Region 3 - Alliance Annual Report - December 9, 2015

December 9, 2015

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed: December 12, 2011

    Date Renewed: December 10, 2013

    Alliance Overview:

    The Lehigh Valley Safety Committee is a consortium of organizations including business, labor and community leaders, which was developed to enhance safety and health knowledge for labor, management, academia and government for those who work in and around the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania. The United States Department of Labor - Occupational Safety and Health Administration (USDOL/OSHA) alliance provides members and others with information, training, guidance and access to OSHA resources, that will help them reduce the potential for workplace injury and illness.

    Implementation Team Members (Principals)

    Thomas Barnowski
    Northampton Community College (NCC) - Chair
    Lee Cunningham
    West-Side Hammer Electric - Vice Chair
    Heather Ehritz
    NCC - Secretary
    Rob Franklin
    International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local No. 375
    Jennifer Kszak
    Karl Buesgen, Jr.
    Orlando Diefenderfer Electrical Contractor
    Tyrone Reed
    Alvin H. Butz, Inc.
    Cynthia J. Mellen
    PA/OSHA Consultation Program at Indiana University of PA
    Dominic Brignola
    Global Loss Control - ASSE
    Scott Parker
    Henkles & McCoy
    Len Rameriz/David Pferrer
    Fromm Electric
    Jodi Simon
    St. Luke's Hospital
    Rodney Conn
    Smooth-On, Inc.
    Monica Flexer
    Wacker Chemical, Inc.
    Kevin Kalman
    Bethlehem Volunteer Fire Company
    Jenelle Perich
    William Paletski
    East Coast Risk Management
    Scott G. Shimandle
    USDOL/OSHA - Allentown Area Office
  2. Implementation Team Meetings/Activities

    Jan. 14, 2015
    Safety Alliance Committee meeting - Brainstorming Session for May’s Workplace Violence Prevention Event, at Northampton Community College (NCC) - Fowler Center (Bethlehem, PA)
    Jan. 29, 2015
    Outreach Event - Navigating the HazCom Standard 2012 - Fowler Center
    Feb. 17, 2015
    Safety Alliance Committee meeting and presentation - Safety Lessons of the Arena, presented by Tyrone Reed, Corporate Safety Director of Alvin H. Butz, Inc. at NCC - Fowler Center (Bethlehem, PA)
    Mar. 17 2015
    Safety Alliance Committee meeting and presentation - Fall Prevention and Rescue Methods, by Kristen Morgret and Luke Lazar, of RETTEW, at Fromm Electric Supply Corporation (Allentown, PA)
    Apr. 14, 2015
    Safety Alliance Committee meeting - planning meeting for Workplace Violence May Event - Fowler Center
    Apr. 21, 2015
    Outreach Event - OSHA Training Requirements - Fowler Center
    May 14, 2015
    Outreach Event - Workplace Violence Prevention and Response Seminar, NCC - Main Campus (Bethlehem, PA)
    Jul. 30, 2015
    Outreach Event – Job Safety Analysis – Fowler Center
    Aug. 11, 2015
    Safety Alliance Committee meeting – Fowler Center
    Sept. 15, 2015
    Outreach Event - OSHA Training Requirements - A review of OSHA 2254 - NCC Main Campus
    Oct. 13, 2015
    Safety Alliance Committee meeting and presentation - Fire Prevention and Extinguisher Usage, by Tom Barnowski, Director Corporate and Public Safety, NCC, NCC Main Campus
    Nov. 10, 2015
    Safety Alliance Committee meeting and presentation - Emergency Action Plans, Kevin Kalman, Bethlehem Volunteer Fire Company, Fowler Center
    Dec. 2, 2015
    Outreach Event - An OSHA Update, Scott Shimandle, USDOL/OSHA, Fowler Center
    Dec. 8, 2015
    Safety Alliance Committee meeting and presentation - Competent Persons, Scott Shimandle, USDOL/OSHA and Scott Parker, Henkles & McCoy, Fowler Center
  3. Activities and Products

    Evaluation Period

    December 11, 2014 through December 8, 2015.

