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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT

Occupational Safety and Health Administration
and the
American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)
December 23, 2005


  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    December 4, 2002

    Date Renewed

    June 8, 2004

    Overview

    The OSHA and ASSE Alliance focuses on using the organizations' collective expertise to help advance a culture of prevention while sharing best practices and technical knowledge, especially in the areas of ergonomics and reducing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and motor vehicle safety. In addition, the OSHA and ASSE Alliance is addressing issues that impact non-English speakers and youth employees in the workplace and promoting the annual North American Occupational Safety & Health (NAOSH) Week.

    Implementation Team Members

    OSHA:

    Cathy Cronin

    Office of Training and Education

    Todd Briggs

    Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)

    Lee Anne Jillings

    OOSA

    Lisa Ramber

    OOSA

    ASSE:

    John Clark

    Government Affairs Committee

    Bob DiSiervo

    Director, Professional Affairs

    Mark Hansen

    Past President

    David Heidorn

    Manager, Government Affairs and Policy

    Diane Hurns

    Manager, Public Relations

    Diana Preston

    Government Affairs Committee

    Evaluation Period

    December 4, 2004 through December 12, 2005

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • May 2, 2005 - North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week Kick-Off
    • May 3, 2005 - NAOSH Week Teen Driver Safety Presentation
    • May 3, 2005 - Fall Protection Workgroup Meeting
    • May 3, 2005 - Design for Safety Workgroup Meeting
    • May 26, 2005 - Implementation Team meeting
    • July 13, 2005 - Planning meeting for 2006 NAOSH Week
    • July 19, 2005 - Fall Protection Workgroup Meeting
    • July 19, 2005 - Design for Safety Workgroup Meeting
    • August 23, 2005 - Planning meeting for 2006 NAOSH Week
    • September 9, 2005 - Planning meeting for 2006 NAOSH Week
    • October 11, 2005 - Fall Protection Workgroup Meeting
    • October 11, 2005 - Design for Safety Workgroup Meeting
    • November 16, 2005 - Planning meeting for 2006 NAOSH Week
    • December 12, 2005 - Implementation Team Meeting

    In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from each organization, Todd Briggs and David Heidorn, spoke regularly to discuss and plan the activities and programs listed under events and products.

  3. Results

    1. Events and Products

      Outreach and Communication Goals

      • Sharing information through educational opportunities that provide the best and most up-to-date information regarding ergonomics and MSDs.

        During this evaluation period, no products or resources have been developed to meet this Alliance goal.

      • Seeking opportunities for ASSE members with industry-specific expertise in developing, implementing, or improving ergonomic programs to participate in stakeholder groups and other forums, and provide input into the development of ergonomic programs and MSD guidelines for the workplace.

      Products

      OSHA Construction Roundtable Workgroups

      Representatives from ASSE participated in the Alliance Program's Construction Roundtable's Fall Protection and Design for Safety Workgroups. The Workgroups are working to develop compliance assistance and training materials for employers and workers in the construction industry including safety tips sheets, PowerPoint® presentations, Web pages and case studies. The workgroups activities include the following:

      Fall Protection Workgroup

      • Develop Fall Protection Safety Tip Sheets for employers and employees
      • Provide comments on the "Fall Hazard Awareness for the Construction Industry" training course, developed by OSHA's Office of Training and Education
      • Develop tool box talks materials

      Design for Safety Workgroup

      • Develop a general PowerPoint® presentation on "Designing for Safety"
      • Develop a case study on "Designing for Safety"
      • Develop a "Design for Safety" Web page

      Events

      ASSE Professional Development Conference (PDC), Safety 2005, Ernest R. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, June 12-15, 2005

      A professional certification workshop, "SH&E Careers in Government" was held June 15 at the 2005 PDC. Panelists provided career development information for government employees in the safety, health and environmental fields. The presenters discussed various paths and milestones that are common to achieving professional level credentials and recognition. The panelists included representatives from ASSE and OSHA and other Alliance participants, including the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) and the Washington Group International.

      Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health Goals

      • Seeking joint opportunities to develop and disseminate information addressing ergonomics and MSDs at conferences, events and/or through print and electronic media, including informational links from OSHA's and ASSE's Web sites.

      Products

      ASSE Government Affairs Update

      ASSE's e-newsletter is distributed on an as needed basis to ASSE's Chapter Chairs, leaders and others interested in government affairs and recent regulatory and legislative activities. This newsletter regularly includes information on the Alliance Program and OSHA's activities.

      ASSE Alliance Program Web page

      ASSE has continued to update its ASSE and OSHA Alliance Program Web page that the association posted on its Web site. The page includes information on the Alliance and its activities. In addition, ASSE linked to OSHA's Hurricane Recovery and Clean-Up Web page which provides safety and health information on hurricane related hazards and topics including flooding, mold, heat stress and electrical safety. Resources include QuickCards, fact sheets and public service announcements in English and Spanish.

      OSHA and ASSE Alliance Program Web Page

      OSHA continues to update the OSHA and ASSE Alliance Program Web page on its Web site that contains information on the Alliance, Products and Resources, Activities and Events, and Milestones and Successes.

