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  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed


    October 10, 2002

    Dates Renewed

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

    Evaluation Period

    October 10, 2010 October 9, 2011

    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)
    Francis Dougherty, Office of Construction Services, Directorate of Construction
    Todd Briggs, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP)
    Russell Jones, Office of Small Business Assistance, DCSP

    AIHA:

    David Hicks, Manager, Technical Initiatives

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    December 9, 2010 - Implementation Team Meeting
    April 12, 2011 - Implementation Team Meeting
    September 1, 2011 - 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 2011 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: Prevention of Ergonomic-Related Hazards in Shipyard Employment

        AIHA representatives, along with other Alliance Program participants, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), and the Shipbuilding Group developed "Safety Alert: Prevention of Ergonomic-related Hazards 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 June 2011.

        Safety Alerts: Reformatting of Translated Documents

        AIHA also reformatted the following Safety Alerts after they were translated by ASSE's Safety Professionals and the Latino Workforce (SPALW) Workgroup.

        • Safety Alert: Control of Hazardous Energy - Lockout/Tagout (LO/TO) Procedures in Shipyard Employment
        • Safety Alert: Electrocution and Shock Hazards in Shipyard Employment
        • Safety Alert: Shipyard Sewage and Hydrogen Sulfide
        • Safety Alert: Welding and Other Hot Work Procedures in Shipyard Employment

        The documents were posted to the Shipbuilders Council of America's Web page and linked to from the OSHA and AIHA Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web site in December 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 AIHA news releases:  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.

        Potomac Section of AIHA and National Capital Chapter of ASSE Joint Chapter Meeting, Department of Labor (DOL) Auditorium, March 24, 2011, Washington, DC.

        David Hicks, Manager, Technical initiatives, AIHA, delivered an update on the activities of the OSHA and AIHA Alliance to more 200 safety and health professionals at the Potomac Section of AIHA and National Capitol Chapter of ASSE Joint Chapter Meeting at DOL on March 24, 2011, in Washington, DC. OSHA senior staff also delivered updates on the Agency's compliance assistance and cooperative program activities.

        American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo (AIHce), May 16-19, 2011, Portland, Oregon

        During the 2011 AIHce Expo in Portland, Oregon, a number of OSHA representatives from the Agency’s National and Regional/Area Offices delivered safety and health presentations at the following workshop sessions:

        • "Nanomaterials: OSHA's Approach to Protecting Workers from Potential Hazards"
        • "Glen Williamson Forum: OSHA's Most Interesting Health Cases, 2008-2010"
        • "The OSHA Permissible Exposure Limits"
        • "OSHA’s Injury and Illness Prevention Program Rulemaking"
        • "OSHA's Response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill"
        • "OSHA: Initiatives, Challenges, and Directions"
        • "Emerging Technologies and Industries: OSHA's Approach, Activities, and Audience Exchange"

        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.

        2011 NAOSH Week, May 1-7, 2011, Washington, DC

        On May 1-7, 2011, the American Industrial Hygiene Association Alliance and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported 2011 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by ASSE, an Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), the Week focused on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. The theme for 2011 was "Celebrating a Century of Safety." David Hicks, Manager, Technical Initiatives, attended the national kick-off event at the Department of Labor on May 2, 2011. AIHA also provided materials for inclusion in the Kick-off attendee bags.   

      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, February 17, 2011, DOL, Washington, DC.


        On February 17, 2011, David Hicks, Manager, Technical Initiatives, AIHA, 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. During the meeting, Alliance Program participants received OSHA updates, 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, NSRP, and SCA to develop a safety alert focusing on the prevention of ergonomic-related hazards in shipyard employment.

      AIHA reformatted a number of Safety Alerts after they were translated by ASSE's SPALW Workgroup.

      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.

      OSHA representatives delivered workshop safety and health presentations and exhibited at the 2011 AIHce, May 16-19, in Portland, Oregon.

