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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT

Occupational Safety and Health Administration
and the
American Industrial Hygiene Association

January 24, 2004

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    October 10, 2002

    Overview

    The OSHA/AIHA Alliance focuses on reducing and preventing employee exposure to ergonomic hazards in the workplace by providing AIHA members and others with information and specific guidance for developing, implementing, and/or improving ergonomic programs. This agreement also addresses a number of goals including:

    Training and Education
     
    • Develop and deliver training and education programs on ergonomics hazard reduction and elimination.
    Outreach and Communication
     
    • Develop and disseminate information at conferences, events, or through print and electronic media, including links from the AIHA and OSHA web sites.
    • Establish avenues and processes for AIHA members to mentor and assist OSHA personnel as they go through professional certification.
    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health
     
    • Develop, promote and share information on best worksite practices through outreach by AIHA and OSHA.
    • Share information and examples of hazard recognition strategies and analytical tools with OSHA and others in the occupational health and safety profession.
    • Convene or participate in forums and roundtable discussions on ergonomic issues to help find innovative solutions in the workplace.
    Implementation Team Members
     
    AIHA:  
    Tom Grumbles
    Peter O'Neil
    Aaron Trippler
    President
    Assistant Executive Director
    Director, Government Affairs
       
    OSHA:  
    Cathy Cronin
    Bob Curtis
    Lisa Ramber
    Beth Sherfy
    Office of Training and Education
    Salt Lake Technical Center
    Office of Outreach Services and Alliances
    Office of Outreach Services and Alliances
       
    Contributors  
       
    Dick Clark Contractor for OSHA, Salt Lake Technical Center
       
    Evaluation Period  
       
    October 10, 2002 - October 9, 2003

  2. Implementation Team Meetings
  • November 15, 2002
  • January 7, 2003
  • June 23, 2003
Kick-off meeting
Conference call
Conference call

Joint meeting with the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons:
 
  • October 6, 2003
Conference call

  1. Activities and Products

    Training and Education

    Products:

    • AIHA is working with two Alliance participants, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), to develop a definition for upper-extremity work relatedness that can be used during the diagnosis of musculoskeletal disorders.

    Outreach and Communication

    Events:


    • AIHA's Board and Leadership Conference, Fairfax, Virginia

      On January 31, 2003, OSHA Assistant Secretary John Henshaw spoke to the AIHA Board and discussed the Alliance Program and the agreement that OSHA and AIHA signed.

      On February 1, 2003, Paula White, Director of OSHA's Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, gave a presentation to AIHA's Leadership Conference entitled "The OSHA-AIHA Alliance: Meeting the Goals Together." Ms. White's presentation reviewed the Alliance's goals and early successes and described upcoming activities.

    • American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHce), Dallas, Texas

      OSHA Assistant Secretary John Henshaw spoke on May 12, 2003 at the AIHce and his presentation, "Navigating Unchartered Territory," outlined OSHA's 2003-2008 Strategic Management Plan goals, including OSHA's continuing focus on developing Alliances.

      On May 14, during the AIHce, OSHA held a roundtable discussion entitled "Expanding OSHA's Impact: Outreach and Assistance." The following speakers discussed OSHA's compliance assistance efforts and the Alliance Program.

      • Kim Lazor, OSHA, Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary
      • Paula O. White, OSHA, Director, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs
      • Bob Curtis, OSHA, Director, Program Support Division, Salt Lake Technical Center
      • Thomas G. Grumbles, CIH, AIHA, President, Sasol North America Inc.
      • Michael Rivera, OSHA, Fort Worth Area Office
      OSHA also exhibited during the conference and distributed 1,000 CDs.

    • OSHA Second Annual Compliance Assistance Conference, Tysons Corner Marriott, Vienna, Virginia

      AIHA exhibited during the conference, June 9-13, 2003.

