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I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

March 22, 2004

Evaluation Period

March 22, 2005 - March 21, 2006

Overview

Through the Alliance, OSHA and AFS are providing AFS members and others, including small businesses in the metal casting industry, with information, guidance, and access to training resources to protect employees' health and safety. The Alliance specifically addresses workplace issues, including personal protective equipment, ventilation and reducing and preventing exposure to silica.

Implementation Team Members

OSHA:  
   
Jim Barry
Bill Coulehan
Russell Jones
Jess McCluer
Frank Perrino
Ira Wainless
Consultation Program, Wisconsin
Region V, Calumet City Area Office
Office of Small Business Assistance
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
Office of Training and Education
Office of Science and Technology Assessment
   
AFS:  
   
Fred Kohloff
Jack Schuldt
Tom Slavin
Jeff Willman
Director, Environment, Safety and Health
10-Q Committee
10-Q Committee
10-Q Committee

II. Implementation Team Meetings

June 28, 2005
August 11, 2005
September 29, 2005
January 4, 2006
Meeting, Teleconference
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Guide, Teleconference
Meeting, Teleconference
Meeting, Teleconference

III. Results

  1. Events and Products

    Training and Education Goals


    • With OSHA's input, develop AFS training and education programs to address hazards in the foundry workplace and review and provide input into the AFS OSHA Compliance Seminar.
    Product

    OSHA and AFS Compliance Training Course November 14-18, 2005, Schaumburg, Illinois


    John Grzywacz and Terry Krug, OSHA's Training Institute (OTI) instructors, worked with AFS to develop the OSHA and AFS Compliance Training Course's agenda. Mr. Grzywacz and Mr. Krug delivered the training to 18 attendees November 14-18, 2005 at the AFS Headquarters in Schaumburg, Illinois. During the course the attendees were provided with an introduction to OSHA's machine guarding and personal protective equipment standards, to name a few.

    • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to OSHA's Office of Training and Education in developing education and training regarding hazards in the foundry workplace.
    Product

    OTI Foundry Training Course, March 29-April 1, 2005, Cleveland, Ohio


    Frank Perrino and Anthony Towey, OTI instructors, and Jack Schuldt, AFS member developed the OTI Foundry Training Course agenda. Mr. Perrino, Mr. Towey and Mr. Schuldt delivered the training to 45 OSHA staff members March 29 - April 1, 2005 at the AFS member facility and OSHA Strategic Partnership Program Participant, Ford Motor Company's Cleveland Casting Plant in Cleveland, Ohio. During the course the attendees discussed how to assess and observe hazards within a foundry.

    Outreach and Communication Goals

    • Develop and disseminate information through print and electronic media, including electronic assistance tools, presentations and links from OSHA's and AFS's Web sites.
    Products

    OSHA and AFS Alliance Web page


    OSHA is continuing to update the OSHA and AFS Alliance Web site that is posted on the Agency's Web site. It includes the OSHA and AFS agreement, news releases, events and milestones and successes.

    Modern Casting

    Information on the activities of the OSHA and AFS Alliance has appeared in AFS' Modern Casting. For more information on the article, see the "Alliance Program Reach".

    OSHA Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) Safety and Health Topics page

    The following Alliance implementation team member is continuing to participate on the OSHA Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) Safety and Health Topics page's editorial board:

    • Jack Schuldt, AFS, President, Safety Specialties, Inc.; Mulberry, FL
    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Guide

    To educate the public about the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) for the foundry industry, the implementation team developed a PPE guide. The guide, which is part of the AFS Safety and Health Manual, describes special considerations for selection and use of PPE and the clothing that should be worn for work situations that present a risk of exposure to foundry hazards. OSHA provided feedback during the development of the guide which was completed and posted on AFS' Web page in January 2006. A link to the guide was also posted on the OSHA Web site, including the Alliance Program Web page and the Personal Protective Equipment Safety and Health Topics page, to name a few.

    • Speak, exhibit, and/or appear at OSHA and AFS conferences, local meetings, and other events such as the annual Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) conference and the Washington Conference.
    Events

    AFS Environmental Health and Safety Conference, August 21-24, 2005, Dearborn, Michigan


    Lee Anne Jillings, Director, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, USDOL-OSHA, addressed the AFS Environmental Health and Safety Conference on August 22, 2005. Ms. Jillings gave a presentation on the Alliance Program and the activities of the OSHA and AFS Alliance to 220 attendees.