      Publications and Newsletters

      Information and news releases on the activities of the Alliance have appeared in publications produced by OSHA including the Alliance Quarterly Review (AQR). In addition, information on the OSHA and ASSE Alliance has been published in a number of safety and health publications. Please see the chart in this report under "Alliance Program Reach" for additional information.

      • Promoting opportunities to speak, exhibit and/or appear at conferences, local meetings, and/or other events in order to demonstrate the effectiveness of ergonomic programs.

      Events

      ASSE PDC, Safety 2005, Ernest R. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, June 12-15, 2005

      During the ASSE's 2005 PDC in New Orleans, Louisiana, a number of OSHA's senior executive staff spoke to the attendees during plenary and workshop sessions, including:

      • Jonathan L. Snare, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, presented during a Plenary Session
      • Joe Reina, and William V. Klingbeil from OSHA's Region VI were part of the workshop panel "VPP: Leaders in Safety and Health Excellence"
      • Paula White, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, presented "Cooperative Programs and Compliance Assistance: An OSHA Update"
      • Stew Burkhammer, P.E., CSP, OHST, Office of Construction Services, presented "OSHA Regulatory Update (Construction Outreach)"

      In addition, OSHA maintained an exhibit booth during the conference and distributed the Agency's compliance assistance publications, OSHA and ASSE Alliance information and answered the attendees' questions.

      2005 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, May 1 – May 7, 2005

      A Kick-off to 2005 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week was held May 2, 2005, at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington DC. Acting Assistant Secretary Jonathan L. Snare, USDOL-OSHA, Gene Barfield, President, ASSE, and Art Nordholm, Secretary, Canadian Society of Safety Engineering made key-note presentations to help commemorate the week. Representatives from OSHA's Federal Network for Young Worker Safety and Health (FedNet) attended the event and maintained exhibit booths to distribute safety and health information and answer questions from the attendees. Other Alliance Program participants also attended the event and were recognized by OSHA. The National Safety Council, an Alliance Program participant, made a presentation at the Department of Labor May 3 focusing on teen driver safety. The goal of the annual NAOSH Week is to focus the attention of employers, employees, the general public and all partners in occupational safety, health and the environment on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace.

      2006 NAOSH Week, April 30 – May 7, 2006

      To build in the success of the 2005 NAOSH Week Kick-off, the OSHA and ASSE Alliance implementation team held meetings on July 13, August 23, September 9 and November 16, 2005, to begin planning events to kick-off and promote the 2006 NAOSH Week, April 30 - May 7, 2006 in Washington, D.C. and around the country. Twenty-three OSHA Cooperative Program participants including twenty Alliances have agreed to support NAOSH week through numerous efforts including distribution of 2006 NAOSH Week promotional posters and linking to ASSE's 2006 NAOSH Week Web page.

    2. Results

      During the third year of the OSHA and ASSE Alliance, the implementation team continued building on the successes that resulted from the Alliance's first and second years. In addition, OSHA and ASSE continued to address young worker and motor vehicle safety issues that the organizations agreed to add to the Alliance's renewal agreement that was signed June 8, 2004 during the ASSE's 2004 Annual PDC. Further, the organizations agreed to work together to promote NAOSH week through the renewal agreement.

      To meet the Alliance's goals, OSHA and ASSE continued a number projects that were started in the Alliance's second year (e.g. NAOSH Week ) and continued to make presentations and exhibit to share information about the Alliance and the issues that are being addressed by the agreement.

      For example, on June 13 at ASSE's 2005 PDC in New Orleans, Louisiana, OSHA's Acting Assistant Secretary Jonathan Snare spoke during the Plenary Session. On June 13, Paula White, OSHA, Director, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs made a presentation during a workshop, "Cooperative Programs and Compliance Assistance: An OSHA Update." During her presentation, Ms. White provided an overview of OSHA's cooperative programs and compliance assistance activities, discussed the requirements for participation and shared the benefits of involvement from government and private sector representatives. Also on June 13, Stew Burkhammer, OSHA's Director of the Office of Construction Services, presented an "OSHA Regulatory Update" focusing on construction. Further, OSHA had a booth in the exhibition hall.

      In addition, the Alliance organized a professional certification workshop, "Supporting Safety, Health and Environmental Careers in Government" during the 2005 PDC. The workshop was offered June 13 and provided career development information for government employees in the safety, health and environmental fields. The presenters discussed various paths and milestones that are common to achieving professional level credentials and recognition. The panelists included representatives from ASSE and OSHA and other Alliance program participants, including the BCSP and the Washington Group International.

      The Association's chapters are continuing to recognize the value of working together with OSHA through the Alliance Program and are signing agreements with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices. Following are Regional Alliances that ASSE Chapters signed during the reporting period:

      Region I Concord Area Office and the Granite State Chapter of ASSE, signed March 28, 2005
      Through the Alliance, the organizations are helping to advance a culture of prevention while sharing best practices and technical knowledge, especially in the area of ergonomics and reducing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), construction safety, and bloodborne pathogens.

