Alliance Program Forum Meeting Notes


September 10, 2020

Representatives of the following organizations (virtually) participated in the September 10, 2020 Alliance Program Forum:

  • Agricultural Retailers Association
  • Altec
  • American Chemistry Council
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association
  • American Pipeline Contractors Association
  • American Red Cross
  • American Road and Transportation Builders Association
  • American Society of Safety Professionals
  • American Staffing Association
  • Associated Builders and Contractors
  • Association of Equipment Manufacturers
  • Board of Certified Safety Professionals
  • CareerSafe
  • Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair
  • CPWR- Center for Construction Research and Training
  • Crane Manufacturers Association of America
  • The Fertilizer Institute
  • Global Cold Chain Alliance
  • Grain Elevator & Processing Society
  • Grain Handling Safety Council
  • Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc.
  • Industrial Truck Association
  • Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification
  • Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc.
  • International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees
  • International Dairy Foods Association
  • International Safety Equipment Association
  • International Window Cleaning Association
  • The Joint Commission
  • Lamar Outdoor Advertising
  • Laborer’s Health Safety Fund of North America
  • Materials Handling Institute
  • National Association of Landscape Professionals
  • National Association of Women in Construction
  • National Chicken Council
  • National Demolition Association
  • National Grain and Feed Association
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • National Safety Council
  • National Service, Transmission, Exploration & Production Safety (STEPS) Network
  • National Turkey Federation
  • National Waste and Recycling Association
  • North American Meat Institute
  • Robotic Industries Association
  • Scaffold & Access Industry Association
  • Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute
  • Shipbuilders Council of America
  • Society for Chemical Hazard Communication
  • Solid Waste Association of North America
  • U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology
  • U.S. Poultry & Egg Association

During the September 10, 2020 (virtual) meeting, Doug Kalinowski, Director, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP), welcomed the group and thanked them for their support of OSHA's Safe + Sound Campaign and the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls. Loren Sweatt, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor For Occupational Safety and Health was joined by Frank Meilinger, Director, Office of Communication, to provide opening remarks and to thank the group for their support of OSHA’s Alliance Programs, initiatives, and national outreach campaigns. They also provided an update on the agency's current direction, activities, and major initiatives including COVID-19 resource awareness. Two panels that included OSHA leadership and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Chief of Staff followed, focusing on the response to the coronavirus pandemic, and key initiatives. The COVID-19 Response Panel provided detailed overviews of efforts responding to COVID-19; speakers included Lee Anne Jillings, Acting Director, Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management (DTSEM); Andy Levinson, Deputy Director, Directorate of Standards and Guidance (DSG); Sven Rundman, Acting Director, Office of Health Enforcement (OHE); Anthony Rosa, Deputy Director, Directorate of Whistleblower Protection Programs (DWPP); Timothy (Tim) Irving, Deputy Director, Directorate of Construction (DOC); and Frank Hearl, Chief of Staff, NIOSH. The OSHA’s Initiative Panel briefed stakeholders on agency initiatives and campaigns other than those related to the coronavirus pandemic. Speakers included Andy Levinson, who provided an in-depth review of the Safe + Sound Campaign, as well as updates on OSHA’s regulatory agenda. Tim Irving, discussed 2020 National Safety Stand-Down Week, OSHA’s agency priority goal (AGP) to reduce trenching and excavation hazards, and suicide and opioids/substance abuse in the construction industry. Sven Rundman, discussed enforcement efforts related to OSHA’s National Emphasis Program - Respirable Crystalline Silica, and Inspection Procedures on Respirable Crystalline Silica Standards, Beryllium, and Heat stress / illness. Closing the first session, Frank Hearl (NIOSH) provided information on NIOSH programs, including surveillance and health hazard evaluations, mission and resources, and the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA). He also discussed NIOSH information resources and tools, including free applications (apps). This was followed by an afternoon (virtual) session where several attendees provided Alliance Program participant-related updates which highlighted their Alliance interactions with OSHA and other stakeholders. Lastly, Tina Jones, Director, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, provided Alliance participants with an overview of activities to date, and both the fundamental requirements and Ambassador status program and expectations identified in OSHA Alliance Program Directive, dated March 4, 2020.

