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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
and the
American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)

December 20, 2007

  1. Alliance Background


  2. Date Signed

    October 10, 2002

    Dates Renewed

    April 23, 2004
    July 6, 2006

    Evaluation Period

    October 10, 2006 - October 9, 2007

    Overview

    The OSHA and AIHA Alliance focuses on providing AIHA members and others with information, guidance and access to training resources to help them protect employees’ health and safety, particularly in addressing ergonomic and hazard communication issues.

    Implementation Team Members
     
    OSHA:  
    Brett Besser
    Todd Briggs
    Salt Lake Technical Center (SLTC)
    Office of Outreach Services and Alliances
       
    AIHA:  
    Kermit Davis
    Peter O’Neil
    Chair, AIHA Ergonomics Committee
    Assistant Executive Director

  3. Implementation Team Meetings
    • December 12, 2006
    • April 12, 2007
    • September 20, 2007
    Implementation Team Meeting
    Implementation Team Meeting
    Implementation Team Meeting

  4. Results

    1. Events and Products


    2. Outreach and Communication 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 the AIHA’s Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.

      Products

      OSHA Safety and Health Topics Pages


      AIHA representatives review and update many of OSHA’s Safety and Health Topics pages. The following representatives from AIHA serve on the editorial boards of the following 28 OSHA Safety and Health Topics pages:

      • Brownfields
        - Mark McGowan, CSP, CIH, Malcolm Pirnie, Inc.; White Plains, NY
      • Confined Space
        - Warren K. Brown, CSP, ARM, CSHM, Dmax, Ltd.; Moraine, OH
        - George Hutcheson, MS, CIH, John Deere Waterloo Works; Cedar Falls, IA
      • Construction – Laser Hazards
        - Tim Hitchcock, LightRay Consulting; Cary, NC
      • Construction – Motor Vehicle Safety
        - Dan Napier, CIH, CSP, DNA Industrial Hygiene Hawthorne, CA
      • Construction – Noise and Hearing Conservation
        - Elliott Berger, Senior Scientist, Auditory Research, E-A-R/Aearo Company; Indianapolis, IN
        - John Earshen, Angevine Acoustical Consultants, Inc.; East Aurora, NY
      • Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout)
        - Warren K. Brown, CSP, ARM, CSHM, Dmax, Ltd.; Moraine, OH
      • Emergency Preparedness and Response
        - Scott Phillips, MD, FACP, FACMT, Associate Clinical Professor, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center; Denver, CO
      • Extremely Low Frequency Radiation
        - Martin Eroh, CIH, AIHA Non-Ionizing Radiation Committee; Phoenix, AZ
      • Hazardous Waste
        - Mark McGowan, CSP, CIH, Malcolm Pirnie, Inc.; White Plains, NY
      • Indoor Air Quality
        - Ellen Gunderson, Advanced Micro Devices; Sunnyvale, CA
      • Ionizing Radiation
        - Norris D. Johnson, CIH, Westinghouse Savannah River Co.; Aiken, SC
        - Irene F. Patrek, Beckman Coulter; Chaska, MN
      • Laboratories
        - Mike Austin, University of Minnesota, Dept. of Environmental Health and Safety; Minneapolis, MN
        - David Lumby, Abbott Laboratories; Abbott Park, IL
        - Joseph Passante, University of Pennsylvania, Environmental Health and Radiation Office, University of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, PA
      • Laser Hazards
        - Tim Hitchcock, LightRay Consulting; Raleigh, NC
      • Laser/Electrosurgery Plume
        - Tim Hitchcock, LightRay Consulting; Cary, NC
      • Machine Guarding
        - Warren K. Brown, CSP, ARM, CSHM, Dmax, Ltd.; Moraine, OH
      • Making the Business Case for Safety and Health
        - Charyln Peart, Senior Project Engineer, Merck & Co, Inc., West Point, PA
      • Motor Vehicle Safety
        - Dan Napier, CIH, CSP, DNA Industrial Hygiene; Lawndale, CA
      • Noise and Hearing Conservation
        - Elliott Berger, Senior Scientist, Auditory Research, E-A-R/Aearo Company; Indianapolis, IN
        - John Earshen, Angevine Acoustical Consultants, Inc.; East Aurora, NY
        - Edward Hermann, CE, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois; Chicago, IL
      • Non-Ionizing Radiation
        - Bart Dawson, Earth Tech; Brooks City, TX
        - Martin Eroh, CIH, AIHA Non-Ionizing Radiation Committee; Phoenix, AZ
        - Robert E. Johnson, American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), L-3 Communications; Hauppauge, NY
        - Shari McMahan, PhD, American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), Cal State University; Fullerton, CA
      • Occupational Epidemiology
        - Joseph B. Coble, ScD, American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), National Cancer Institute; Rockville, MD
      • Personal Protective Equipment
        - Allen W. Lilly, CIH, Protective Clothing and Equipment Committee, Fluor Hanford; Richland, WA
        - Wendy McDowell, Protective Clothing and Equipment Committee, Occidental Chemical Corp.; Dallas, TX
        - Andry Nowosiwsky, CIH, Protective Clothing and Equipment Committee, ExxonMobil Corp.; Baton Rouge, LA
        - Ron Zanoni, CIH, CSP, Protective Clothing and Equipment Committee, ATOFINA Chemicals Inc.; Philadelphia, PA
        - John G. Zvetan, CIH, CSP, Protective Clothing and Equipment Committee, New Paradigms; Marietta, GA
      • Radiation
        - Bart Dawson, Earth Tech; Brooks City, TX
        - Martin Eroh, CIH, AIHA Non-Ionizing Radiation Committee; Phoenix, AZ
        - Robert E. Johnson, L-3 Communications; Hauppauge, NY
        - Shari McMahan, PhD, Cal State University; Fullerton, CA
      • Radiological Dispersal Devices (RDD) Dirty Bombs
        - Scott Phillips, MD, FACP, FACMT, Associate Clinical Professor, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center; Denver, CO
      • Radiofrequency and Microwave Radiation
        - Bart Dawson, Earth Tech; Brooks City, TX
        - Martin Eroh, CIH, AIHA Non-Ionizing Radiation Committee; Phoenix, AZ
        - Robert E. Johnson, L-3 Communications; Hauppauge, NY
        - Shari McMahan, PhD, Cal State University; Fullerton, CA
      • Safety and Health Programs
        - Warren K. Brown, CSP, ARM, CSHM, Dmax, Ltd.; Moraine, OH
      • Sampling and Analysis
        - W.H. (Billy) Bullock, Arizona Chemical; Jacksonville, FL
        - Allen Iske Jr., PhD, CIH, CSP, Quintiles Transnational; Kansas City, MO
        - Pam Kostle, CIH, University Hygienic Laboratory; Iowa City, IA

