Region 1 - Alliance Annual Report - October 1, 2020

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
and the
NH General Industry Roundtable


  1. Alliance Background

    A. Date Signed

    January 11, 2011

    B. Evaluation Period

    10/01/19 – 10/01/2020

    C. Overview

    The Alliance agreement provides a framework and objectives for the Alliance Activities. Alliance participants will summarize specific activities and time frames for completion in a written work plan. The purpose and scope of the Alliance is to provide safety and health training to industries covered by OSHA’s General Industry Standards. Members of the roundtable meet to choose subject matter for the monthly meetings. OSHA provides a speaker or arranges for a speaker to give an overview of the subject and then the companies involved in the meeting engage in a discussion of the topic. This method provides training in the OSHA standards and gives the companies involved a venue to discuss abatement and compliance strategies that have been successful.

    D. Implementation Team Members

    Andrea O’Brien– NH Small Business Development Center
    Wayne Hartz- Keene State College, Workwise NH
    Diane Malachowski- OSHA Education Center
    Rose Cole – OSHA
    Andrew Palhof – OSHA /p>

    Alliance participant

    Andrea O’Brien – NHSBDC, Joe Orazio, Sturm Ruger, Diane Malachowski, OSHA Education Center, Teresa Ferrara, Workwise NH, Steve Gauthier, Gauthier Safety Consulting and Don Olesen, Nutera Solutions, Miguel Moralez, Small Business Administration.

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    List out dates

    Several meetings were held to coordinate and plan out future outreach sessions.

    E-mail communications used to plan and coordinate meetings and outreach.

    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.