April 4, 2019

Representatives of the following organizations participated in the April 4, 2019 Alliance Program Forum:

  • Agricultural Retailers Association
  • Altec
  • American Chemistry Council
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association
  • Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.
  • Association of Equipment Manufacturers
  • Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare
  • Board of Certified Safety Professionals
  • CareerSafe
  • Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair
  • CPWR- Center for Construction Research and Training
  • Delta Airlines
  • The Fertilizer Institute
  • Industrial Truck Association
  • International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees
  • Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries
  • International Dairy Foods Association
  • International Safety Equipment Association
  • The Joint Commission
  • Lamar Outdoor Advertising
  • MHI
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • National Association of Women in Construction
  • National Demolition Association
  • National Grain and Feed Association
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • National Safety Council
  • National Waste and Recycling Association
  • Robotic Industries Association
  • Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute
  • Scaffold and Access Industry Association
  • Shipbuilders Council of America
  • Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals
  • U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology

During the April 4, 2019 meeting, Doug Kalinowski, Director, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP), welcomed the group and thanked them for their support of OSHA's Safe + Sound Campaign and the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls. Scott Ketcham, Director, Directorate of Construction (DOC), provided an update on the 2019 National Safety Stand-Down Week, OSHA’s agency priority goal (AGP) to reduce trenching and excavation hazards, and OSHA's top 10 violations in the construction industry. Frank Hearl, Chief of Staff, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) provided information on their programs, including surveillance and health hazard evaluations, mission and resources, and the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA). He also discussed NIOSH information resources and tools, including free applications (apps). Maureen Ruskin, Deputy Director, Directorate of Standards and Guidance (DSG) provided an in-depth review of the Safe + Sound Campaign, as well as updates on the silica and beryllium rules, and OSHA’s regulatory agenda. Next, Anthony Rosa, Deputy Director, Directorate of Whistleblower Protection Programs (DWPP), provided a brief overview of their program, initiatives, and outreach materials and events. Krisann Pearce, Chief Of Staff, OSHA, thanked the group for their support of OSHA’s Alliance Programs, initiatives, and national outreach campaigns. She also provided an update on the agency's current direction, activities, and major initiatives. This was followed by a session where several attendees provided Alliance Program participant-related updates, along with a networking event in a more casual atmosphere to promote further informal engagement with and between participants. Art Buchanan, Director, Directorate of Enforcement Programs (DEP) - Office of General Industry and Agricultural Enforcement, provided an overview of the top 10 violations in both general industry and construction. Lastly, Tina Jones, Director, DCSP-Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, provided an overview of activities to date within the office, and discussed some key elements identified in a potential Alliance Program directive revision expected out this summer/fall.

May 3, 2018

Representatives of the following organizations participated in the May 3, 2018 Alliance Program Forum:

  • Agricultural Retailers Association
  • American Chemistry Council
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association
  • American Red Cross
  • American Road and Transportation Builders Association
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Associated Builders and Contractors
  • Associated General Contractors of America
  • Association for Advancing Automation
  • Board of Certified Safety Professionals
  • CareerSafe
  • Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair
  • Delta Airlines
  • Fertilizer Institute
  • Harrington Hoists, Inc.
  • International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees
  • Industrial Truck Association
  • Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries
  • The Joint Commission
  • Lamar Outdoor Advertising
  • Material Handling Industry of America
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • National Association of Women in Construction
  • National Center for Construction Education and Research
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • National Roofing Contractors Association
  • National Safety Council
  • Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute
  • Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals

During the meeting, Arlene Williams, Acting Deputy Director, DCSP, USDOL-OSHA, welcomed the group and thanked them for their support of OSHA's Safe + Sound Campaign and the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. The Directorate of Construction (DOC) provided an update on the 2018 National Safety Stand-Down Week, as well as provided information on construction workplace injuries and fatalities, and information on OSHA's top 10 violations in the construction industry. DOC also announced a new agency initiative focusing on reducing trenching and excavation hazards. The Directorate of Standards and Guidance provided an overview of the Safe + Sound Campaign and thanked the group for their support. The Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management provided an overview of the new OSHA recordkeeping rule. OSHA's Directorate of Enforcement Programs provided an overview of the top 10 violations in both general industry and construction. In addition, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) provided information on their National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA), updated strategic plan, as well as provided examples of outreach resources and products, including free apps. Loren Sweatt, Deputy Assistant Secretary, OSHA, thanked the group for their support of the Alliance Program and provided an overview of the agency's current direction, activities, and major initiatives, including information on the silica and beryllium rules. Lastly, the attendees provided Alliance Program participant-related updates focusing on their respective projects and activities, including their respective support for the agency's outreach initiatives, including Safe + Sound Week and the OSHA falls campaign.