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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
and the
Industrial Truck Association (ITA)
January 15, 2009

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    January 15, 2004

    Dates Renewed

    April 24, 2006

    April 9, 2008

    Evaluation Period

    January 15, 2008 – January 14, 2009

    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.

    Implementation Team Members

     
    OSHA:  
       
    Barney Lawrence
    Les Painter
    Rob Swick
    Office of Outreach services and Alliances (OOSA)
    OOSA
    OOSA
       
    ITA:  
       
    Gary Cross
    Mac Dunaway
    Chris Merther
    Bill Montwieler
    Counsel, Dunaway & Cross
    Counsel, Dunaway & Cross,
    Manager, Technical Programs, ITA
    Executive Director, ITA

     
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    June 4, 2008 Implementation Team Meeting
    September 24, 2008 Implementation Team Meeting
    January 14, 2009 Implementation Team Meeting

     
  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 page


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

        ITA Website

        ITA’s Web site features an OSHA Information Web page that contains links to Web sites relating to industrial truck safety. The Web page includes a links to OSHA’s Regulations Governing Training for Operators of Powered Industrial Trucks; Regulations Governing Operation of Powered Industrial Trucks by Youths; and Daily Check List 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 Modern Materials Handling and the Alliance Quarterly Review. For more information, see the “Alliance Program Reach” table.

        OSHA Powered Industrial Trucks Safety and Health Topics page

        The following ITA member serves on the OSHA Powered Industrial Trucks Safety and Health Topics page’s editorial board:
        • Bill Montwieler, ITA, Executive Director; Washington, DC
        OSHA Powered Industrial Trucks eTool

        Through the Alliance, ITA representatives are provided their input and expertise, along with other Alliance Program participants, to assist OSHA with the development of a Powered Industrial Trucks eTool. The eTool was finalized and posted in the OSHA Web site in July 2008. The following ITA members 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’s or ITA’s conferences, local meetings, or ITA’s Annual Spring and Fall meetings.

        Events

        ITA Annual Meeting, April 7-9, 2008, Washington, DC


        On April 9, 2008, Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., former-Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA, gave a "Keynote Presentation" to presentation to industrial truck industry representatives during the ITA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

        ITA Fall Meeting 2008, October 2-4, 2008, Scottsdale, Arizona

        On October 3, 2008, Bill Wright, Assistant Director, Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH), presented “ADOSH Perspective on the OSHA and ITA Alliance and its Best Practices Seminar: Forklift Safety: Man, Machine & Environment” to powered industrial truck industry representatives during the ITA Fall Meeting 2008 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

        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

        OSHA and the ITA Alliance Industrial Truck Best Practices Seminar: “Forklift Safety: Man, Machine & Environment.”


        Through the OSHA and the ITA Alliance, the organizations presented a one day Industrial Truck Best Practices Seminar: “Forklift Safety: Man, Machine & Environment.” The seminar, developed as a product of the Alliance, 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. During the reporting period, 86 OSHA representatives and On-site Consultation Program and State Plan State staff participated in the following seminars:
        • November 13, 2008 at Region I, Syracuse, New York
        • November 12, 2008 at Region I, Syracuse, New York
        • July 31, 2008 at Hobbs-Namus Dealership, Phoenix, Arizona
        • June 26, 2008 at Region II, Elizabeth, New Jersey
        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.

        Products

        “Kalmar Works with Texas On-Site Consultation Program to Enhance Safety in Industrial Trucks” Success Story


        Through the OSHA and ITA Alliance, OSHA collaborated with Kalmar Rough Terrain Center, LLC to develop a success story highlighting the company's work with the Texas On-Site Consultation Program that lead to a number of positive results including the correction of several workplace hazards and the development of a written safety and health program. The study was posted on the OSHA and ITA Web page on the OSHA Web site in July 2008.

        Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program that affect the use of powered industrial trucks in the workplace.

        Events

        2008 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, May 4-10, 2008, Washington, DC


        ITA joined with more than 50 other Alliance Program participants to support 2008 NAOSH Week. NAOSH Week, sponsored by the American Society of Safety Engineers, an Alliance Program participant, focuses on increasing the understanding of the positive benefits of investing in occupational safety, health and environmental programs among employers, employees and the public; raising awareness of the role and contribution of safety, health and environmental professionals; and reducing workplace injuries and illness by encouraging new safety and health activities at all companies and organizations. The theme for the 2008 NAOSH Week was "Safety is Good Business." In support of NAOSH Week, ITA displayed information regarding 2008 NAOSH Week at the ITA Spring Meeting held April 7-9, 2008 in Washington, D.C.
         