      OSHA representatives delivered presentations at the Potomac Section of AIHA and National Capital Chapter of ASSE Joint Chapter meeting at DOL, on March 24, 2011, in Washington, DC. David Hick. Manager, Technical Initiatives, AIHA, also delivered an update on the activities of the OSHA and AIHA Alliance.

      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 2011 NAOSH Week, "Celebrating a Century of Safety," and participating in the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable.

    3. Alliance Program Reach

      Type of Activity Number of Individuals Reached

      April 29, 2011: “AIHA Proudly Supports (2011) NAOSH Week”

      AIHA News Release
      7,800

      May 16, 2011: AIHce 2011, Portland, Oregon "Nanomaterials: OSHA's Approach to Protecting Workers from Potential Hazards"

      Speaker:

      Janet Carter, Health Scientist, Office of Physical Hazards, Directorate of Standards and Guidance (DSG), USDOL-OSHA
      95

      May 16, 2011: AIHce 2011, Portland, Oregon "Glen Williamson Forum: OSHA's Most Interesting Health Cases, 2008-2010"

      Speakers:

      Cindy Coe, Regional Administrator, Region IV, USDOL-OSHA; Richard Fairfax, Deputy Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA; Clyde Payne, Director, Region VI, Jackson, Mississippi Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Frank Strelec, Industrial Hygienist, Region II, Syracuse, New York Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Michael Wacker, Industrial Hygienist, Region V, Madison, Wisconsin Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Michael Jarvis, Industrial Hygienist, Region VI, Austin, Texas Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Sheila Kapitzke, Industrial Hygienist, Region VI, Jacksonville, Florida Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Holly Ioset, Industrial Hygienist, Region II, North Syracuse, New York Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Kenneth Lee, Industrial Hygienist, Region V, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Robert Bennett, Industrial Hygienist, Region VI, Mobile, Alabama Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Justin Sternes, Industrial Hygienist, Region V, Peoria, Illinois Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Donald DeWees, Industrial Hygienist, Region I, Concord, New Hampshire Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; and Jay Vicory, Industrial Hygienist, Region VII, Kansas City, Missouri Area Office, USDOL-OSHA
      525

      May 16, 2011: AIHce 2011, Portland, Oregon
      "The OSHA Permissible Exposure Limits"

      Speaker:

      Nancy Hauter, Director, Office of Health Enforcement, Directorate of Enforcement Programs (DEP), USDOL-OSHA
      175

      May 16, 2011: AIHce 2011, Portland, Oregon
      "OSHA’s Injury and Illness Prevention Program Rulemaking"

      Speakers:

      Dorothy Dougherty, Director, DSG, USDOL-OSHA; Michael Seymour, Director, Office of Technological Feasibility, DSG, USDOL-OSHA; and Bryan Seal, Office of Physical Hazards, USDOL-OSHA
      150

      May 17, 2011: AIHce 2011, Portland, Oregon
      "OSHA's Response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill"

      Speakers:

      Cindy Coe, Regional Administrator, Region IV, USDOL-OSHA; Richard Fairfax, Deputy Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA; Clyde Payne, Director, Region IV, Jackson, Mississippi Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Christina Jones, Director, Office of Science and Technology Assessment, Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management (DTSEM), USDOL-OSHA; Todd Jordan, Director, USDOL-OSHA Health Response Team, DTSEM, USDOL-OSHA; Kurt Petermeyer, Director, Region IV, Mobile, Alabama Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Dean Wingo, Assistant Regional Administrator, Region VI, USDOL-OSHA; Teresa Harrison, Deputy Regional Administrator, Region IV, USDOL-OSHA; David Bates, Director, Region VI, Oklahoma City Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; and Young Wheeler, Program Analyst, Region VI, Dallas, Texas Regional Office, USDOL-OSHA
      600

      May 18, 2011: AIHce 2011, Portland, Oregon
      "OSHA: Initiatives, Challenges, and Directions"

      Speaker:

