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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
The Fertilizer Safety and Health Partners (FSHP)

August 9, 2016

  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed

      February 2, 2015

    2. Dates Renewed

      The Alliance is due to be renewed on February 2, 2017.

      Evaluation Period

      February 2, 2015 through February 1, 2016

    3. Overview

      Through this Alliance, OSHA and FSHP provide partner members and others, including non-English and limited English-speaking workers, with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health, safety and security of workers, emergency responders, and the communities surrounding establishments in the agricultural retail and supply industry. The Alliance specifically emphasizes the safe storage and handling of fertilizers (ammonium nitrate and anhydrous ammonia), as well as the sharing of emergency response information between the agribusiness communities and first responders, and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).

    4. Implementation Team Members


      Todd Briggs
      Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA), Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP)
      David Chicca
      Office of Engineering Safety, Directorate of Standards and Guidance (DSG)
      Russell Jones
      Office of Small Business Assistance, DCSP
      Lisa Long
      Office of Engineering Safety, DSG
      Jeff Wanko
      Office of Chemical Process Safety and Enforcement Initiatives, Directorate of Enforcement Programs


      Kent Anderson
      William Degnan
      National Association of State Fire Marshals
      Dave Finger
      National Volunteer Fire Council
      Richard Gupton
      Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA)
      Kyle Liske
      Justin Louchheim
      The Fertilizer Institute
      Pat Morrison
      International Association of Fire Fighters
      Andy O’Hare
      The Fertilizer Institute
      Brian M. Reuwee
      Gary Smith
      Ammonia Safety and Training Institute
      Kathy Willcutts
      Department of Homeland Security


      Kathy Franklin
      Office of Emergency Management, EPA


      Lowell Randel
      Global Cold Chain Alliance
      Amy Graydon
      Department of Homeland Security
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • April 21, 2016
    • October 6, 2016
    • May 17, 2016

    In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from each group maintained regular contact to monitor the Alliance’s progress and results.

  3. Results

    The following table summarizes the Alliance’s activities in support of the goals in the Alliance agreements for the timeframe of this report.

    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Raising Awareness of OSHA/EPA Rulemaking and Enforcement Activities: Share information on OSHA and EPA Rulemaking and National Emphasis and related Programs, Regulatory Agendas, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process, including chemical accident prevention regulations under the Clean Air Act and emergency planning and preparedness regulations under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act.
    Dissemination FSHP promoted and supported OSHA’s national outreach campaign focusing on the prevention of heat illness in outdoor workers, including the dissemination of information on the ARA Website, and in e-newsletters, and social media posts. Heat Illness Prevention Unknown
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Outreach and Communication: Invite OSHA and EPA representatives to speak, exhibit, or appear at Fertilizer Safety and Health Partner conferences, local meetings and other agricultural safety and emergency response planning events as needed.
    Training The Fertilizer Institute sponsored the ResponsibleAg training and facility site tour on July 29-30, 2015, in Owensboro, KY. Representatives from OSHA, EPA, DHS, and KY OSHA participated in the event. Emergency Response; PSM 20
    Outreach and Communication: Conduct best practices seminars/webinars on effective emergency response procedures between volunteer fire fighters and industry partners
    Training The FSHP Alliance supported and promoted GCCA’s “Ammonia Safety Days,” which included an emergency response to a live controlled ammonia release.
    • Castle Rock, CO – September 15, 2015
    • Houston, TX – September 17, 2015
    • North Dakota – October 8, 2015
    Emergency Response; PSM; Hazard Communication 90
    Outreach and Communication: Promote the OSHA On-site Consultation Program, and EPA Programs to Fertilizer Safety and Health Partners' members, and others.
    Dissemination The members of the FSHP Alliance promoted the OSHA On-site Consultation Program to its’ members by including information on the ARA Website, and in publications and e-newsletters.

    TOTAL Unknown
  4. Upcoming Milestones

    In the upcoming year, the OSHA and FSHP relationship will continue to grow, and the Alliance Implementation Team will undertake a number of activities/projects in an effort to further implement the goals of the Alliance agreement. For example, during the 2016 NSC Congress and Expo, October 17-19, 2016, in Anaheim, California, two representatives from the Alliance will deliver a technical session presentation focusing on agricultural safety and health best practices.

    FSHP will continue to support OSHA’s national outreach campaign, focusing on the prevention of heat illness in outdoor workers.

    The Alliance will work to develop an outreach/training product for employers/workers and local emergency response service organizations focusing on retail facility and first responder coordination and response. The Alliance will also work to develop a case study focusing on the safe storage and handling of fertilizers.

    The Agricultural Retailers Association will sponsor a second ResponsibleAg training and facility tour for OSHA, EPA, DHS, State plan, and On-site Consultation staff in the spring of 2017, in Owensboro, KY.

    Lastly, the Alliance will continue to work with the GCCA on joint projects, including the promotion of Ammonia Safety Days; as well as reviewing and providing feedback on OSHA’s Ammonia Refrigeration eTool.

Report prepared by: Todd Briggs, Program Analyst, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, August 9, 2016.

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