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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
and the
Crane, Hoist, and Monorail Alliance
October 5, 2007


  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    October 5, 2005

    Evaluation Period

    October 5, 2006 – October 4, 2007

    Overview

    The OSHA and Crane Manufacturers Association of America (CMAA), Hoist Manufacturers Institute (HMI) and Monorail Manufacturers Association (MMA), Alliance (known as the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail Alliance) is providing crane, hoist and monorail systems owners and operators in general industry and construction with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, including Spanish-speaking, and other high-risk or vulnerable hard-to-reach employees, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to safety and health issues such as electrical hazards, falls from elevations or being struck by moving equipment.

    Implementation Team Members

    OSHA:

    Todd Briggs**
    Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
    Jess McCluer*
    OOSA

    Material Handling Institute of America (MHIA)***:

    F. Hal Vandiver
    Executive Vice President

    CMAA:

    Greg Miskowiec
    Yale Lift-Tech

    HMI:

    John Perkins
    Ingersoll-Rand Company

    MMA:

    John Paxton
    Demag Cranes and Components Corporation

    * Jess McCluer served as the Alliance Coordinator until May 25, 2007
    ** Todd Briggs serves as the Alliance Coordinator since May 25, 2007
    *** CMAA, HMI and MMA are affiliated trade associations of MHIA.

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    October 17, 2006
    Implementation Team meeting, Washington, DC
    April 12, 2007
    Implementation Team meeting, Washington, DC

    In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from both groups maintained regular contact throughout the reporting period to monitor the Alliance's progress and results.

  3. Results

    1. 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 the CMAA, HMI, and MMA Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.

      Products

      OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail Alliance Web Page

      OSHA developed a Crane, Hoist and Monorail Alliance Web page that is posted on the Agency's Web site that includes the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail Alliance agreement, news releases, and activities and events. The Safety Tips Sheets and Fact Sheets, which were developed through the Alliance and focus on safety topics in the material handling industry, are also posted on the page. This Web page is updated on a regular basis.

      Crane, Hoist and Monorail Alliance Web Page

      MHIA developed a Web page for the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail Alliance on its Web site. The Web page has information on the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail Alliance along with links to Crane, Hoist and Monorail Fact Sheets and Safety Tips Sheets that were developed through the Alliance.

      Publications and News Releases

      Articles and news releases on the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail Alliance signings and the activities of the Alliance have appeared in publications such as Alliance Quarterly Review. For more information on the articles and news releases, see the "Alliance Program Reach" table.

      OSHA Editorial Boards

      MHIA continues to review and provide comment on OSHA's Basic Steel Products Safety and Health Topics page by serving on the tool's Editorial Board. The Topics page, which was posted to the Agency's Web site in June 2006, is a product of the Alliance.

      MHIA also provided input into the development of the Thermoforming module of OSHA's Machine Guarding eTool and is also participating on the tool's editorial board. The Thermoforming module was posted to the Agency's Web site in September 2007.

      • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or CMAA, HMI, and MMA conferences, local meetings, or other events such as the NA2006 (North American Material Handling & Logistics Show and Conference) and ProMat 2007 as resources allow.

      Events

      ProMat 2007, January 8-11, 2007, Chicago, Illinois

      Lee Anne Jillings, Director, Office of Outreach Services and Alliance, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP), USDOL-OSHA; Jess McCluer, then-Program Analyst, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, DCSP, USDOL-OSHA; and William Coulehan, Jerry Vestal and Mark Blakemore, Region V, Calumet City, Illinois Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, staffed the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail Alliance exhibit booth at Promat 2007, January 8-11, 2007 in Chicago, Illinois. OSHA staff distributed compliance assistance and cooperative program information to 500 people and answered questions. In addition, Lee Anne Jillings participated in the event's ribbon-cutting opening ceremony and attended the material handling industry's annual review press conference.

      • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding CMAA, HMI, and MMA best practices or effective approaches in the safe use of crane, hoist and monorail equipment and publicize results through outreach by CMAA, HMI, and MMA and through OSHA or CMAA, HMI and MMA developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
      • The OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.

      • Promote and encourage CMAA, HMI, and MMA 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.
      • The OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.

      • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on the safe use of crane hoist and monorail equipment that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
      • MHIA provided input into the development of the Thermoforming module of OSHA's Machine Guarding eTool and is also participating on the tool's editorial board. The Thermoforming module was posted to the Agency's Web site in September 2007.

      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.
      • The OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.

      • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on safety issues related to the use of crane, hoist and monorail equipment to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
      • The OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.

    2. Executive Summary

      During the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail Alliance's first and second years, a very productive working relationship has been established between the organizations. OSHA learned more about the material handling industry and CMAA, MMA and HMI learned more about the compliance assistance resources available from OSHA. For example, representatives from OSHA's National Office and Region V's Calumet City, Illinois Area Office staffed the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail Alliance exhibit booth at Promat 2007, January 8-11, 2007 in Chicago, Illinois.

      In addition, OSHA and CMA, HMI and MMA representatives are sharing their expertise through a number of different avenues. For example:

      • MHIA continues to participate, review and provide comment on OSHA's Basic Steel Products Safety and Health Topics page by serving on the tool's Editorial Board. MHIA also provided input into the development of the Thermoforming module of OSHA's Machine Guarding eTool which was posted to the Agency's Web site in September 2007. MHIA is also participating on the tool's editorial board.
      • The Crane, Hoist and Monorail Alliance Web page posted on the Agency's Web site and the Crane, Hoist and Monorail Alliance Web Page on MHIA's Web site continues to be updated with Alliance-related information, including news releases, Alliance-developed products and activities and events.
    3. Alliance Program Reach

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

      Number of Individuals Reached or Trained

      Crane, Hoist and Monorail Web page on MHIA's Web site

      Data Not Available

      OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail Alliance Web page

      8,471

      OSHA Basic Steel Products Safety and Health Topics

      9,580

      OSHA Machine Guarding eTool

      8,643

      January 8-11, 2007 – ProMat 2007, Chicago, Illinois

      Exhibit Booth
      Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
      Press Conference

      500

      Alliance Quarterly Review, "The Steel Group and Crane, Hoist and Monorail Alliances provided expertise for the Basic Steel Products Safety and Health Topics Page posted in June 2006."

      Article: December 2006

      300

      Alliance Quarterly Review, "OSHA/Crane Hoist and Monorail Alliance provides worker safety exhibit"

      Article: March 2007

      300

      TOTAL

      27,794

  4. Upcoming Milestones

  5. In the upcoming year, the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail Alliance's positive relationship will continue to grow and the Implementation Team will undertake a number of activities. For example, OSHA's National Office will staff an Alliance Program exhibit booth at the NA 2008 – The North American Material Handling and Logistics Show and Conference on April 21-24, 2008 in Cleveland, Ohio. OSHA will also provide publications, including the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail Alliance Activities Summary, for distribution at NA 2008. In addition, MHIA will offer a workshop during the conference focusing on the OSHA Alliance Program and the activities of the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail Alliance.

    Through the Alliance, OSHA and CMAA, HMI and MMA are developing the following safety tips sheets for employees focusing on material handling industry:

    • Safety Tips Sheet No. 5 Employee Guidelines for Safe Carrying and Transporting Loads
    • Safety Tips Sheet No. 6 Management Guidelines for Safe Carrying and Transporting Loads
    • Safety Tips Sheet No. 7 Hazard Evaluation Checklist for Lifting, Carrying, Pushing or Pulling
    • Safety Tips Sheet No. 8 Alternates to Manual handling of Individual Containers

    In addition, MHIA will continue to be a member of OSHA's Basic Steel Products Safety and Health Topics page's and Machine Guarding eTool's Editorial Board.

    Also, CMAA, HMI and MMA will invite OSHA representatives to make presentations on the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail Alliance and the Agency's cooperative programs and compliance assistance resources at the association's upcoming events.

    MHIA will promote OSHA compliance assistance materials and outreach resources and the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail Alliance through its, monthly e-newsletter, eMhove and quarterly publication on the Mhove. OSHA will also promote the products the Alliance produces in the Alliance Quarterly Review.

    Based on the success realized during the Alliance's first two years and plans for future initiatives, OSHA, CMA, HMI and MMA will sign the OSHA and Crane, Hoist and Monorail Alliance renewal agreement in October 2007.

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

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