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, 2010 October 4, 2011

    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), Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP)

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

    F. Hal Vandiver, Executive Vice President

    CMAA:

    Chris Becker, President, G.W. Becker, Inc.

    HMI:

    Chris Hess, Harrington Hoists

    MMA:

    John Paxton, Demag Cranes and Components Corporation
    Brian Rey, Gorbel

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

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    October 15, 2010 - Implementation Team Meeting
    February 10, 2011 - Implementation Team Meeting
    June 30, 2011 - Implementation Team Meeting

    In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from each group 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

        Through the OSHA and CHM Alliance, CMAA, HMI, and MMA developed a fact sheet, which was posted to the MHIA Web site during the reporting period, and linked to from the OSHA and Crane, Hoist, and Monorail Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web site:

        • "Fact Sheet No. 3: Proper Inspection of Wire Rope Used on Hoists"

        OSHA and Crane, Hoist, and Monorail Alliance Web Page

        OSHA updates the OSHA and CHM Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web site. The page includes information about the Alliance, including agreements, news releases, and activities and events. The page also includes links to Alliance-developed products such as safety tips sheets and fact sheets, which are posted to the MHIA Web site.

        Crane, Hoist, and Monorail and OSHA Alliance Web Page

        The Alliance-developed products, such as fact sheets and safety tips sheets, are posted to the page and linked to from the OSHA and CHM Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web site.

        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

        ProMat , March 21-24, 2011, Chicago, Illinois

        On March 21-24, 2011, Bill Coulehan, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Region V, Calumet City, Illinois Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, staffed an Alliance Program exhibit booth at ProMat 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio.

        MHIA 2011 Annual Membership Meeting, September 25-28, 2011, Cambridge, Maryland

        On September 26, 2011, Hal Vandiver, Executive Vice President, MHIA, delivered an update on the OSHA and CHM Alliance to 35 people at the MHIA 2011 Annual Membership Meeting in Cambridge, Maryland.

        • 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 CHM 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 CHM 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.

        The OSHA and CHM Alliance Implementation Team has identified potential MHIA member case studies and success stories but has not completed 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.

        2011 NAOSH Week, May 1-7, 2011, Washington, DC

        On May 1-7, 2011, the CHM Alliance and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported the 2011 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), an Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), the Week focused on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. The theme for 2011 was "Celebrating a Century of Safety."

    3. Executive Summary

      During the sixth year of the OSHA and CHM Alliance, 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 developing products, making presentations, and exhibiting at conferences.

      For example, the Alliance developed Fact Sheet No. 3: Proper Inspection of Wire Rope Used on Hoists and posted it to the MHIA Web site, and linked to it from the OSHA and Crane, Hoist, and Monorail Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web site:

      Additionally, OSHA staff maintained an Alliance Program exhibit booth at ProMat, March 21-24, 2011, in Chicago, Illinois.

      MHIA also supported and promoted 2011 NAOSH Week, "Celebrating a Century of Safety, by adding information about the Week on its Web site and in publications.

      In addition, Hal Vandiver delivered an update on the OSHA and Crane, Hoist, and Monorail Alliance at a number of meetings, including the MHIA Annual Membership Meeting on September 26, 2011, in Cambridge, Maryland.

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

      Lastly, the OSHA and CHM Alliance Web page on the OSHA Web site and the CHM 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.

    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

      4,124

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

      2,500

      OSHA Basic Steel Products Safety and Health Topics page

      11,189

      March 21-24, 2011: ProMat , Chicago, Illinois

      Alliance Program Exhibit
      250

      September 26, 2011: MHIA Annual Membership Meeting
      Cambridge, Maryland

      Speaker: Hal Vandiver

      35
      Total 18,098

  4. Upcoming Milestones

    In the upcoming year, the OSHA and CHM Alliance's positive relationship will continue to grow and the Implementation Team will undertake a number of projects and activities to meet the goals of the cooperative agreement. For example, representatives from OSHA Region IV will staff an Alliance Program exhibit booth at MODEX, February 6-9, 2012, in Atlanta, Georgia. OSHA will distribute copies of the OSHA- and Alliance-developed compliance assistance and cooperative program materials, and answer questions.

    The OSHA and CHM Alliance is also working to develop more products focusing on material handling and crane and hoist operations, including safety tips sheets focusing on competent vs. qualified persons, radio cab control, and optional safety features on cranes.

    At the same time, CHM is working to make existing Alliance developed products available in Spanish through the Alliance. The Alliance is also working to develop case studies and success stories focusing on topics addressed through the OSHA and CHM Alliance.

    MHIA will deliver an update on the OSHA and CHM Alliance at the 2012 MHIA Annual Membership meeting in San Antonio, Texas. In addition, the CHM Alliance will also support 2012 NAOSH Week.

    Lastly, OSHA will work with MHIA to renew the OSHA and the CHM Alliance in the spring of 2012.

Report prepared by: Todd Briggs, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, February 28, 2012