Region 3 - Alliance Annual Report - December 12, 2018
ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Pennsylvania OSHA Consultation Program at Indiana University of PA
Lehigh Valley Safety Committee
A Consortium of
Northampton Community College (NCC)
The American Society of Safety Engineers
(Lehigh Valley Chapter)
December 12, 2018
Report Prepared by: Scott G. Shimandle, CAS, Allentown Area Office
December 10, 2015
December 16, 2017 – December 15, 2018
The purpose of this Alliance is to continue the efforts in assisting LVSC members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). Through the Alliance, the organizations will continue to address construction hazards, emergency preparedness and planning, hazard recognition and control programs, healthcare industry hazards and work and life wellness programs.
Implementation Team Members
Scott G. Shimandle, Compliance Asst. Specialist, Allentown Area Office
Thomas Barnowski, Director Corporate & Public Safety, Northampton Comm. College
Cynthia J. Mellen, Consultant, PA/OSHA Consultation at Indiana University of PA
Heather Ehritz, Secretary, NCC
Jennifer Kszak, Center for Business and Industry, NCC
Lee Cunningham, Vice President – West Side Hammer Electric
Jenelle Perich, Administrator, KidsPeace
Monaca Flexer, Environmental/Health/Safety Engineer, Wacker Chemical Corporation
Linda Sanchez, Loss Control Consultant, Risk Assist
Fred Koeck, Sales Manager, Derby Supply Chain Solutions
Jodi Simon, Occ. Health Nurse/Workers Comp. Manager, Americold Logistics
Richard Fetzer, NCC
Catharine Bliss, NCC
Tim Duncan, Safety Manager, Sands Casino
Carissa Eyman, Manager, Environment, Health & Safety, Crayola, LLC
Implementation Team Meetings
- January 8, 2018
- February 27, 2018
- April 17, 2018
- May 23, 2018
- June 7, 2018
- July 17, 2018
- August 21, 2018
- October 23, 2018
- December 11, 2018
February 20, 2018
March 20, 2018
May 17, 2018
June 4, 2018
June 26, 2018
July 19, 2018
September 11, 2018
November 13, 2018
With the development of a Sub-Committee, dealing with Safety Training – Comprehension and Literacy, additional meetings had been held over the evaluation period. In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from OSHA and Northampton Community College maintained regular contact (email and phone calls) throughout the reporting period to monitor the Alliance's progress and 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/Regional/Local Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process.
- To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
- To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on construction hazards, work and life wellness programs and emergency preparedness to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached Meetings
Over the past year, at every meeting and outreach event, this CAS provided an update on OSHA initiatives (nationally, regionally and locally), standards, trends (injuries, fatalities, violations issued) and regulatory agenda. Silica, Falls, Construction hazards, Temp. Workers, Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements, Hazard Communication, Safety and Health Programs, Beryllium and Trenching 309 Training and Education:
To develop effective training and education programs for LVSC members and others regarding construction related hazards, emergency preparedness, healthcare industry hazards and work and life wellness programs, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
To deliver or arrange for the delivery of such courses as: Emergency Preparedness, including National Incident Management System and Incident Command Systems; Healthcare industry hazards, including Bloodborne Pathogens and Ergonomic issues; Job Safety Analysis; Construction hazards; Personal Protective Equipment; and Safety Committee operations.
Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached Training/Speech Presentation Meetings January 18, 2018 – Safety Comprehension and Literacy Planning
March 20, 2018 – Quarterly Event – "Safety Committee Operations"
Feb. 27, 2018 – Safety Comprehension and Literacy Planning
March 20, 2018 - Safety Comprehension and Literacy Planning
March 20, 2018 – Silica in Construction
April 17, 2018 – Safety Expo Planning
May 17, 2018 – Safety Expo
May 23, 2018 – OSHA 30 Hour
June 4 and 7, 2018 – Economics of Risk Management and Safety Compliance Planning Meeting, To be co-presented with HMK Insurance
June 26, 2018 – Safety Comprehension and Literacy Planning: Follow-up meeting and discussion
June 26, 2018 – Expo Recap and Alliance Planning Meeting
July 17, 2018 – Economics of Risk Management and Safety Compliance Planning Meeting, To be co-presented with HMK Insurance
July 19, 2018 – Economics of Risk Management and Safety Compliance, Co-presented with HMK Insurance
Aug. 21, 2018 – OSHA Q & A
Sept. 11, 2018 – Improving the Safety Culture, presented by Sands Casino Safety Director
October 23, 2018 – Quarterly Event - The Big Three: Navigating the ADA/FMLA/Worker's Comp Minefield, presented by KingSpry Attorney
Nov. 13, 2018 – Construction Risk Management, presented by representatives of Borden Perlman
Dec. 11, 2018 – Slips, Trips and Falls, presented by Sands Casino Safety Director
Safety & Health Programs, Accident Investigations
Med. Marijuana, OSHA Consultation, PPE, Safety Programs
As listed above, plus – Safety Committees, Hazard Identification and Accident Investigations
Inspections, Enforcement and Emphasis Programs
Safety/Health Committees, Safety Programs, JSA's, PPE
Hot Topics, LEP's, NEP's, Silica, WWS
Injury/Illness Management and Costs
Dissemination Through the use of Corporate and Public Safety eNewsletter Northampton Community College and the Center for Business and Industry, continues to promote all of the various LVSC Alliance activities, update on OSHA regulations, OSHA guidelines, and any of the latest OSHA News Releases, as well as the multitude of safety/health training courses that are offered through NCC and the OSHA Training Institute (Mid-Atlantic). Recordkeeping, Update on Reporting Requirements, Regulatory Updates, Silica Regulation, Safety and Health Committees, Crane Standard Update, Top Violations 600* Outreach and Communication:
To develop ways of communicating the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's and the LVSC's, NCC's and/or the American Society of Safety Engineers – Lehigh Valley Chapter's local emails and newsletter) to employers and workers in the industry.
To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or LVSC meetings, local ASSE meetings, or other safety related events (e.g. Safety Expo 2018).
To continue to work collectively on any newly identified or recognized safety and health issue or OSHA initiative, in an effort to improve workplace safety and health.
Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached Training/Speech Presentation Meetings In addition to the multitude of outreach activities and meetings listed above, efforts to promote this Alliance and its activities had been promoted with and through other outreach activities, including:
- CarePlex – Safety Peer Group
- ASSE – Lehigh Valley Chapter
- Society of Human Resource Management
- Upper Bucks County Technical School
- Lehigh Career and Technical Institute
- Safety Peer Group of Lehigh Valley - HealthWorks
- Warehouse Partnership Members
- St. Luke's University Health Network
Numerous emails and phone conversations with various members and stakeholders
OSHA Update, including WWS, 1904 Updates and Top Violations
Dissemination May 17, 2018 – Safety Expo – booth exhibit * TOTAL *1711
*The Total Number reached is conservative (low), as this assessment does not truly (with 100% accuracy) reflect the total number of participants reached for the dissemination of information through email distribution, as there is no mechanism to measure the sharing of materials beyond the initial alliance participants, and the dissemination of information at the 2018 Safety Expo has been captured (recorded) in the Training and Education Activity, which was previously listed.
In summary, the activities (meetings and outreach events) that were provided during this evaluation period were very well received. However, as previously mentioned in prior evaluations the attendance continues to be a slight challenge as the meetings are held in the afternoon and some of the members have indicated it becomes difficult to attend when workplace activities warrant their attention, as most of the members are responsible for safety and health within their respective organizations. Additionally, a few meetings had been postponed due to weather conditions and since meetings are held at the College, any delay or cancelation of classes, results in a cancelation (or postponement) of LVSC activities.
The individuals reached by the outreach/communication activities represent various sized companies, unions, insurance agents and brokers, youth and family service centers, healthcare industry and temporary staffing agencies all of which have employees and/or members that would be directly affected by the various safety and health information that has been provided.
The working relationship between the Alliance signatories and the feedback on the Alliance continues to be extremely positive. Additionally, it should be noted that NCC is looking to extend the efforts and activities of this Alliance northeast Pennsylvania. Conversations had been had with the OSHA Area Office located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania as well as a few community colleges and a local Safety Council. Although not directly related to this Alliance, this effort illustrates the success and working relationship developed with the stakeholders.
Efforts are currently being developed to hold a full day "Safety Committee" Workshop. This workshop/seminar will focus on how to get Pennsylvania Safety and Health Committee Certification, and will include all of the required training topics for the attendees to obtain certification and/or recertification of their Committee, as training is required every year. The topics which will be covered (and are required for Committee certification) include: Safety Committee Operations, Workplace Hazard Identification and Accident/Incident Investigations.