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


  1. Alliance Background
  2. Date Signed

    September 16, 2008

    Evaluation Period

    September 16, 2010 - September 15, 2011

    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:

    Bill Willson - Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA), Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP)

    ASA:

    Mike Adelizzi - Executive Vice President, ASA
    Robert Bernier - Vice President - Operations, First Supply
    Ricky Bryant - Corporate Compliance Officer, NIBCO
    Tammy Burke - Quality & Safety Administrator, Columbia Pipe
    Dave Galland - Operations Manager, First Supply
    Daniel Hilton - Director of Government Affairs, ASA
    Lori Kampmeier - Warehouse Worker - Order Filler, First Supply
    Mike Malueg - Warehouse Worker - Inventory Control, First Supply
    Ben Maves - Warehouse Worker - Dispatcher-Truck Drivers, First Supply
    Mike Miller - General Manager, First Supply
    Karen Ney - Administrative Assistant, First Supply
    Kevin Pepiton - Director of Safety, Coburn Supply
    Michael Place - Professional Development, Dakota Supply Group
    Mary Prahler - Risk Manager, First Supply
    Don Robertson - Executive Director, Western Suppliers Association
    Ben Stephens - Director of Marketing & Communications, ASA
    Doug Widish - Manager for Gerhards, the Showroom of First Supply
    Jay Wilson - CFO, Plumbers Supply Company

  3. Implementation Team Meetings
  4. August 10, 2011 - Implementation Team Meeting, Teleconference

    April 14, 2011 - Implementation Team Meeting, Teleconference

    December 9, 2010 - 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. Eight toolbox talks were completed during the reporting period 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:

      • 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

      ASA Web Pages

      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
      • 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.

      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).

      Events

      Protection VS. Prevention - Why Safety Knives? Webinar, December 15, 2010

      On December 15, 2010, ASA sponsored a Webinar that discusses the importance of determining the level of current cutting tools used, looking at the tasks being performed, and picking the proper tool for the job. In addition, it addresses training for safety knives and how to implement safer cutting procedures. This Webinar was made available to Alliance Program participants, as well as OSHA, State Plan, and On-site Consultation personnel nationwide. A total of 18 OSHA 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.

      Protect Your Employees and Company from the #1 At-Work Killer Webinar, February 17, 2011

      On February 17, 2011, ASA sponsored a Webinar that provides an overview of sudden cardiac arrest and its potential impact to your workplace. In addition, it discusses how to build the case for an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) program, overcome budget committee obstacles, and implement an AED program. You will learn about AED legislation and liability and the 5 "musts" an AED program should have. This Webinar was made available to Alliance Program participants. 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.

      A Practical Guide to Machine Safeguarding Webinar, April 28, 2011

      On April 28, 2011, ASA sponsored a Webinar that provides an overview of the basics of machine safeguarding and the regulatory requirements behind them. The Webinar provides participants' access to a Machine Guarding Survey, covering 17 types of common shop equipment. In addition, the survey will allow participants to conduct their own company assessments to uncover the most common machine safeguarding problems. This Webinar was made available to Alliance Program participants, as well as OSHA, State Plan, and On-site Consultation personnel nationwide. A total of 37 OSHA 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.

      30 Years of OSHA's Hearing Conservation Amendment to the Noise Standard - How Are We Doing? Webinar, August 30, 2011

      On August 30, 2011, ASA sponsored a Webinar that reviews the key components of an effective hearing conservation program. It also focuses on outcome metrics gauging the effectiveness of a hearing conservation program specifically centered on an 8-year review of recordable noise-induced hearing loss cases. The Webinar is geared towards individuals responsible for creating safety procedures and implementing OSHA requirements. This Webinar was made available to Alliance Program participants, as well as OSHA, State Plan, and On-site Consultation personnel nationwide. A total of 32 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

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

      On May 1-7, 2011, the American Supply Association and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported 2011 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by the American Association 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. The theme for 2011 was "Celebrating a Century of Safety." To help support the week, ASA emailed the 2011 NAOSH Week promotional materials to ASA, members 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
    4. During the third 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:

      • Eight Toolbox Talks
      • Four Webinars
      • 2011 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)
    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

    82,347

    Motor Vehicles Safety and Health Topics Page

    20,908

    Powered Industrial Trucks Safety and Health Topics Page

    85,282

    Powered Industrial Trucks (Forklifts) eTool

    26,067

    September 2010: "Home Safety," ASA News

    27,000

    October 2010: "Home Fire Safety," ASA News

    27,000

    November 2010: "Winter Weather," ASA News

    27,000

    December 2010: "Electrical Safety," ASA News

    27,000

    December 15, 2010: "Protection VS. Prevention - Why Safety Knives?," Webinar

    72

    January 2011: "Electrical Safety & the OSHA Standards and Changes," ASA News

    27,000

    February 2011: "Automated External Defibrillators" ASA News

    27,000

    February 17, 2011: "Protect Your Employees and Company from the #1 At-Work Killer," Webinar

    100

    March 2011: "Machine Safety and Guarding," ASA News

    27,000

    April 28, 2011: "A Practical Guide to Machine Safeguarding," Webinar

    110

    May 2011: "Tips for Ensuring Proper Lighting in the Workplace," ASA News

    27,000

    June 2011: "Personal Protective Equipment Saves Lives and Prevents Injuries" ASA News

    27,000

    August 30, 2011: "30 Years of OSHA's Hearing Conservation Amendment to the Noise Standard - How Are We Doing?," Webinar

    50

    TOTAL

    457,936


  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:
    • Industrial Racking
    • Globally Harmonized System
    • Scissor/Aerial Lifts;
  • Present the Safety Webinar "Racking and Stacking Safety"
    Fall 2011;
  • Develop additional Webinars on topics such as:
    • Light Levels
    • Globally Harmonized System;
  • Support 2012 North American Occupational Safety and Health Week May 6-12, 2012;
  • 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 11, 2011.