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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the
American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)
December 10, 2009

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    October 10, 2002

    Dates Renewed
    April 23, 2004
    July 6, 2006
    October 21, 2008

    Evaluation Period

    October 10, 2008 – October 9, 2009

    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 by focusing on construction and general industry issues and emergency response.

    Implementation Team Members

    OSHA

    Brett Besser Salt Lake Technical Center (SLTC)
    Todd Briggs Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)

    AIHA
    *David Hicks Manager, Technical Initiatives

    (*David Hicks became AIHA’s new Alliance Coordinator in June 2009)

     
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    October 30, 2008 Implementation Team Meeting
    February 26, 2009 Implementation Team Meeting
    June 26, 2009 Implementation Team Meeting

    In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from each organization, Todd Briggs and David Hicks, spoke regularly to discuss and plan the activities and programs listed under events and products, including AIHA’s support for 2009 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week.

     
  3. Results
     
    1. Events and Products

      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

      Safety Alert: Welding and Other Hot Work Procedures in Shipyard
      Employment


      AIHA representatives, along with other Alliance Program participants, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), the American Shipbuilding Association (ASA), and the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) developed “Safety Alert: Welding and Other Hot Work Procedures in Shipyard Employment.” The alert was finalized and posted to the SCA Web site and linked to from the OSHA and AIHA Alliance Program Web page in February 2009.

      OSHA Safety and Health Topics Pages

      AIHA representatives serve on the editorial boards for the following Safety and Health Topics pages on the OSHA Web site: Brownfields; Confined Space; Control of Hazardous Energy; Emergency Preparedness and Response; Extremely Low Frequency Radiation; Hazardous Waste; Indoor Air Quality; Ionizing Radiation; Laboratories; Laser Hazards; Laser/Electrosurgery Plume; Machine Guarding; Making the Business Case for Safety and Health; Motor Vehicle Safety; Noise and Hearing Conservation; Non-Ionizing Radiation; Occupational Epidemiology; Personal Protective Equipment; Radiation; Radiological Dispersal Devices (RDD) Dirty Bombs; Radiofrequency and Microwave Radiation; Safety and Health Programs; and Sampling and Analysis.

      OSHA eTools

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

      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, news releases, 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’s Web Site

      AIHA continues to update the AIHA and OSHA Alliance Web page on the organization’s Web site with information about the Alliance and links to OSHA’s compliance assistance resources, including the OSHA Safety and Health Topics pages, and other Alliance-developed products such as Safety Alerts and QuickTips.

      Print and Electronic Media

      Articles on the OSHA and AIHA Alliance appeared in a number of print and online publications, including: EHS Today, Restoration and Remediation, Reliable Plant, Safety Online, and AIHA Weekly E-ssential Connection. For more information on the articles, please see the “Alliance Program Reach” table.
       
      • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding AIHA's best practices or effective approaches, with a focus on small and medium size businesses, and publicize results through outreach by AIHA and through OSHA- or AIHA developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, lectures.
        During this reporting period, OSHA and AIHA did not work on projects to address this goal.
      • Speak, exhibit or appear at OSHA’s or AIHA’s conferences, local meetings or other events.
      Events

      Potomac Section of AIHA and National Capital Chapter of ASSE Joint Chapter Meeting, DOL Auditorium, March 12, 2009, Washington, DC.


      David Hicks, Manager, Technical Initiatives, AIHA, delivered an update on the activities of the OSHA and AIHA Alliance. OSHA senior staff also delivered an overview of the Agency's compliance assistance and cooperative program activities to more than 100 safety and health professionals from the Washington, DC area.

      AIHce 2009 Expo, May 30-June 4, 2009, Toronto, Canada

      During the 2009 AIHce Expo in Toronto, Canada, a number of OSHA representatives from the Agency’s National and Regional/Area Offices spoke to the attendees during the following plenary and workshop sessions:

      - A representative from the Directorate of Enforcement Programs (DEP), USDOL-OSHA, presented "Lead and Healthy Homes."

      - Mary Eide, Chemist, Salt Lake Technical Center (SLTC), Sandy, Utah, USDOL-OSHA, presented "Chemical Vapor Sampling and Analysis."

