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2017

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Annual Report on the
Alliance Program



October 1, 2016, to September 30, 2017



Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP)
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)

Table of Contents


  1. Executive Summary
  2. Alliance Program Purpose and Benefits
  3. Alliance Program Participants
  4. Alliance Program Goals
  5. Alliance Program Impact in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017
    1. National Office Alliance Program Participants
      1. Outreach and Communications
      2. Support for Key OSHA Initiatives
      3. Training
      4. Other Projects: Alliance Products and Review of OSHA Products
    2. Regional and Area Office Alliances
  6. Looking Ahead to FY 2018
  1. Executive Summary

    OSHA's Alliance Program was created in 2002 to develop voluntary, collaborative working relationships with organizations that are committed to workplace safety and health. Each year, OSHA's Alliances reach millions of employers and workers, providing them with safety and health information, tools, and resources through newsletters, social media posts, presentations at conferences and meetings, training, and other projects. Alliance Program participants' activities are captured and shared with the public in individual annual reports that are available on OSHA's public website. This report compiles information, data, and examples from the individual Annual Reports for the 234 Alliances active during Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 to showcase the impact of the program as a whole.

    OSHA develops Alliances at the National, Regional, and Area Office levels, and all of the Alliance Program participants work collaboratively with the agency to improve workplaces and support OSHA's outreach and education mission. Alliances enable the agency to more effectively reach employers and workers in small, high-hazard, and other industries, which may not otherwise engage with the agency.

    Throughout FY 2017, National Alliance Program participants:

    • Conducted more than 600 activities to disseminate information about OSHA's safety and health initiatives and resources, reaching more than 5.9 million people.1
    • Provided space to support a variety of outreach initiatives through billboards, which promoted OSHA's fall prevention campaign and were viewed by an estimated 17.5 million people.
    • Conducted more than 130 events, including exhibits and presentations, and reached more than 118,000 people.
    • Provided 60 training activities for employers and workers, which reached more than 100,000 people.
    • Provided 32 technical training sessions for 573 representatives from federal OSHA, state OSHA agencies, and On-Site Consultation programs.

    OSHA's Regional and Area Office Alliances involved OSHA field staff in more than 700 outreach and training activities attended by more than 275,000 people, with an estimated additional outreach to 2 million employers and workers.

    In FY 2018, OSHA will continue to work with Alliance Program participants to promote workplace safety and health, by signing 16 new Alliances and renewing Alliances with existing organizations that remain committed to working with OSHA. The Program will also continue to support the Agency's strategic goals through varying communications portals and engagement of members in agency outreach initiatives. In the coming year, OSHA will also review the Alliance Program Directive to identify areas of the program that can be enhanced.

  2. Alliance Program Purpose and Benefits

    OSHA and Alliance Program participants (participants) work together to develop and share safety and health information, resources, and tools with workers and employers, and educate workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities. Participants also assist OSHA to build trust and establish relationships with employers and workers that traditionally have been hard for the agency to reach, such as small employers.

    The agency and regulated community have seen positive results since the program's inception. Participants find the routine exchange with OSHA beneficial, improving members' perception of the agency and their willingness to interact with the agency at a local level. From the agency's stand point, Alliances have actively supported outreach campaigns (e.g., Fall Prevention, Heat Illness Prevention, and Safe + Sound Campaigns) and enabled OSHA to reach employers and workers with whom the agency might not traditionally interact. A recent National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) study 2 underscores this point, concluding that business and professional trade associations, and labor organizations are important intermediaries for OSHA and NIOSH in transferring workplace safety and health information to their members. OSHA's own experience during the Safe + Sound Week 2017 illustrated this conclusion. With agency partners, many of which were Alliances, OSHA reached roughly 1.2 million followers through Twitter, far more than OSHA alone (roughly 6,000) could reach.

