ASSP - Alliance Annual Report - August 25, 2015

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)
August 25, 2015

  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed

      December 4, 2002

    2. Dates Renewed

      • June 8, 2004
      • June 12, 2006
      • June 10, 2008
      • March 16, 2012
      • June 9, 2015
    3. Evaluation Period

      • June 10, 2014 to June 10, 2015
    4. Overview

      Through the Alliance, the organizations will identify areas of emphasis for Alliance awareness, outreach, and communication activities. The Alliance will also explore and implement selected options to evaluate the effectiveness of the Alliance and measure the impact of its overall effort on improving workplace safety for employers and workers. In renewing this Alliance, OSHA and the ASSE recognize that OSHA's State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort, and that information about the products and activities of the Alliance may be shared with these partners for the advancement of common goals.

    5. Implementation Team Members


      • Ethel Moreno - Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA), Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP)
      • Damon Bonneau - Office of Construction Services (OCS), Directorate of Construction (DOC)
      • Danezza Quintero - OCS, DOC
      • Russell Jones - Office of Small Business Assistance (OSBA), DCSP
      • Meghan P. Smith – Directorate of Whistleblower Protection Programs (DWPP)


      • David Heidorn - Government Affairs and Policy
  2. Implementation Team Meetings
    • June 24, 2014
    • October 17, 2014

    In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from both groups maintained regular contact throughout the reporting period to monitor the Alliance’s progress and results. Specifically, Ethel communicated with various members of the ASSE to discuss the Alliance renewal, NAOSH Week, and collection of OSHA proposals for ASSE’s Safety Professional Development Conference & Exposition among other projects.

  3. Results

    The following table summarizes the Alliance's activities in support of the goals in the Alliance agreement.

    Raising Awareness of OSHA’s Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives: To share information on OSHA's National Emphasis Programs, National Outreach Campaigns, Regulatory Agenda, occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers

    Activity Type

    Activity Name/Summary

    OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported

    Number Reached

    Dissemination July 17, 2014 ASSE Government Affairs Update

    ASSE published 3 articles entitled:
    • OSHA Launches Online Video Game for Identifying Workplace Hazards
    • OSHA Delays Electric Rule Compliance Date by Nearly Four Months
    • ASSE on the June Fall Protection Stand-Down
    Other/ Falls 2014 E-mailed to 12,500 members
    Dissemination August 8, 2014 ASSE Government Affairs Update

    ASSE published 4 articles entitled:
    • ASSE Participates in OSHA Stakeholder Meeting on Emergency Response and Preparedness
    • Rulemaking Process on OSHA Infectious Disease Standard Moves Forward
    • OSHA Issues Directive on Communication Tower Safety
    • OSHA Makes Available Policy Background on Temp Worker Initiative
    Health Care/
    Temporary Workers/
    E-mailed to 12,500 members
    Dissemination September 9, 2014 ASSE Government Affairs Update

    ASSE published 3 articles entitled:
    • OSHA's New Recordkeeping Rules Summarized
    • 2013 BLS Preliminary Fatality Numbers Show Overall Improvement but More Deaths Among Latino Workers and Contractors
    • Tales from DC: Latest SBA OSHA and MSHA Roundtable
    Other/Hispanic & Latino Workers E-mailed to 12,500 members
    Dissemination January 12, 2015 ASSE Government Affairs Update

    ASSE published 4 articles entitled:
    • OSHA Updates Recordkeeping Rule – Changes Took Effect January 1
    • OSHA Looking for Some New Ideas on PELs in All-Encompassing RFI
    • Sign Up for OSHA QuickTakes
    • OSHA Extends Deadline for Crane Certification to November 2017
    Other E-mailed to 12,500 members
    Dissemination March 4, 2015 ASSE Government Affairs Update

    ASSE published 10 articles entitled:
    • OSHA Rejects Arizona State Plan’s Approach to Residential Fall Protection
    • 2nd Annual Fall Protection Stand-Down Bigger and Longer
    • OSHA Takes On the Costs to Workers of Workplace Injuries
    • OSHA and NIOSH Issue Silica Hazard Alert
    • OSHA’s 2015 Regulatory Plans Signaled in Budget Justification
    • Obama Administration Pushes Increased OSHA Enforcement in FY 2016 Budget Proposal
    • OSHA Looking for Feedback on Improving Rules
    • OSHA Announces Special Meeting ACCSH Meeting to Consider Crane Operator Revised Rule
    • Tales from DC: Latest SBA OSHA/MSHA Roundtable
    • OSHA Issues Memo on Enforcing GHS
    Falls/Other E-mailed to 12,500 members
    Dissemination April 17, 2015 ASSE Government Affairs Update

