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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT

Occupational Safety and Health Administration
and
ISSA
July 13, 2006

I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

August 5, 2005

Overview

The OSHA and ISSA Alliance focuses on providing ISSA's members and others, including small businesses, with information, guidance, and access to training resources to help them protect employees' health and safety. The Alliance particularly focuses on cleaning and maintenance industry hazards, such as slips, trips and falls, and hazard communication and addresses issues such as hazard classification, precautionary labeling and material safety data sheets.

Implementation Team Members

 
OSHA:  
   
Rick Harris
Lee Anne Jillings
Lisa Ramber
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
OOSA
OOSA
   
ISSA:  
   
Bill Balek
Dan Wagner
Director of Legislative Affairs
Manager Regulatory Compliance

Evaluation Period

August 5, 2005 ? August 4, 2006

II. Implementation Team Meetings

 
August 5, 2005
January 26, 2006
April 26, 2006
June 27, 2006
Kick off Team Meeting
Team Meeting
Team Meeting
Team Meeting

III. Results
  1. Events and Products

    Training and Education Goal


    • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for cleaning and maintenance industry employers and employees regarding slips, trips and falls, hazardous communication (HAZCOM) and address issues such as hazard classification, precautionary labeling, and material safety data sheets.

      The OSHA and ISSA Alliance Implementation Team 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 and OSHA's and ISSA's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
    Products

    ISSA Safety and Health Portal


    The ISSA Safety and Health Topics Portal was developed for ISSA's members, employers and employees in the cleaning industry and was posted on ISSA's Web site on July 5, 2006. The Portal includes links to the OSHA Web site and information on the OSHA and ISSA Alliance. In addition, the Portal contains information on State Occupational Safety and Health Plans and OSHA's compliance assistance resources and cooperative programs.

    Product

    ISSA Safety and Health Topics Pages


    ISSA developed, with input from OSHA, Occupational Safety and Health Topics pages modeled after OSHA's Safety and Health Topics pages on the Agency's Web site. The ISSA Safety and Health Topics pages were developed for ISSA's members, employers and employees in the cleaning industry and are posted on the ISSA Safety and Health Portal. The Topics pages address the following cleaning industry related safety and health subjects: Bloodborne Pathogens; Cleaning Chemicals in the Workplace (Hazard Communication); Injury and Illness Recordkeeping; Personal Protective Equipment; and Slips, Trips and Falls in the Workplace.

    OSHA Safety and Health Topics Pages Editorial Boards

    Through the Alliance, members of ISSA have been added to the editorial boards for OSHA's Safety and Health Topics Pages as follows:

    • Powered Industrial Trucks (Forklifts):

      Dan Wagner, Manager Regulatory Compliance

    • Walking/Working Surfaces

      Bill Balek, Director of Legislative Affairs
    OSHA and ISSA Alliance Web Page

    OSHA created an OSHA and ISSA Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web site. The Web page includes links to the OSHA and ISSA Alliance agreement, news releases, a photograph of the signing ceremony, activities and events, products and resources, and milestones and successes. For more information on the number of visits to the OSHA and ISSA Alliance Web page, please see the Alliance Program Reach table in Section C of this report.

    ISSA Web Site

    ISSA created a link on the association's Web site, which links to OSHA's Web site homepage. In addition, ISSA also distributes industry-related safety and health information through the Legislative and Regulatory section of its Web site. This section provides information on a numerous topics some of which include: OSHA's Standard Letters of Interpretation; OSHA's Guide to Workplace First Aid Programs; OSHA's Onsite Consultation Program and OSHA's Hispanic worker resources.

    Print and Electronic Media

    Information on the OSHA and ISSA Alliance signing appeared in a number of OSHA's print and online publications including an OSHA news release, Alliance Quarterly Review, and QuickTakes. In addition, articles on the OSHA and ISSA Alliance signing also appeared online and in cleaning and maintenance industry publications such as: Cleanlink, Facilities Management, and Maintenance Supplies.

    For more information on the print and electronic media, please see the Alliance Program Reach table in Section C of this report.