    • Professional Conference on Industrial Hygiene (PCIH), Rancho Las Palmas Marriott, Rancho Mirage, California

      Assistant Secretary, John Henshaw provided the keynote address on September 15, 2003, at the PCIH Opening Session: "Updating the OSHA PELs: Searching for Consensus." In addition, he updated the group on the AIHA Alliance.
    Products:

    • October 10 -- OSHA distributed a news release announcing the Alliance.
       
    • October 10, 2002 -- AIHA distributed a press release announcing the Alliance.
       
    • October 15, 2002 OSHA includes information on the OSHA/AIHA Alliance signing in its bi-weekly e-newsletter; QuickTakes.
       
    • December 3, 2002 -- AIHA distributed a press release reporting on the Alliance kick-off Implementation Team meeting.
       
    • December 2002 -- AIHA included an article on the Alliance in the December edition of the association's magazine; The Synergist. This is a four-color publication that is mailed to more than 12,000 AIHA members monthly.
       
    • AIHA put together and provided OSHA with a contact list of its Chapters that are in the same geographical areas as OSHA's Ed Centers. The Ed Centers can use the list to contact AIHA chapters if they are looking for training information or instructors in a specific safety and health topic area.
       
    • AIHA added links from its Web site to OSHA's Alliance and Ergonomics Web pages.
       
    • AIHA is participating on the following twelve editorial boards for OSHA's Safety and Health Topics pages:

      • Confined Space
      • Emergency Response
      • Hazard Communication
      • Indoor Air Quality
      • Ionizing Radiation
      • Noise and Hearing Conservation
      • Occupational Epidemiology
      • Occupational Medicine
      • Laboratory Health and Safety
      • Personal Protective Equipment
      • Respiratory Protection
      • Sampling and Laboratory Analysis
    • Three OSHA staffers, Brett Besser, Kim Lazor and Beth Sherfy are participating as ad hoc members on AIHA's Ergonomics Committee to facilitate communication between the two organizations and to address and jointly resolve any issues that arise. OSHA staff participated in the May 2003 meeting of this committee.
    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    Events:


    • OSHA Second Annual Compliance Assistance Conference, June 9-13, 2003

      Frank Renshaw, speaking on behalf of AIHA, discussed the value and benefits of achieving professional certification during a conference workshop, Achieving Professional Certification, that was presented two times on Wednesday, June 11, 2003. The session also covered the qualifications and requirements that industrial hygiene or safety professionals must meet to be awarded the certifications and mentoring opportunities that are available for OSHA staff. Members of the workshop panel included Mark Hansen, speaking on behalf of the American Society of Safety Executives (an Alliance participant) and Stew Burkhammer for the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (signed an Alliance on September 26, 2003).
  2. Results

    Through the Alliance, OSHA and AIHA increased communication between the organizations and awareness of the compliance assistance resources and programs that are offered by both organizations. The association demonstrated that the organization is committed to providing ongoing support to OSHA offices and personnel by supplying information and resources as requested by the Agency; including a list of contacts at its local chapters. AIHA's members are also providing OSHA with expertise through their participation on OSHA's Safety and Health Topics pages' editorial boards. The knowledge that the AIHA committee members contribute is helping to increase the value of these pages for safety and health professionals and the public.

    OSHA's staff participation as ad hoc members of AIHA's Ergonomics Committee provides a link between the two groups that was not available prior to the Alliance. The committee is now able to hear directly from OSHA as issues are discussed during the committee meetings and, at the same time, OSHA learns more about AIHA's activities and concerns in this area.

    Speaking and exhibiting opportunities are invaluable to both organizations as was proven in 2003. OSHA's participation in AIHce 2003 provided an excellent vehicle for speaking directly to industrial hygiene professionals regarding the Agency's outreach efforts. In addition, AIHA's participation at the Second Annual OSHA Compliance Assistance Conference showed that the association is willing to meet OSHA representatives and be available to talk frankly about safety and health issues in the workplace and educate the Agency's staff about safety and health professional certification.
     
