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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
and the
Industrial Truck Association (ITA)
April 14, 2005


  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    January 15, 2004

    Evaluation Period

    January 15, 2004 - January 14, 2005

    Overview

    Through the Alliance, OSHA and ITA are promoting the safe operation and use of powered industrial trucks by providing information, guidance, and access to training resources to assist employers and employees in reducing and preventing exposure to potential hazards associated with the use of powered industrial trucks in general, and in warehouses in particular.

    Implementation Team Members

    OSHA:

    Patty Adair*
    Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
    Sally Grady
    Office of Occupational Health Nursing (OHN)
    Elise Handelman
    OHN
    Long Loo
    Office of Science and Technology Assessment
    Jess McCluer
    OOSA
    Danezza Quintero
    Office of Construction Services
    Susan Salem
    Office of Training and Education

    ITA:

    Mac Dunaway
    Counsel
    Bob McAdam
    ITA
    Chris Merther
    Manager, Technical Programs
    Bill Montwieler
    Executive Director
    Ken Van Hook
    ITA

    *Patty Adair was Alliance Coordinator until April 2004

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    February 13, 2004
    Kick-off meeting, OSHA, Washington, DC
    March 23, 2004
    Meeting, OSHA, Washington, DC
    January 13, 2005
    Meeting, OSHA, Washington, DC
  3. Results

    1. Events and Products

      Outreach and Communication Goals

      • Encourage and promote the training of powered industrial truck operators pursuant to the OSHA operator training standard.
      • The OSHA and ITA Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.

      • Develop electronic assistance tools on the use and operation of powered industrial trucks including the issues concerning youth workers.
      • The OSHA and ITA Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.

      • Develop information regarding the safe operation and use of powered industrial trucks that could be included in the powered industrial trucks operators' manuals and disseminated through print and electronic media and links from OSHA's and ITA's Web sites.

      Products

      Forklift Safety Packet

      ITA distributed information packets of information to its members on forklift safety that were prepared by OSHA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division. The information packet, designed to increase awareness of the hazards of powered industrial forklift use by young workers, includes: OSHA's Safety and Health Information Bulletin (SHIB) on "Protecting Young Workers: Prohibition Against Young Workers Operating Forklifts"; NIOSH's "Forklift Alert," the Wage and Hour Division's "Forklift Stop Sticker" (to be affixed to forklifts as a warning to young workers); and a DOL Compliance Assistance Fact Sheet.

      OSHA and ITA Alliance Web site

      OSHA developed an OSHA and ITA Alliance Web site that is posted on the Agency's Web page that includes the OSHA and ITA Alliance agreement, news releases, and milestones and successes. This Web site is updated on a regular basis.

      ITA Website (www.indtrk.org)

      The ITA Web site has an OSHA Information page that contains links to sites relating to industrial truck safety. This includes a link to the Protecting Young Workers: Prohibition Against Young Workers Operating Forklifts SHIB.

      Publications and Newsletters

      Information and news releases on the OSHA and ITA Alliance signing and the activities of the Alliance have appeared in a number of printed and online publications, including: BNA Occupational Safety and Health Reporter and National Safety Council's Safety and Health. For more information on the articles, see the "Alliance Program Reach" table on pages 5-6.

      Powered Industrial Trucks CD

      300 copies of the Powered Industrial Trucks CD's were distributed at the ITA Annual Meeting in Miami, FL on October 25, 2004.

      OSHA's Safety and Health Topics Pages

      ITA staff is participating on the editorial board of the OSHA Powered Industrial Trucks Safety and Health Topics page.

      • Bill Montwieler, Industrial Truck Association (ITA), Executive Director; Washington, DC

      Sample Checklist for Powered Industrial Trucks

      A sample checklist for Powered Industrial Trucks was created by the Alliance Implementation Team and posted on OSHA's Powered Industrial Truck Safety and Health Topics page.

      • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA and/or ITA conferences, local meetings and other events such as ITA's Annual and/or Spring meetings.