    ASSE published 10 articles entitled:
    • ASSE Supports OSHA’s Eye and Face Standard Update
    • OSHA Extends PELS Comment Period to October 9
    • OSHA Seeks Comments on Protecting Communication Tower Workers
    • OSHA’s Looking for Nominations to FACOSH
    • OSHA Issues New Guidelines for Health and Social Service Workers
    • Construction Industry Coalition Counters OSHA’s Silica Costs
    • Annual ASSE-AIHA Local Member OSHA Update at DOL
    • OSHA Final Rule on Handling Sarbanes-Oxley Retaliation Complaints
    • OSHA Announces Availability of $3.5 Million for Harwood Grants
    • New Compliance Assistance Resources from OSHA
    Other E-mailed to 12,500 members
    Dissemination June 4, 2015 ASSE Government Affairs Update

    ASSE published 6 articles entitled:
    • OSHA’s Confined Spaces in Construction Final Rule, Plus Summary
    • BLS Releases Final 2013 Fatality Numbers
    • OSHA and NIOSH Offer Respiratory Protection Toolkit for Hospital Workers
    • Benefits of Mandatory OSHA 10 Hour Training
    • Tales from DC: Latest SBA OSHA/MSHA Roundtable
    • Tales from DC: OSHA Whistleblower Advisory Committee
    Construction/Other E-mailed to 12,500 members
    Dissemination Informed ASSE members and others about the updates to the OSHA reporting requirements
    • September 26, 2014 posted article on ASSE webpage “OSHA’s New Recordkeeping Rules Summarized”
    • Included articles in the September 9, 2014 and January 12, 2015 Government Affairs Report
    Other Not Available
    Dissemination Promoted the 2015 National Stand Down to Prevent Falls in Construction
    • Posted a tweet on May 4, 2015 promoting the Fall Stand-Down
    • ASSE posted information on the Fall Stand- Down in “Society Update” to its members
    • Included article on the Fall Stand-Down in the March 4, 2015 Government Affairs Report
    Falls/Construction Not Available
    Outreach and Communication: To speak, exhibit, appear, or participate in OSHA or ASSE forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on general industry, construction safety, temporary workers, or other areas of emphasis identified by the Alliance participants.

    Activity Type

    Activity Name/Summary

    OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported

    Number Reached

    Other ASSE Alliance Renewal at the 2015 ASSE Safety PDC & Expo – Dallas, TX – June 7-10

    Dr. Michaels participated in a plenary session on issues affecting occupational safety & health professionals and how to address these issues. After the plenary session, the ASSE President joined Dr. Michaels on stage for the renewal.
    Other Not Available
    Speech/Presentation OSHA Presenters at the 2015 ASSE Safety PDC & Expo – Dallas, TX – June 7-10.

    During the 2015 ASSE PDC the following OSHA staff presented and developed these sessions:

    Plenary session hosted by Dr. Michaels on issues affecting occupational safety and health
    Dr. Michaels, Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA

    OSHA’s Hazard Communication Revised Compliance Directive- an Enforcement Overview
    Sven Rundman, DEP, USDOL-OSHA

    Workplace Violence an Ongoing Risk for Behavioral Health Employees
    Akhira Saunders, Region III, USDOL-OSHA
    Sven Rundman, DEP, USDOL-OSHA

    Updates to OSHA's PSM Retail Exemption and Appendix A Covered Concentrations
    Jim R. Lay, DEP, USDOL-OSHA
    Michael Marshall, DEP, USDOL-OSHA

    OSHA Construction Update, Standards, Enforcement and Outreach Initiatives
    Jim Maddux, DOC, USDOL-OSHA

    OSHA Activities in the Oil Patch
    Michael Marshall, DEP, USDOL-OSHA

    Combustible Dust - What You Need to Know About It
    Henry Rust, Region IV, USDOL-OSHA
    Matthew Chibbaro, USDOL-OSHA

    Permanent and Temporary Workers' Exposure to PSM, Machine Guarding, and Health Hazards within the Food Production Industry
    Robin Bennett, Region IV, USDOL-OSHA
    Maria Martinez, Region IV, USDOL-OSHA
    Multiple Not Available
    Exhibit Region VI staffed an exhibit booth and disseminated publications on the following topics at the 2015 ASSE Safety PDC & Expo – Dallas, TX – June 7-10.

