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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the
Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR)
April 5, 2006

I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

February 17, 2004

Evaluation Period

February 17, 2005 February 16, 2006

Overview

The OSHA and CCAR Alliance provides CCAR affiliates and others in the automotive industry, including but not limited to youth and Spanish-speaking workers, with information, guidance, and access to training resources to help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly by focusing on workplace vehicle safety, abrasive wheel machinery (including associated silica hazards), and ergonomics.

Implementation Team Members

 
OSHA:  
Todd Briggs
Jess McCluer
Bob Nester
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
OOSA
Office of Occupational Health Nursing
   
CCAR:  
Natalie Schoonover
Robert Stewart
Environmental Safety Specialist
President

II. Implementation Team Meetings

 
April 27, 2005
August 1, 2005

September 9, 2005
December 16, 2005
Implementation Team Meeting
Alliance Program's Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals Workgroup
Implementation Team Meeting
Implementation Team Meeting

III. Results
  1. Events and Products

    Outreach and Communication


    • Develop and disseminate information through print and electronic media, including electronic assistance tools and links from OSHA's and CCAR's Web sites, CCAR's S/P2 newsletter and clearinghouse of automotive workplace safety and health information.
    Products

    OSHA and CCAR Alliance Web Site


    OSHA continues to update the OSHA and CCAR Alliance Web site which is posted on the Agency's Web page and provides information on the OSHA and CCAR Alliance including the Alliance agreement, news releases and milestones and successes.

    CCAR Website

    The CCAR Web Site (www.ccar-greenlink.org) provides information on the OSHA and CCAR Alliance including the focus of the Alliance and a link to the OSHA and CCAR Alliance Web page.

    S/P2 On-Line Training Curriculum

    OSHA reviewed and provided comments on the safety section of the CCAR S/P2 On-Line Training Curriculum, which is located on the CCAR Web site. The curriculum focuses on the safety and environmental issues that apply to autobody and repair industry.

    CCAR Operating Motor Vehicles Document

    OSHA reviewed and provided comments on CCAR's Operating Motor Vehicles document which provides safety tips to reduce motor vehicle crashes for autobody repair and servicing employers and employees. Once completed, the document will be published as an OSHA and CCAR Alliance product.

    Virtual Collision Mechanical Repair Shop

    OSHA reviewed and provided comments on CCAR's Virtual Collision Repair Shop which provides compliance assistance and safety and health information for the autobody repair industry.

    OSHA Safety and Health Topics Page

    The following CCAR staff are participating on the editorial board of OSHA's Motor Vehicle Safety and Health Topics page:

    • Sean Ochester, Safety and Pollution Prevention Officer, CCAR; Overland Park, KS

    • Natalie Schoonover, Environmental Safety Specialist, CCAR; Overland Park, KS
    The following CCAR staff and members are participating on the editorial board of OSHA's Autobody Repair and Refinishing Safety and Health Topics page:

      • Lirel Holt, CARSTAR, Inc.; Overland Park, KS

      • Tony Molla, National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence; Leesburg, VA

      • Sean Ochester, Safety and Pollution Prevention Officer, CCAR; Overland Park, KS

      • Robert Stewart, President, CCAR; Overland Park, KS
    • Speak, exhibit, or appear at conferences such as NACE (International Autobody Congress and Exposition), IMDA (International Midas Dealers Association), NADA (National Automobile Dealers Association), MAP (Motorist Assurance Program), I-CAR (Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair) or other events.
    Events

    National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention and Exposition, February 11-14, 2006, in Orlando, Florida.


    Robert Stewart, President, CCAR, staffed an exhibit booth at the 2006 NADA Convention, February 11-14, 2006 in Orlando, Florida. Through the Alliance, OSHA provided CCAR with information on the Agency's Alliance Program including the OSHA and CCAR Alliance Activities document and the Guidelines for Employers to Reduce Motor Vehicle Crashes. According to Mr. Stewart, CCAR distributed the Agency's information to 200 exposition attendees.

    • Cross-train OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals in CCAR best practices or effective approaches, as jointly determined by OSHA and CCAR.

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

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

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

    • Share information on best practices, as jointly determined by OSHA and CCAR, of CCAR affiliates with others in the industry and publicize the results through outreach by CCAR and through OSHA- or CCAR-initiated compliance assistance efforts.

