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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and
Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR)
March 26, 2007


  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    February 17, 2004

    Date Renewed

    September 12, 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 employees, 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
    Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)

    CCAR:

    Natalie Schoonover
    Environmental Safety Specialist
    Robert Stewart
    President

    Evaluation Period

    February 17, 2006 - February 16, 2007

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    March 16, 2006
    2006 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week Conference Call
    April 26, 2006
    2006 NAOSH Week Conference Call
    April 26, 2006
    Implementation Team Meeting
    August 18, 2006
    Implementation Team Meeting
    November 9, 2006
    Implementation Team Meeting
    November 16, 2006
    2007 NAOSH Week Conference Call
    January 23, 2007
    2007 NAOSH Week Conference Call
  3. Results

    1. Products and Events

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

      Publications and Newsletters

      Information and news releases on the OSHA and CCAR Alliance and the activities of the Alliance have appeared in a number of printed and online publications, including: CCAR's SP/2 Newsletter and OSHA's QuickTakes publication and the Agency's news releases. For more information on the articles, see the "Alliance Program Reach" table on pages 6-7.

      Products

      Department of Labor (DOL)-Developed Articles, "Send Your Employees a Safe and Sober Message This Holiday Season" and "Workplace Violence: Training Young Workers in Preventative Strategies."

      Through the OSHA and CCAR Alliance, CCAR published the DOL-developed article "Send Your Employees a Safe and Sober Message This Holiday Season" in the November 2006 S/P2 online newsletter. CCAR also published the DOL-developed article "Workplace Violence: Training Young Workers in Preventative Strategies" in the January 2007 S/P2 newsletter. The other DOL-developed articles focus on different topics such as the Agency's electronic assistance tools, On-site Consultation, Hispanic resources, small business and youth employment.

      OSHA and CCAR Alliance Web Page

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

      CCAR/OSHA Web Page

      CCAR continues to update the CCAR/OSHA Web page on the CCAR-Greenlink Web site with information on the Alliance including links to the Alliance renewal agreement, the OSHA and CCAR Alliance Web page, the Operating Motor Vehicles: A Guide for Employees in the Automotive Repair Industry training document and OSHA's news releases.

      Operating Motor Vehicles: A Guide for Employees in the Automotive Repair Industry Training Program

      Through the Alliance, OSHA reviewed and provided comments on CCAR's Operating Motor Vehicles: A Guide for Employees in the Automotive Repair Industry training guide. The guide provides safety tips to reduce motor vehicle crashes for autobody repair and servicing employers and employees. It was posted on CCAR's Web site in February 2007. The guide is linked to from the OSHA and CCAR Alliance Web page and the Agency's Motor Vehicle Safety, Safety and Health Topics page

      OSHA Safety and Health Topics Pages

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

      • Sean Ochester, Safety and Pollution Prevention Officer, CCAR; Overland Park, KS
      • Natalie Schoonover, Environmental Safety Specialist, CCAR; Overland Park, Kansas

      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, Kansas
        • Tony Molla, National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence; Leesburg, Virginia
        • Sean Ochester, Safety and Pollution Prevention Officer, CCAR; Overland Park, Kansas
        • Robert Stewart, President, CCAR; Overland Park, Kansas
      • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or CCAR's conferences, local meetings, or other events such as the International Autobody Congress and Exposition (NACE), the International Midas Dealers Association (IMDA), the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), the Motorist Assurance Program (MAP), and the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR).

      Events

      National Automobile Technology Competition (NATC) April 18-19, 2006, New York, New York

      Robert Stewart, President, CCAR, staffed an exhibit booth at the National Automobile Technology Competition (NATC) April 18-19, 2006, New York, New York. Through the Alliance, OSHA provided CCAR with information on the Agency's Alliance Program including the OSHA and CCAR Alliance Activities Summary and the "Guidelines for Employers to Reduce Motor Vehicle Crashes." According to Mr. Stewart, CCAR distributed the Agency's information to 75 competition attendees.

      SkillsUSA Conference, June 19-23, 2006, Kansas City, Missouri

      Robert Stewart staffed an exhibit booth at the SkillsUSA Conference, June 19-23, 2006, Kansas City, Missouri. Through the Alliance, OSHA provided CCAR with information on the Agency's Alliance Program including the OSHA and CCAR Alliance Activities Summary and the "Guidelines for Employers to Reduce Motor Vehicle Crashes." According to Mr. Stewart, CCAR distributed the Agency's information to 200 exposition attendees.

      National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention and Exposition, February 3-6, 2007, Las Vegas, Nevada

      Robert Stewart also staffed an exhibit booth at the 2007 National Automobile Dealers Convention and Exposition, February 3-6, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Through the Alliance, OSHA provided CCAR with information on the Agency's Alliance Program including the OSHA and CCAR Alliance Activities Summary and the "Guidelines for Employers to Reduce Motor Vehicle Crashes." According to Mr. Stewart, CCAR distributed the Agency's information to 200 exposition attendees.

      • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding CCAR's best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by CCAR and through OSHA- or CCAR developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
      • During this evaluation period, no products or resources have been developed to meet this Alliance goal.

      • Promote and encourage CCAR members' or worksites' 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 evaluation period, no products or resources have been developed to meet this Alliance goal.

      • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects relating to workplace vehicle safety, personal protective equipment, hexavalent chromium, and ergonomics that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

      2006 North American Occupational Safety and Health Week, April 30-May 6, 2006

      CCAR helped to support and promote 2006 NAOSH Week by participating in three 2006 NAOSH Week supporter conference calls and posting information on the event in CCAR's S/P2 online newsletter in April 2006. NAOSH Week is sponsored by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), another Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE). The goal of the annual 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.