    Heat Stress, Fall Protection, PSM, Information about OSHA, Focus 4 in Construction, Whistleblower, Employee Rights, OSHA Reporting Requirements, All About OSHA, HazCom, Youth, Distracted Driving, Workplace Violence, Temporary Workers, General Industry Digest, and Construction Digest
    Multiple It is estimated that about 1,000 people visited the booth over the course of 4 days
    Outreach and Communication: To work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects such as construction safety, temporary worker protection, and any other issues that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

    Activity Type

    Activity Name/Summary

    OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported

    Number Reached

    Event Participation in the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable on September 30, 2014 Construction Not Available
    Product Ongoing development of a Design for Safety Course through the OSHA Alliance Program and coordinated by an ASSE member. Construction Not Available
    Training Temporary Worker Webinar February 19 and 20, 2015
    • Dr. Michaels, Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA, delivered the keynote speech
    • Mary Lyn, DEP, USDOL-OSHA, presented on OSHA’s temporary worker policy
    Temporary Workers Not Available
    Event AIHA-ASSE Joint Chapter Meeting – April 2, 2015 in the DOL Auditorium

    OSHA Directorates (DEP, DCSP, OOC, DSG, and BLS) provided updates to members and non-members of the local AIHA and ASSE chapters.
    Multiple 137
    Event Participation in the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable on March 19, 2015 Construction Not Available
    Event 2015 NAOSH Week ran May 3 to 9 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

    The theme was vulnerable workers. The following OSHA speakers presented at the May 6th Symposium:
    • Deborah Berkowitz, OSHA Senior Policy Advisor, provided the keynote speech
    • Jim Maddox, DOC, presented on providing fall Protection for at-risk workers
    Multiple Not Available
    TOTAL     88, 637
  4. Upcoming Milestones

    For the upcoming year, OSHA and the ASSE will continue to work together through the Alliance to provide employers, employees, OSHA staff, and the public with safety and health information.

    OSHA and the ASSE are working together to facilitate speakers for the 2016 Professional Development Conference and Exposition in Atlanta, GA. Additionally, OSHA representatives will staff an exhibit booth during the conference and distribute copies of the Agency’s compliance assistance and cooperative program materials.

    Further, ASSE representatives will continue to participate in the OSHA Alliance Construction Roundtable meetings to develop compliance assistance and training materials for workers and employers in the construction industry.

    In spring 2016, OSHA will host the AIHA-ASSE joint chapter meeting where representatives from the OSHA Directorates and the Office of the Assistance Secretary will provide updates on the Agency’s compliance assistance, cooperative program, and enforcement-related activities.

    Report prepared by: Ethel Moreno, Program Analyst/ PMF, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA), August 24, 2015.

Activity Types:

  • Alliance Product: Products (e.g., fact sheets, videos, toolbox talks) developed by Alliance participants as part of the Alliance. These are not OSHA products.
  • Dissemination: An Alliance participant sends OSHA information, Alliance products, or other safety and health information to its stakeholders. This includes information sent by email or social media (Facebook, Twitter), and information included in newsletters and other publications. It also includes hits on the Alliance participant’s or OSHA’s Web page.
  • Evaluation: Any efforts by the Alliance participant to evaluate the effectiveness of an Alliance activity or the Alliance as a whole.
  • Event: Participation in events such as the Construction Roundtable and NAOSH Week.
  • Exhibit: OSHA exhibits at events sponsored by the Alliance participant.
  • OSHA Product Review: Review of an OSHA product by an Alliance participant. For example, an Alliance participant may provide technical comments on an OSHA eTool or publication. The review itself is considered the Alliance activity.
  • Speech/Presentation: Speeches or presentation by OSHA staff at events sponsored by the Alliance participant.
  • Training: This includes best practice seminars or other training that Alliance participants provide for OSHA staff. It also includes training for workers/employers/others by Alliance participants.
  • Other: Use this if an activity does not fit into one of the other categories.

OSHA Areas of Emphasis:

  • Agriculture
  • Asian American/Pacific Islander Workers
  • Construction
  • Ergonomics
  • Fall Prevention
  • Hazard Communication/Chemicals
  • Health Care
  • Heat Illness Prevention
  • Hispanic/Latino Workers
  • Maritime
  • Oil and Gas
  • Small Business
  • Temporary Workers
  • Transportation
  • Young Workers