. These billboards were viewed by an estimated 18.2 million people.

        The following chart shows national participant dissemination activities by OSHA's areas of emphasis.

        OSHA Emphasis Area Number of Dissemination Activities Number Reached
        Construction 191 1,015,367
        Fall Prevention 188 2,422,233
        Hazard Communication/Chemicals 76 55,122
        Heat Illness Prevention 42 1,261,471
        Oil and Gas 21 310,612
        Recordkeeping/Reporting 51 550,892
        Safety and Health Programs 32 197,591
        Safe and Sound Week 325 1,663,975
        Silica 88 806,692
        Small Business 57 742,705
        Temporary Workers 11 116,276
        Trenching 27 209,074
        Young Workers 6 294,767
      2. Support for Key OSHA Initiatives

        The following are examples of activities conducted by OSHA's national participants in support OSHA's key initiatives.

        • National participants played a critical role in supporting OSHA's Safe + Sound Campaign, and, in particular, Safe + Sound Week in August 2018.
          • American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), CWPR - The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), and National Safety Council (NSC) were co-sponsors and organizers of the campaign, helping to develop and plan it. These organizers, along with OSHA and NIOSH recruited partners, developed materials explaining safety and health programs and promoting Safe + Sound Week, held public webinars, and encouraged participation within their chapters and across the country.
          • Many of the partners helping to promote the campaign and week were current or former national participants.
          • National participants conducted 325 dissemination activities reaching more than 1.6 million people.
          • National participants developed 21 products, including facts sheets and a promotional video.
        • National participants supported OSHA's FY 2018 Fall Prevention Campaign and the National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. For example
          • CWPR, NSC, and ASSP were partners, and worked with OSHA and NIOSH to plan the event.
          • In April 2018, the Scaffold & Access Industry Association worked with other organizations in the Houston area to host a Fall Prevention Safety Day.
          • Lamar Outdoor Advertising provided free billboards to promote the FY 2018 National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction.
      3. Events and Training for Members and Public

        National participants also conducted more than 200 events and training activities for the public in FY 2018, including exhibits and presentations. These events reached more than 216,000 people.

        For example, the American Staffing Association (ASA) hosted a webinar on OSHA's temporary worker initiative bulletin on hazard communication, the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) held a webinar on OSHA's new recordkeeping/reporting requirements and the Injury Tracking Application, and the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) hosted webinars on grain handling safety and co-sponsored the National Grain Stand-Up.

      4. Training for OSHA Staff

        National participants also provided 22 training sessions in FY 2018 for federal OSHA, state OSHA agencies, and On-Site Consultation programs, training 335 staff. For example:

      5. Alliance Products and Review of OSHA Products

        National participants developed nine new Alliance products and updated five existing Alliance products. These products provide information to employers and workers on specific industries or hazards addressed by the Alliances. Alliance participants also developed 21 products in support of OSHA's Safe + Sound Campaign.

        The following are examples of products developed in FY 2018. For a complete listing, see the Alliance Program Participants Developed Products page.

        National participants also provided subject matter experts to review OSHA products. For example, representatives from the National STEPS Network and NIOSH Alliance participated in the workgroup that updated OSHA Oil and Gas Well Drilling and Servicing eTool modules. The American Staffing Association provided feedback on several of OSHA's temporary worker initiative bulletins.

    2. Regional and Area Office Alliance Program Participants

      In FY 2018, OSHA field staff were involved in almost 900 Regional and Area Office Alliance participant outreach activities, which were attended by almost 400,0000 employers and workers and impacted more than 1.8 million people.