      OSHA eTools

      The following AIHA representatives serve on the editorial board of OSHA’s Noise and Conservation Hearing eTool:

      • Elliott Berger, Senior Scientist, Auditory Research, E-A-R/Aearo Company; Indianapolis, IN
      • John Earshen, Angevine Acoustical Consultants, Inc.; East Aurora, NY


      OSHA and AIHA Alliance Web Page

      The OSHA and AIHA Alliance Web page on the Agency’s Web site continues to be updated and includes links to the OSHA and AIHA Alliance agreement, renewal agreements, related documents, activities and events, and milestones and successes. For more information on the number of visits to the OSHA and AIHA Alliance Web page, please see the Alliance Program Reach table.

      AIHA Chapter List

      AIHA provided OSHA with a contact list of its Chapters and posted the list to the OSHA and AIHA Alliance Intranet Web page. OSHA also sent an e-mail announcing the list’s availability to OSHA’s National and Regional Offices. OSHA staff 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’s Web Site

      AIHA continues to update the Ergonomics Topics page on the association’s Web site that is devoted to ergonomics with links to a number of resources, including the OSHA and AIHA Alliance and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Web pages, the OSHA Ergonomics Safety and Health Topics page, and other ergonomic-related resources.

      Print and Electronic Media

      Articles on the OSHA and AIHA Alliance appeared in a number of print and online publications, including: Yahoo News and Occupational Hazards Magazine. In addition, AIHA includes information on OSHA’s compliance assistance resources in its Happenings From The Hill. For more information on the articles, please see the Alliance Program Reach table.

