Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to American Industrial Hygiene Association


  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed


    October 10, 2002

    Dates Renewed

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

    Evaluation Period

    October 10, 2009 October 9, 2010

    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, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP)
    Rob Sanders, Office of Small Business Assistance, DCSP

    AIHA:

    David Hicks, Manager, Technical Initiatives

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    November 11, 2009 - Implementation Team Meeting
    March 11, 2010 - Implementation Team Meeting
    August 5, 2010 - 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 2010 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week.

  3. Results
     
    1. Products and Events

      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.

        Safety Alert: Ventilation 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: Ventilation 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 August 2010.

        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 and OSHA Alliance Web Page

        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 and Fleet Daily. 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 ASSE’s conferences, local meetings, or other events such as ASSE’s annual Professional  Development Conference (PDC).

        Potomac Section of AIHA and National Capital Chapter of ASSE Joint Chapter Meeting, DOL Auditorium, March 25, 2010, Washington, DC.

        Mary Ann Latko, Director, Science and Technical Initiatives, AIHA, delivered an update on the activities of the OSHA and AIHA Alliance to more 200 safety and health professionals from the Washington, DC area. OSHA senior staff also delivered updates on the Agency's compliance assistance and cooperative program activities.

        American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo (AIHce), May 22-27, 2010, Denver, Colorado

        During the 2010 AIHce Expo in Denver, Colorado, a number of OSHA representatives from the Agency’s National and Regional/Area Offices spoke to the attendees at the following workshop session:

        • Cindy Coe, Regional Administrator, Region IV, Atlanta, Georgia, USDOL-OSHA; Keith Motley, Chief, Salt Lake Technical Center, USDOL-OSHA; Richard Fairfax, then-Director, Directorate of Enforcement Programs, USDOL-OSHA; Sharon Danann, Industrial Hygienist, Region V, Cleveland, Ohio Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Tina Fehringer, Industrial Hygienist, Region VIII, Denver, Colorado Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Nadira Janack, Industrial Hygienist, Region IV, Atlanta-East, Georgia Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Kevin Kolesa, Industrial Hygienist, Region VII, St. Louis, Missouri Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Christine Lorenzo, Industrial Hygienist, Region VIII, Denver, Colorado Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Kimberly Morton, Industrial Hygienist, Region V, Madison, Wisconsin Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Marc Snitzer, Industrial Hygienist, Region V, Cleveland, Ohio Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Corri Synak, Industrial Hygienist, Region VIII, Omaha, Nebraska Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Edward Taylor, Industrial Hygienist, Region IV, Jackson, Mississippi Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, presented "Glen Williamson Forum: OSHA's Most Interesting Health Cases, 2007-2009."
        • OSHA representatives also staffed an exhibit booth at the 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.

        North American Occupational Safety and Health Week, May 2-8, 2010

        On May 2-8, 2010, the American Industrial Hygiene Association Alliance and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported the 2010 NAOSH Week.  Sponsored annually by ASSE 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 2010 was "Mission NAOSH 2010: Safe Workplaces."  David Hicks, Manager, Technical Initiatives, AIHA, attended the event, which, along with a number of other Alliance Program participants, supported the Week.

      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.

        OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable, November 19, 2009, DOL, Washington, DC.

        On November 19, 2009, David Hicks, Manager, Technical Initiatives, participated in the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable Joint Design for Safety and Fall Protection Workgroup meeting in Washington, D.C. During the meeting, Alliance Program participants discussed products developed through the DFS and Fall Protection Workgroups and identified potential projects and compliance assistance resources to help address safety and health hazards in the construction industry.

        OSHA Small Business Forum, "Green Jobs: Safety and Health Outlook for Workers and Small Employers," April 1, 2010, DOL, Washington, DC.


        The American Industrial Hygiene Association and a number of other Alliance Program participants attended the "Green Jobs: Safety and Health Outlook for Workers and Small Employers" OSHA Small Business Forum on April 1, 2010, in Washington, DC. David Hicks, Manager, Technical Initiatives, represented AIHA at the event.

        OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable, July 29, 2010, DOL, Washington, DC.

        On July 29, 2010, David Hicks, Manager, Technical Initiatives, participated in the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable 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.

    2. Executive Summary

      During the reporting period, OSHA and AIHA continued to work to reduce and prevent worker exposure to construction and general industry issues as well as emergency response in the workplace. Through the agreement, the organizations pursued a number of projects and activities addressing occupational safety and health issues.  

      For example, AIHA worked with other Alliance Program participants, ASSE, ASA, NSRP, and SCA to develop a safety alert focusing on ventilation procedures in shipyard employment. 
      OSHA representatives delivered safety and health presentations and exhibited at the 2010 AIHce, May 22-27, in Denver, Colorado.

      OSHA representatives also delivered presentations at the Potomac Section of AIHA and National Capital Chapter of ASSE Joint Chapter meeting at DOL, on March 25, 2010, in Washington, DC.

      AIHA members 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. 

