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  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    November 3, 2005

    Date Renewed

    November 1, 2007

    Evaluation Period

    November 3, 2007 – November 2, 2008

    Overview

    Through the Alliance, OSHA, AF&PA and PPSA are working together to provide the members of the organizations, and others in the forest, pulp, paper, and paper-converting industries with information, guidance, and access to training resources to help them protect employees’ health and safety, particularly in addressing workplace ergonomics and machinery safety.

    Implementation Team Members

    OSHA  
       
    Brett Besser
    Sandra Khan
    Salt Lake Technical Center
    Office of Outreach Services and Alliances
       
    AF&PA and PPSA:  
       
    Sue Cooper
    John Festa
    Larry Halprin
    Keith Harned
    John Sunderland
    Chris Weber
    Weyerhauser
    AF&PA
    Keller & Heckman
    LP Building Products
    Buckeye Technologies
    Temple-Inlande


    Implementation Team Meetings

    July 23, 2004
    March 19, 2008
    May 15, 2008
    July 29, 2008
    November 5, 2008
    Team meeting
    Alliance Implementation Team Meeting
    Powered Industrial Trucks eTool Workgroup
    Alliance Implementation Team Meeting
    Alliance Implementation Team Meeting

    In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from each organization spoke regularly to discuss and plan the activities and programs listed under events and products, including AF&PA/PPSA’s support for 2008 NAOSH Week.

  2. Results

    1. Events and Products

      Training and Education Goal

      • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs and materials on ergonomics and machinery safety, and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.

        The OSHA and AF&PA/PPSA Alliance has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.
      • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of ergonomics and machinery safety courses.

        The OSHA and AF&PA/PPSA Alliance has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.

      Products

      OSHA and AF&PA/PPSA Alliance Web Page

      OSHA is continuing to update the OSHA and AF&PA/PPSA Alliance Web page that is posted on the Agency Web site. It includes the OSHA and AF&PA/PSA Alliance agreements, news releases, activities and events and milestones and successes. In addition, the page includes links to the AF&PA/PPSA-developed ergonomic success stories that are posted on the Ergonomics Possible Solutions Success Stories Web page on the Agency Web site. For information on the number of visits to the OSHA and AF&PA/PPSA Alliance Web page, please see the "Alliance Program Reach table."

      AF&PA and OSHA Alliance-related Web Page

      AF&PA continues to maintain and update the OSHA and AF&PA Alliance-related Web page on the AF&PA Web site. The Web page includes information about the Alliance and links to the OSHA and AF&PA/PPSA Alliance Web page on the OSHA Web site. In addition, the page includes links to the AF&PA/PPSA developed ergonomic success stories that are posted on the Ergonomics Possible Solutions Success Stories Web page on the Agency Web site.

      AF&PA Electronic Newsletter

      AF&PA/PPSA included articles about the ergonomic success stories that were developed through the OSHA and AF&PA/PPSA Alliance in the AF&PA monthly electronic newsletter.

      OSHA Safety and Health Topics Pages

      • Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout)
        • Lawrence P. Halprin, Keller & Heckman
      • Machine Guarding
        • Lawrence P. Halprin, Keller & Heckman
      • Pulp, Paper and Paperboard Mills
        • John L. Festa, PhD, Senior Scientist, AF&PA
      • Sawmills
        • John L. Festa, PhD, Senior Scientist, AF&PA
      • Wood Dust
        • John L. Festa, PhD, Senior Scientist, AF&PA
      • Wood Products Industry
        • John L. Festa, PhD, Senior Scientist, AF&PA
      OSHA Powered Industrial Trucks eTool

      Through the Alliance, AF&PA/PPSA representatives, Larry Halprin provided his input and expertise, along with other Alliance Program participants, to assist OSHA with the development of a new electronic assistance tool the Powered Industrial Trucks eTool. The tool was completed and posted on the Agency Web site in September 2008.

      • Speak, exhibit or appear at OSHA’s, AF&PA’s or PPSA’s conferences, local meetings or other events such as PPSA’s annual safety conference.