    Alliance Activity

    • Training and Education

      1. January 29, 2015 - "Navigating the HazCom Standard 2012", 2 sessions presented by Tom Barnowski (NCC).
      2. February, 17, 2015 - Safety Lessons of the Arena, presented by Tyrone Reed, (Alvin H. Butz).
      3. March 17, 2015 - "Fall Prevention and Rescue Methods", co-presented by Kristen Morgret and Luke Lazard (RETTEW).
      4. April 21, 2015 - "OSH Training Requirements", 2 sessions presented by Tom Barnowski (NCC).
      5. May 14, 2015 - "Workplace Violence Prevention and Response Seminar", multiple presenters, including Tom Barnowski (NCC), Dr. Janice Cunningham (CIU-20), Mark A. DiLuzio (Bethlehem Police Dept.), Anthony Pidgeon (CIU-20), Garret L. Rain (PA State Police), Ryan Hoff, (Bethlehem Township Volunteer Fire Company), Jean Kulp (USDOL/OSHA), Abe Kassis (Northampton County), Gary Asteak (Asteak Law Offices), Hon. Jennifer Sletvold (Northampton County Court of Common Pleas), Hon. Douglas Schlegel (Northampton County District Court), Steve Stramara (The Seltzer Group).
      6. September 15, 2015 - "OSHA Training Requirements - A review of OSHA Publication 2254", presented by Scott Shimandle (USDOL/OSHA).
      7. October 13, 2015 - "Fire Prevention and Extinguisher Usage", presented by Tom Barnowski (NCC).
      8. November 10, 2015 - "Emergency Action Plans", presented by Kevin Kalman (Bethlehem Volunteer Fire Company).
      9. December 2, 2015 - "An OSHA Update", 2 sessions presented by Scott Shimandle (USODL/OSHA). Topics ranged from recording/reporting injuries and illnesses, GHS, Fall 2015 unified agenda, whistleblower guidelines, safety/health management guidelines, local/regional/national emphasis programs and initiatives.
      10. December 8, 2015 - "Competent Persons", presented by Scott Shimandle (USDOL/OSHA) and Scott Parker (Henkels & McCoy). A review of standards, definitions, designation, training and assessment.
    • Outreach and Communication

      See comments above for Training and Education

    • Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health

      No national events were held during this time frame. However, Northampton Community College (NCC) continues to post information on the OSHA Alliance and each of the upcoming free events on their website at Through the Community Colleges Center for Business & Industry - Public Safety & Emergency Services - Corporate Safety, an independent page has been established for the Lehigh Valley Safety Alliance.

      All businesses and individuals who attend (or attended) NCC courses within the Corporate Safety Program are provided frequent updates to promote the events not only within the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania, but also globally. These updates are provided through their Center for Business & Industry, via email blast notifications.

    Alliance Products

    • Training and Education
    • Outreach and Communication
    • Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health

    The products developed during this evaluation period include numerous PowerPoint presentations. The PowerPoint presentations were developed by each of the presenters, as well as flyers which were used to announce/register for the events. At this time, these presentations have not yet been made available on a national level, unless an attendee or presenter either copied or shared their information with others - this information has not been requested or tracked.

  4. Results

    1. The table below lists each of the outreach activities and the number of individuals reached during the reporting period.

      Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)

      Number of Individuals Reached or Trained

      Training - Navigating the HazCom Standard 2012


      Presentation - Safety Lessons of the Arena


      Presentation/Demo - Fall Prevention and Rescue Methods


      Training - OSHA Training Requirements


      Workshop - Workplace Violence Prevention & Response


      Presentation - OSHA Training Requirements - A Review of OSHA Publication 2254


      Presentation - Fire Prevention and Extinguisher Usage


      Presentation - Emergency Action Plans


      Presentation - An OSHA Update (2 sessions)


      Presentation - Competent Persons




  5. Upcoming Events/Milestones

    The Lehigh Valley Safety Committee is currently working on another full-day FREE "Safety Expo". This event will be a series of workshops with various safety and health topics, including "Aging Workforce", "Ergonomics", "Safety Committee Certification", "Chemical Safety for non-chemical Manufacturers", "Drugs in the Workplace", "Impaired Driver", "Fleet Safety/Distracted Driver"," Safety Audit Checklists", "Violent Intruder" . The event is scheduled for May 19, 2016.

    Efforts will continue to include a safety topic at each of the Safety Committee meetings.

Report Prepared by: Scott G. Shimandle, CAS Allentown Area Office

For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 202-693-2340 or go to OSHA's Website.