      Region IV, Atlanta-East, Atlanta-West and Savannah Area Offices and the Savannah Chapter of ASSE, signed May 27, 2005 (This Alliance is an addendum to the Trench Safety Task Force Alliance signed September 21, 2004) OSHA and the ASSE chapter are using their collective expertise to help protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to trenching and excavation hazards.

    3. Alliance Program Reach
      Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc. Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
      May 2, 2005, Kick-Off to 2005 NAOSH Week, U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, DC 100
      May 3, 2005, 2005 NAOSH Week, Teen Driver Safety Presentation

      Speaker: John Ulczycki, Director, Transportation Safety Group, National Safety Council, Itasca, Illinois.
      50
      May 2, 2005, OSHA and ASSE Promote Worker Safety During North American Occupational Safety and Health Week

      OSHA Press Release
      25 News Services
      May 5, 2005, OSHA, Safety Engineers Kick Off North American Occupational Safety Week

      BNA Occupational Safety and Health Reporter
      Data not available
      June 2005, NAOSH Week Addresses Workplace Injury and Illness Prevention

      OSHA's Alliance Quarterly Review
      350
      June 12-15, 2005 ASSE PDC, Safety 2005, New Orleans, Louisiana

      OSHA Exhibited
      2,000
      June 12, 2005 ASSE PDC, Safety 2005, New Orleans, Louisiana

      Plenary Session Speaker: Jonathan L. Snare, OSHA Acting Assistant Secretary
      700
      June 13, 2005 ASSE PDC, Safety 2005, New Orleans, Louisiana, "OSHA Construction Update"

      Speaker: Stewart Burkhammer, P.E., CSP, OHST, Office of Construction Services
      30
      June 13, 2005 ASSE PDC, Safety 2005, New Orleans, Louisiana, "OSHA Cooperative Programs and Compliance Assistance"

      Speaker: Paula White, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, OSHA
      60
      June 13, 2005 ASSE PDC, Safety 2005, New Orleans, Louisiana, "VPP in Construction"

      Speaker: Paula White, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, OSHA
      60
      June 13, 2005 ASSE PDC, Safety 2005, New Orleans, Louisiana, "Supporting SH&E Careers in Government"

      OSHA and ASSE Alliance sponsored workshop
      35
      ASSE Web site, OSHA/ASSE web page Data not available
      OSHA and ASSE Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site 4,000
      ASSE Government Affairs Update – The association's regular e-newsletter Data not available
      TOTAL 7,035
  4. Upcoming Milestones

    During the upcoming year, OSHA and ASSE will continue to work together through the Alliance to provide employers, employees, OSHA staff and the public with safety and health information. For example, during the ASSE's PDC, Safety 2006, June 11-14, 2006 in Seattle, Washington, a number of senior level OSHA staff from OSHA's National and Regional Offices are planning to speak and hold workshop sessions which are:

    • Jonathan L. Snare, Deputy Assistant Secretary, will be presenting during a Plenary Session
    • Paula White, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, will be presenting "OSHA VPP and Strategic Partnerships…Results Through Cooperation," "OSHA Alliance's Design for Safety Roundtable," "OSHA's Cooperative Programs" and "Selling VPP to Your Company."
    • Stew Burkhammer, P.E., CSP, OHST, Office of Construction Services, will be presenting "OSHA Construction Update"
    • Elise Handelman, Directorate of Science, Technology and Medicine, will be presenting "Safety Awareness for Young Workers"
    • Ruth McCully, Dave Ippolito and John Ferris, Directorate of Science, Technology and Medicine, will be presenting "OSHA's Emergency Preparedness and Response"
    • Dorothy Dougherty, Directorate of Standards and Guidance and Richard Fairfax, Directorate of Enforcement Programs, will be presenting "OSHA's Standards and Enforcement Update"
  5. In addition, a special session will again be delivered "Supporting Safety Health & Environmental Careers in Government" that will provide career development information for government employees in the safety, health and environmental fields. The presenters will discuss various paths and milestones that are common to achieving professional level credentials and recognition. The panelists will include representatives from ASSE and OSHA and other Alliance participants, including the BCSP and the Washington Group International.

    OSHA will also maintain an exhibit booth during the conference and distribute the Agency's compliance assistance publications and OSHA and ASSE Alliance Program information and answer the attendees' questions.

    The OSHA and ASSE Alliance will also be planning the 2006 NAOSH Week Kick-off event that will be held at the Department of Labor May 1 in Washington, DC with officials from OSHA, ASSE and Canadian Society of Safety Engineering.

    Paula White, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, will feature information on the activities of the OSHA and ASSE Alliance during a presentation at ASSE's National Chapter meeting February, 16, 2006 in Washington, DC. She will also update the group on OSHA's compliance assistance and cooperative program outreach and training activities.

    In addition, the Alliance implementation team is planning on using information that has been developed through ASSE's motor vehicle safety white papers to develop fact sheets and informational products for employers, employees and the public.

Report prepared by: Todd Briggs, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, December 23, 2005

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