      Events

      Pulp and Paper Association's 65th Annual Safety Conference, June 8-11, 2008, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

      On June 9, 2008, Jim Touey, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Region III, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation about machine guarding.

      On June 9, 2008, Albert D'Imperio, Area Director, Region III, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation about inspection history as it pertains to the pulp and paper industry.

      On June 10, 2008, James Johnston, Assistant Regional Administrator, Region III, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Regional Office, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation "The OSHA Ergonomic Policy: History and Current Status."

      AF&PA Combustible Dust Seminar, October 23, 2008, Atlanta, Georgia

      Benjamin Ross, Assistant Regional Administrator, Enforcement Programs, Region IV, Atlanta, Georgia, Regional Office, USDOL-OSHA gave a presentation, “Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program,” to 75 workshop attendees.

      2008 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week

      On May 5, 2008, Donald G. Shalhoub, Deputy Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA, spoke to OSHA staff, Alliance Program participants and other safety and health professionals during the 2008 NAOSH Week kick-off event at DOL in Washington, D.C. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), an Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. William O’Connell, Director, Government Affairs, NSC, attended the event and represented NSC, which, along with a number of other Alliance Program participants, supported the Week. The theme for the 2008 NAOSH Week was "Safety is Good Business".

      • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding AF&PA’s and PPSA’s effective approaches (e.g., success stories) and publicize results through outreach by AF&PA and PPSA and through OSHA-developed, AF&PA-developed and PPSA-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars and lectures.

      Products

      OSHA and AF&PA/PPSA Alliance Ergonomics and Machinery Safety Success Stories


      Through the Alliance, AF&PA/PPSA developed the following ergonomics and machinery safety success stories for the pulp and paper industries. The success stories were posted in May 2008 on the OSHA Web site on the Ergonomics Possible Solutions Success Stories Web page and linked to from the OSHA and AF&PA/PPSA Alliance Web page.

        • Clearing Product Jams
        • Emptying Cutter Scrap Receptacles
        • Moving Paper Rolls
        • Operation for Cap Sheets and Corner Post
        • Plastic Strap Spool Assembly
        • Replacing Wire Spool on Baler
      • Encourage AF&PA’s and PPSA’s members and/or worksites to build relationships with OSHA’s Regional and Area Offices to address ergonomics and machinery safety issues.

      AF&PA and PPSA keep members regularly informed of OSHA compliance assistance including the OSHA National Emphasis Programs, including combustible dust and compliance directives. Many AF&PA and PPSA member facilities participate in the Voluntary Protection Program and share their successful experiences with other facilities to encourage participation in OSHA’s Cooperative Programs.

    2. Executive Summary
    3. During the reporting period, OSHA, AF&PA and PPSA continued to provide the members of the organizations and others in the forest, pulp, paper, and paper-converting industries with information, guidance, and access to training resources and address workplace ergonomics issues. For example:

      • OSHA, AF&PA and PPSA representatives promoted the Alliance at conferences and meetings, including the Pulp and Paper Association's 65th Annual Safety Conference, June 8-11, 2008, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the AF&PA Combustible Dust Seminar, October 23, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia.
         
      • On June 9, 2008, Jim Touey, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Region III, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation about machine guarding.
         
      • On June 9, 2008, Albert D'Imperio, Area Director, Region III, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation about inspection history as it pertains to the pulp and paper industry.
         
      • On June 10, 2008, James Johnston, Assistant Regional Administrator, Region III, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Regional Office, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation "The OSHA Ergonomic Policy: History and Current Status."
         
      • On October 23, 2008, Benjamin Ross, Assistant Regional Administrator, Enforcement Programs, Region IV, Atlanta, Georgia, Regional Office, USDOL-OSHA gave a presentation, “Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program,” to 75 workshop attendees.
         
        • AF&PA/PPSA representatives served on the editorial boards of the Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout), Machine Guarding, Pulp, Paper and Paperboard Mills, Sawmills, Wood Dust and Wood Products Industry Safety and Health Topics pages and the Powered Industrial Trucks eTool editorial board.
           
        • Representatives from AF&PA/PPSA worked with OSHA to provide input and expertise, along with other Alliance Program participants, to assist OSHA with the development of the Powered Industrial Trucks eTool.
           