    OSHA also provided compliance assistance materials and information on OSHA and the Alliance Program, including an OSHA and AFS Alliance Activities Summary document. The Activities Summary was included in the conference attendee's materials and distributed at the event.

    CastExpo '05, April 16-19, 2005, St. Louis, Missouri

    Bill McDonald, Chester Razer, John Schauster, Wesley Hofman and Mike Minicky, OSHA Region VII St. Louis, Missouri Area Office, staffed an OSHA and AFS Alliance exhibit booth at the CastExpo '05 on April 16-19, 2005 in St. Louis, Missouri.

    OSHA also provided compliance assistance materials and information on OSHA and the Alliance Program, including an OSHA and AFS Alliance Activities Summary document that were distributed at the event.

    • Cross-train OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals in foundry best practices or effective approaches, as jointly determined by OSHA and AFS.

      The OSHA and AFS Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.

    • Promote and encourage AFS member worksites to participate in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, Consultation and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

      The OSHA and AFS Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.

    • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects regarding silica, PPE and ventilation issues that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
    OSHA Alliance Program Hazard Communication Roundtable, Globally Harmonized Systems for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals Workgroup

    On February 15, 2005, the Alliance Program's Hazard Communication Roundtable for hazard communication-related National Alliances met to discuss the development of hazard communication compliance assistance resources that the Alliances would be interested in working on together. The Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) Workgroup was formed during the Roundtable meeting.

      GHS Workgroup - The GHS Workgroup met on August 1, 2005 to discuss the development and distribution of resources to promote the GHS to small businesses. In 2006, OSHA plans to publish an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, in the Federal Register, revising its Hazard Communication Standard to adopt the GHS.

      • August 1, 2005 - AFS member Tom Slavin attended the Workgroup meeting.
    • Encourage AFS chapters and worksites to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues.
    Events

    AFS Southeast Regional Conference, February 16, 2006, Nashville, Tennessee


    Jan Cothran and Sandy Bennett, Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, addressed the AFS Southeast Regional Conference on February 16, 2006 in Nashville, Tennessee. Ms. Cothran and Ms. Bennett gave a presentation, "OSHA's Silica Standard and Reducing/Preventing Exposure to Silica," to 60 attendees.

    AFS Piedmont Chapter Meeting, September 23, 2005, Charlotte, North Carolina

    Kim Brightwell, Health Compliance Officer, Occupational Safety & Health Division, North Carolina Department of Labor, addressed the AFS Piedmont Chapter on September 23, 2005 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ms. Brightwell gave a presentation, "OSHA's Silica Standard and Reducing/Preventing Exposure to Silica," to 35 attendees.

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health Goals

    • Raise others' awareness and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever AFS's leaders address groups.

      The OSHA and AFS Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.
  2. Executive Summary

    Through the Alliance Program, OSHA and AFS are continuing to work together to develop products that the metalcasting industry, including small businesses, can use to protect employees' health and safety. In particular, the Alliance is focusing on the use of PPE and reducing and preventing exposure to silica in the workplace. This positive relationship has led to the development of several compliance assistance materials that the team is sharing with the public, including:

    • PPE Guide - Part of the AFS Safety and Health Manual describes special considerations for selection and use of PPE and special clothing that should be worn for work situations that present a risk of exposure to foundry hazards.
    In addition, OSHA and AFS representatives are sharing their expertise through training and education programs, participation on OSHA's electronic assistance tools' editorial boards and speaking and exhibiting opportunities. For example:

    Training and Education

    • John Grzywacz and Terry Krug, OTE Training Instructors, worked with AFS to develop the OSHA and AFS Compliance Training Course's agenda and delivered training to 18 attendees during the November 14-18, 2005 course at the AFS Headquarters, Schaumburg, Illinois.

    • Frank Perrino and Anthony Towey, OTE Training Instructors, and AFS member, Jack Schuldt worked together to develop the OTI Foundry Training Course's agenda and delivered training to 45 OSHA staff members during the March 29-April 1, 2005 course at the AFS member and OSHA Strategic Partnership Program Participant facility, Ford Motor Company's Cleveland Casting Plant in Cleveland, Ohio.
    OSHA's Electronic Assistance Tools

    • An AFS member serves on the editorial board of OSHA's Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) Safety and Health Topics page.
    Speaking and Exhibiting

    • Jan Cothran and Sandy Bennett, Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development gave a presentation titled, "OSHA's Silica Standard and Reducing/Preventing Exposure to Silica" to 60 attendees at the AFS Southeast Regional Conference on February 16, 2006 in Nashville, Tennessee.