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

    • Work with other Alliance participants on projects relating to workplace vehicle safety, personal protective equipment, and ergonomics as they are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

      During this evaluation period, no products or resources have been developed to meet this Alliance goal.
    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health Goals

    • Raise others' awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever CCAR leaders address groups.

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

    • Develop and disseminate case studies on the issues addressed in this Alliance, illustrating the business value of safety and health and publicize their results.

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

    • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on topics such as workplace vehicle safety, abrasive wheel machinery, and ergonomics issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
    OSHA Alliance Program's Hazard Communication Roundtable Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) Workgroup, August 1, 2005, Department of Labor, Washington, DC

    Natalie Schoonover represented CCAR in the Alliance Program's Hazard Communication Roundtable GHS Workgroup on August 1, 2005. The workgroup met to discuss the development and distribution of resources to promote the GHS to small business in anticipation of OSHA's revising its hazard communication standard (HCS) to adopt the GHS. As a result of the meeting, the workgroup identified the need for developing the following four publications:

    • An overview of the benefits of the GHS and explanation of why OSHA is adopting it

    • A frequently asked questions document that explains the GHS's impact

    • A side-by-side comparison of OSHA's existing hazard communication standard and the GHS

    • Examples comparing chemical container labels and material safety data sheets prepared under OSHA's HCS and the GHS
  2. Results

    During the second year of the OSHA and CCAR Alliance, the implementation team continued building on the successes that resulted from the Alliance's first year. Through the Alliance, CCAR members and others learned more about the compliance assistance resources the Agency has developed including the Guidelines for Employers to Reduce Motor Vehicle Crashes. In addition, the OSHA and CCAR Alliance has helped to identify the need for developing and promoting compliance assistance safety and health information that is specific to the autobody refinishing and repair industry. For example:

    • On February 11-14, 2006 at the National Automobile Dealers Association Convention, Orlando, Florida, CCAR representatives staffed an exhibit booth and distributed information on OSHA's Alliance Program including the OSHA and CCAR Alliance Activities document and the Guidelines for Employers to Reduce Motor Vehicle Crashes to 200 exposition attendees.

    • CCAR representatives are serving on OSHA's Motor Vehicle and Autobody Repair and Refinishing Safety and Health Topics pages.

    • CCAR participated in the Alliance Program's Hazard Communication Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) Workgroup August 1, 2006. The Workgroup participants discussed the development of GHS compliance assistance resources.

    • OSHA reviewed and provided comments on CCAR's Operating Motor Vehicles Document.

    • OSHA reviewed and provided comments on CCAR's Virtual Collision Repair Shop.
  3. Alliance Program Reach
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
OSHA and CCAR Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site Data Not Available
CCAR Web site 801,094
Autobody Repair and Refinishing Safety and Health Topics page Data Not Available
Motor Vehicle Safety and Health Topics page Data Not Available
February 11-14, 2006, National Automobile Dealers Association Convention, Orlando, Florida 200
TOTAL 801,294

IV. Upcoming Milestones

In 2006, OSHA and CCAR will renew the Alliance agreement and continue to focus on health and safety issues in the automotive industry. As part of the renewal agreement, OSHA and CCAR will revise the goals to more accurately reflect the organization's areas of interest. The Alliance implementation team members will also continue to maintain and update the OSHA and CCAR Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site and CCAR's Alliance-related Web page. CCAR will also be completing the Operating Motor Vehicles document which will be published as a product of the OSHA and CCAR Alliance. In addition, CCAR has asked OSHA to review the Automotive Repair and Service Best Management Practices section of the CCAR-GreenLink which is the environmental information center on the CCAR Web page.

CCAR will promote its training with vocational schools to the OSHA Regional/Area Offices and State Plan States in 2006.

CCAR will continue to be a member of OSHA's Motor Vehicle Safety and Autobody Repair and Refinishing Safety and Health Topics pages editorial boards and will review and provide comments on the pages.

CCAR will continue to participate in the Alliance Program's Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) Workgroup and will work with other Alliances to develop and distribute hazard communication compliance assistance resources to promote the GHS to small business.

Finally, CCAR will have an exhibit booth and will promote the OSHA and CCAR Alliance at the 2006 National Automobile Technology Competition (NATC) April 18-19, 2006 in New York City, New York and the 2006 SkillsUSA national conference, June 19-23, 2006 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Report prepared by: Todd Briggs, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, April 5, 2006