        • OSHA updates the OSHA and AF&PA/PPSA Alliance Web page on the Agency Web site and AF&PA updates the AF&PA and OSHA Alliance-related Web page on the AF&PA Web site. The Alliance page’s include the OSHA and AF&PA/PPSA Alliance agreement, activities and events, milestones and success and links to the AF&PA/PPSA developed ergonomic and machinery safety success stories that are posted on the Ergonomics Possible Solutions Success Stories Web page on the Agency Web site.
           
        • Through the Alliance, OSHA and AF&PA/PPSA have developed the following ergonomics success stories for the pulp and paper industries. The success stories were posted on the Ergonomics: Possible Solutions Success Stories Web page on the Agency’s Web site in May 2008:
           
        • Clearing Product Jams
        • Emptying Cutter Scrap Receptacles
        • Moving Paper Rolls
        • Operation for Cap Sheets and Corner Post
        • Plastic Strap Spool Assembly
        • Replacing Wire Spool on Baler
      • AF&PA/PPSA was a sponsor of 2008 NAOSH Week.
    4. Alliance Program Reach
       
    5. Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained

      OSHA and AF&PA/PPSA Alliance Web page on the OSHA Web site

      2,103

      AF&PA and OSHA Alliance-related Web page on the AF&PA Web site

      data not available

      OSHA Control of Hazardous Energy (Lock-out/Tag-out) Safety and Health Topics page

      9,782

      OSHA Machine Guarding Safety and Health Topics page

      6,125

      OSHA Sawmills Safety and Health Topics page

      3,159

      OSHA Pulp, Paper and Paperboard Mills Safety and Health Topics page

      2,456

      OSHA Wood Dust Safety and Health Topics page

      3,132

      OSHA Wood Products Industry Safety and Health Topics page

      2,269

      June 8-11, 2008
      PPSA Annual Safety and Health Conference
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

      Speakers:

      • Jim Touey, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Region III, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Area Office, USDOL-OSHA
      • Albert D'Imperio, Area Director, Region III, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Area Office, USDOL-OSHA
      • James Johnston, Assistant Regional Administrator, Region III, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Regional Office, USDOL-OSHA

      325

      October 23, 2008
      AF&PA Combustible Dust Seminar
      Atlanta, Georgia

      Speaker:

      • Benjamin Ross, Assistant Regional Administrator, Enforcement Programs, Region IV, Atlanta, Georgia, Regional Office, USDOL-OSHA

      75

      Total

      29,425


  3. Upcoming Milestones

    In the upcoming year, the OSHA and AF&PA/PPSA Alliance Implementation Team members will continue to work together to identify opportunities for promoting safety and health particularly focusing on machine guarding and ergonomics in the pulp and paper industry. For example, OSHA representatives will give presentations at AF&PA/PPSA events such as the 2009 PPSA Annual Safety and Occupational Health Conference, June 14-17, 2009 in Orlando, Florida.

    AF&PA and PPSA will develop additional ergonomics success stories for the pulp and paper industries and continue to promote the Alliance and its ergonomics-related projects through speeches and exhibits at meetings, such as the 2009 PPSA Annual Safety and Health Conference.

    AF&PA/PPSA members will continue to serve on the, Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout); Machine Guarding; Pulp, Paper and Paperboard Mills; Sawmills; Wood Dust and Wood Products Industry Safety and Health Topics pages’ editorial boards and the Powered Industrial Trucks eTool. In addition, AF&PA/PPSA will develop and finalize a fact sheet on combustible dust in 2009.

    Through the Alliance, OSHA and AF&PA/PPSA will maintain and update the OSHA and AF&PA/PPSA Alliance Web page on the Agency Web site and the AF&PA and OSHA Alliance-related Web page on the AF&PA Web site. In addition, PPSA is revising its Web site to include a PPSA and OSHA Alliance-related Web page.

    Further, AF&PA and PPSA representatives will work with other Alliance Program participants in supporting and promoting the 2009 NAOSH Week, May 3-7, 2009.

    Report prepared by: Sandra Khan, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, February 4, 2009.