      • Speak, exhibit or appear at OSHA’s or AIHA’s conferences, local meetings or other events.


      Events

      AIHce 2007 Expo, June 2-7, 2007, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

      A number of OSHA’s executives from the Agency's National Office delivered numerous presentations during the AIHce 2007 Expo’s plenary and workshop sessions focusing on multiple safety and health topics, including an OSHA compliance assistance and cooperative program update. Representatives from OSHA’s Area Offices also delivered presentations focusing on occupational safety and health issues, including OSHA health cases from 2004-2006. OSHA staff members made the following presentations during the Expo:

      • Dr. Donald Wright, then Director, Office of Occupational Medicine, Directorate of Science, Technology and Medicine (DSTM), USDOL-OSHA; Atkinson Longmire, Medical Officer, Office of Occupational Medicine, DSTM, USDOL-OSHA; Dr. Minda Nieblas, Occupational Medicine Physician, Office of Occupational Medicine, DSTM, USDOL-OSHA; and Robert Bak, Industrial Hygienist, Region I, Springfield, Massachusetts Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; presented "Most Interesting DOL/OSHA Health Cases 2004-2006” to 125 attendees on June 4, 2007.
      • Paula White, Director, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs; Ruth McCully, Director, DSTM; Richard Fairfax, Director, Directorate of Enforcement Programs; Dorothy Dougherty, Director, Directorate of Standards and Guidance; and Keith Motley, Division Director, Salt Lake Technical Center, Salt Lake City, Utah; gave an OSHA update to 130 attendees on June 5, 2007.
      • Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA, participated in the "AIHce Morning Show" with Dr. John Howard, Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to 2,500 people on June 6, 2007.
      • Patricia Clark, Administrator, Region II, New York, New York, USDOL-OSHA; Phil Peist, Director, Region II, Parsippany, New Jersey Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; presented "The OSHA Region II Alliance Program" to 35 attendees on June 6, 2007.
      • Additionally, OSHA representatives staffed an Agency exhibit booth throughout the AIHce 2007 Expo.


      AIHA Ergonomics Committee, June 3, 2007, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

      Through the Alliance, Brett Besser and Todd Briggs are participating as ad hoc members on AIHA’s Ergonomics Committee to facilitate communication between the two organizations and to address and jointly discuss ergonomics-related issues that arise. Todd Briggs participated in AIHA’s Ergonomics Committee meeting on June 3, 2007 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and delivered a presentation to 30 attendees focusing on ergonomic-related outreach products developed through the OSHA Alliance Program.

      • Promote and encourage AIHA members’ or worksites’ participation in OSHA’s cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and the Consultation Program and its Safety and Health Recognition Program.

        During this reporting period, OSHA and AIHA did not work on projects to address this goal.
      • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on ergonomics and hazard communication that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.


      Events

      2007 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, May 6-12, 2007


      AIHA helped to support and promote 2007 NAOSH Week, which was May 6-12, 2007. NAOSH Week is sponsored by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), another Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE). Mary Ann Latko, Director, Science and Technical Initiatives; Aaron Trippler, Director, Government Affairs; and Melissa Hurley, Communications Specialist, represented AIHA at the May 7, 2007, kick-off event at the Department of Labor.

      Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

      • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions or stakeholder meetings on ergonomics and hazard communication issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on health and safety issues. During this reporting period, OSHA and AIHA did not work on projects to address this goal.


    3. Executive Summary


    4. OSHA and AIHA are continuing to work to reduce and prevent employee exposure to ergonomic hazards and hazard communication issues in the workplace.

      Through the agreement, the organizations have pursued a number of projects and activities addressing occupational safety and health issues. For example, the OSHA and AIHA Alliance maintain several resources with information about the Alliance, ergonomics, and other safety and health materials. The OSHA and AIHA Alliance Web page features links to the Alliance agreement, renewal agreements, related documents, activities and events, and milestones and successes. OSHA posts AIHA’s Chapter List on the OSHA and AIHA Alliance Intranet Web page as a resource for Agency staff. In addition, the AIHA Web site features an Ergonomics Topics page that provides AIHA members and other visitors to the site with resources for addressing ergonomics hazards, including OSHA’s Ergonomics Safety and Health Topics page. AIHA members review and revise many of OSHA’s Safety and Health Topics pages and eTools covering such issues as motor vehicle safety, machine guarding, and making the business case for safety and health by serving on the tools’ editorial boards.