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
Professional Conference on Industrial Hygiene (PCIH), September 15, 2003, Rancho Las Palmas Marriott, Rancho Mirage, CA
Speaker: OSHA Assistant Secretary, John Henshaw
300
Second Annual OSHA Compliance Assistance Conference, Tysons Corner Marriott, Vienna, Virginia, June 9-13, 2003 AIHA Exhibited 200
Second Annual OSHA Compliance Assistance Conference, Tysons Corner Marriott, Vienna, Virginia, June 9-13, 2003 Workshop presented two times on June 11: Achieving Professional Certification 200
American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHce), May 14, 2003 Dallas, Texas Roundtable Discussion entitled "Expanding OSHA's Impact: Outreach and Assistance"
Speakers:
  • Kim Lazor, Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary, OSHA
  • Paula O. White, Director, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, OSHA
  • Bob Curtis, Director, Program Support Division, Salt Lake Technical Center, OSHA
  • Thomas G. Grumbles, CIH, Sasol North America Inc., AIHA, President
  • Michael Rivera, Fort Worth Area Office, OSHA
20
American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHce), May 12, 2003, Dallas, Texas
Keynote Address Speaker: OSHA Assistant Secretary, John Henshaw
4,000
American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHce), May 10-14, 2003 Dallas, Texas
OSHA Exhibited
1,000 CDs Distributed
AIHA's Leadership Conference, February 1, 2003, Fairfax, Virginia
Speaker: Paula White, Director of OSHA's Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs
120
AIHA's Board Meeting, January 31, 2003, Fairfax, Virginia
Speaker: OSHA Assistant Secretary John Henshaw
16
December 3, 2002 -- AIHA press release reporting on the Alliance kick-off Implementation Team meeting 100 News Services
December 2002 -- Article on the Alliance in the December edition of the association's magazine; The Synergist 12,000
October 15, 2002 OSHA includes information on the OSHA/AIHA
Alliance signing in its bi-weekly e-newsletter; QuickTakes
35,000
October 10, 2002 -- OSHA press release announcing Alliance 25 News Services
October 10, 2002 -- AIHA press release announcing Alliance 100 News Services
AIHA Chapter List -- provided to OSHA's Ed Centers 32
AIHA Web site -- Links to OSHA's Alliance and Ergonomics Web pages 240
AIHA Ergonomics Committee - OSHA participation.
Attended 1 meeting in the reporting period
25
Safety and Health Topics pages' editorial boards:
  • Confined Space
  • Emergency Response
  • Hazard Communication
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Ionizing Radiation
  • Noise and Hearing Conservation
  • Occupational Epidemiology
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Laboratory Health and Safety
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Sampling and Laboratory Analysis
Data not available
   
TOTAL 62,633
  1. Upcoming Milestones

    Both organizations are committed to continuing to leverage resources and provide information to improve the safety and health of the workplace. Upcoming milestones for the OSHA and AIHA Alliance include the signing of a renewal Alliance agreement for two years. OSHA will also be speaking, and participating in workshops and exhibiting during AIHAce 2004.

    Working with other Alliance participants and finding ways to help OSHA educate its staff about safety and health professional certification have been identified by the Alliance as top priorities in the upcoming year. AIHA is planning to continue working with ACOEM and AAOS to develop a definition for upper-extremity work relatedness that can be used during the diagnosis of musculoskeletal disorders. The Alliance has also discussed working with other Alliance participants to develop the business case for safety and health. It is expected that an Alliance signed with the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) will provide an opportunity for AIHA and SCHC to work together to address hazard communication issues in the workplace.

    AIHA is currently exploring ways it can continue provide support to OSHA staff (e.g. providing educational opportunities, mentoring) that are studying for safety and health certification. In addition, OSHA is preparing core competencies for the training of OSHA staff and AIHA will review the information and provide input once a draft is available. Other issues that the Alliance may be called on to work on during the upcoming year include tuberculosis and hazard preparedness.

Report prepared by: Lisa Ramber, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, January 24, 2004