  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: Conferences, presentations.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Speech/Presentation 10/8/19 - Presentation on safety and health management systems and employee involvement. Safety and Health Management Systems. 450
    Speech/Presentation 11/12/19 - Presentation on OSHA forklift safety and requirements. Forklifts. 600
    Meeting 12/12/19 - Planning meeting with the NH Governor's Advisor, Granite United Way and Recovery Friendly Workplace in order to finalize the December 17th session with the Governor and OSHA's Regional Administrator. Safety and Health Management Systems, Substance Abuse Misuse, Suicide Prevention, Safe and Sound. 5
    Speech/Presentation 12/17/19 - Presentation with support of the Governor and OSHA's Regional Administrator on substance abuse disorder including services businesses can take advantage of in order to promote employee wellness. Safety and Health Management Systems, Substance Abuse Misuse, Suicide Prevention, Safe and Sound. 1250
    Speech/Presentation 2/11/20 - Presentation on motor vehicle safety including Federal Motor requirements as well as recording and reporting through the online system. Safety Programs, Recordkeeping. 650
    Speech/Presentation 3/10/20 - Presentation on Contractor and Temporary Worker Safety. Safety Programs, HazCom, Lockout/Tagout, Electrical, PPE. 600
    Meeting 3/31/20 - Meeting with MICA Combustible dust consultant to discuss presentation at NE Safety Training Series with the topic and format. Safety Programs, HazCom, Chemicals, Dust, Electrical, PPE. 2
    Meeting 4/1/20 - Meeting with KSC and committee members for rolling out virtual online training series. Safety Programs. 5
    Meeting 4/7/20 – Planning Meeting. Safety Programs. 8
    Speech/Presentation 4/8/20 - Presentation on Covid 19 for the New England businesses and beyond on how to protect your workers. Hazcom, ppe, recordkeeping, respirators, Safety and Health Management Systems. 1000
    Speech/Presentation 4/15/20 - Presentation on Workplace Safety and Employee Engagement. Safety and Health Management Systems. 1000
    Speech/Presentation 4/22/20 - Presentation on Safety and Health programs, employee involvement and training. Safety and Health Management Systems. 1000
    Speech/Presentation 4/29/20 - Presentation on all about OSHA and How to Prepare for an Inspection. Safety and Health Management Systems, Lockout/Tagout, Electrical, Hazcom, Respirators, PPE. 500
    Speech/Presentation 5/6/20 - Presentation on OSHA Recordkeeping, Recording and Reporting Requirements. Recordkeeping. 2000
    Speech/Presentation 5/12/20 - Presentation on OSHA's Focus Four Hazards. Trenching, Falls, Electrical, Struck-by, PPE. 1000
    Speech/Presentation 5/20/20 - Presentation on Combustible Dust Hazards. Electrical, Haz Com Struck-by. 1000
    Speech/Presentation 5/27/20 - Presentation on Covid 19 in the Workplace and Protecting Employees. Safety Programs, Respirators, PPE. 1000
    Speech/Presentation 6/3/2020 - Presentation on OSHA Electrical Safety and Work Practice Controls including 70E. Electrical, PPE. 1000
    Speech/Presentation 6/10/20 - Presentation on Hazard Communication and GHS requirements. Safety Programs, HazCom, Chemicals, Silica, Lead, PPE. 1000
    Speech/Presentation 6/17/20 - Presentation on OSHA's Enforcement and Repeat Offenders. Caught in-between. 1000
    Speech/Presentation 6/24/20 - Presentation on Strategic Planning and Resources for the Safety and Health Professional. Safety Programs. 500
    Speech/Presentation 7/1/20 - Presentation on OSHA’s Lockout/Tagout. Safety Programs, Lockout/Tagout, Electrical, PPE, Caught in-between. 500
    Speech/Presentation 7/8/20 - Presentation on OSHA’s Walking Working Surfaces. Walking Working Surfaces, Falls, PPE. 1000
    Speech/Presentation 7/15/20 - Presentation on Silica. HazCom, Silica, PPE. 500
    Speech/Presentation 7/29/20 – Presentation on Workplace Violence. Safety and Health Management Systems, Workplace Violence 500
    Speech/Presentation 8/5/20 – Presentation on the basics of industrial hygiene and sampling. Safety Programs, HazCom, Chemicals, Silica, Lead, PPE. 450
    Speech/Presentation 8/12/20- Presentation on emergency response, bloodborne pathogens, Covid 19 and PPE. Hazcom, ppe, recordkeeping, respirators, safety and health management systems 500
    Training and Education: Technical Assistance was provided at the following meetings:
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Outreach and Communication: None (see training and education)
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    TOTAL     19,520
  4. Evaluations

    The Alliance is running well with regular meeting, monthly seminars and other events. The Roundtable Meetings have been successful since its inception in 2011 and our distribution email list has grown to over 1000 attendees for NH. Since last year, we moved back to the OSHA Education Center in Manchester NH due to their larger classroom which has help to increase attendance.

    Since the Covid 19 Pandemic, it cause drastic changes on how our group could hold monthly meetings. Our last in person meeting was in March 2000 and our group had to reinvent on how to offer sessions. With the support of Keene State College Safety Studies program and Workwise NH, we were able to continue meetings through their online platform. In April we hosted our first virtual session which has been a great success.

    OSHA Regional 1 Compliance Assistance Specialists also began working closely together during the pandemic as a group and was invited to the NH Roundtable Committee Meetings. With support of the NH Roundtable Members, the group agreed to change the name to the New England Roundtable Online Series. This also allowed participation from each Compliance Assistance Specialist for presenting, moderating, answering questions during sessions and promoting these events across New England. This has been a huge success and our group has moved to weekly online safety outreach sessions. These events have been a huge success and allowed OSHA to promote various sessions including a 4 hour Fall Stand-down training event and OSHA Safe and Sound.

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    The planning group has presentations scheduled to the end of January 2021 and are working to come up with additional topics and will plan sessions on a weekly basis.

    Report prepared by: Andrew Palhof, Concord NH OSHA Area Office

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
  • Substance Abuse Misuse
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • Respirators
  • Covid 19