Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Crane, Hoist and Monorail Alliance


  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed


    October 5, 2005

    Dates Renewed

    October 29, 2007

    Evaluation Period

    October 5, 2008 October 4, 2009

    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)

    Material Handling Institute of America (MHIA)** :

    F. Hal Vandiver, Executive Vice President
    Diane Hurns, Public Relations

    CMAA:

    Chris Becker

    HMI:

    Chris Hess

    MMA:

    John Paxton, Demag Cranes and Components Corporation
    Brian Rey

    ** CMAA, HMI and MMA are affiliated trade associations of MHIA.

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    December 8, 2008 - Implementation Team Meeting
    April 23, 2009 - Implementation Team Meeting
    September 4, 2009 - Implementation Team Meeting

    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
        Safety Alert: Ventilation Procedures in Shipyard Employment

        Through the OSHA and American Society of Safety Engineers, American Industrial Hygiene Association, American Shipbuilding Association, National Shipbuilding Research Program, and Shipbuilders Council of America Alliances, the participants developed a safety alert addressing ventilation procedures in shipyard employment, including possible solutions to shipyard ventilation hazards. The alert was finalized and posted to the SCA Web site and linked to from the OSHA and ASSE Alliance Program Web page in July 2010.

        Through the OSHA and Crane, Hoist, and Monorail Alliance, CMAA, HMI, and MMA developed the following safety tips sheets which were posted on the MHIA Web site in September 2009 and linked to from the OSHA and Crane, Hoist, and Monorail Alliance Web page on the OSHA Web site:

        • "Safety Tips Sheet No. 9: When and Why to Use Overhead Lifting as Opposed to Manual Lifting"

        • "Safety Tips Sheet Tip Sheet No. 10: 4 Ways Cranes and Monorails Can Improve Ergonomics"
        OSHA and Crane, Hoist, and Monorail Alliance Web Page

        OSHA updates the OSHA and Crane, Hoist, and Monorail Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web site. The page includes information about the Crane, Hoist, and Monorail Alliance, including agreements, 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 Web page.

        Crane, Hoist, and Monorail and OSHA Alliance Web Page

        MHIA maintained the Crane, Hoist, and Monorail and OSHA Alliance Web page on the MHIA Web site. The page provides information on the OSHA and Crane, Hoist, and Monorail Alliance, including fact sheets and safety tips sheets 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 ThomasNet Industrial News. For more information on the articles and news releases, see the "Alliance Program Reach" table.

        OSHA Editorial Boards

        MHIA serves on the editorial board for the OSHA Basic Steel Products Safety and Health Topics page on the Agency's Web site.

        • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or CMAA, HMI, and MMA conferences, local meetings, or other events such as the NA2008 (North American Material Handling & Logistics Show and Conference), ProMat 2009 and the Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA) Annual Membership Meetings.

        Events

        Ryan Tremain, then-Occupational Safety and Health Specialist, Office of Outreach Services and Alliance, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP), USDOL-OSHA, staffed an Alliance Program exhibit booth at ProMat 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. He distributed cooperative program information compliance assistance materials to 500 on a variety of topics, including forklift safety, stuck-by, and emergency preparedness.

        MHIA Spring Meeting, April 4-8, 2009, Charlotte, North Carolina

        On April 4, 2009, Hal Vandiver, Executive Vice President, MHIA, delivered an update on the OSHA and Crane, Hoist, and Monorail Alliance to 35 people at the MHIA Spring Meeting on April 4-8, 2009, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

        2009 NAOSH Week, May 3-9, 2009, Washington, DC.

        On May 4, 2009, Jordan Barab, Acting Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA, spoke to OSHA staff, Alliance Program participants and other safety and health professionals during the 2009 NAOSH Week kick-off event at DOL, in Washington, D.C. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), an Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. The theme for 2009 NAOSH Week was "Safety Means Always Coming Home."

        MHIA 2009 Annual Meeting, October 4-8, 2009, Amelia Island, Florida

        On October 4, 2009, Hal Vandiver, Executive Vice President, MHIA, delivered an update on the OSHA and Crane, Hoist, and Monorail Alliance to 40 people at the MHIA 2009 Annual Meeting in Amelia Island, Florida.

        • Promote and encourage CMAA, HMI, and MMA members' 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.

          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 Program 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.

          The OSHA and Crane, Hoist, and Monorail Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.
    2. 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.

        Through the Crane, Hoist, and Monorail Alliance, OSHA is working with a member of CMAA to develop a success story focusing on the number of company days without a workplace injury or fatality. The success story, to be completed in 2010, will be posted to the MHIA Web site and linked to from the OSHA and Crane, Hoist, and Monorail Alliance Web page on the OSHA Web site.

      • 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.