      The following table shows the number of Regional and Area Office participant activities in FY 2018, and the number of people reached by these activities. 4

      Region

      Total Number of Alliances

      Number of Activities

      Number Attended

      Number Affected

      1

      43

      143

      67,385

      102,277

      2

      4

      9

      514

      5,510

      3

      20

      171

      19,783

      282,907

      4

      23

      45

      204,439

      295,628

      5

      24

      144

      73,698

      207,954

      6

      59

      253

      16,561

      538,610

      7

      10

      22

      5,521

      37,006

      8

      19

      98

      7,638

      323,608

      9

      4

      1

      300

      300

      10

      5

      8

      284

      21,750

      Totals

      211

      894

      396,123

      1,815,550

      The following table shows the number of Regional and Area Office Alliance activities broken out by OSHA areas of emphasis.

      Region
      Total Alliances
      Total Activities*
      Construction
      Ergonomics
      Fall Prevention
      Hazard Communication
      Heat Illness Prevention
      Oil and Gas
      Recordkeeping/Reporting
      Safety and Health Programs
      Silica
      Small Business
      Temporary Workers
      Trenching
      Youth

      1

      43

      143

      59

      16

      49

      38

      20

      2

      36

      30

      38

      82

      15

      6

      16

      2

      4

      9

      6

      -

      9

      1

      -

      -

      1

      1

      1

      -

      -

      -

      -

      3

      20

      171

      78

      15

      65

      40

      26

      19

      49

      39

      48

      73

      24

      15

      53

      4

      23

      45

      19

      5

      17

      5

      9

      -

      9

      10

      18

      16

      6

      1

      2

      5

      24

      144

      70

      9

      50

      27

      13

      6

      29

      38

      34

      61

      16

      17

      19

      6

      59

      253

      123

      5

      126

      53

      73

      41

      43

      52

      37

      106

      16

      14

      2

      7

      10

      22

      6

      2

      5

      4

      5

      -

      5

      4

      1

      6

      2

       

      -

      8

      19

      98

      22

      7

      24

      33

      12

      16

      35

      46

      22

      59

      14

      13

      1

      9

      4

      1

      -

      -

      -

      -

      1

      -

      1

      -

      -

      1

      -

      -

      -

      10

      5

      8

      3

      -

      3

      -

      1

      -

      -

      1

      -

      1

      1

      -

      1

      Totals

      211

      894

      386

      59

      348

      201

      160

      84

      208

      221

      199

      405

      94

      67

      94

      * A single activity may cover more than one area of emphasis, and therefore may be counted in more than one area of emphasis column.

      The following are examples of activities conducted by Regional and Area Office Alliance Program participants in FY 2018:

      • National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) of Texas. The Dallas and Fort Worth Area Offices have an Alliance with NUCA that focuses on the prevention of trench hazards for underground utility contractors and excavators. On Nov. 17, 2017, OSHA and NUCA co-sponsored a free four-hour Live Outdoor Trench Training event for more than 250 attendees.
      • Georgia Struck-By Alliance. The Georgia Area Offices have an Alliance with a variety of state agencies, associations, and other organizations to protect workers from struck-by and work zone hazards. The Alliance has sponsored annual safety stand-downs in conjunction with Roadway Work Zone Awareness Week. In 2018, stand-downs were held at 442 jobsites in Georgia, reaching 22,830 workers.
      • Mountain States Energy Alliance. The Denver Area Office has an Alliance with the Mountain States Energy Alliance to reduce exposure to hazards in the oil and gas industry. In May 2018, the Denver Area Office gave a presentation on silica to oil and gas employers.
      • Erie Institute of Technology (EIT). The Erie, Pennsylvania Area Office has an Alliance with EIT to reduce the exposure of young workers to safety and health hazards. In support of this Alliance, the CAS gave a series of "Introduction to OSHA" presentations for EIT students and staff.
  6. Looking Ahead to FY 2019

    In FY 2019, OSHA will continue to work with trade and professional organizations, labor organizations, businesses, educational institutions, and other government agencies through the Alliance Program to promote workplace safety and health. Working with participants, OSHA will identify opportunities to speak and exhibit about workplace safety and health issues and the Alliance Program. OSHA and participants will also continue to identify training opportunities.