      Events

      ITA Annual Meeting, October 25, 2004, Miami, FL

      Assistant Secretary John Henshaw, USDOL-OSHA, addressed the ITA's Annual Meeting in Miami, FL on October 25, 2004. Mr. Henshaw gave a keynote presentation and updated over 200 attendees on OSHA's goals for 2004, the benefits of Strategic Partnerships and Alliances, and other ways OSHA can work together with businesses and industries.

      • Promote and encourage ITA member's participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, Consultation and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
      • The OSHA and ITA Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.

      • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects that affect the use of industrial trucks in the workplace that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
      • The OSHA and ITA Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.

      Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health Goals

      • Participate in forums, roundtable discussions, conferences and stakeholders meetings on issues concerning powered industrial trucks, including youth worker outreach, to help forge innovative solutions to raising safety awareness in the workplace and to provide information during the development of industry specific safety and health guidelines
      • The OSHA and ITA Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.

    2. Executive Summary

      During the OSHA and ITA Alliance's first year a productive working relationship was established between the organizations. OSHA learned more about the industrial truck industry and ITA learned more about the compliance assistance resources that the Agency has developed. In addition, through the Alliance, the ITA members have had the opportunity to hear from OSHA's national staff about safety and health issues. The OSHA and ITA Alliance has also helped to identify the need for compliance assistance safety and health information that is specific to the industry. For example:

      • On October 22, 2004 former Assistant Secretary John Henshaw was the keynote speaker at the ITA Annual Meeting in Miami, FL where he updated the attendees on the benefits of strategic partnerships and Alliances.
      • The Implementation Team developed a sample checklist for powered industrial trucks that was posted on the OSHA Powered Industrial Truck Safety and Health Topics page.
      • ITA distributed packets of information on forklift safety prepared by OSHA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division.

      The OSHA and ITA's Alliance implementation team has also discussed working jointly with the OSHA-IWLA: The Association for Logistics Outsourcing Alliance to develop a powered industrial truck best practices seminar for OSHA staff. For the majority of IWLA members, including packaging companies, fulfillment companies and warehouses, the operation of powered industrial trucks is major part of day-to-day operations.

    3. Alliance Program Reach

    4. Type of Activity
      (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)

      Number of Individuals
      Reached or Trained

      OSHA and ITA Alliance Web site on OSHA's Web page

      3,000

      ITA Web site - OSHA Information page

      Data Not Available

      Powered Industrial Trucks Safety and Health Topics page

      93,372

      October 25, 2004, ITA Annual Meeting, Miami, FL
      Speaker: Assistant Secretary John Henshaw, USDOL-OSHA

      220

      October 25, 2004, ITA Annual Meeting, Miami, FL
      Distributed: Powered Industrial Trucks CD

      300

      January 15, 2004 - "OSHA, Industrial Truck Association form Alliance," OSHA press release announcing Alliance

      25 News Services

      January 15, 2004 - OSHA includes information on the OSHA/ITA Alliance signing in its bi-weekly e-newsletter; QuickTakes

      38,000

      January 22, 2004, "Boosting Forklift Safety is the Goal of the New Alliance," BNA Occupational Safety and Health Reporter

      Data Not Available

      January 22, 2004, "OSHA Signs Industrial Truck Alliance," BNA Occupational Safety and Health Reporter

      Data Not Available

      March 2004, "Industrial Truck Association, OSHA Form New Partnership," National Safety Council Safety and Health

      70,000

      Total

  4. Upcoming Milestones

    The OSHA and ITA Alliance Implementation Team has discussed a number of activities that will be undertaken in the upcoming year. ITA would like to work with OSHA and the OSHA-IWLA Alliance to develop a powered industrial trucks best practices seminar for OSHA staff about safe work practices.

    In addition, ITA will continue to be a member of OSHA's Powered Industrial Truck editorial board and will review and provide comments on the page. Finally, ITA will invite an OSHA representative to make a presentation on OSHA's cooperative programs and compliance assistance at its ITA Board of Directors Meeting, March 16, 2005 in Washington, DC.


    Report prepared by: Jess McCluer, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, April 13, 2005

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