ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
The Fertilizer Safety and Health Partners (FSHP)
August 9, 2016
February 2, 2015
The Alliance is due to be renewed on February 2, 2017.
February 2, 2015 through February 1, 2016
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).
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
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
- Kathy Franklin
- Office of Emergency Management, EPA
- Lowell Randel
- Global Cold Chain Alliance
- Amy Graydon
- Department of Homeland Security
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.
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
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.Back to Top