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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the
Brick Industry Association (BIA)
April 29, 2008

I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

March 20, 2006

Evaluation Period

March 20, 2007 March 19, 2008

Overview

Through the Alliance, OSHA and BIA are working together to provide the BIA's members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources to help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing ergonomics injuries, and preventing exposure to hazardous levels of silica.

Implementation Team Members

 
OSHA:  
   
Neil Davis
Tony Mapes***
Jess McCluer*
Lisa Ramber
Loretta Schuman
Joanna Sznajder
Bill Willson**
Office of Chemical Hazards, Non-Metals (OCH)
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
OOSA
OOSA
OCH
Office of Physical Hazards & Others
OOSA
   
BIA:  
   
Tom Brown
Joseph Casper
Davis Henry
Mike Patterson
Michaela Rydstrom
Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) Task Force
Vice President, Environmental Health & Safety
EHS Task Force
EHS Task Force
Assistant, Environmental Health and Safety

* Jess McCluer served as the Alliance Coordinator until May 1, 2007.
** Bill Willson served as the Alliance Coordinator from May 1, 2007 to January 21, 2008.
*** Tony Mapes serves as the Alliance Coordinator since January 21, 2008.


II. Implementation Team Meetings
 
August 7, 2007
November 6, 2007
December 19, 2007
January 10, 2008
Implementation Team Meeting
Implementation Team Meeting
BIA's Silicosis Prevention Seminar Planning Conference Call
BIA's Silicosis Prevention Seminar Planning Conference Call

III. Results
  1. Events and Products

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

      Publications and News Releases

      BIA is sharing OSHA related information with its members through the association's monthly e-newsletter, Brick News Online. For example, BIA included the following article in the e-newsletter:

      • "OSHA's Comprehensive Ergonomics Plan Features Targeted Guidelines and Tough Enforcement," Brick News Online, November 8, 2007. The article describes OSHA's comprehensive approach to ergonomics.
      Products

      OSHA and BIA Alliance Web page


      OSHA continues to update the OSHA and BIA Alliance Web page that is posted on the Agency's Web site. The page includes links to the OSHA and BIA Alliance agreement and the OSHA news release on the Alliance's signing. In addition, the Web page features information on U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)-developed articles on OSHA's compliance assistance and cooperative program resources which have been included in BIA's e-newsletter, Brick News Online.

      BIA and OSHA Alliance Web page

      During the report period, BIA completed and posted a BIA and OSHA Alliance Web page on the BIA Web site that includes the goals of the Alliance and a link to the OSHA and BIA Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web site. In addition, there are links to a number of OSHA's compliance assistance and cooperative program resources.

      OSHA's Safety and Health Topics Pages

      BIA representatives serve on the editorial boards of the following Safety and Health Topics pages, providing OSHA with their expertise and technical review:

      • Confined Spaces
        • Tom Brown, Director of Occupational Safety and Health, Acme Brick Company, Fort Worth, TX
        • Joe Casper, Vice President, Environmental Health and Safety, BIA, Reston, VA
      • Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout)
        • Tom Brown, Director of Occupational Safety and Health, Acme Brick Company, Fort Worth, TX
        • Joe Casper, Vice President, Environmental Health and Safety, BIA, Reston, VA
      • Heat Stress
        • Tom Brown, Director of Occupational Safety and Health, Acme Brick Company, Fort Worth, TX
        • Joe Casper, Vice President, Environmental Health and Safety, BIA, Reston, VA
      • Machine Guarding
        • Tom Brown, Director of Occupational Safety and Health, Acme Brick Company, Fort Worth, TX
        • Joe Casper, Vice President, Environmental Health and Safety, BIA, Reston, VA
        • Mike Patterson, Regional Safety and Health Manager, Boral Bricks Inc., Pelham, AL
      • Silica, Crystalline
        • Tom Brown, Director of Occupational Safety and Health, Acme Brick Company, Fort Worth, TX
        • Joe Casper, Vice President, Environmental Health and Safety, BIA, Reston, VA
    • Speak, exhibit or appear at OSHA's and BIA's conferences, local meetings or other events such as BIA's Brick Show.

      Events

      2008 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, May 4-10, 2008


      BIA representatives are working with more than 40 other Alliance Program participants to support 2008 NAOSH Week that will be held May 4-10. 2008 NAOSH Week is sponsored by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), another Alliance Program participant, and focuses on illustrating how safety is good business. The theme of this year's event is "Safety is Good Business."

      Brick Show 2007, May 29-31, 2007, Orlando, Florida

      Through the Alliance Program, OSHA provided BIA with compliance assistance publications for distribution at the Brick Show 2007, May 29- 31, 2007 in Orlando, Florida.

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

      Products

      "Occupational Health Program for Exposure to Crystalline Silica in the Brick Industry" Manual


      Through the Alliance, BIA developed the draft "Occupational Health Program for Exposure to Crystalline Silica in the Brick Industry," the manual will provide employers guidelines to monitor occupational exposures and associated respiratory health effects of crystalline silica exposure. BIA will post the manual on its Web site after it is completed, and OSHA will link to it from the OSHA and BIA Alliance Web page and Alliance Program participant Developed Products Web page.

