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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
and
Industrial Minerals Association North America (IMA-NA)
July 14, 2008

I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

April 26, 2007

Evaluation Period

April 26, 2007 April 25, 2008

Overview

Through the Alliance, OSHA and IMA-NA are working together to provide IMA-NA members and others in the industrial minerals industry with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help protect employees' health and safety. The Alliance focuses on reducing and preventing exposure to rail and truck hazards common to industrial facilities.

Implementation Team Members

 
OSHA:  
   
Lee Anne Jillings

John Newquist
Lisa Ramber
Ryan Tremain
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA), Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP)
Region V
OOSA, DCSP
OOSA, DCSP
   
IMA-NA:  
   
Chris Bryan
Michael Campbell
Mark Ellis
Tom Howie
John Kelse
Martin Lehman
Bob Morrow
Bruce Pech
Kelvin Roth
Robert Stegall
U.S. Silica Company
Imerys
IMA-NA
Rail Training and Consulting
R.T. Vanderbilt Company, Inc.
Badger Mining Corporation
U.S. Silica Company
Safe Harbor Access Systems
American Colloid Company
Rio Tinto Minerals

II. Implementation Team Meetings

 
April 27, 2007
June 21, 2007
July 19, 2007
October 24, 2007
November 16, 2007
December 14, 2007
Kick-off Implementation Team Meeting
Implementation Team Meeting
Implementation Team Meeting
Implementation Team Meeting
Rail Safety Program Conference Call
Rail Safety Program Conference Call

III. Results
  1. Events and Products

    Training and Education Goals


    • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of rail and truck safety courses to the industrial minerals industry.
    The OSHA and IMA-NA Alliance has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.

    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, OSHA's and IMA-NA's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
    Products

    OSHA and IMA-NA Web Page


    OSHA created and maintains an OSHA and IMA-NA Alliance Program Web page on the Agency's Web site. The Web page includes links to the OSHA and IMA-NA Alliance agreement, a news release, activities and events and other resources.

    IMA-NA Rail Safety Program

    Through the OSHA and IMA-NA Alliance, IMA-NA drafted a Rail Safety Program consisting of four modules:

    • Communication and Signals
    • Blue Signal Protection
    • Communication with Outside Rail Groups
    • Working On and About the Equipment
    Because OSHA has very little jurisdiction over activities outlined in this program, OSHA and IMA-NA are discussing how to proceed with this project.

    • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or IMA-NA's conferences local meetings or other events, such as the Minerals Technology Workshop and IMA-NA Safety & Health Committee and Ergonomics Task Force.
    Events

    IMA-NA Spring Meeting, April 25-26, 2007, Washington, D.C.


    On April 26, 2007, Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation "The Power of Prevention, Making the Business Case for Workplace Safety and Health" during the IMA-NA Spring Meeting in Washington D.C. Following his speech, Mr. Foulke signed the OSHA and IMA-NA Alliance agreement.

    IMA-NA Annual Meeting, September 11-14, 2007, Moran, Wyoming

    On September 14, 2007, Robert Stegall, Rio Tinto Minerals, gave an update on the OSHA and IMA-NA Alliance during the IMA-NA Annual Meeting, September 11-14 in Moran, Wyoming.

    • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals though IMA-NA's best practices or effective approaches and publicize results though outreach by IMA-NA and through OSHA- or IMA-NA- developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars and lectures (or any other applicable forum).

      The OSHA and IMA-NA Alliance has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.

    • Promote and encourage IMA-NA member participation in OSHA's cooperative programs, such as the Voluntary Protection Programs, the Consultation Program and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

      The OSHA and IMA-NA Alliance has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.
    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health Goals

    • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues, including rail and truck safety in industrial facilities.
    2008 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, May 4-10, 2008

    IMA-NA, along with number of other Alliance Program participants, is supporting NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers, another 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 of the 2008 NAOSH Week is "Safety is Good Business."

  2. Executive Summary

    Through the Alliance, OSHA and IMA-NA are working together to share safety and health information and compliance assistance resources for the industrial minerals industry in particular focusing on reducing and preventing exposure to rail and truck hazards common to industrial facilities.

    For example, Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation "The Power of Prevention, Making the Business Case for Workplace Safety and Health" at the IMA-NA Spring Meeting on April 26, 2007, in Washington D.C. In addition, during the IMA-NA Annual Meeting, September 11-14, 2007 in Moran, Wyoming, Robert Stegall, Rio Tinto Minerals gave an update on the OSHA and IMA-NA Alliance. OSHA also developed and maintains the OSHA and IMA-NA Alliance Web page on the agency's website.

  3. Alliance Program Reach
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electric Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
OSHA and IMA-NA Web page on the agency's Web site 2,054
April 26, 2007 - IMA-NA Spring Meeting, Washington D.C
Speaker:
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA
100
April 30, 2007 "OSHA forms alliance with Industrial Minerals Association," South Central Federation of Labor Data Not Available
May 3, 2007 "OSHA forms alliance with Industrial Minerals Association," PR Newswire Data Not Available
May 7, 2007 "OSHA forms alliance with Industrial Minerals Association," Environmental Resource Center Data Not Available
May 7, 2007 "OSHA forms alliance with Industrial Minerals Association," Compliance Home Data Not Available
May 14, 2007 "OSHA forms alliance with Industrial Minerals Association," ThomasNet Data Not Available
May 14, 2007 "OSHA and Industrial Minerals Association form Alliance," ThomasNet Data Not Available
July 2007 "OSHA Alliances," OSHA Up to Date Data Not Available
September 11-14, 2007 - IMA-NA Annual Meeting, Moran, Wyoming
Speaker:
Robert Stegall, Chairman, Rio Tinto Minerals
Data Not Available
TOTAL 2,154

IV. Upcoming Milestones

During the upcoming year, IMA-NA will support 2008 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. In addition, OSHA will continue to update the OSHA and IMA-NA Alliance Web page on the agency's Web site and IMA-NA will develop an IMA-NA and OSHA Alliance Web page on the association's Web site. Further, OSHA and IMA-NA will continue to discuss the development of IMA-NA's Rail Safety Program

Report prepared by: Adam Brumbergs, Research Assistant, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, July 14, 2008