  3. Alliance Program Participants

    The Alliance Program is open to all groups that are committed to workplace safety and health, including trade and professional organizations, labor organizations, businesses, educational institutions, and other government agencies. Alliances are established by OSHA's National, Regional, and Area Offices. In FY 2017, OSHA worked with 234 Alliances, including 34 National Alliances, and 200 Regional and Area Office Alliances. During FY 2017, 14 organizations signed new Alliances with OSHA, 50 organizations renewed their Alliances, and nine organizations concluded their Alliances. This level of activity is representative and has remained relatively consistent over the last four years. The majority of Alliance signatories are trade associations, consulates, professional associations, and unions. The primary areas of emphasis include construction, Hispanic worker outreach, and youth outreach. Figures 1 – 3 provide additional data on program participation, signatories, and emphasis areas.

    Figure 1: Alliance Program Participants, FY 2002 – FY 2017

    OSHA Alliances by Fiscal Year

    Figure 2: Current Distribution of Alliance Program Participants by Emphasis Area

    OSHA Alliances by Focus Area

    Figure 3: Current Distribution of Alliance Program Participants by Organization Type

    OSHA Alliances by Signatory Type

    State Plans and OSHA's On-Site Consultation programs are also signatories to a number of Regional and Area Office alliances. In addition, State Plans are encouraged to develop their own Alliance Programs and sign Alliance agreements. At least seven State Plans have adopted their own Alliance Programs, including: Arizona, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, and Oregon.

  4. Alliance Program Goals

    An Alliance may focus on an entire industry or on specific hazards within an industry. OSHA and the participating organizations define, implement, and meet a set of short- and long-term goals that fall into:

    • Outreach and Communication – e.g., speaking and exhibiting at conferences, promoting and encouraging members to participate in OSHA's outreach initiatives, and developing compliance assistance resources.
    • Training and Education – e.g., developing training curricula and materials, and delivering training and education programs to the public or OSHA staff.
  5. Alliance Program Impact in FY 2017

    Each year, OSHA's Alliances reach millions of employers and workers, and many OSHA staff through activities that include dissemination of safety and health information, presentations at conferences and meetings, training, and other projects. This information is captured in an Annual Report for each Alliance, which is prepared by OSHA Alliance Coordinators, in coordination with the participating organization(s). Annual Reports for each National, Regional, and Area Office Alliance are shared with the public through OSHA's website.

    1. National Office Alliance Program Participants

      The information provided below has been drawn from data provided by the national participants, and illustrates the combined reach and impact of the program in supporting OSHA outreach initiatives and areas of emphasis. Regional and Area Office data is gathered and presented separately.

      1. Outreach and Communication

        In FY 2017, OSHA's national participants conducted more than 600 activities to disseminate information about safety and health initiatives, and resources from OSHA and other organizations. These activities included posting OSHA information on their websites, sending email blasts to their stakeholders, and distributing information through their social media channels. These activities reached more than 5.9 million people. 3 In addition, Lamar Advertising Company provided billboard space to promote OSHA's Fall Prevention Campaign. These billboards were viewed by an estimated 17.5 million people.

        The following chart shows national participant dissemination activities by OSHA's areas of emphasis.

        OSHA Emphasis AreaNumber of Dissemination ActivitiesNumber Reached
        Construction871,044,303
        Ergonomics12264,295
        Fall Prevention70976,302
        Hazard Communication/Chemicals4828,497
        Heat Illness Prevention47378,412
        Oil and Gas32454,459
        Recordkeeping/Reporting551,138,260
        Safety and Health Programs, Safe and Sound Week107585,838
        Silica39511,868
        Small Business1588,089
        Temporary Workers121,247,194
        Walking-Working Surfaces1676,629
        Young Workers439,062

        National participants also conducted more than 130 events in FY 2017, including exhibits and presentations. These events reached more than 118,000 people.

      2. Support for Key OSHA Initiatives

        The following are examples of activities conducted by OSHA's national participants in support OSHA's key initiatives.

      3. Training

        National participants provide free training to workers, employers, and other stakeholders. In FY 2017, national participants conducted 60 training events for more than 100,000 participants. For example, the Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR) provided a free online course on Absorbed Glass Mat Battery Handling and Safety. The course was developed through the Alliance and provided to 298 attendees. The American Staffing Association (ASA) held three webinars for more than 1,300 attendees on OSHA's temporary worker initiative bulletins.