    OSHA plans to sign 20 new Alliances and renew Alliances with organizations that remain committed to working with OSHA to address occupational safety and health issues. In the coming year, OSHA will issue and begin implementing an updated Alliance Program Directive to create a program framework and administrative requirements that ensure sustainability and better align with relationship building, information sharing, and dissemination. OSHA will also work to more fully collect activity data and information from participants at all levels (National, Regional, and Area Office) and present it in a more cohesive format in FY 2019.

    Participants will continue to support the Agency's strategic goals through their expansive dissemination efforts and engagement in agency outreach initiatives. Participants will continue to raise awareness of and engage members in established national safety and health initiatives (OSHA's Safe + Sound Campaign and Safe + Sound Week, Fall Prevention Campaign and the National Stand Down), as well as promote newer initiatives on trench safety, grain handling, and safe summer jobs for youth. OSHA will also continue to leverage participants' expertise to enhance technical resources for staff, such as the OSHA Technical Manual, and compliance assistance tools for employers, workers, and the public, such as OSHA eTools, Safety and Health Topics pages, publications, and training courses.


1 Note that this figure does not represent 8.9 different people. Multiple dissemination activities by an Alliance participant may reach the same group of people. For example, a particular Alliance may send two email blasts on different topics to its 500 stakeholders, which accounts for 1,000 people reached in our calculation.

2 Okun AH, Watkins JP, Schulte PA. Trade associations and labor organizations as intermediaries for disseminating workplace safety and health information. Am J Ind Med. 2017;60:766–775. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajim.22746

3 Note that this figure does not represent 8.9 million different people. Multiple dissemination activities by an Alliance participant may reach the same group of people. For example, a particular Alliance may send two email blasts on different topics to its 500 stakeholders. This counts at 1,000 people reached in our calculation.

4 The numbers include only those Alliance activities in which an OSHA staff person was involved and reported in the OSHA Information System (OIS). There is a small percentage of Regional and Area Office Alliance activities that do not involve an OSHA staff person and are not reflected in these numbers.

2017

OSHA Alliance logo

Annual Report on the
Alliance Program

October 1, 2016, to September 30, 2017

Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP)
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)

Table of Contents


  1. Executive Summary
  2. Alliance Program Purpose and Benefits
  3. Alliance Program Participants
  4. Alliance Program Goals
  5. Alliance Program Impact in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017
    1. National Office Alliance Program Participants
      1. Outreach and Communications
      2. Support for Key OSHA Initiatives
      3. Training
      4. Other Projects: Alliance Products and Review of OSHA Products
    2. Regional and Area Office Alliances
  6. Looking Ahead to FY 2018
  1. Executive Summary

    OSHA's Alliance Program was created in 2002 to develop voluntary, collaborative working relationships with organizations that are committed to workplace safety and health. Each year, OSHA's Alliances reach millions of employers and workers, providing them with safety and health information, tools, and resources through newsletters, social media posts, presentations at conferences and meetings, training, and other projects. Alliance Program participants' activities are captured and shared with the public in individual annual reports that are available on OSHA's public website. This report compiles information, data, and examples from the individual Annual Reports for the 234 Alliances active during Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 to showcase the impact of the program as a whole.

    OSHA develops Alliances at the National, Regional, and Area Office levels, and all of the Alliance Program participants work collaboratively with the agency to improve workplaces and support OSHA's outreach and education mission. Alliances enable the agency to more effectively reach employers and workers in small, high-hazard, and other industries, which may not otherwise engage with the agency.

    Throughout FY 2017, National Alliance Program participants:

    • Conducted more than 600 activities to disseminate information about OSHA's safety and health initiatives and resources, reaching more than 5.9 million people.1
    • Provided space to support a variety of outreach initiatives through billboards, which promoted OSHA's fall prevention campaign and were viewed by an estimated 17.5 million people.
    • Conducted more than 130 events, including exhibits and presentations, and reached more than 118,000 people.
    • Provided 60 training activities for employers and workers, which reached more than 100,000 people.
    • Provided 32 technical training sessions for 573 representatives from federal OSHA, state OSHA agencies, and On-Site Consultation programs.