      - Cindy Coe, Regional Administrator, Region IV, Atlanta, Georgia, USDOL-OSHA; Keith Motley, Chief, SLTC, Sandy, Utah, USDOL-OSHA; Richard Fairfax, Director, DEP, USDOL-OSHA; Jack Gill, Industrial Hygienist, Region I, Springfield, Massachusetts Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Anthony Towey, Industrial Hygienist, Region V, North Aurora, Illinois Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Sharon Ford, Industrial Hygienist, Region IV, Atlanta-East, Georgia Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Frank Strelec, Industrial Hygienist, Region II, Syracuse, New York Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Joseph Czaicki, Industrial Hygienist, Region VII, St. Louis, Missouri Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Kevin Matson, Industrial Hygienist, Region V, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Lewis Daniel, Industrial Hygienist, Region IV, Jacksonville, Florida Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Steve Skolnik, Industrial Hygienist, Region V, Calumet City, Illinois Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Elizabeth Freeman, Industrial Hygienist, Region IV, Savannah, Georgia Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Jacki Lamb-Anderson, Industrial Hygienist, Region II, Buffalo, New York Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, presented "Glen Williamson Forum: OSHA's Most Interesting Health Cases, 2006-2008."

      - Steve Baranowski, Industrial Hygienist, Region I, South Boston, Massachusetts Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Terry Krug, Industrial Hygienist, OSHA Training Institute (OTI), Directorate of Training and Education (DTE), Arlington Heights, Illinois, USDOL-OSHA and Chris Lorenzo, Industrial Hygienist, Region VII, Denver, Colorado, USDOL-OSHA, presented "Notable Confined Spaces."

      - Tina Jones, Industrial Hygienist, Office of Science and Technology Assessment, Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management (DTSEM), USDOL-OSHA; Reginald Richards, Safety and Occupational Health Scientist, Office of Science and Technology Assessment, DTSEM, USDOL-OSHA; and Thomas Galassi, Director, DTSEM, USDOL-OSHA, presented "Integrating Safety and Health in Emergency Preparedness and Response Activities."

      - John Koerner, Industrial Hygienist, Office of Science and Technology Assessment, DTSEM, USDOL-OSHA, presented "Health Care Industries II: Hazardous Drugs and Other Health Care Topics."

      - Michael Levy, Industrial Hygienist, Region II, Albany, New York Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, presented "An Introduction to OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs."

      - Mary Eide, Chemist, SLTC, Sandy, Utah, USDOL-OSHA, presented "Biological and Chemical Aerosol Sampling and Analysis."

      - Additionally, OSHA representatives staffed an exhibit booth at the 2008 AIHce.
       
      • Encourage AIHA local sections to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues addressed through the Alliance.
        During the reporting period, there were no Alliances signed between OSHA Regional/Area Offices and AIHA local chapters.
      • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on ergonomics and hazard communication that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
      Products

      Safety Alert: Welding and Other Hot Work Procedures in Shipyard
      Employment


      AIHA representatives, along with other Alliance Program participants, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), the American Shipbuilding Association (ASA), and the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) developed “Safety Alert: Welding and Other Hot Work Procedures in Shipyard Employment.” The alert was finalized and posted to the SCA Web site and linked to from the OSHA and AIHA Alliance Program Web page in February 2009.

      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.
      Events

      OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable Joint Design for Safety (DFS) and Fall Protection Workgroup Meeting, February 24, 2009, Washington, DC.


      On February 24, 2009, David Hicks, Manager, Technical Initiatives, participated in the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable Joint DFS and Fall Protection Workgroup Meeting, in Washington, D.C. During the meeting, Alliance Program participants discussed products developed through the Roundtable and identified potential projects and compliance assistance resources to help address safety and health hazards in the construction industry.

      2009 North American Occupational Safety and Health Week, May 3-9, 2009, Washington, DC.

      On May 3-9, 2009, AIHA 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." Howard Marks, Director, Regulatory Affairs, NAPA, attended the event and represented The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners, which, along with a number of other Alliance Program participants, supported the Week.
       
    2. Executive Summary

      During the reporting period, OSHA and AIHA renewed the Alliance agreement and continue to work to reduce and prevent employee exposure to construction and general industry issues as well as emergency response in the workplace. Through the agreement, the organizations have pursued a number of projects and activities addressing occupational safety and health issues, including:
       
      • AIHA worked with other Alliance Program participants, ASSE, ASA, NSRP, and SCA to develop a safety alert focusing on welding and other hot work procedures in shipyard employment.
         
      • AIHA participates in the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable Joint DFS and Fall Protection Workgroup meetings, including the Roundtable meeting on February 24, 2009, in Washington, DC.
         
      • OSHA representatives delivered safety and health presentations and exhibited at the AIHce 2009, May 30-June 4, 2009, in Toronto, Canada. OSHA representatives also delivered presentations at the Potomac Section of AIHA and National Capital Chapter of ASSE Joint Chapter meeting, on March 12, 2009, in Washington, DC.
         