        National participants also provided 32 training sessions in FY 2017 for federal OSHA, state OSHA agencies, and On-Site Consultation programs, training 573 staff. For example:

      4. Other Projects: Alliance Products and Review of OSHA Products

        National participants developed 29 new Alliance products and updated 17 existing Alliance products. These products, which include fact sheets, toolbox talks, and videos, provide information to employers and workers on specific industries or hazards addressed by the Alliances.

        The following are examples of products developed in FY 2017. For a complete listing, see the Alliance Program Participants Developed Products page.

        National participants also provided subject matter experts to review OSHA products. For example, the National STEPS Network and NIOSH Alliance participated in the workgroup that developed a new Transportation module for the OSHA Oil and Gas Well Drilling and Servicing eTool.

    2. Regional and Area Office Alliance Program Participants

      In FY 2017, OSHA field staff were involved in more than 700 Regional and Area Office participant outreach activities, which were attended by more than 275,000 employers and workers. OSHA estimates that almost two million people were potentially impacted by these activities.

      The following table shows the number of Regional and Area Office participant activities in FY 2017, and the number of people reached by these activities.4

      Region

      Total Number of Alliances

      Number of Activities

      Number Attended

      Number Affected

      1

      40

      100

      25,658

      47,589

      2

      3

      7

      3,229

      6729

      3

      19

      122

      21,093

      370,729

      4

      27

      37

      2,409

      292,713

      5

      20

      143

      97,624

      228,209

      6

      53

      239

      112,206

      893,713

      7

      8

      21

      953

      32,059

      8

      14

      58

      6,183

      83,993

      9

      4

      1

      70

      500

      10

      12

      13

      5749

      6730

      Totals

      200

      741

      275,174

      1,962,964

      The following table shows the number of Regional and Area Office Alliance activities broken out by OSHA areas of emphasis.

      Region
      Total Alliances
      Total Activities*
      Construction
      Ergonomics
      Fall Prevention
      Hazard Communication
      Heat Illness Prevention
      Oil and Gas
      Reporting
      Safety and Health Programs
      Silica
      Small Business
      Temporary Workers
      Walking-Working Surfaces
      Youth

      1

      40

      100

      8

      13

      33

      25

      11

      34

      22

      36

      55

      18

      11

      20

      2

      3

      7

      1

      7

      3

      3

      4

      3

      4

      3

      3

      1

      6

      3

      19

      122

      11

      2

      44

      22

      17

      12

      39

      25

      27

      59

      19

      23

      59

      4

      26

      37

      2

      2

      20

      3

      8

      5

      6

      10

      9

      5

      1

      2

      5

      20

      143

      7

      11

      59

      35

      22

      6

      44

      55

      32

      68

      25

      15

      30

      6

      53

      239

      25

      1

      102

      40

      79

      43

      55

      84

      34

      94

      50

      18

      10

      7

      8

      21

      4

      2

      3

      4

      4

      7

      1

      8

      2

      4

      4

      8

      14

      58

      3

      8

      9

      13

      5

      13

      33

      24

      16

      31

      9

      16

      5

      9

      4

      1

      10

      12

      13

      2

      6

      2

      1

      1

      3

      3

      2

      1

      2

      2

      Totals

      200

      741

      58

      42

      282

      146

      150

      74

      219

      229

      163

      329

      132

      91

      138

      * A single activity may cover more than one area of emphasis, and therefore may be counted in more than one area of emphasis column.