    ISSA's Legislative and Regulatory Update Newsletter

    ISSA published several Department of Labor-developed articles on safety and health in its monthly newsletter, Legislative and Regulatory Update. For example, the September/October 2005 edition featured an article, "Consultation Helps Small Businesses Establish Workplace Health and Safety Programs." In addition, the February 2006 edition included an article, "Health and Safety Resources for Employers with Hispanic Workers." ISSA also created a Safety and Health Corner section in the newsletter to distribute cleaning industry related safety and health information.

    • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's and ISSA's conferences and workshops, including various ISSA training seminars and forums such as ISSA's annual convention, ISSA/INTERCLEAN.
    Events

    ISSA/INTERCLEAN 2005, October 18-21, 2005, Las Vegas, Nevada


    During ISSA/INTERCLEAN 2005, October 18-21, 2005, in Las Vegas, NV, ISSA distributed OSHA's Hazard Communication Guidelines for Compliance and Warehousing - Pocket Guide to the attendees from its exhibit booth. In addition, ISSA representatives also promoted the OSHA and ISSA Alliance through discussions with visitors to the ISSA exhibit booth.

    • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professional regarding ISSA best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by ISSA and through OSHA or ISSA developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars and lectures (or any other applicable forum).

      The OSHA and ISSA Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.
    Promoting the National Dialogue Goals:

    • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussion or stakeholder meetings on cleaning and maintenance industry hazards such as slips, trips and falls, and HAZCOM to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

      The OSHA and ISSA Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.
  2. Executive Summary

    In the first year of the Alliance, OSHA and ISSA established an excellent working relationship. Through their Alliance, OSHA and ISSA are working together to reduce injuries and exposure to cleaning industry safety and health hazards.

    For example, OSHA created an OSHA and ISSA Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web site. The Web page includes links to the OSHA and ISSA Alliance agreement, OSHA news releases, a photograph of the signing ceremony, activities and events, products and resources, and milestones and successes. Further, ISSA has posted a number of OSHA-developed occupational safety and health articles in its monthly newsletter, Legislative and Regulatory Update, on the association's Web site.

    ISSA created the ISSA Safety and Health Portal on its Web site. In addition, ISSA developed the following occupational Safety and Health Topics pages: Bloodborne Pathogens; Cleaning Chemicals in the Workplace (Hazard Communication); Injury and Illness Recordkeeping; Personal Protective Equipment; and Slips, Trips and Falls in the Workplace. The association posted its Topics pages on its Safety and Health Portal.

    ISSA implementation team members are sharing their expertise with OSHA, by joining the editorial boards on OSHA's Safety and Health Topics pages for Powered Industrial Trucks and Walking/Working Surfaces.

    ISSA promoted the OSHA and ISSA Alliance and the agency's cooperative programs and compliance assistance resources by publishing articles in its monthly newsletter. In addition, ISSA shared safety and health information at the ISSA exhibit booth with the more than 17,000 attendees at ISSA's Annual Meeting, ISSA/INTERCLEAN 2005.

  3. Alliance Program Reach
Type of Activity Number of Individuals Reached
August 5, 2005, "OSHA Forms Alliance with Cleaning and Maintenance Industry Association"
U.S. Newswire
Data not available
August 5, 2005, "ISSA Forms Alliance with OSHA to Promote Workplace Safety and Health Maintenance Industry Association"
ISSA News Release
Data not available
August 5, 2005, "OSHA Forms Alliance with Cleaning and Maintenance Industry Association"
Safety Online
Data not available
August 5, 2005, "OSHA Forms Alliance with Cleaning and Maintenance Industry Association"
OSHA News Release
69 News Services
August 6, "OSHA Forms Alliance"
Chicagoland Construction News
Data not available
August 7, 2005, "OSHA, ISSA Form Safety Alliance"
Midwest News
Data not available
August 9, 2005, "OSHA Teams With Cleaning and Maintenance Industry Association"
Association for Facilities Engineering
Data not available
August 15, 2005, "Laser Technology, Cleaning and Maintenance Industries Focus of Latest National Alliances"
QuickTakes
54,254
August 17, 2005, "OSHA Forms Alliances with Cleaning Industry, Laser Institute, Sealant Industry"
Facilities Management
Data not available
August 22, 2005, "OSHA-Cleaning Industry Alliance Formed"
CCH NetNews
Data not available
August 2005, "ISSA Forms Alliance with OSHA to Promote Worker Safety and Health"
Legislative and Regulatory Update
Data not available
August 2005, "Occupational Safety and Health to be Featured in Legislative and Regulatory Update"
Legislative and Regulatory Update
Data not available
September 2005, "ISSA and OSHA Form Alliance"
Cleanlink
Data not available
September 2005, "ISSA, OSHA Align to Promote Safety"
Cleanlink
Data not available
September 2005, "New National Alliances"
Alliance Quarterly Review
300
September/October 2005, ""Consultation Helps Small Businesses Establish Workplace Health & Safety Program"
Legislative and Regulatory Update
Data not available
ISSA/INTERCLEAN 2005
October 18-21, 2005
Las Vegas, Nevada