      David Michaels, PhD, MPH, Assistant Secretary of Labor, USDOL-OSHA
      250

      May 18, 2011: AIHce 2011, Portland, Oregon
      "Emerging Technologies and Industries: OSHA's Approach, Activities, and Audience Exchange"

      Speakers:

      Richard Fairfax, Deputy Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA; Thomas M. Galassi, Director, DEP, and Acting Director, DTSEM; Janet Carter, Health Scientist, Office of Physical Hazards, DSG, USDOL-OSHA; Christina Jones, Director, Office of Science and Technology Assessment, DTSEM, USDOL-OSHA; Mark Hatch, Senior Industrial Hygienist, Office of Health Enforcement, DEP, USDOL-OSHA; Audrey Profitt, Senior Industrial Hygienist, Office of Health Enforcement, DEP, USDOL-OSHA; and Sanji Kanth, Senior Safety Engineer, Office of General Industry Enforcement, DEP, USDOL
      135

      OSHA and AIHA Alliance Web page on the OSHA Web site

      9,232

      AIHA and OSHA Alliance Web Page

      Data not available

      Brownfields Safety and Health Topics page

      16,333

      Confined Space Safety and Health Topics page

      26,321

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

      101,007

      ELF Radiation Safety and Health Topics page

      17,898

      Emergency Preparedness and Response Safety and Health Topics page

      174,080

      Ergonomics Safety and Health Topics page

      286,254

      Fire Safety, Safety and Health Topics page

      87,200

      Hazardous Waste Safety and Health Topics page

      31,078

      Indoor Air Quality Safety and Health Topics page

      24,777

      Ionizing Radiation Safety and Health Topics page 

      25,090

      Laboratories Safety and Health Topics page 

      34,760

      Laser Hazards Safety and Health Topics page

      39,116

      Laser/Electrosurgery Plume Safety and Health Topics page

      24,554

      Machine Guarding Safety and Health Topics page

      44,987

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

      62,666

      Motor Vehicle Safety, Safety and Health Topics page

      29,326

      Noise and Hearing Conservation Safety and Health Topics page

      64,897

      Non-Ionizing Radiation Safety and Health Topics page

      20,499

      Occupational Epidemiology Safety and Health Topics page

      20,777

      Personal Protective Equipment Safety and Health Topics page

      136,621

      Radiation Safety and Health Topics page

      31,446

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

      23,007

      Radiofrequency and Microwave Radiation Safety and Health Topics page

      31,656

      Safety and Health Programs, Safety and Health Topics page

      54,289

      Sampling and Analysis Safety and Health Topics page

      24,130

      Noise and Hearing Conservation eTool

      43,340
      Total 1,495,071


  4. Upcoming Milestones

    In the upcoming year, OSHA and AIHA will undertake numerous activities and project and will develop a number of products in order to meet the goals of the cooperative agreement.

    For example, AIHA will work collaboratively with the ASSE and the Shipbuilding Group Alliance to develop and reformat the Spanish-language versions of additional safety alerts for workers focusing on safety and health issues in shipyard employment. In addition, AIHA will develop an outreach document for workers focusing on drywall demolition, including the hazards associated with Chinese drywall.

    During the AIHce Expo, June 16-21, 2012, in Indianapolis, Indiana, OSHA will staff an exhibit booth and a number of Agency personnel from the Agency's National and Regional/Area Offices will deliver a plenary and workshop safety and health presentations.

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

    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.

    OSHA and AIHA representatives will also deliver presentations at the Potomac Section of AIHA and National Capital Chapter of ASSE Joint Chapter meeting at DOL on March 22, 2012, 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. The page is linked to from the OSHA and AIHA Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web site.

    Lastly, AIHA will support and promote 2012 NAOSH Week, May 6-12, 2012, with ASSE and numerous other Alliance Program participants. AIHA representatives will attend the 2011 NAOSH Week Kick-off event at DOL on May 7, 2012, in Washington, DC.

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