      The Alliance implementation team also helped to identify speakers to share information on safety and health issues. For example, members of the OSHA and AIHA Alliance and other representatives from OSHA, made presentations and exhibited at the AIHce 2007, June 2-7, 2007 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA and Dr. John Howard, Director, NIOSH, participated in the "AIHce Morning Show" which attracted more than 2,500 people. Other OSHA representatives spoke on a number of safety and health issues, including OSHA health cases and an OSHA enforcement, regulatory and compliance assistance update. In addition, Agency representatives staffed an exhibit booth in the Expo.

      Further, AIHA worked with other Alliance Program participants to promote workplace safety and health issues. AIHA supported and participated in the 2007 NAOSH Week, which is sponsored by ASSE and CSSE. The 2007 event was held May 6-12, 2007 and Mary Ann Latko, Director, Science and Technical Initiatives; Aaron Trippler, Director, Government Affairs; and Melissa Hurley, Communications Specialist, represented AIHA at the May 7, 2007, kick-off event at the Department of Labor.


    5. Alliance Program Reach


    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    October 11, 2006: “OSHA Topics Page Makes the Business Case for Occupational Safety and Health”
    Occupational Hazards Magazine
    Data not available
    October 12, 2006: “OSHA Makes the Business Case for Safety and Health: Agency Unveils New Safety and Health Topics Page
    eNews (Center for Education and Training)
    Data not available
    November 22, 2006: “OSHA and Alliance Launch Safety and Health Web Page”
    Cleanlink
    Data not available
    November 2006: “OSHA Makes the Business Case for Safety and Health”
    Legislative and Regulatory Update
    Data not available
    November/December 2006: “OSHA Makes the Business Case for Safety and Health”
    ISSA Legislative and Regulatory Update
    Data not available
    December 12, 2006: “A Talk with Ed Foulke”
    Occupational Hazards Magazine
    Data not available
    April 24, 2007: “OSHA, American Society of Safety Engineers Note Major Growth In May’s North American Occupational Safety and Health Week Support”
    Yahoo News
    Data not available
    June 2-7, 2007: AIHce 2007, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    OSHA Exhibit
    326
    June 3, 2007: AIHA Ergonomics Committee, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Speaker:
    Todd Briggs, Program Analyst, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, DCSP, USDOL-OSHA
    30
    June 4, 2007: "Most Interesting DOL/OSHA Health Cases 2004-2006,” AIHce 2007, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Speakers:
    • Dr. Donald Wright, then Director, Office of Occupational Medicine, Directorate of Science, Technology and Medicine, USDOL-OSHA
    • Atkinson Longmire, Medical Officer, Office of Occupational Medicine, DSTM, USDOL-OSHA
    • Dr. Minda Nieblas, Occupational Medicine Physician, Office of Occupational Medicine, DSTM, USDOL-OSHA
    • Robert Bak, Industrial Hygienist, Region I, Springfield, Massachusetts Area Office, USDOL-OSHA
    125
    June 5, 2007: “OSHA Update,” AIHce 2007, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Speakers:
    • Paula White, Director, DCSP
    • Ruth McCully, Director, DSTM
    • Richard Fairfax, Director, DEP
    • Dorothy Dougherty, Director, DSG
    130
    June 6, 2007: “AIHce Morning Show,” AIHce 2007, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Speaker:
    Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA
    2,500
    June 6, 2007: "The OSHA Region II Alliance Program," AIHce 2007, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Speakers:
    • Patricia Clark, Administrator, Region II, New York, New York, USDOL-OSHA
    • Phil Peist, Director, Region II, Parsippany, New Jersey Area Office, USDOL-OSHA
    35
    OSHA and AIHA Alliance Web page on the OSHA Web site
    8,114
    AIHA Ergonomics Resource Web page on the Association’s Web site
    Data not available
    Brownfields Safety and Health Topics page
    20,620
    Confined Space Safety and Health Topics page
    20,620
    Construction – Laser Hazards Safety and Health Topics page
    20,620
    Construction – Motor Vehicle Safety, Safety and Health Topics page
    20,620
    Construction – Noise and Hearing Safety and Health Topics page
    20,620
    Conservation Safety and Health Topics page
    47,612
    Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) Safety and Health Topics page
    86,924
    ELF Radiation Safety and Health Topics page
    20,620
    Emergency Preparedness and Response Safety and Health Topics page
    120,956
    Ergonomics Safety and Health Topics page
    259,719
    Fire Safety, Safety and Health Topics page
    87,441
    Hazardous Waste Safety and Health Topics page
    31,752
    Indoor Air Quality Safety and Health Topics page
    20,620
    Ionizing Radiation Safety and Health Topics page
    23,830
    Laboratories Safety and Health Topics page
    25,503
    Laser Hazards Safety and Health Topics page
    28,503
    Laser/Electrosurgery Plume Safety and Health Topics page
    20,620
    Machine Guarding Safety and Health Topics page
    30,138
    Making the Business Case for Safety and Health, Safety and Health Topics page
    38,991
    Motor Vehicle Safety, Safety and Health Topics page
    21,564
    Noise and Hearing Conservation Safety and Health Topics page
    47,612
    Non-Ionizing Radiation Safety and Health Topics page
    20,620
    Occupational Epidemiology Safety and Health Topics page
    20,620
    Personal Protective Equipment Safety and Health Topics page
    111,024
    Radiation Safety and Health Topics page
    34,581
    Radiation: Radiological Dispersal Devices (RDD) Dirty Bombs Safety and Health Topics page
    20,620
    Radiofrequency and Microwave Radiation Safety and Health Topics page
    29,847
    Safety and Health Programs Safety and Health Topics page
    44,448
    Sampling and Analysis Safety and Health Topics page
    20,620
    Noise and Hearing Conservation eTool
    29,298
    TOTAL
    966,362