    OSHA's Regional and Area Office Alliances involved OSHA field staff in more than 700 outreach and training activities attended by more than 275,000 people, with an estimated additional outreach to 2 million employers and workers.

    In FY 2018, OSHA will continue to work with Alliance Program participants to promote workplace safety and health, by signing 16 new Alliances and renewing Alliances with existing organizations that remain committed to working with OSHA. The Program will also continue to support the Agency's strategic goals through varying communications portals and engagement of members in agency outreach initiatives. In the coming year, OSHA will also review the Alliance Program Directive to identify areas of the program that can be enhanced.

  2. Alliance Program Purpose and Benefits

    OSHA and Alliance Program participants (participants) work together to develop and share safety and health information, resources, and tools with workers and employers, and educate workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities. Participants also assist OSHA to build trust and establish relationships with employers and workers that traditionally have been hard for the agency to reach, such as small employers.

    The agency and regulated community have seen positive results since the program's inception. Participants find the routine exchange with OSHA beneficial, improving members' perception of the agency and their willingness to interact with the agency at a local level. From the agency's stand point, Alliances have actively supported outreach campaigns (e.g., Fall Prevention, Heat Illness Prevention, and Safe + Sound Campaigns) and enabled OSHA to reach employers and workers with whom the agency might not traditionally interact. A recent National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) study 2 underscores this point, concluding that business and professional trade associations, and labor organizations are important intermediaries for OSHA and NIOSH in transferring workplace safety and health information to their members. OSHA's own experience during the Safe + Sound Week 2017 illustrated this conclusion. With agency partners, many of which were Alliances, OSHA reached roughly 1.2 million followers through Twitter, far more than OSHA alone (roughly 6,000) could reach.

  3. Alliance Program Participants

    The Alliance Program is open to all groups that are committed to workplace safety and health, including trade and professional organizations, labor organizations, businesses, educational institutions, and other government agencies. Alliances are established by OSHA's National, Regional, and Area Offices. In FY 2017, OSHA worked with 234 Alliances, including 34 National Alliances, and 200 Regional and Area Office Alliances. During FY 2017, 14 organizations signed new Alliances with OSHA, 50 organizations renewed their Alliances, and nine organizations concluded their Alliances. This level of activity is representative and has remained relatively consistent over the last four years. The majority of Alliance signatories are trade associations, consulates, professional associations, and unions. The primary areas of emphasis include construction, Hispanic worker outreach, and youth outreach. Figures 1 – 3 provide additional data on program participation, signatories, and emphasis areas.

    Figure 1: Alliance Program Participants, FY 2002 – FY 2017

    OSHA Alliances by Fiscal year (as of Dec. 31, 2017). From 2002 to 2018: Total: 12, 106, 242, 346, 390, 405, 4321, 383, 327, 296, 301, 289, 264, 229, 237, 233, 234. Regional/Area Office: 3, 69, 175, 279, 321, 340, 367, 331, 286, 259, 265, 255, 230, 200, 207, 202, 200. National: 9, 37, 67, 67, 69, 65, 65, 52, 41, 37, 36, 34, 34, 29, 30, 31, 34.

    Figure 2: Current Distribution of Alliance Program Participants by Emphasis Area

    OSHA Alliances by Focus Area (as of Dec. 31, 2017). Construction: 114. Hispanic Workers: 73. Youth: 32. Chemicals: 25. Small Busines: 23. Temporary Workers: 22. Oil and Gas: 20. Ergonomics: 19. Healthcare: 18. Total Active Alliances = 234. The sum of the focus areas may not equal the total number of Alliances because Alliances can have multiple focus areas and some focus areas are not shown.

