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

August 17, 2017


  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed

      February 2, 2015

    2. Evaluation Period

      February 2, 2016 - February 1, 2017

    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).

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • April 22, 2016
    • November 3, 2016

    In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from each group maintained regular contact and held workgroup meetings (as needed) 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
    Outreach and Communication: Develop products, including fact sheets and case studies, focusing on the leading causes of injuries and fatalities in the agricultural retail industry.
    Dissemination The Alliance developed and maintained the FSHP and OSHA Alliance Webpage on the ARA Website. Emergency Response; PSM; On-site Consultation

    4,380

    Dissemination OSHA maintained the OSHA and FSHP Alliance Webpage on the Agency's Website. Emergency Response; PSM; On-site Consultation

    1,825

    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.
    Outreach The Alliance delivered a technical session focusing on process safety management and emergency response at the National Safety Council annual Congress and Expo, October 17-19, in Anaheim, California. Emergency Response; PSM

    26

    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Outreach and Communication: Distribute Alliance and OSHA/EPA materials in English/Spanish to employers and workers, and to the surrounding communities that may be affected.
    Dissemination The Alliance supported the OSHA national outreach campaign focusing on the prevention of heat illness in outdoor workers. The Alliance disseminated OSHA outreach materials to ARA members, and others focusing on taking steps to work safely outdoors. Heat

    550

    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 ASTI's "Ammonia Safety Days," which include a live controlled ammonia release.
    • Denver, Colorado - November 15, 2016
    • Houston, Texas - November 29, 2016
    • Boston, MA - January 11, 2017
    Emergency Response; PSM; Hazard Communication

    120

    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.

    5,500


    TOTAL

    12,401

  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, FSHP will support OSHA national outreach campaigns, including the campaign focusing on the prevention of heat illness in outdoor workers, and the agency's Safe and Sound Campaign, which encourages businesses to establish a safety and health program.

    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 potentially work to develop a case study focusing on the safe storage and handling of fertilizers.

    The Agricultural Retailers Association will sponsor a ResponsibleAg training and facility tour for OSHA, EPA, DHS, State plan, and On-site Consultation staff in the October 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 17, 2017.

Activity Types:

  • Alliance Product: Products (e.g., fact sheets, videos, toolbox talks) developed by Alliance participants as part of the Alliance. These are not OSHA products.
  • Dissemination: An Alliance participant sends OSHA information, Alliance products, or other safety and health information to its stakeholders. This includes information sent by email or social media (Facebook, Twitter), and information included in newsletters and other publications. It also includes hits on the Alliance participant's or OSHA's Web page.
  • Evaluation: Any efforts by the Alliance participant to evaluate the effectiveness of an Alliance activity or the Alliance as a whole.
  • Event: Participation in events such as the Construction Roundtable and NAOSH Week.
  • Exhibit: OSHA exhibits at events sponsored by the Alliance participant.
  • OSHA Product Review: Review of an OSHA product by an Alliance participant. For example, an Alliance participant may provide technical comments on an OSHA eTool or publication. The review itself is considered the Alliance activity.
  • Speech/Presentation: Speeches or presentation by OSHA staff at events sponsored by the Alliance participant.
  • Training: This includes best practice seminars or other training that Alliance participants provide for OSHA staff. It also includes training for workers/employers/others by Alliance participants.
  • Other: Use this if an activity does not fit into one of the other categories.

OSHA Areas of Emphasis:

  • Agriculture
  • Asian American/Pacific Islander Workers
  • Construction
  • Ergonomics
  • Fall Prevention
  • Hazard Communication/Chemicals
  • Health Care
  • Heat Illness Prevention
  • Hispanic/Latino Workers
  • Maritime
  • Oil and Gas
  • Small Business
  • Temporary Workers
  • Transportation
  • Young Workers
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