      The following are examples of activities conducted by OSHA Regional and Area Office participants in FY 2017:

      • Georgia Struck-By Alliance. The Georgia Area Offices have an Alliance with a variety of state agencies, associations, and other organizations to protect workers from struck-by and work zone hazards. The Alliance has sponsored annual safety stand-downs in conjunction with Roadway Work Zone Awareness Week. In 2017, stand-downs were held at 411 jobsites in Georgia, reaching 23,354 workers.
      • Buckeye Service, Transmission, Exploration, Production Safety (STEPS) Network. Through its Alliance with the Buckeye STEPS Network, the Columbus, Ohio Area Office regularly provides presentations to members of this organization. For example, a Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS) provided an OSHA update at a Buckeye STEPS meeting in June 2017 on topics including Safe + Sound Week, the National Trench Stand-Down, recordkeeping, the OSHA Oil and Gas eTool, and heat illness prevention.
      • National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) of Texas. The Dallas and Fort Worth Area Offices have an Alliance with NUCA that focuses on the prevention of trench hazards for underground utility contractors and excavators. Since signing the Alliance in 2015, participants have provided annual free outdoor trench training in English and Spanish. More than 210 attended the 2017 event.
      • T&T Staff Management. The El Paso, Texas Area Office has an Alliance with T&T Staff Management, a temporary staffing agency, which held an event for 175 people in 2017 to support the OSHA National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. An OSHA CAS gave a presentation at the event.
  6. Looking Ahead to FY 2018

    In FY 2018, OSHA will continue to work with trade associations, professional organizations, governmental entities, businesses, and academia through the Alliance Program to promote workplace safety and health. Working with participants, OSHA will identify opportunities to speak and exhibit about the program and workplace safety and health issues. OSHA and Program participants will also continue to identify training opportunities.

    OSHA plans to sign 16 new Alliances and renew Alliances with organizations that remain committed to working with OSHA to address occupational safety and health issues. In the coming year, OSHA will also review the Alliance Program Directive to identify areas of the program that can be enhanced, and will work to more fully integrate participant activity data and information collected at all levels (National, Regional, and Area Office) to present it in a more cohesive format in FY 2018.

    The Alliance Program participants will also continue to support the Agency's strategic goals through their expansive dissemination effort, and engagement of members in agency outreach initiatives. Alliance Program partners provided significant support for OSHA's Safe + Sound Campaign and inaugural Safe + Sound Week in FY 2017, and this effort continues to grow in FY 2018. OSHA will introduce several additional outreach initiatives in FY 2018, including a focus on both trenching and grain handling. These efforts will be supported by key Alliance Program participants and other stakeholders. OSHA will also continue to leverage Alliance Program participants' expertise to enhance compliance assistance tools and provide input on OSHA eTools, Safety and Health Topics pages, publications, and training courses.


1 Note that this figure does not represent 5.9 different people. Multiple dissemination activities by an Alliance participant may reach the same group of people. For example, a particular Alliance may send two email blasts on different topics to its 500 stakeholders, which accounts for 1,000 people reached in our calculation.

2 Okun AH, Watkins JP, Schulte PA. Trade associations and labor organizations as intermediaries for disseminating workplace safety and health information. Am J Ind Med. 2017;60:766–775. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajim.22746

3 Note that this figure does not represent 5.9 million different people. Multiple dissemination activities by an Alliance participant may reach the same group of people. For example, a particular Alliance may send two email blasts on different topics to its 500 stakeholders. This counts at 1,000 people reached in our calculation.

4 The numbers include only those Alliance activities in which an OSHA staff person was involved and reported in the OSHA Information System (OIS). There is a small percentage of Regional and Area Office Alliance activities that do not involve an OSHA staff person and are not reflected in these numbers.

2016

Each year, OSHA’s National Alliances reach millions of employers and workers, and many OSHA staff through activities that include dissemination of safety and health information, presentations at conferences and meetings, and training. During the most recent reporting cycle, collectively, OSHA’s National Alliances reached over 1 million employers and workers with information about OSHA’s outreach initiatives, enforcement and rulemaking activities, and new publications and resources. OSHA and its Alliance partners also worked together to provide information to over 7500 attendees at almost 30 meetings and conferences. In addition, Alliance partners provided important technical training to OSHA staff through 26 training seminars that reached almost 600 OSHA staff members.

The following highlights these and other activities of OSHA’s National Alliances in FY 2016. For successes by Regional and Area Office Alliances, see the Regional and State Plan Alliance Success Stories page.