      "Silica Dust Results Calculations and what they mean" Fact Sheet

      Through the Alliance, BIA is developing the draft fact sheet "Silica Dust Results Calculations and what they mean." The fact sheet is being developed to help employers inform their employees about the hazards associated with crystalline silica. BIA will post the fact sheet on its Web site after it is completed, and OSHA will link to it from the OSHA and BIA Alliance Web page and Alliance Program participant Developed Product Web page.

      Events

      BIA's Silicosis Prevention Seminar, February 5, 2008, Clemson, South Carolina


      Through the Alliance, OSHA and BIA worked together to develop the agenda for BIA's Silicosis Prevention Seminar. Brian Roberston, Industrial Hygienist, Region IV, Columbia, South Carolina Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, presented "Exposure Monitoring" and John Steelnack, Industrial Hygienist, Office of Biological Hazards, Directorate of Standards and Guidance, USDOL-OSHA, presented "Control of Dust Exposures" and "OSHA Silica Resources" to 30 attendees during the Silicosis Prevention Seminar on February 5, 2008 in Clemson, South Carolina.

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

      Products

      BIA's monthly newsletter, Brick News Online included the following articles developed by the U.S. Department of Labor focusing on OSHA's cooperative programs and compliance assistance resources.

      • "Hispanic Worker Outreach: OSHA can Help," Brick News Online, September 27, 2007. The article addresses the fact that Hispanic workers are more likely to be injured or suffer a fatality on the job; and it provides information to employers regarding compliance tools and resources that are available to help them in reaching out to their Spanish-speaking employees.
  2. Executive Summary

    Through the Alliance Program, OSHA and BIA are working together to develop resources for employers in the brick industry to use to protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing ergonomics injuries and preventing exposure to hazardous levels of silica. The positive relationship that OSHA and BIA has developed over the past two years has led to the development of the many programs and projects that the team is currently working on or has produced. For example, through the Alliance, BIA developed the draft "Occupational Health Program for Exposure to Crystalline Silica in the Brick Industry Manual," which will provide employers guidelines to monitor occupational exposures and associated respiratory health effects of crystalline silica exposure. In addition, BIA is developing a draft fact sheet "Silica Dust Results-Calculations and what they mean." The fact sheet will help employers inform their employees about the hazards associated with crystalline silica.

    Further, BIA representatives are sharing their expertise with OSHA through participation on the editorial boards for the following Safety and Health Topics pages:

    • Confined Spaces
    • Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout)
    • Heat Stress
    • Machine Guarding
    • Silica, Crystalline
    In addition, OSHA and BIA shared safety and health information and OSHA resources on crystalline silica with the brick industry at the BIA's Silicosis Prevention Seminar on February 5, 2008 in Clemson, South Carolina.

  3. Alliance Program Reach
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
OSHA and BIA Alliance Web site on OSHA's Web page 8,661
BIA and OSHA Alliance Web site on BIA's Web page Data not available
OSHA Confined Spaces Safety and Health Topics page 91,119
OSHA Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) Safety and Health Topics page 70,306
OSHA Heat Stress Safety and Health Topics page 30,207
OSHA Heat Stress Safety and Health Topics page 8,661
OSHA Silica, Crystalline Safety and Health Topics page 8,661
November 8, 2007 "Hispanic Worker Outreach: OSHA Can Help," Brick News Data not available
February 5, 2008 Silicosis Prevention Seminar, February 5, 2008, Clemson, South Carolina

Speaker: Brian Roberston, Industrial Hygienist, Region IV, Clemson, South Carolina Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, presented "Exposure Monitoring" and John Steelnack, Industrial Hygienist, Office of Biological Hazards, Directorate of Standards and Guidance, USDOL-OSHA, presented "Control of Dust Expsures" and "OSHA Silica Resources."
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TOTAL 217,645

IV. Upcoming Milestones

As a result of the Alliance's successes in its first two years, OSHA and BIA will renew the agreement for two years. Through the renewal agreement, the organizations will encourage employers to provide information, guidance and access to training resources that will help protect employees' health and safety, particularly in preventing exposure to hazardous levels of silica and reducing ergonomic injuries. For example, through the Alliance BIA will finalize the "Occupational Health Program for Exposure to Crystalline Silica in the Brick Industry" manual and the "Silica Dust Results-Calculations and what they mean" fact sheet. In addition, BIA will begin developing a ergonomics fact sheet for the brick industry.

As part of the Alliance's outreach efforts, BIA will be joining more than 40 other Alliance Program participants to support 2008 North American Occupational Safety and Health Week, May 4-10. In addition, BIA representatives will continue to provide OSHA with their expertise and serve on a number of OSHA's Safety and Health Topics pages' editorial boards including Confined Spaces, Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout), Heat Stress, Machine Guarding, and Silica, Crystalline.

BIA plans to publish an article by Assistant Secretary Edwin G. Foulke Jr., USDOL-OSHA, "Making the Business Case for Safety and Health", in their monthly e- newsletter Brick News Online. Finally, BIA plans to continue to promote OSHA compliance assistance materials, cooperative programs, and the OSHA and BIA Alliance through articles in the publication.

Report prepared by: Tony Mapes, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, April 21, 2008