    Figure 3: Current Distribution of Alliance Program Participants by Organization Type

    OSHA Alliances by Signatory Type (as of Dec. 31, 2017). Trade Associations: 70. Consulates: 42. Professional Societies: 27. Unions: 24. Consultation Program: 24. Government Agency: 17. State OSHA: 13. Community/Faith-Based: 5. Total Active Alliances: 234. The sum of the signatory types may not equal the total number of Alliances because Alliances can have multiple signatory types and some signatories types are not shown.

    State Plans and OSHA's On-Site Consultation programs are also signatories to a number of Regional and Area Office alliances. In addition, State Plans are encouraged to develop their own Alliance Programs and sign Alliance agreements. At least seven State Plans have adopted their own Alliance Programs, including: Arizona, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, and Oregon.

  4. Alliance Program Goals

    An Alliance may focus on an entire industry or on specific hazards within an industry. OSHA and the participating organizations define, implement, and meet a set of short- and long-term goals that fall into:

    • Outreach and Communication – e.g., speaking and exhibiting at conferences, promoting and encouraging members to participate in OSHA's outreach initiatives, and developing compliance assistance resources.
    • Training and Education – e.g., developing training curricula and materials, and delivering training and education programs to the public or OSHA staff.
  5. Alliance Program Impact in FY 2017

    Each year, OSHA's Alliances reach millions of employers and workers, and many OSHA staff through activities that include dissemination of safety and health information, presentations at conferences and meetings, training, and other projects. This information is captured in an Annual Report for each Alliance, which is prepared by OSHA Alliance Coordinators, in coordination with the participating organization(s). Annual Reports for each National, Regional, and Area Office Alliance are shared with the public through OSHA's website.

    1. National Office Alliance Program Participants

      The information provided below has been drawn from data provided by the national participants, and illustrates the combined reach and impact of the program in supporting OSHA outreach initiatives and areas of emphasis. Regional and Area Office data is gathered and presented separately.

      1. Outreach and Communication

        In FY 2017, OSHA's national participants conducted more than 600 activities to disseminate information about safety and health initiatives, and resources from OSHA and other organizations. These activities included posting OSHA information on their websites, sending email blasts to their stakeholders, and distributing information through their social media channels. These activities reached more than 5.9 million people. 3 In addition, Lamar Advertising Company provided billboard space to promote OSHA's Fall Prevention Campaign. These billboards were viewed by an estimated 17.5 million people.

        The following chart shows national participant dissemination activities by OSHA's areas of emphasis.

        OSHA Emphasis Area Number of Dissemination Activities Number Reached
        Construction 87 1,044,303
        Ergonomics 12 264,295
        Fall Prevention 70 976,302
        Hazard Communication/Chemicals 48 28,497
        Heat Illness Prevention 47 378,412
        Oil and Gas 32 454,459
        Recordkeeping/Reporting 55 1,138,260
        Safety and Health Programs, Safe and Sound Week 107 585,838
        Silica 39 511,868
        Small Business 15 88,089
        Temporary Workers 12 1,247,194
        Walking-Working Surfaces 16 76,629
        Young Workers 4 39,062

        National participants also conducted more than 130 events in FY 2017, including exhibits and presentations. These events reached more than 118,000 people.

      2. Support for Key OSHA Initiatives

        The following are examples of activities conducted by OSHA's national participants in support OSHA's key initiatives.

      3. Training

        National participants provide free training to workers, employers, and other stakeholders. In FY 2017, national participants conducted 60 training events for more than 100,000 participants. For example, the Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR) provided a free online course on Absorbed Glass Mat Battery Handling and Safety. The course was developed through the Alliance and provided to 298 attendees. The American Staffing Association (ASA) held three webinars for more than 1,300 attendees on OSHA's temporary worker initiative bulletins.

        National participants also provided 32 training sessions in FY 2017 for federal OSHA, state OSHA agencies, and On-Site Consultation programs, training 573 staff. For example:

      4. Other Projects: Alliance Products and Review of OSHA Products

        National participants developed 29 new Alliance products and updated 17 existing Alliance products. These products, which include fact sheets, toolbox talks, and videos, provide information to employers and workers on specific industries or hazards addressed by the Alliances.

