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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the
Industrial Truck Association (ITA)
February 28, 2007


  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    January 15, 2004

    Date Renewed

    April 24, 2006

    Evaluation Period

    January 14, 2006 - January 13, 2007

    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:

    Jess McCluer
    Office of Outreach Services and Alliances

    ITA:

    Gary Cross
    Counsel
    Mac Dunaway
    Counsel
    Chris Merther
    Manager, Technical Programs
    Bill Montwieler
    Executive Director
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    February 3, 2006
    Meeting to Discuss Alliance Renewal Agreement, OSHA, Washington, DC
    March 14, 2006
    Meeting, OSHA, Washington, DC
    September 19, 2006
    Planning Meeting for Powered Industrial Truck Best Practices Seminar
    November 15, 2006
    Powered Industrial Truck Editorial Board Conference Call
    January 4, 2007
    Meeting, ITA - 1750 K Street, NW, Washington, DC
  3. Results

    1. Events and Products

      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 ITA's Web sites) to employers and employees, including youth workers, in the industry.
      • Products

        OSHA and ITA Alliance Web site

        OSHA is continuing to update the OSHA and ITA Alliance Web page that is posted on the Agency's Web site. It includes the OSHA and ITA agreements, news releases, activities and events and milestones and successes.

        ITA Website (www.indtrk.org)

        ITA's Web site has an OSHA Information Web page that contains links to sites relating to industrial truck safety. It includes a link to the Protecting Young Workers: Prohibition Against Young Workers Operating Forklifts Safety and Health Information Bulletin and the Sample Daily Checklists for Powered Industrial Trucks.

        Publications and Newsletters

        During the reporting period, Information on the OSHA and ITA Alliance activities appeared in OSHA and industry print and online media including OSHA' Alliance Quarterly Review as well as Community Dispatch, News for OSC and Risk Control Issues NewsBrief. For more information, see the "Alliance Program Reach" table.

        Powered Industrial Trucks CD

        Over 200 copies of the OSHA Powered Industrial Trucks CD were distributed at the ITA Spring Meeting April 24-26, 2006 in Washington, DC. The CD includes the OSHA Powered Industrial Trucks Safety and Health Topics page.

        Powered Industrial Trucks Safety and Health Topics page

        The following ITA staff member is continuing to participate on the OSHA Powered Industrial Trucks Safety and Health Topics page's editorial board:

        • Bill Montwieler, ITA, Executive Director; Washington, DC

        Powered Industrial Trucks eTool

        Through the Alliance, ITA representatives are providing their input and expertise, along with other Alliance Program participants, to assist OSHA with the development of a Powered Industrial Trucks eTool. The following ITA members and staff are serving on the eTool's editorial board:

        • Gary Cross, Dunaway & Cross, Counsel, Washington, DC
        • Mac Dunaway, Dunaway & Cross, Counsel, Washington, DC
        • Chris Merther, ITA, Manager, Technical Programs, Washington, DC
        • Bill Montwieler, ITA, Executive Director; Washington, DC
      • 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, September 25-27, 2006, West Palm Beach, FL

        On September 26, 2006, Steven Witt, then-Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA, addressed the ITA's Annual Meeting in West Palm Beach, FL. Mr. Witt gave the keynote presentation on safety issues for lift trucks and updated over 250 attendees on the activities of the OSHA and ITA Alliance.

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

        Industrial Truck Best Practices Seminar

        OSHA and the ITA Alliance developed a one day Industrial Truck Best Practices Seminar. The seminar focuses on topics such as maintaining vehicle stability and preventing vehicles from tipping over. Presentations also emphasize the use of proper operator restraints to avoid injury should a vehicle flip over.

        In addition, ITA instructors use vehicle demonstrations to emphasize why different types of industrial vehicles handle in certain ways; depending upon proper placement of load and maintaining vehicle control. More than 50 attendees participated in the following seminars:

        • November 2, 2006 - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, 35 attendees
        • February 9, 2006 - Tampa, Florida, 25 attendees
      • Promote and encourage ITA members' 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 powered 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

      Through the Alliance Program, OSHA and ITA are continuing to work together to share information on the industrial truck industry along with OSHA's compliance assistance activities and cooperative programs. This positive relationship has led to the development a one day Industrial Truck Best Practices Seminar.