Products

Through the Alliance Program, national Alliance participants developed 25 new products and updated 6 others. These products, which include fact sheets, toolbox talks, and videos, provide information to employers and workers on specific industries or hazards addressed by the Alliances. Alliance participants also translated two products into Spanish. The following are examples of products developed in FY 2016. For a complete listing, see the Alliance Program Participants Developed Products page.

Training for OSHA Staff

Through the Alliance Program, national Alliance participants provided 21 free training sessions in FY 2016 for 293 representatives from federal OSHA, state OSHA agencies, and On-site Consultation programs. For example:

Other Training

Alliance participants also provide free training to workers, employers, and others. For example:

Support for Key OSHA Initiatives

In addition to developing products and providing training, OSHA’s national Alliances took other measures to support OSHA’s key initiatives. For example:

2015

The following highlights some of the successes of OSHA’s national Alliances in FY 2015. For successes by Regional and Area Office Alliances, see the Regional and State Plan State Success Stories page.

Products

Through the Alliance Program, national Alliance participants develop 39 products such as fact sheets, toolbox talks, and videos to provide information to employers and workers on specific industries or hazards covered by the Alliances. Alliance participants also translated 10 products into Spanish. The following are examples of products developed in FY 2015. For a complete listing, see the Alliance Program Participants Developed Products page.

Training for OSHA Staff

Through the Alliance Program, national Alliance participants provide 15 free training sessions in FY 2015 for 242 representatives from federal OSHA, state OSHA agencies, and On-site Consultation programs. For example:

  • Altec Industries, Inc.. Continued its series of free best practice seminars on the safe operation of various types of equipment. On March 24, 2015, Altec provided mobile crane training for OSHA Region 6. On June 10-11, 2015, Altec provided training on mobile cranes, insulated aerial devices, and digger derricks for OSHA national office and Maryland OSHA staff. On August 4-5, 2015, Altec provided mobile crane training for OSHA national office and Maryland OSHA staff.
  • Fertilizer Safety and Health Partners. Provided Responsible Ag training and a facility tour on July 30, 2015 for participants from federal OSHA, state OSHA agencies, and other federal agencies. Training focused on safe storage and handling of fertilizers (and regulatory compliance) at agricultural retail facilities.
  • Laser Safety Institute (LIA). Continued its series of free best practice seminars on laser safety. LIA provided training for OSHA Region 4 on May 21, 2015, and for OSHA Region 9 on October 24, 2014 and March 11, 2015.
  • Industrial Truck Association (ITA). Continued it series of free best practice seminars on forklift safety. On May 13, 2015, ITA conducted a seminar in York, Pennsylvania for OSHA Region 3. ITA conducted a seminar in Nashville, Tennessee for OSHA Region 4 on August 12 and August 13, 2015.
Other Training

Alliance participants also provide free training to workers, employers, and others. For example:

  • Society for Chemical Hazard Communication. Hosted a webinar on September 9, 2015 on "Hazard Communication 2012: Inspection Procedures for the Hazard Communication Standard: CPL 02-02-079." More than 2,000 people viewed the webinar. The transcript is available on the SCHC Web page.
Support for Key OSHA Initiatives

In addition to developing products and providing training, OSHA’s national Alliances took other measures to support OSHA’s key initiatives. For example:

  • Airline Ground Safety Panel (AGSP) developed a heat stress toolbox talk.
  • American Staffing Association. Provided feedback on two new OSHA temporary worker bulletins (personal protective equipment, whistleblower protection) and promoted them on its Web site and publications.
  • Lamar Outdoor Advertising. Supported OSHA’s 2015 fall prevention campaign with 20 print billboards reaching almost 1 million views and 13 additional digital boards. Lamar also provided Kentucky with 7 billboards with an estimated 220,000 views.
  • National Association of Landscape Professionals. Promoted OSHA’s heat app in its newsletters and other publications to support OSHA’s heat illness prevention campaign.
  • National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE). Disseminated OSHA’s "Guide to Restroom Access for Transgender Workers" through its Facebook page, blog, and other channels. The Facebook post received 55,000 impressions, nearly 1,000 "Likes", 450 shares, and 206 comments and the blog had 2,700 hits.

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