Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to American Foundry Society


  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    March 22, 2004

    Dates Renewed

    April 28, 2006; April 11, 2008

    Evaluation Period

    March 22, 2009 March 21, 2010

    Overview

    Through the OSHA and AFS Alliance, OSHA and AFS are working together to encourage AFS members and others, including small businesses in the metalcasting industry, to increase employee access to safety and health information and training resources on workplace issues, to include personal protective equipment, heat stress, and reducing and preventing exposure to silica.

    Implementation Team Members

    OSHA:  
       
    Russell Jones, Office of Small Business Assistance (OSBA), Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP)
    Tony Mapes*, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA), DCSP
    Bill Willson, OOSA, DCSP
       
    AFS:  
       
    Jim Barry, On-site Jim Barry, On-site Consultation Program, Wisconsin/10-Q Committee
    Bob Forrester, 10-Q Committee
    Fred Kohloff, Director, Environmental, Safety, and Health
    Gary Mosher, 10-Q Committee
    Kay Rowntree, 10-Q Committee
    Stephanie Salmon, AFS Washington, DC representative
    Bob Scholz, 10-Q Committee
    Jack Schuldt, 10-Q Committee
    Tom Slavin, 10-Q Committee
    Jeff Willman, 10-Q Committee

    * Tony Mapes served as the Alliance Coordinator until July 2009.

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • May 6, 2009                Implementation Team Meeting
    • September 17, 2009    Implementation Team Meeting
    • January 7, 2010           Implementation Team Meeting
    In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from the organizations, Bill Willson and Fred Kohloff, spoke regularly to discuss and plan the activities and programs listed under events and products.

  3. Results

    1. Events and Products

      Training and Education Goal

      • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop workplace safety and health curricula on the foundry workplace issues including, PPE, heat stress, and silica.

        During this reporting period, OSHA and AFS did not complete projects that address this goal.
      Outreach and Education Goals

      • Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's and AFS's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
      Products

      OSHA and AFS Alliance Web page


      OSHA is continuing to update the OSHA and AFS Alliance Web page that is posted on the OSHA Web site. It includes the OSHA and AFS Alliance agreement, renewal agreement, news releases, products and resources, activities and events and milestones and successes of the OSHA and AFS Alliance.

      AFS and OSHA Alliance Web page

      AFS is continuing to update the sections on its Web site, which contains information on the OSHA and AFS Alliance. The sections include links to the OSHA and AFS Alliance Web page, Alliance-developed products, and available compliance assistance resources on the OSHA Web site.

      Publications and Newsletters

      Representatives from AFS serve on the editorial boards of the following OSHA Information on the activities of the OSHA and AFS Alliance have appeared in a number of print and online publications. For more information on the articles, see the "Alliance Program Reach" table.

      OSHA Safety and Health Topics Pages and eTools

      AFS representatives serve on the editorial boards of the following OSHA Safety and Health Topics pages on the OSHA Web site: Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout); Heat Stress; Lead; Powered Industrial Trucks; Respiratory Protection; Silica, Crystalline; and Ventilation. AFS representatives also serve on the editorial board of the eTool Powered Industrial Trucks.

      • 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
    2. Cast Expo 2010, March 20-23, 2010, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida

      Joan M. Spencer, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Region IV, Tampa Area Office, USDOL - OSHA, staffed an OSHA and AFS Alliance exhibit booth during the conference to distribute compliance assistance publications, and answer attendees' questions. 

      2009 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, May 3-9, 2009, Washington, DC

      On May 3-9, 2009, The American Foundry Society Alliance and 57 other Alliance Program participants supported 2009 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), an Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. The theme for 2009 NAOSH Week was "Safety Means Always Coming Home."

      • Share information among OSHA personnel, including Compliance Safety and Health Officers, and industry safety and health professionals regarding AFS's best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by AFS and through OSHA- or AFS-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures.

      Event

      AFS "Foundry Best Practices Seminar," April 21-22, 2009, Waukesha, Wisconsin

      Through the Alliance, AFS created and delivered the Foundry Best Practices seminar for OSHA staff and others on April 21-22, 2009, in Waukesha, WI. The seminar provided attendees with an overview of the safety and health hazards that are present in foundries, and measures that should be taken to eliminate or reduce the severity of the hazard. 

      • Promote and encourage AFS chapters or worksites' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and the On-site Consultation Program and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program. 

      During this reporting period, OSHA and AFS did not complete projects that address this goal.

      • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects regarding PPE, ventilation, and silica issues that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program. 

      During this reporting period, OSHA and AFS did not complete projects that address this goal.

      • Encourage AFS chapters' or worksites' to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues, including PPE, heat stress, and silica. 

      During this reporting period, OSHA and AFS did not complete projects that address this goal.

      National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health Goal

      • Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health and publicize their results. 