      • AIHA members continue to serve on the editorial board of numerous OSHA Safety and Health Topics pages addressing such issues as motor vehicle safety, machine guarding, and making the business case for safety and health. AIHA members also serve on the editorial board of the Noise and Hearing Conservation eTool.
         
      • AIHA representatives are to helping to address safety and health hazards in the general and construction industries by supporting 2009 NAOSH Week, “Safety Means Always Coming Home.”
         
    3. Alliance Program Reach
       

      Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
      October 28, 2008: “OSHA, AIHA Renew Alliance”

      EHS Today
      83,102
      October 28, 2008: “AIHA Hires New Executive Director, Renews Alliance with OSHA”

      Occupational Health & Safety Magazine
      80,100
      October 29, 2008: “AIHA Hires New Executive Director, Renews Alliance with OSHA”

      Occupational Health & Safety E-News
      65,000
      October 29, 2008: “AIHA and OSHA Renew Alliance”

      Restoration and Remediation
      25,000
      October 30, 2008: “AIHA and OSHA Renew Alliance”

      Safety Online
      Data not available
      October 30, 2008: “Safety Association Renews Alliance with OSHA”

      Reliable Plant
      52,000
      November 3, 2008: AIHA and OSHA Renew Alliance

      Safety Online
      Data not available
      November 4, 2008: “AIHA and OSHA Renew Alliance”

      AIHA Weekly E-ssential Connection
      7,800
      November 4, 2008: “OSHA and the American Industrial Hygiene Association Renew Alliance”

      The Columbian Observer
      Data not available
      December 9, 2008: “AIHA and OSHA Renew Alliance”

      Restoration and Remediation
      25,000
      January 3, 2009: “OSHA Alliances”

      OSHA Up to Date
      62 News Services
      March 12, 2009: Potomac Section of AIHA and National Capital Chapter of ASSE Joint Chapter, DOL Auditorium, Washington, DC “OSHA Update”
      Speakers:
      David Hicks, Manager, Technical Initiatives, AIHA, and OSHA senior staff
      100
      June 1, 2009: AIHce 2009, Toronto, Canada, “Lead and Healthy Homes”

      Speaker:

      DEP, USDOL-OSHA
      50
      June 1, 2009: AIHce 2009, Toronto, Canada, “Chemical Vapor Sampling and Analysis"

      Speaker:

      Mary Eide, Chemist, SLTC, Sandy, Utah, USDOL-OSHA
      75
      June 2, 2009: AIHce 2009, Toronto, Canada, "Glen Williamson Forum: OSHA's Most Interesting Health Cases, 2006-2008"

      Speakers:

      Cindy Coe, Regional Administrator, Region IV, Atlanta, Georgia, USDOL-OSHA; Keith Motley, Chief, SLTC, Sandy, Utah, USDOL-OSHA; Richard Fairfax, Director, DEP, USDOL-OSHA; Jack Gill, Industrial Hygienist, Region I, Springfield, Massachusetts Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Anthony Towey, Industrial Hygienist, Region V, North Aurora, Illinois Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Sharon Ford, Industrial Hygienist, Region IV, Atlanta-East, Georgia Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Frank Strelec, Industrial Hygienist, Region II, Syracuse, New York Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Joseph Czaicki, Industrial Hygienist, Region VII, St. Louis, Missouri Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Kevin Matson, Industrial Hygienist, Region V, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Lewis Daniel, Industrial Hygienist, Region IV, Jacksonville, Florida Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Steve Skolnik, Industrial Hygienist, Region V, Calumet City, Illinois Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Elizabeth Freeman, Industrial Hygienist, Region IV, Savannah, Georgia Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; and Jacki Lamb-Anderson, Industrial Hygienist, Region II, Buffalo, New York Area Office, USDOL-OSHA
      150
      June 3, 2009: AIHce 2009, Toronto, Canada, "Notable Confined Spaces"

      Speakers:

      Steve Baranowski, Industrial Hygienist, Region I, South Boston, Massachusetts Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Terry Krug, Industrial Hygienist, OTI, DTE, Arlington Heights, Illinois, USDOL-OSHA, and Chris Lorenzo, Industrial Hygienist, Region VII, Denver, Colorado, USDOL-OSHA
      85
      June 3, 2009: AIHce 2009, Toronto, Canada, "Integrating Safety and Health in Emergency Preparedness and Response Activities"

      Speakers:

      Tina Jones, Industrial Hygienist, Office of Science and Technology Assessment, DTSEM, USDOL-OSHA; Reginald Richards, Safety and Occupational Health Scientist, Office of Science and Technology Assessment, DTSEM, USDOL-OSHA; and Thomas Galassi, Director, DTSEM, USDOL-OSHA
      125
      June 3, 2009: AIHce 2009, Toronto, Canada, "Health Care Industries II: Hazardous Drugs and Other Health Care Topics"