    • Kim Brightwell, Health Compliance Officer, Occupational Safety & Health Division of North Carolina Department of Labor gave a presentation titled, "OSHA's Silica Standard and Reducing/Preventing Exposure to Silica" to 35 attendees at the AFS Piedmont Chapter meeting on September 23, 2005 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

    • Lee Anne Jillings, Director, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation on the Alliance Program and the activities of the OSHA and AFS Alliance to 220 attendees at the AFS Environmental Health and Safety Conference on August 22, 2005 in Dearborn, Michigan.

    • Bill McDonald, Chester Razer, John Schauster, Wesley Hofman and Mike Minicky, OSHA Region VII - St. Louis, Missouri Area Office, staffed the OSHA and AFS Alliance exhibit booth at the CastExpo '05 on April 16-19, 2005 in St. Louis, Missouri.
    AFS also participates on the Alliance Program's Hazard Communication Roundtable GHS Workgroup. The Workgroup is discussing the development and distribution of resources to promote the GHS to small business in anticipation of OSHA's revising its Hazard Communication Standard to adopt the GHS.

    In addition, the implementation team is in the process of developing several products for OSHA to review and provide recommendations on in 2006. These include MSDSs for alloys within the foundry industry including iron, brass and aluminum and case studies regarding the impact of silica on foundry workers. AFS is also updating its Web page to include a specific section to promote the OSHA and AFS Alliance. Finally, AFS and the Agency are developing an Alliance renewal agreement that will be signed in April 2006.

  3. Alliance Program Reach
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
OSHA and AFS Alliance Web site on OSHA's Web page 4,464
OSHA Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) Safety and Health Topics page 69,252
February 16, 2006 AFS Southeast Regional Conference, Nashville, Tennessee

Speakers: Jan Cothran and Sandy Bennett, Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development
60
November 14-18, 2005 OSHA and AFS Compliance Training Course, Schaumburg, Illinois

Speakers: John Grzywacz and Terry Krug, OTE Training Instructors
18
September 23, 2005 AFS Piedmont Chapter, Charlotte, North Carolina

Speaker: Kim Brightwell, Health Compliance Officer, Occupational Safety & Health Division of North Carolina Department of Labor
35
August 22, 2005 AFS Environmental Health and Safety Conference, Dearborn, Michigan

Speaker: Lee Anne Jillings, Director, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances
220
July 2005 - "AFS Promotes OSHA Alliance, Recommends Speakers," Modern Casting 17,000
April 16-19, 2005 CastExpo '05, St. Louis, Missouri.

Alliance Program Exhibit
1,000
March 29-April 1, 2005 OTI Foundry Training Course, Cleveland, Ohio

Speakers: Frank Perrino and Anthony Towey, OTE Training Instructors, and AFS member, Jack Schuldt
45
TOTAL 92,094

IV. Upcoming Milestones

the renewal agreement will focus on the use of PPE and reducing and preventing exposure to silica.

Members of the association plan to continue participating on the Alliance Program's Hazard Communication Roundtable's GHS Workgroup. In 2006, OSHA is planning to publish an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking revising its hazard communication standard to adopt the GHS in the Federal Register. The Workgroup will discuss developing and distributing resources to promote the GHS to small businesses.

Further, OSHA will review and provide comments on draft MSDSs developed by AFS for alloys within the foundry industry including iron, brass and aluminum. AFS will also develop case studies regarding the impact of silica on foundry workers.

The OSHA and AFS Alliance will continue to promote the Alliance Program through speaking and exhibiting opportunities. For example, representatives from OSHA Region V Columbus, Ohio Area Office and the Ohio Onsite Consultation Program will staff the OSHA and AFS Alliance exhibit at the 110th Metalcasting Congress in April 2006 in Columbus, Ohio.

Finally, AFS will continue to promote OSHA compliance assistance materials and outreach resources and the OSHA and AFS Alliance through its Web site and articles in their monthly publication, Modern Casting. OSHA will also promote the products the Alliance produces in the Alliance Quarterly Review and through sending the information on the resources to OSHA's Regional, Area Office, Consultation Program and State Plan State Representatives.

Report prepared by: Jess McCluer, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, June 13, 2006