        The following are examples of products developed in FY 2017. For a complete listing, see the Alliance Program Participants Developed Products page.

        National participants also provided subject matter experts to review OSHA products. For example, the National STEPS Network and NIOSH Alliance participated in the workgroup that developed a new Transportation module for the OSHA Oil and Gas Well Drilling and Servicing eTool.

    2. Regional and Area Office Alliance Program Participants

      In FY 2017, OSHA field staff were involved in more than 700 Regional and Area Office participant outreach activities, which were attended by more than 275,000 employers and workers. OSHA estimates that almost two million people were potentially impacted by these activities.

      The following table shows the number of Regional and Area Office participant activities in FY 2017, and the number of people reached by these activities.4

      Region

      Total Number of Alliances

      Number of Activities

      Number Attended

      Number Affected

      1

      40

      100

      25,658

      47,589

      2

      3

      7

      3,229

      6729

      3

      19

      122

      21,093

      370,729

      4

      27

      37

      2,409

      292,713

      5

      20

      143

      97,624

      228,209

      6

      53

      239

      112,206

      893,713

      7

      8

      21

      953

      32,059

      8

      14

      58

      6,183

      83,993

      9

      4

      1

      70

      500

      10

      12

      13

      5749

      6730

      Totals

      200

      741

      275,174

      1,962,964

      The following table shows the number of Regional and Area Office Alliance activities broken out by OSHA areas of emphasis.

      Region
      Total Alliances
      Total Activities*
      Construction
      Ergonomics
      Fall Prevention
      Hazard Communication
      Heat Illness Prevention
      Oil and Gas
      Reporting
      Safety and Health Programs
      Silica
      Small Business
      Temporary Workers
      Walking-Working Surfaces
      Youth

      1

      40

      100

      8

      13

      33

      25

      11

       

      34

      22

      36

      55

      18

      11

      20

      2

      3

      7

       

      1

      7

      3

      3

       

      4

      3

      4

      3

      3

      1

      6

      3

      19

      122

      11

      2

      44

      22

      17

      12

      39

      25

      27

      59

      19

      23

      59

      4

      26

      37

      2

      2

      20

      3

      8

       

      5

      6

      10

      9

      5

      1

      2

      5

      20

      143

      7

      11

      59

      35

      22

      6

      44

      55

      32

      68

      25

      15

      30

      6

      53

      239

      25

      1

      102

      40

      79

      43

      55

      84

      34

      94

      50

      18

      10

      7

      8

      21

       

      4

      2

      3

      4

       

      4

      7

      1

      8

      2

      4

      4

      8

      14

      58

      3

      8

      9

      13

      5

      13

      33

      24

      16

      31

      9

      16

      5

      9

      4

      1

                               

      10

      12

      13

      2

       

      6

      2

      1

       

      1

      3

      3

      2

      1

      2

      2

      Totals

      200

      741

      58

      42

      282

      146

      150

      74

      219

      229

      163

      329

      132

      91

      138

      * A single activity may cover more than one area of emphasis, and therefore may be counted in more than one area of emphasis column.

      The following are examples of activities conducted by OSHA Regional and Area Office participants in FY 2017:

      • Georgia Struck-By Alliance. The Georgia Area Offices have an Alliance with a variety of state agencies, associations, and other organizations to protect workers from struck-by and work zone hazards. The Alliance has sponsored annual safety stand-downs in conjunction with Roadway Work Zone Awareness Week. In 2017, stand-downs were held at 411 jobsites in Georgia, reaching 23,354 workers.
      • Buckeye Service, Transmission, Exploration, Production Safety (STEPS) Network. Through its Alliance with the Buckeye STEPS Network, the Columbus, Ohio Area Office regularly provides presentations to members of this organization. For example, a Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS) provided an OSHA update at a Buckeye STEPS meeting in June 2017 on topics including Safe + Sound Week, the National Trench Stand-Down, recordkeeping, the OSHA Oil and Gas eTool, and heat illness prevention.
      • National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) of Texas. The Dallas and Fort Worth Area Offices have an Alliance with NUCA that focuses on the prevention of trench hazards for underground utility contractors and excavators. Since signing the Alliance in 2015, participants have provided annual free outdoor trench training in English and Spanish. More than 210 attended the 2017 event.
      • T&T Staff Management. The El Paso, Texas Area Office has an Alliance with T&T Staff Management, a temporary staffing agency, which held an event for 175 people in 2017 to support the OSHA National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. An OSHA CAS gave a presentation at the event.
  6. Looking Ahead to FY 2018