    2. Executive Summary

      Through the Alliance Program, OSHA and ITA are continuing to work together to encourage employers to increase employer and employee access to safety and health information and training resources on the operation and use of powered industrial trucks; and to assist employers and employees in reducing and preventing exposure to potential hazards associated with the use of powered industrial. The collaborative relationship between the two organizations has resulted in a sustained effort in delivering training, supporting Alliance Program initiatives and developing safety and health resources.

      During the reporting period, the OSHA and ITA Alliance held the Industrial Truck Best Practices Seminar: “Forklift Safety: Man, Machine & Environment” for OSHA staff in the following locations:
      • November 13, 2008 at Region I, Syracuse, New York
      • November 12, 2008 at Region I, Syracuse, New York
      • July 31, 2008 at Hobbs-Namus Dealership, Phoenix, Arizona
      • June 26, 2008 at Region II, Elizabeth, New Jersey
      In addition, OSHA and ITA representatives are shared their expertise and information through a number of different avenues. For example, ITA representatives are provided their input and expertise to assist OSHA with the development of a Powered Industrial Trucks eTool which was finalized and posted on the OSHA Web site in July 2008. Further, an ITA member serves on the OSHA Powered Industrial Trucks Safety and Health Topics page’s editorial board.

      OSHA continues to update the OSHA and ITA Alliance Web page that is posted on the OSHA Web site. Moreover, ITA’s Web site features an OSHA Information Web page that contains links to sites relating to powered industrial truck safety.

      In addition OSHA and ITA worked together to have OSHA participate in the ITA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC on April 9, 2008, the ITA Fall Meeting 2008 in Scottsdale, Arizona on October 3, 2008, and for ITA to help support 2008 NAOSH Week.

      Lastly, through the OSHA and ITA Alliance, ITA developed the “Kalmar Works with Texas On-Site Consultation Program to Enhance Safety in Industrial Trucks” success story.
       
    3. Alliance Program Reach Table
       
      Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
      OSHA and ITA Alliance Web page on the OSHA Web site 7,325
      OSHA Information Web page on the ITA Web site Data Not Available
      Powered Industrial Trucks Safety and Health Topics page 99,655
      Powered Industrial Trucks eTool 46,887
      April 18, 2008: “OSHA Tools You Can Use,” Modern Materials Handling Data Not Available
      April 22, 2008: “OSHA and the Industrial Truck Association Renew Alliance to Prevent Hazards of Powered Industrial Trucks,” OSHA News Release 69 News Organizations
      May 1, 2008: “Alliance Program Activity,” QuickTakes 55,226
      June 2008: “Workplace Safety Training Seminars and Information Products Earn OSHA 2007 Secretary of Labor Achievement Awards.” Alliance Quarterly Review 300
      June 26, 2008: Industrial Truck Best Practices Seminar: “Forklift Safety: Man, Machine & Environment,” Elizabeth, New Jersey 30
      July, 1, 2008: “Do You Hire Teens for Summer Jobs, or Do You Have a Teen Who is Working a Summer Job?,” Cable Organizer Data Not Available
      July 31, 2008: Industrial Truck Best Practices Seminar: “Forklift Safety: Man, Machine & Environment,” Phoenix, Arizona 20
      September 2008: “Alliance Program Participants Contribute to New OSHA eTools,” Alliance Quarterly Review 300
      November 12, 2008: Industrial Truck Best Practices Seminar: “Forklift Safety: Man, Machine & Environment,” Syracuse, New York 18
      November 13, 2008: Industrial Truck Best Practices Seminar: “Forklift Safety: Man, Machine & Environment,” Syracuse, New York 18
      December 2008: “Alliance Program Best Practice Seminars for FY08,” Alliance Quarterly Review 300
      TOTAL 210,148

       
  4. Upcoming Milestones

    In 2009, the OSHA and ITA Alliance implementation team is planning to hold the Industrial Truck Best Practices Seminar: “Forklift Safety: Man, Machine & Environment” for OSHA staff in the following locations:
    • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, OSHA Region III
    • Portland, Oregon, Oregon OSHA
    • Boise, Idaho, OSHA Region X
    In addition, through the OSHA and ITA Alliance, ITA will develop a Wall Mounted Safety Poster. The poster will feature a number of powered industrial truck safety tips using graphical representations.

    Finally, ITA representatives will continue to serve on the OSHA Powered Industrial Trucks Safety and Health Topics page and OSHA Powered Industrial Trucks eTool editorial boards, and help support 2009 NAOSH Week.


    Report prepared by Rob Swick, Program Analyst, Office Outreach Services and Alliances, March 24, 2009.


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