Exhibit: OSHA Provided Publications
17,749
October 19, 2005, "Industry News"
Maintenance Supplies Magazine
Data not available
November 2005, "Valuable Workplace Health and Safety Resources"
Legislative and Regulatory Update
Data not available
December 2005, "Department of Labor Offers Safety Tips on Preventing Impaired Driving During the Holiday Season."
Legislative and Regulatory Update
Data not available
January 2006, "Required OSHA Posters and Publications Are Available for Free"
Legislative and Regulatory Update
Data not available
February 2006, "Health and Safety Resources for Employers with Hispanic Workers"
Legislative and Regulatory Update
Data not available
February 2006, "OSHA Offers New Guidelines to Help Reduce Motor Vehicle Crashes"
Legislative and Regulatory Update
Data not available
March 2006, "Helping Small Business Benefit From Being Drug-Free"
Legislative and Regulatory Update
Data not available
May 2006, "Making the Most of OSHA's Standard Letters of Interpretation"
Legislative and Regulatory Update
Data not available
June 2006, "OSHA Offers Employers a Guide to Workplace First Aid Programs"
Legislative and Regulatory Update
Data not available
July 2006, "OSHA, DOL and ISSA Offer Valuable Workplace Compliance Assistance"
Legislative and Regulatory Update
Data not available
OSHA and ISSA Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site 4,800
ISSA and OSHA Alliance Web page on ISSA's Web site Data not available
TOTAL 77,172

IV. Upcoming Milestones

The OSHA and ISSA implementation team will continue to advance its excellent working relationship by collaborating on projects and activities to achieve the goals of the Alliance.

For example, through the Alliance, OSHA and ISSA will share safety and health information at ISSA's INTERCLEAN 2006, October 4-7, 2006 in Chicago, Illinois. An OSHA representative has been invited to give a presentation on the Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling (GHS) during a workshop. In addition, ISSA has invited the Alliance Program to exhibit at the event.

The OSHA and ISSA implementation team will also continue to work closely to complete other projects and activities related to the Alliance. For example, the OSHA and ISSA Alliance implementation team will work together to develop a draft Hazard Communication training module to address hazard communication issues relevant to the building services and maintenance industries. The draft training module will be based on safety and health information on the ISSA Safety and Health Topics pages on the association's Web site and other resources, including OSHA. The draft training module will provide information on developing an effective employee safety training program and hazard communication issues such as: material safety data sheets, chemicals in the workplace, physical and health hazards posed by spills and leaks and will describe OSHA's labeling requirements.
The team also is discussing the development of additional training modules on topics such as: training required to meet OSHA standards, and creating a template for developing a safety and health management plan.

ISSA will continue to develop, with input from OSHA, a number of industry-specific safety and health checklists for employers and employees to address safety and health hazards in the cleaning industry.

In addition, ISSA will promote OSHA's cooperative programs to its membership by publishing OSHA-developed articles in the association's newsletter.

Also, OSHA and ISSA will continue to provide information to update OSHA's Powered Industrial Trucks (Forklifts) and Walking/Working Surfaces Safety and Health Topics pages. ISSA members Dan Wagner and Bill Balek will continue to serve as members of the editorial boards and will provide feedback as appropriate. In addition, ISSA representatives will provide input to OSHA during the development of the Agency's draft Cleaning Industry Safety and Health Topics Page.

ISSA will also consider developing a Warehouse Safety Topics page and a Topics page addressing ergonomic issues for the cleaning industry.


Report prepared by: Richard L. Harris, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services Alliances, July 20, 2006