    In FY 2018, OSHA will continue to work with trade associations, professional organizations, governmental entities, businesses, and academia through the Alliance Program to promote workplace safety and health. Working with participants, OSHA will identify opportunities to speak and exhibit about the program and workplace safety and health issues. OSHA and Program participants will also continue to identify training opportunities.

    OSHA plans to sign 16 new Alliances and renew Alliances with organizations that remain committed to working with OSHA to address occupational safety and health issues. In the coming year, OSHA will also review the Alliance Program Directive to identify areas of the program that can be enhanced, and will work to more fully integrate participant activity data and information collected at all levels (National, Regional, and Area Office) to present it in a more cohesive format in FY 2018.

    The Alliance Program participants will also continue to support the Agency's strategic goals through their expansive dissemination effort, and engagement of members in agency outreach initiatives. Alliance Program partners provided significant support for OSHA's Safe + Sound Campaign and inaugural Safe + Sound Week in FY 2017, and this effort continues to grow in FY 2018. OSHA will introduce several additional outreach initiatives in FY 2018, including a focus on both trenching and grain handling. These efforts will be supported by key Alliance Program participants and other stakeholders. OSHA will also continue to leverage Alliance Program participants' expertise to enhance compliance assistance tools and provide input on OSHA eTools, Safety and Health Topics pages, publications, and training courses.


1 Note that this figure does not represent 5.9 different people. Multiple dissemination activities by an Alliance participant may reach the same group of people. For example, a particular Alliance may send two email blasts on different topics to its 500 stakeholders, which accounts for 1,000 people reached in our calculation.

2 Okun AH, Watkins JP, Schulte PA. Trade associations and labor organizations as intermediaries for disseminating workplace safety and health information. Am J Ind Med. 2017;60:766–775. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajim.22746

3 Note that this figure does not represent 5.9 million different people. Multiple dissemination activities by an Alliance participant may reach the same group of people. For example, a particular Alliance may send two email blasts on different topics to its 500 stakeholders. This counts at 1,000 people reached in our calculation.

4 The numbers include only those Alliance activities in which an OSHA staff person was involved and reported in the OSHA Information System (OIS). There is a small percentage of Regional and Area Office Alliance activities that do not involve an OSHA staff person and are not reflected in these numbers.

2016

Each year, OSHA’s National Alliances reach millions of employers and workers, and many OSHA staff through activities that include dissemination of safety and health information, presentations at conferences and meetings, and training. During the most recent reporting cycle, collectively, OSHA’s National Alliances reached over 1 million employers and workers with information about OSHA’s outreach initiatives, enforcement and rulemaking activities, and new publications and resources. OSHA and its Alliance partners also worked together to provide information to over 7500 attendees at almost 30 meetings and conferences. In addition, Alliance partners provided important technical training to OSHA staff through 26 training seminars that reached almost 600 OSHA staff members.

The following highlights these and other activities of OSHA’s National Alliances in FY 2016. For successes by Regional and Area Office Alliances, see the Regional and State Plan Alliance Success Stories page.

Products

Through the Alliance Program, national Alliance participants developed 25 new products and updated 6 others. These products, which include fact sheets, toolbox talks, and videos, provide information to employers and workers on specific industries or hazards addressed by the Alliances. Alliance participants also translated two products into Spanish. The following are examples of products developed in FY 2016. For a complete listing, see the Alliance Program Participants Developed Products page.