      The OSHA and ITA Alliance held the seminar for OSHA Region IV staff on February 9, 2006 in Tampa, Florida and for OSHA Region III staff on November 2, 2006 in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. During the seminar, ITA members and staff instructed the OSHA representatives on topics such as maintaining vehicle stability and preventing vehicles from tipping over. Presentations also emphasized the use of proper operator restraints to avoid injury should a vehicle flip over. In addition, ITA instructors used vehicle demonstrations to emphasize why different types of industrial vehicles handle in certain ways; depending upon proper placement of load and maintaining vehicle control.

      In addition, OSHA and ITA representatives are sharing their expertise and information through a number of different avenues. For example:

      • Steven Witt, then-Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA, gave a keynote presentation on the safety issues for lift trucks and updated over 250 attendees on the activities of the OSHA and ITA Alliance at the ITA Annual Meeting in West Palm Beach, FL on September 26, 2006.
      • ITA distributed over 200 copies of OSHA's Powered Industrial Truck CD at the ITA Spring Meeting April 24-26, 2006 in Washington, DC.
      • ITA staff is continuing to serve on the editorial board for the OSHA Powered Industrial Trucks Safety and Health Topics page.
      • ITA members and staff are reviewing and providing comments on OSHA's Powered Industrial Trucks eTool.

      Finally, OSHA and ITA agreed to continue the Alliance and signed an renewal agreement on April 24, 2006.

    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

      6,310

      ITA Web site - OSHA Information page

      Data Not Available

      Powered Industrial Trucks Safety and Health Topics page

      106,871

      February 9, 2006 - Industrial Truck Best Practices Seminar, Tampa, FL

      25

      March 2006 - "Seminar Emphasizes Industrial Truck Safety," Alliance Quarterly Review

      300

      April 26, 2006 - ITA distributed copies of OSHA's Powered Industrial Trucks CD to members

      200

      April 27, 2006 - "OSHA Renews Alliance with the Industrial Truck Association," OSHA News Release

      69 News Services

      April 28, 2006 - "OSHA Renews Alliance with the Industrial Truck Association: Focus Continues on Safe Operation of Powered Industrial Trucks," Community Dispatch

      Data Not Available

      May 2006 - "OSHA Renews Alliance with the International Truck Association," Risk Control Issues NewsBrief

      Data Not Available

      May 15, 2006 - "OSHA Renews National Alliance, Signs New Regional One," News for OSC

      Data Not Available

      May 15, 2006 - OSHA includes information on the OSHA/ITA Alliance renewal signing in QuickTakes

      52,805

      September 26, 2006, ITA Annual Meeting, West Palm Beach, FL
      Speaker: Steven Witt, then-Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA

      250

      November 2, 2006 - Industrial Truck Best Practices Seminar, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

      25

      December 2006 - "Alliance Program Participants Share Best Practices and Safety Techniques," Alliance Quarterly Review

      300

      Total

      167,096

  4. Upcoming Milestones

    The OSHA and ITA Alliance Implementation Team has discussed a number of activities that will be undertaken in the upcoming year. For example, the organizations are planning to conduct additional Industrial Truck Best Practice seminars. ITA is working with OSHA Region VII to hold a seminar March 27, 2007 in St. Louis, Missouri and with OSHA Region III to hold a seminar March 29, 2007 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In addition, ITA may create a section on its Web site promoting the seminar.

    In addition, the association will continue to be a member of OSHA's Powered Industrial Trucks Safety and Health Topics page editorial board. ITA's representative will review and provide comments on the page. In addition, ITA staff and members will continue to work with OSHA and other Alliance Program participants to develop OSHA's Powered Industrial Trucks eTool.

    Finally, OSHA has submitted a workshop proposal, "Powered Industrial Truck Compliance Assistance Resources", for the NSC 2007 Congress & Expo, October 12-19, 2007 in Chicago, Illinois. During the proposed workshop, Bill Montweiler and an OSHA representative would discuss OSHA's powered industrial trucks compliance assistance resources.


    Report prepared by: Jess McCluer, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, February 28, 2007

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