  5. Upcoming Milestones
During the upcoming year, OSHA and AIHA will continue to provide information, guidance, and access to training resources to protect employees’ health and safety, particularly in the areas associated with ergonomics and hazard communication. For example, the Alliance will provide resources for the public on ergonomics through the OSHA and AIHA Alliance Web page and AIHA’s Ergonomics Topics page on the association’s Web site. In addition, articles on the OSHA and AIHA Alliance and the Agency’s compliance assistance resources will continue to appear in a number of print and online publications, including AIHA’s Happenings From The Hill. For more information on the articles, please see the Alliance Program Reach table.

Additionally, representatives from AIHA will continue to serve on the editorial boards of OSHA Safety and Health Topics pages and eTools, providing expert input on a number of occupational safety and health issues.

The Alliance implementation team will also work with other Alliance Program participants on projects related to occupational safety and health issues. For example, AIHA is planning to support and promote 2008 NAOSH Week, May 4-10, 2008, with ASSE and numerous other Alliance Program participants. AIHA will also work collaboratively with the American Shipbuilding Association, the National Shipbuilding Research Program, the Shipbuilders Council of America and ASSE to develop a Safety Alert for employers and employees focusing on electrical hazards in shipyards.

Further, for example, Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA, will deliver a compliance assistance and cooperative program update at AIHA’s Carolinas Section Fall Conference and PDC on October 19, 2007 in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

The Alliance implementation team will help to identify speakers to share information on safety and health issues. Members of the OSHA and AIHA Alliance and other representatives from OSHA, will also make presentations and OSHA will staff an exhibit booth at the AIHce 2008, May 31-June 5 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In addition, an OSHA representative will deliver a presentation focusing on the Agency’s ergonomic-related outreach activities at AIHA’s Ergonomics Committee meeting at the AIHce 2008 Expo.

Lastly, AIHA will provide OSHA with an updated Chapter List for posting on OSHA’s Intranet Web page to foster relationships with OSHA Regional and Area Offices and State Plan States.



Report prepared by: Todd Briggs, Program Analyst, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, December 20, 2007.