    3. Executive Summary

      During the fourth year of the OSHA and Crane, Hoist, and Monorail Alliance, OSHA and CMAA, HMI, and MMA continued to advance a culture of prevention in the material handling industry while sharing technical knowledge, especially in the areas of electrical hazards, falls from elevations or being struck by moving equipment. To meet the goals of the Alliance, OSHA and CMAA, MMA, and HMI continued a number of Alliance-related projects such as making presentations and exhibiting at conferences to share information about the agreement, its goals and products.

      For example, CMAA, HMI, and MMA developed the following safety tips sheets which were posted on the MHIA Web site in September 2009 and linked to from the OSHA and Crane, Hoist, and Monorail Alliance Web page on the OSHA Web site:
      • "Safety Tips Sheet No. 9: When and Why to Use Overhead Lifting as Opposed to Manual Lifting"

      • "Safety Tips Sheet Tip Sheet No. 10: 4 Ways Cranes and Monorails Can Improve Ergonomics"

      Hal Vandiver delivered an update on the OSHA and Crane, Hoist, and Monorail Alliance at a number of meetings, including the MHIA Spring meeting on March 6, 2009, in Charlotte, North Carolina and the MHIA Annual Meeting on October 4, 2009, in Amelia Island, Florida.

      OSHA staff maintained an Alliance Program exhibit booth at ProMat 2009, January 12-15, in Chicago, Illinois.

      An MHIA representative continues to serve on the editorial board for the OSHA Basic Steel Products Safety and Health Topics page on the Agency's Web site.

      The OSHA and Crane, Hoist, and Monorail Alliance Web page on the OSHA Web site and the Crane, Hoist, and Monorail and OSHA Alliance Web Page on the MHIA Web site were updated with Alliance-related information, including news releases, Alliance-developed products, and activities and events.

      In addition, MHIA promoted OSHA compliance assistance and outreach materials, OSHA cooperative programs, and the OSHA and Crane, Hoist, and Monorail Alliance through various sources such as the Crane, Hoist, and Monorail and OSHA Alliance Web page on the association's Web site, its publications, and presentations.

      Lastly, MHIA supported and promoted 2009 NAOSH Week, "Safety Means Always Coming Home," by adding information about the Week on its Web site and in publications.

    4. Alliance Program Reach

      Type of Activity Number of Individuals Reached

      OSHA and Crane, Hoist, and Monorail Alliance Web page on the OSHA Web site

      5,923

      Crane, Hoist, and Monorail and OSHA Alliance Web page on the MHIA Web site

      25,409

      OSHA Basic Steel Products Safety and Health Topics page

      8,392

      November 26, 2008: MHIA Industry Groups Form Overhead Alliance, ThomasNet – Industrial News Room

      50,000

      January 12-15, 2009
      ProMat 2009
      Chicago, Illinois

      Exhibit

      450

      April 6, 2009: MHIA Spring Meeting
      Charlotte, North Carolina

      Speaker: Hal Vandiver

      35

      October 4, 2009
      2009 MHIA Annual Meeting
      Amelia Island, Florida
      Speaker: Hal Vandiver

      40
      Total 90,249


  4. Upcoming Milestones

    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 Alliance-related activities. For example, representatives from OSHA Region V will staff an Alliance Program exhibit booth at The North American Material Handling and Logistics Show (NA 2010) on April 26-29, 2010, in Cleveland, Ohio. OSHA will also distribute copies of the Agency's compliance assistance and cooperative program materials, including information related to the material handling industry.

    For example, the OSHA and the Crane, Hoist, and Monorail Alliance is working to develop Quick Cards focusing on overhead crane safety and a success story focusing on a CMA member company of CMA which experienced over 1000 days without an injury or fatality.

    The OSHA and the Crane, Hoist, and Monorail Alliance is also working with ASSE's Safety Professionals and the Latino Workforce (SPALW) Workgroup to translate the following Alliance developed products into Spanish.

    • "Fact Sheet No. 1: Proper Inspection and Maintenance of Overhead Cranes and Hoists"

    • "Fact Sheet No. 2: Hoists, Cranes and Pullers - Safety & Warning Labels and Test Certification"

    • "Safety Tips Sheet No. 3: Safe Lifting Practices"

    CMAA, HMI, and MMA representatives will continue to serve on the editorial board for the OSHA Basic Steel Products Safety and Health Topics page.

    MHIA will support and promote 2009 Drug-Free Work Week and 2010 NAOSH Week.

    MHIA will potentially 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 developed through the Alliance in Alliance Quarterly Review.

    MHIA will also include the DOL-developed articles focusing on different topics such as the Agency's electronic assistance tools, workplace violence, Spanish-language resources, small business, youth employment and the Agency's Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) into its publications such as On the Mhove.

    Lastly, OSHA will work with MHIA to renew the OSHA and the Crane, Hoist, and Monorail Alliance in the spring of 2010.

Report prepared by: Todd Briggs, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, November 2, 2009