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


  1. Alliance Background
  2. Date Signed

    September 16, 2008

    Evaluation Period

    September 16, 2009 - September 15, 2010

    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

    *Felipe Lopez served on the Implementation Team until December 2009.

  3. Implementation Team Meetings
  4. August 25, 2010 - Implementation Team Meeting, Teleconference

    May 11, 2010 - Implementation Team Meeting, Teleconference

    December 17, 2009 - Implementation Team Meeting, Teleconference

    In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from both groups maintained regular contact throughout the reporting period to monitor the Program’s progress and results.

  5. 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 is continuing to develop of a series of toolbox talks for the supply industry.  A number of talks have been reviewed, during this reporting period, 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:

      • Powered Industrial Truck Safety
      • Hazard Communication
      • Safe Material Handling
      • Effective Workplace Housekeeping
      • Guidelines for Dealing with Summer Heat
      • Safe Cell Phone Best Practices
      • ASA and OSHA Alliance Web page

      ASA 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.

      ASA Safety Resources Web page

      Through the Alliance Program ASA maintains and updates a Safety Resources section on the ASA Web site that includes:

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

      OSHA and ASA Alliance Web page

      OSHA 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.

      Event

      American Supply Association Annual Convention, NetworkASA 2009, October 14 - 17, 2009, Washington, DC.

      On October 16, 2009, Elizabeth Way, Director, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA), Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP), USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation "OSHA Alliance Program" to industry professionals. In addition, Bill Willson, Program Analyst, OOSA, DCSP, USDOL-OSHA, staffed an Alliance Program exhibit booth.

      • 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).

      Events

      Ergonomics & Back Safety for Material Handling Webinar, December 10, 2009

      On December 10, 2009, ASA sponsored a Webinar describing how safety factors contribute to musculoskeletal injuries in the low back, as well as provides strategies for measuring and managing the level of risk in a facility or field operation. In addition, it addresses the Hierarchy of Controls and how you can create an effective, proactive plan that contains all the key elements in a program. This Webinar was presented to Alliance Program participants, as well as OSHA, State Plan and On-site Consultation personnel nationwide. A total of 20 agency personnel attended the Webinar. The Webinar can be replayed and presentation slides can be downloaded by clicking on the hyperlink provided.

      Hazards in the Workplace Software Webinar, May 19, 2010

      On May 19, 2010, ASA and OSHA sponsored a Webinar describing how to use the software to determine which OSHA rules apply to their workplace. This Webinar was presented to Alliance Program participants nationwide. The Webinar can be replayed and presentation slides can be downloaded by clicking on the hyperlink provided.

      Reducing Hand Injuries and Managing PPE Costs While Maintaining OSHA Compliance Webinar, September 14, 2010

      On September 14, 2010, ASA and Ansell sponsored a Webinar that describes safety factors that contribute to reducing hand injuries and managing PPE costs while maintaining OSHA compliance. In addition, it identifies common hand injuries and their causes along with proper PPE selection. This Webinar was presented to Alliance Program participants, as well as OSHA, State Plan and On-site Consultation representatives nationwide. A total of 20 agency personnel attended the Webinar. The Webinar can be replayed and presentation slides can be downloaded by clicking on the hyperlink provided. 

      • 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.

      Events

      2009 Drug-Free Work Week, October 19-25, 2009

      ASA joined with a number of other Alliance Program participants to support 2009 Drug-Free Work Week. Drug-Free Work Week is sponsored annually by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Working Partners for an Alcohol- and Drug-Free Workplace Program. The Week focuses on educating employers, employees, and the public about the importance of being drug-free as an essential component of a safe and healthful workplace. In support of the week, the ASA included information about the Week in its newsletter and posted information on its Web site.

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

      The American Supply Association and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported 2010 NAOSH Week, Mission NAOSH 2010: Safe Workplaces. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers, 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.  To help support the week, ASA emailed the 2010 NAOSH Week promotional materials to ASA staff, members and local chapters and posted information about the week on the ASA Web page.

      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

      During the second year of their Alliance, OSHA and ASA continued working 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, ASA completed a number of safety and health products including:

      • Six Toolbox Talks
      • Three Webinars
      • 2010 NAOSH Week

      Finally, an ASA Implementation Team member continues to share 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)
    4. 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

    85,700

    Motor Vehicles Safety and Health Topics Page

    15,901

    Powered Industrial Trucks Safety and Health Topics Page

    71,750

    Powered Industrial Trucks (Forklifts) eTool

    34,052

    September 2009: "OSHA Record Keeping and Reporting Requirements," 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

    October 2009: "Safe Operation of Powered Industrial Trucks," ASA News

    27,000

    November 2009: "Hazard Communication," ASA News

    27,000

    December 2009: "Manual Material Handling," ASA News

    27,000

    December 10, 2009: "Ergonomics & Back Safety for Material Handling," Webinar

    72

    January 2010: "Mechanical Material Handling," ASA News

    27,000

    February 2010: "Housekeeping" ASA News

    27,000

    March 2010: "Emergency Action Plan," ASA News

    27,000

    April 2010: "Hand Safety," ASA News

    27,000

    May 2010: "Management of Summer Heat," ASA News

    27,000

    May 19, 2010: "Hazards in the Workplace Software," Webinar

    Data Not Available

    June 2010: "Safe Cell Phone Use." ASA News

    27,000

    July 2010: "Fire Safety," ASA News

    27,000

    September 14, 2010: "Reducing Hand Injuries and Managing PPE Costs While Maintaining OSHA Compliance," Webinar

    86

    TOTAL

    504,561


  6. 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 developing Safety Articles;
  • Continue developing Toolbox Talks such as:
    • Hand Safety
    • Fire Prevention
    • Hand Safety
    • Fire Prevention
    • Portable Fire Extinguisher Types and Use
    • Portable Fire Extinguisher Use
    • Arc Flash Electrical Safety
    • Preventing Injuries from Slips, Trips and Falls
    • Tips for Ensuring Proper Lighting in the Workplace
    • Safe Cell Phone Best Practices;
  • Present a number of additional Safety Webinars including:
    • Protection VS. Prevention - Why Safety Knives?
    • Protect Your Employees and Company from the #1 At-Work Killer
    • A Practical Guide to Machine Guarding
    • 30 Years of OSHA’s Hearing Conservation Amendment to the Noise Standard;
  • Support 2011 North American Occupational Safety and Health Week May 1-7, 2011;
  • 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, December 14, 2010.