      The OSHA and AIHA Alliance Web page continues to be updated and features links to the Alliance agreement, renewal agreements, related documents, activities and events, and milestones and successes. In addition, the AIHA and OSHA Alliance Web page links to the OSHA Ergonomics Safety and Health Topics page that provides AIHA members and other visitors to the site with resources for addressing ergonomic-related hazards.

      Lastly, AIHA representatives helped to address safety and health hazards in the general and construction industries by supporting 2010 NAOSH Week, “Mission 2010: Safe Workplaces,” and participating in the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable.

    3. Alliance Program Reach

      Type of Activity Number of Individuals Reached

      February 23, 2010: “American Society of Safety Engineers, OSHA, to Look at Work Safety Systems During Annual NAOSH Week”

      Fleet Daily
      Data Not Available

      March 5, 2010:OSHA Listens Stakeholders Weigh in on VPP, Alliance Programs”

      EHS Today
      83,102

      April 21, 2010: “Go on a Safety ‘Mission’ First Week of May”

      Facility Manager
      Data Not Available

      May 26, 2010: AIHce 2010, Denver, Colorado, "Glen Williamson Forum: OSHA's Most Interesting Health Cases, 2007-2009"

      Speakers:

      Cindy Coe, Regional Administrator, Region IV, Atlanta, Georgia, USDOL-OSHA; Keith Motley, Chief, Salt Lake Technical Center, USDOL-OSHA; Richard Fairfax, then-Director, Directorate of Enforcement Programs, USDOL-OSHA; Sharon Danann, Industrial Hygienist, Region V, Cleveland, Ohio Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Tina Fehringer, Industrial Hygienist, Region VIII, Denver, Colorado Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Nadira Janack, Industrial Hygienist, Region IV, Atlanta-East, Georgia Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Kevin Kolesa, Industrial Hygienist, Region VII, St. Louis, Missouri Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Christine Lorenzo, Industrial Hygienist, Region VIII, Denver, Colorado Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Kimberly Morton, Industrial Hygienist, Region V, Madison, Wisconsin Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Marc Snitzer, Industrial Hygienist, Region V, Cleveland, Ohio Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Corri Synak, Industrial Hygienist, Region VIII, Omaha, Nebraska Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Edward Taylor, Industrial Hygienist, Region IV, Jackson, Mississippi Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, presented "Glen Williamson Forum: OSHA's Most Interesting Health Cases, 2007-2009."
       150

      OSHA and AIHA Alliance Web page on the OSHA Web site

      8,657

      Brownfields Safety and Health Topics page

      17,289

      Confined Space Safety and Health Topics page

      25,444

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

      93,923

      ELF Radiation Safety and Health Topics page

      20,483

      Emergency Preparedness and Response Safety and Health Topics page

      157,967

      Ergonomics Safety and Health Topics page

      279, 426

      Fire Safety, Safety and Health Topics page

      88,256

      Hazardous Waste Safety and Health Topics page

      34,003

      Indoor Air Quality Safety and Health Topics page

      21,806

      Ionizing Radiation Safety and Health Topics page 

      22,080

      Laboratories Safety and Health Topics page 

      32,599

      Laser Hazards Safety and Health Topics page

      37,333

      Laser/Electrosurgery Plume Safety and Health Topics page

      21,032

      Machine Guarding Safety and Health Topics page

      42,047

      Making the Business Case for Safety and Health, Safety and Health Topics page

      53,010

      Motor Vehicle Safety, Safety and Health Topics page

      25,777

      Noise and Hearing Conservation Safety and Health Topics page

      58,444

      Non-Ionizing Radiation Safety and Health Topics page

      21,431

      Occupational Epidemiology Safety and Health Topics page

      21,005

      Personal Protective Equipment Safety and Health Topics page

      124,993

      Radiation Safety and Health Topics page

      31,808

      Radiation: Radiological Dispersal Devices (RDD) Dirty Bombs Safety and Health Topics page

      22,111

      Radiofrequency and Microwave Radiation Safety and Health Topics page

      32,003

      Safety and Health Programs, Safety and Health Topics page

      46,221

      Sampling and Analysis Safety and Health Topics page

      22,089

      Noise and Hearing Conservation eTool

      37,537
      Total 1,482,026


  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, during the 2011 AIHce Expo, May 14-19, 2011, in Portland, Oregon, 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.

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

    AIHA and OSHA representatives will deliver presentations at the Potomac Section of AIHA and National Capital Chapter of ASSE Joint Chapter meeting, on March 24, 2011, in Washington, DC.

    AIHA will also work collaboratively with the ASSE, ASA, NSRP, and SCA to develop a Safety Alert for workers focusing on ergonomic- and ventilation-related hazards in shipyard employment AIHA will reformat the documents after they are translated by ASSE.

    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.

    Lastly, AIHA will support and promote 2011 NAOSH Week, May 1-7, 2011, "Celebrating a Century of Safety" with ASSE and numerous other Alliance Program participants. AIHA representatives will attend the 2011 NAOSH Week Kick-off event on May 2, 2011, at DOL in Washington, DC.

Report prepared by: Todd Briggs, Program Analyst, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, March 5, 2012.