        Products

        "Clearing the Air at Acme Foundry Integrated Design of a New Casting and Cleaning and Finishing Facility"

        Through the OSHA and AFS Alliance, AFS developed the case study, "Clearing the Air at Acme Foundry Integrated Design of a New Casting and Cleaning and Finishing Facility".  The case study highlighted reduced worker exposure to silica and made other workplace safety and health improvements in the expanded cleaning and finishing department at its foundry in Coffeyville, Kansas. The case study was completed in February 2010.

         "Silica Dust Control Improvement: Grinding of Iron Castings with Portable Tools at Kennedy Valve Foundry, Elmira, New York"

        Through the OSHA and AFS Alliance, AFS developed the case study, "Silica Dust Control Improvement: Grinding of Iron Castings with Portable Tools at Kennedy Valve Foundry, Elmira, New York".  The case study measured the reduction of workers' exposure to silica at its plant in Elmira, New York. The study was completed in June 2009. 

    3. Executive Summary

      OSHA and AFS will continue to work together to increase employer and employee access to safety and health information and training resources on workplace issues, including personal protective equipment, heat stress, and exposure to silica. The positive and collaborative relationship has led to the development of the many programs and projects that the OSHA and AFS Alliance Implementation team are currently working on or has produced. For example, through the OSHA and AFS Alliance, AFS developed the "Foundry Best Practices Seminar" and provided the seminar to OSHA staff in Waukesha, Wisconsin. OSHA staffed an exhibit booth at the Cast Expo on March 20-23, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. In addition, AFS worked with OSHA to develop two case studies entitled, "Clearing the Air at Acme Foundry Integrated Design of a New Casting and Cleaning and Finishing Facility" and "Silica Dust Control Improvement: Grinding of Iron Castings with Portable Tools at Kennedy Valve Foundry, Elmira, New York." The case studies detail measures that can be taken to reduce silica exposure in the workplace.

      As part of their outreach efforts, AFS joined with 57 other Alliance Program participants to support 2009 NAOSH Week, May 3-9, 2009. In addition, AFS representatives are sharing their expertise and technical review by serving on the editorial boards of numerous OSHA Safety and Health Topics pages, including: Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout); Heat Stress; Lead; Powered Industrial Trucks; Respiratory Protection; Silica, Crystalline; and Ventilation. AFS representatives also serve on the editorial board of the eTool Powered Industrial Trucks.

    4. Alliance Program Reach

      Type of Activity(Conference, Training, Print and
      Electronic Distribution, etc.)
      Number of Individuals
      Reached or Trained

      OSHA and AFS Alliance Web page on the OSHA Web site

      3,479

      AFS and OSHA Alliance Web page on the AFS Web site

      Data not available

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

      97,950

      OSHA Heat Stress Safety and Health Topics Page

      52,639

      OSHA Lead Safety and Health Topics Page

      39,806

      OSHA Powered Industrial Trucks Safety and Health Topics Page

      85,779

      OSHA Respiratory Protection Safety and Health Topics Page

      79,276

      OSHA Silica, Crystalline Safety and Health Topics Page

      30,121

      OSHA Ventilation Safety and Health Topics Page

      19,224

      OSHA Powered Industrial Trucks eTool

      45,322

      April 21, 2009 - AFS "Foundry Best Practices Seminar," Waukesha, WI

      25

      April 2009 - "Safety Means Always Coming Home at NAOSH Week," Modern Casting

      70,000

      April 2009 - "Safety Means Always Coming Home at NAOSH Week," Entrepreneur

      Data not available

      May 2009 - "Navistar Hosts OSHA Alliance Seminar," AFS News

      Data not available

      June 2009 - "Navistar Hosts OSHA Alliance Seminar,"
      All Business

      Data not available

      June 2009 - "Navistar Hosts OSHA Alliance Seminar,"
      AFS News

      Data not available

      June 2009 - "Navistar Hosts OSHA Alliance Seminar,"
      All Business

      Data not available

      June 2009 - "Navistar Hosts OSHA Alliance Seminar,"
      Modern Casting

      70,000

      February 2, 2010 - "American Society of Safety Engineers, OSHA, To Look at Work Safety Systems During Annual North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week," Fleet Daily

      Data not available

      TOTAL

      593,621


  4. Upcoming Milestones

    In the upcoming year, the OSHA and AFS Alliance Implementation Team will continue to work together to develop safety and health information and training resources for AFS members and small businesses in the metalcasting industry.  For example, during the next reporting period, the Implementation Team will complete development and finalize the following:

    • Case Study on Hexavelent Chromium;
    • AFS will present the "Foundry Best Practices Seminar" on May 12-14, 2010, Kansas City, Missouri;
    • AFS will participate with agency staff at the National Safety Council Annual Congress & Expo, October 4-6, 2010, San Diego, California;
    • AFS will support 2009 North American Occupational Safety and Health Week, May 3-9, 2009

    Lastly, OSHA and AFS hope to renew the Alliance in 2010.

    Report prepared by: Bill Willson, Program Analyst, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, August 10, 2010