Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to American Supply Association


  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    September 16, 2008

    Evaluation Period

    September 16, 2008 – September 15, 2009

    Overview

    The OSHA and ASA Alliance focuses on using the organizations' collective expertise to help protect employees' health and safety, particularly in addressing hazards associated with material handling, forklift operations, and hazard communication issues.

    Implementation Team Members

    OSHA:

    Felipe Lopez - Compliance Officer, OSHA Region IX
    Bill Willson - Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA), Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP)

    ASA:

    Mike Adelizzi - Executive Vice President, ASA
    Ricky Bryant - Corporate Compliance Officer, NIBCO
    Tammy Burke - Quality & Safety Administrator, Columbia Pipe
    Kevin Pepiton - Director of Safety, Coburn Supply
    Mary Prahler - Risk Manager, First Supply
    Don Robertson - Executive Director, Western Suppliers Association
    Lester Twilley - Personnel, Human Relations, Penco Corporation

  2. Implementation Team Meetings
  3. August 11, 2009 Implementation Team Meeting, Teleconference

    March 26, 2009 Implementation Team Meeting, Teleconference

    December 18, 2008 Implementation Team Meeting, Teleconference

    September 16, 2008 Kick-off Meeting

    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 ASA's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.

      Products

      Toolbox Talks

      Through the Alliance, ASA has begun the development of a series of 12 toolbox talks for the supply industry. Three of the talks have been reviewed by the Agency and are posted on the ASA Safety Resources Web page and linked to from the OSHA and ASA Alliance Web page on the OSHA Web site. The toolbox talks include:

      • How to Use the Toolbox Talk Templates
      • Making Safety a Priority
      • Attitudes and Behaviors that Cause Accidents

      ASA Safety Resources Web page

      In addition, ASA developed a Safety Resources section on the ASA Web site that includes:

      • Safety Articles
      • Safety Training
      • Toolbox Talks
      • Safety Webinars

      ASA and OSHA Alliance Web page

      ASA created and maintains an ASA and OSHA Alliance Web page on the ASA Web site. The Web page includes information about the OSHA and ASA Alliance and links to OSHA's Web site, On-site Consultation Program Fact Sheet, Alliance-developed resources, and other safety and health information.

      OSHA and ASA Alliance Web page

      OSHA created and maintains an OSHA and ASA Alliance Web page that is posted on the OSHA Web site. The page includes the OSHA and ASA Alliance agreement news releases, photos, activities and events, as well as links to resources developed by ASA through the Alliance Program.

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

      Through the Alliance, the following ASA member, Mike Adelizzi is serving on the editorial board for OSHA's Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) Safety and Health Topics page.

      OSHA Motor Vehicle Safety and Health Topics Page

      Through the Alliance, the following ASA member, Mike Adelizzi is serving on the editorial board for OSHA's Motor Vehicle Safety and Health Topics page.

      OSHA Powered Industrial Trucks Safety and Health Topics Page

      Through the Alliance, the following ASA member, Mike Adelizzi is serving on the editorial board for OSHA's Powered Industrial Trucks Safety and Health Topics page.

      OSHA Powered Industrial Trucks (Forklifts) eTool

      Through the Alliance, the following ASA member, Mike Adelizzi is serving on the editorial board for OSHA's Powered Industrial Trucks (Forklifts) eTool.

      • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or ASA's conferences and local meetings, such as ASA's Annual Convention, Regional Conferences, and Peer Networking Council Meetings.

      During this reporting period, OSHA and ASA did not complete projects that address this goal.

      • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding ASA's best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by ASA and through OSHA- or ASA-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, webinars, publications and lectures (or any other applicable forum).

      Event

      Loading Dock & Door Safety & Energy Webinar, August 25, 2009

      On August 25, 2009, ASA sponsored a webinar describing safety issues associated with the loading dock areas and possible solutions. Topics covered included danger zones, trailer drops, whole body vibration, and fires at the loading dock. This webinar was presented to Alliance Program participants, as well as OSHA, State Plan and On-site Consultation representatives nationwide. A total of 22 agency personnel attended the Webinar. The Webinar can be replayed and presentation slides can be downloaded by clicking on the hyperlink provided on the OSHA and ASA Alliance Web page.

      • Promote and encourage ASA members' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and the On-site Consultation Program and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

      During this reporting period, OSHA and ASA did not complete projects that address this goal.

      • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on hazards that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

      Event

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

      On May 4, 2009, Acting Assistant Secretary Jordan Barab, USDOL-OSHA spoke to OSHA staff, Alliance Program participants and other safety and health professionals during the 2009 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week kick-off event at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), an Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. The theme for the 2009 NAOSH Week was "Safety Means Always Coming Home." In addition, the event featured an Alliance Program participant panel with presentations from Alliance Program Participants American Heart Association, ASSE, Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc., and National Safety Council focusing on workplace safety and health issues.

      Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health Goals

      • Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health and publicize their results.

      During this reporting period, OSHA and ASA did not complete projects that address this goal.

      • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings to provide input on safety and health issues or to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace.

      During this reporting period, OSHA and ASA did not complete projects that address this goal.

    3. Executive Summary
    4. During the first year of their Alliance, OSHA and ASA worked together to address safety and health related issues addressing exposure to hazards associated with material handling and forklift operations and hazard communication issues.

      For example, OSHA created and maintains an OSHA and ASA Alliance Web page that is posted on the OSHA Web site. The page includes the OSHA and ASA Alliance agreement news releases, photos, activities and events, as well as links to resources developed by ASA through the Alliance Program.

      Moreover, ASA created and maintains an ASA and OSHA Alliance Web page on the ASA Web site. The Web page includes information about the OSHA and ASA Alliance and links to OSHA's Web site, Alliance-developed resources, and other safety and health information. In addition, ASA developed a Safety Resources Web page on the site that includes:

      • Safety Articles
      • Safety Calendar (under development)
      • Safety Training
      • Toolbox Talks
      • Safety Webinars

      Finally, an ASA Implementation Team member is sharing his expertise with OSHA by serving on the editorial boards for OSHA's eTools including:

      Safety and Health Topics pages:

      • Hazardous Communication
      • Motor Vehicles Safety
      • Powered Industrial Trucks

      eTool:

      • Powered Industrial Trucks (Forklifts

    5. Alliance Program Reach

    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)

    Number of Individuals Reached or Trained

    OSHA and ASA Alliance Web Page on the OSHA Web Site

    Data Not Available

    ASA and OSHA Alliance Web Page on the ASA Web site

    Data Not Available

    ASA Safety Resources Page on the ASA Web site

    Data Not Available

    Hazard Communication Safety and Health Topics Page

    199,341

    Motor Vehicles Safety and Health Topics Page

    23,013

    Powered Industrial Trucks Safety and Health Topics Page

    100,982

    Powered Industrial Trucks (Forklifts) eTool

    46,887

    September 19, 2008: OSHA and American Supply Association Form New Alliance, OSHA News Release

    69 News Services

    September 21, 2008: OSHA and the American Supply Association Form New Alliance - Material Handling and Forklift Operations Hazards to be Addressed, Topix.Net OSHA News

    Data Not Available

    October 1, 2008: Material Handling and Forklift Operations Hazards to be Addressed, Supply House Times

    27,000

    October 6, 2008: OSHA Partners with Fire Sprinkler, Supply Industries for Safety, Facilities Management News

    Data Not Available

    December 2008: OSHA Alliances, OSHA Up to Date

    69 News Services

    May 2009: Making the Case for Safety, ASA News

    27,000

    June 2009: Steps to Safety, ASA News

    27,000

    August 5, 2009: OSHA Alliance Free Webinar on Loading Dock Safety, ASSE - Government Affairs Updates

    5,500

    August 25, 2009: Loading Dock & Door Safety & Energy Webinar

    195

    August 2009: Path to Safety - Step Two, ASA News

    27,000

    September 25, 2009: OSHA and the American Supply Association Form New Alliance Material Handling and Forklift Operations Hazards to be Addressed, Safety Online

    Data Not Available

    September 2009: Path to Safety - Step Three, ASA News

    27,000

    TOTAL

    511,056


  4. Upcoming Milestones

During the upcoming year, ASA will continue to work through the Alliance to develop compliance assistance tools and resources. For example, the Alliance will:

  • Continue to update information on the OSHA and ASA Alliance Web page and the ASA and OSHA Alliance related Web pages;
  • Continue developing Safety Articles;
  • Continue developing Toolbox Talks;
  • OSHA staff we speak at and exhibit at the Network ASA2009 Conference on October 16, 2009 in Washington, DC;
  • Help support the DOL's Working Partners Program "Drug-Free Work Week 2009 October 19-25, 2009;
  • Present the Safety Webinar "Ergonomics & Back Safety in Lifting and Moving Products, December 10, 2009;
  • Help support 2010 North American Occupational Safety and Health Week May 2-8, 2010; and
  • ASA member Mike Adelizzi will continue to serve as a member of the editorial board for OSHA's Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) Safety and Health Topics page and will provide feedback as appropriate. In addition, ASA will solicit other members to serve on the editorial boards for several of the 120 OSHA eTools and Safety and Health Topics pages.

Report prepared by: Bill Willson, Alliance Coordinator, OOSA, October 2, 2009