      OSHA Small Business Roundtable, February 1, 2007, Washington, DC

      On February 1, 2007, Natalie Schoonover, Staff Member, CCAR, and representatives from five Alliances, OSHA and the On-site Consultation Program participated in the OSHA Small Business Roundtable. During the meeting, the Alliance Program participants were updated on the status of the recommendations to enhance small business compliance assistance activities and resources that they provided during the September 8, 2005 Roundtable meeting. The Roundtable also reviewed new training resources that were developed by the Florida On-site Consultation Program and OSHA Training Institute.

      Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health Goals

      • Convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on topics such as workplace vehicle safety, abrasive wheel machinery, hexavalent chromium, and ergonomics to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
      • During this evaluation period, no products or resources have been developed to meet this Alliance goal.

    2. Results

    3. During the third year, OSHA and CCAR renewed the Alliance September 12, 2006 and the implementation team continued building on the Alliance's successes. 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 is promoting and sharing compliance assistance safety and health information that is specific to the autobody refinishing and repair industry. For example:

      • CCAR representatives are serving on OSHA's Motor Vehicle Safety and Autobody Repair and Refinishing Safety and Health Topics pages.
      • On April 18-19, 2006 at the National Automobile Technology Competition in New York, New York, Robert Stewart staffed an exhibit booth and distributed information on OSHA's Alliance Program, including the OSHA and CCAR Alliance Activities Summary and the "Guidelines for Employers to Reduce Motor Vehicle Crashes" to 75 competition attendees.
      • On February 3-6, 2007 at the National Automobile Dealers Association Convention and Exposition in Las Vegas, Nevada, Robert Stewart also staffed an exhibit booth and distributed information on OSHA's Alliance Program, including the OSHA and CCAR Alliance Activities Summary and the "Guidelines for Employers to Reduce Motor Vehicle Crashes" to 200 exposition attendees.
      • CCAR developed and posted the Operating Motor Vehicles: A Guide for Employees in the Automotive Repair Industry training program to the CCAR-Greenlink Web site in February 2007. The guide provides safety tips to reduce motor vehicle crashes for autobody repair and servicing employers and employees.
      • CCAR supported and promoted 2006 NAOSH Week which was April 30- May 6, 2006. CCAR participated in three NAOSH Week supporter conference calls and published information on the event in CCAR's S/P2 online newsletter in April 2006.

      In addition, CCAR published the DOL-developed article "Send Your Employees a Safe and Sober Message This Holiday Season" in the November 2006 S/P2 online newsletter and published the DOL-developed article "Workplace Violence: Training Young Workers in Preventative Strategies" in the January 2007 S/P2 newsletter.

    4. Alliance Program Reach

    5. Type of Activity
      (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)

      Number of Individuals
      Reached or Trained

      April 18-19, 2006, National Automobile Technology Competition, New York, New York
      CCAR Exhibit

      75

      June 19-23, 2006, SkillsUSA Conference, Kansas City, Missouri
      CCAR Exhibit

      200

      September 15, 2006, "OSHA and the Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair renewed an alliance to continue protecting the health and safety of automotive industry employees through training and guidance."
      OSHA QuickTakes, Volume 5, Issue 18

      58,000

      October 10, 2006, "OSHA Renews Alliance with Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair"
      OSHA News Release

      69 News Services

      February 3-6, 2007, National Automobile Dealers Association Convention and Exposition, Las Vegas, Nevada
      CAR Exhibit

      200

      OSHA and CCAR Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site

      6,028

      CCAR/OSHA Web page on CCAR's Web site

      Data Not Available

      Autobody Repair and Refinishing Safety and Health Topics page

      23,978

      Motor Vehicle Safety and Health Topics page

      28,490

      Operating Motor Vehicles: A Guide for Employees in the Automotive Repair Industry Training Program

      Data Not Available

      Total

      116,971

  4. Upcoming Milestones

    In 2007, OSHA and CCAR will continue to focus on health and safety issues in the automotive industry. For example, the Alliance implementation team members will continue to maintain and update the OSHA and CCAR Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site and the CCAR/OSHA Web page on the CCAR-Greenlink Web site. CCAR will promote the Operating Motor Vehicles: A Guide for Employees in the Automotive Repair Industry training guide at future automotive industry-related conferences and meetings. CCAR is also supporting and promoting 2007 NAOSH Week, May 6-12, 2007, and plans to publish information on the Week in CCAR's S/P2 online newsletter and the CCAR/OSHA Alliance Web page. CCAR will also post OSHA's "Introduction to OSHA for Small Businesses" short course training program to the CCAR-Greenlink Web site and provide it free of charge to the automotive industry.

    In addition, CCAR will continue to serve on the editorial boards of the Agency's Motor Vehicle Safety and Autobody Repair and Refinishing Safety and Health Topics pages and will review and provide comments on the pages. CCAR will also work to publish DOL-developed articles on the CCAR/OSHA Web site and future editions of their S/P2 newsletter. Further, OSHA and CCAR will work together to develop a safety and health fact sheet focusing on asbestos-automotive brake and clutch repair for employers and employees in the automotive repair industry.

    Finally, CCAR will have an exhibit booth and will distribute information on the OSHA and CCAR Alliance, including the OSHA and CCAR Alliance Activities Summary, at the 2007 National Automobile Technology Competition, April 10-11, 2007 in New York, New York and at the 2007 SkillsUSA TECHSPO, June 26-28, 2007 in Kansas City, Missouri.

    Report prepared by: Todd Briggs, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, March 26, 2007

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