      Speaker:

      John Koerner, Industrial Hygienist, Office of Science and Technology Assessment, DTSEM, USDOL
      75
      June 3, 2009: AIHce 2009, Toronto, Canada, “An Introduction to OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs"

      Speakers:

      Michael Levy, Industrial Hygienist, Region II, Albany, New York Area Office, USDOL-OSHA
      50
      June 3, 2009: AIHce 2009, Toronto, Canada, "Biological and Chemical Aerosol Sampling and Analysis"

      Speakers:

      Mary Eide, Chemist, SLTC, Sandy, Utah, USDOL-OSHA
      75
      OSHA and AIHA Alliance Web page on the OSHA Web site 9,312
      AIHA Ergonomics Resource Web page on the Association’s Web site 9,832
      Brownfields Safety and Health Topics page 18,156
      Confined Space Safety and Health Topics page 23,888
      Conservation Safety and Health Topics page 48,126
      Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) Safety and Health Topics page 91,767
      ELF Radiation Safety and Health Topics page 20,676
      Emergency Preparedness and Response Safety and Health Topics page 146,690
      Ergonomics Safety and Health Topics page 272, 538
      Fire Safety, Safety and Health Topics page 87,486
      Hazardous Waste Safety and Health Topics page 31,124
      Indoor Air Quality Safety and Health Topics page 19,426
      Ionizing Radiation Safety and Health Topics page 21,722
      Laboratories Safety and Health Topics page 28,590
      Laser Hazards Safety and Health Topics page 33,478
      Laser/Electrosurgery Plume Safety and Health Topics page 18,222
      Machine Guarding Safety and Health Topics page 37,544
      Making the Business Case for Safety and Health, Safety and Health Topics page 49,702
      Motor Vehicle Safety, Safety and Health Topics page 24,678
      Noise and Hearing Conservation Safety and Health Topics page 51,076
      Non-Ionizing Radiation Safety and Health Topics page 20,108
      Occupational Epidemiology Safety and Health Topics page 20,007
      Personal Protective Equipment Safety and Health Topics page 117,221
      Radiation Safety and Health Topics page 32,908
      Radiation: Radiological Dispersal Devices (RDD) Dirty Bombs Safety and Health Topics page 21,333
      Radiofrequency and Microwave Radiation Safety and Health Topics page 30,523
      Safety and Health Programs Safety and Health Topics page 44,266
      Sampling and Analysis Safety and Health Topics page 21,015
      Noise and Hearing Conservation eTool 34,656
      TOTAL 1,724, 919


       
  4. Upcoming Milestones

    In the upcoming year, OSHA and AIHA will undertake a number of activities and develop a number of products in order to meet the goals of the cooperative agreement.
    For example, AIHA will work collaboratively with the ASSE, ASA, NSRP, and SCA to develop a Safety Alert for employers and employees focusing on ventilation hazards in shipyards.
    During the 2010 AIHce Expo, May 22-27, 2010, Denver, Colorado, OSHA will staff an exhibit booth and a number of Agency personnel from the Agency’s National and Regional/Area Offices will speak to the attendees during the plenary and workshop sessions. OSHA representatives will also deliver presentations at the Potomac Section of AIHA and National Capital Chapter of ASSE Joint Chapter meeting, on March 25, 2010, in Washington, DC.

    AIHA representatives will participate in the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable to help address safety and health hazards in the construction industry.

    AIHA will support and promote 2010 NAOSH Week, May 2-8, 2010, with ASSE and numerous other Alliance Program participants. AIHA representatives will attend the 2010 NAOSH Week Kick-off event on May 3, 2010, at DOL in Washington, DC.

    AIHA will continue to promote the activities and products of the Alliance through the AIHA and OSHA Alliance Web page on the organization’s Web site, which will be redesigned in November 2009. The page is linked to from the OSHA and AIHA Alliance Web page on the Agency’s Web site.

    AIHA will promote OSHA compliance assistance safety and health materials and cooperative programs and the OSHA and AIHA Alliance through various sources such as the AIHA Web site and publications.

    AIHA members will continue to serve on the editorial board of OSHA’s Safety and Health Topics page’s, including Confined Space, Control of Hazardous Energy, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Making the Business Case for Safety and Health, and Safety and Health Programs. AIHA members will also continue to serve on the editorial board of OSHA’s Noise and Hearing Conservation eTool.

    Report prepared by: Todd Briggs, Program Analyst, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances,
    December 10, 2009