 
Training for OSHA Staff

Through the Alliance Program, national Alliance participants provided 21 free training sessions in FY 2016 for 293 representatives from federal OSHA, state OSHA agencies, and On-site Consultation programs. For example:

Other Training

Alliance participants also provide free training to workers, employers, and others. For example:

Support for Key OSHA Initiatives

In addition to developing products and providing training, OSHA’s national Alliances took other measures to support OSHA’s key initiatives. For example:

2015

The following highlights some of the successes of OSHA’s national Alliances in FY 2015. For successes by Regional and Area Office Alliances, see the Regional and State Plan State Success Stories page.

Products

Through the Alliance Program, national Alliance participants develop 39 products such as fact sheets, toolbox talks, and videos to provide information to employers and workers on specific industries or hazards covered by the Alliances. Alliance participants also translated 10 products into Spanish. The following are examples of products developed in FY 2015. For a complete listing, see the Alliance Program Participants Developed Products page.

Training for OSHA Staff

Through the Alliance Program, national Alliance participants provide 15 free training sessions in FY 2015 for 242 representatives from federal OSHA, state OSHA agencies, and On-site Consultation programs. For example:

  • Altec Industries, Inc.. Continued its series of free best practice seminars on the safe operation of various types of equipment. On March 24, 2015, Altec provided mobile crane training for OSHA Region 6. On June 10-11, 2015, Altec provided training on mobile cranes, insulated aerial devices, and digger derricks for OSHA national office and Maryland OSHA staff. On August 4-5, 2015, Altec provided mobile crane training for OSHA national office and Maryland OSHA staff.
  • Fertilizer Safety and Health Partners. Provided Responsible Ag training and a facility tour on July 30, 2015 for participants from federal OSHA, state OSHA agencies, and other federal agencies. Training focused on safe storage and handling of fertilizers (and regulatory compliance) at agricultural retail facilities.
  • Laser Safety Institute (LIA). Continued its series of free best practice seminars on laser safety. LIA provided training for OSHA Region 4 on May 21, 2015, and for OSHA Region 9 on October 24, 2014 and March 11, 2015.
  • Industrial Truck Association (ITA). Continued it series of free best practice seminars on forklift safety. On May 13, 2015, ITA conducted a seminar in York, Pennsylvania for OSHA Region 3. ITA conducted a seminar in Nashville, Tennessee for OSHA Region 4 on August 12 and August 13, 2015.
Other Training

Alliance participants also provide free training to workers, employers, and others. For example:

  • Society for Chemical Hazard Communication. Hosted a webinar on September 9, 2015 on "Hazard Communication 2012: Inspection Procedures for the Hazard Communication Standard: CPL 02-02-079." More than 2,000 people viewed the webinar. The transcript is available on the SCHC Web page.
Support for Key OSHA Initiatives

In addition to developing products and providing training, OSHA’s national Alliances took other measures to support OSHA’s key initiatives. For example:

  • Airline Ground Safety Panel (AGSP) developed a heat stress toolbox talk.
  • American Staffing Association. Provided feedback on two new OSHA temporary worker bulletins (personal protective equipment, whistleblower protection) and promoted them on its Web site and publications.
  • Lamar Outdoor Advertising. Supported OSHA’s 2015 fall prevention campaign with 20 print billboards reaching almost 1 million views and 13 additional digital boards. Lamar also provided Kentucky with 7 billboards with an estimated 220,000 views.
  • National Association of Landscape Professionals. Promoted OSHA’s heat app in its newsletters and other publications to support OSHA’s heat illness prevention campaign.
  • National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE). Disseminated OSHA’s "Guide to Restroom Access for Transgender Workers" through its Facebook page, blog, and other channels. The Facebook post received 55,000 impressions, nearly 1,000 "Likes", 450 shares, and 206 comments and the blog had 2,700 hits.