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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT

Occupational Safety and Health Administration
and the
International Warehouse Logistics Association, the Association for Logistics Outsourcing (IWLA)
May 26, 2005

I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

February 17, 2004

Overview

The OSHA and IWLA Alliance focuses on providing IWLA members and others, including owners and operators of public warehouses, other third-party warehouses, and hard-to-reach and youth workers; with information, guidance, and access to training resources to protect employees' health and safety, by addressing material handling, forklift safety and Hazard Communication (HAZCOM).

Implementation Team Members

 
OSHA:  
Patty Adair
Brett Besser
Cathy Cronin
James Dillard
Kimberly Greenberg
Elise Handelman
Rick Harris
Lee Anne Jillings
Long Loo
Lisa Ramber
Doug Simon
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)*
Salt Lake Technical Center (SLTC)
Office of Training and Education (OTE)
Region V, Calumet City, Illinois Area Office
Office of Small Business Assistance (OSBA)
Directorate of Science, Technology and Medicine (DSTM)
OOSA
OOSA
DSTM
OOSA
OTE
   
Contributors:  
Travis Hannan Contractor for OSHA, SLTC**
   
IWLA:  
John F. Bauermeister
Todd Currier
Eric Fabian
Ernie Harbin
Forrest Henderson
Joel Hoiland
Thomas Muscarella
Nathan Noy
Pat O'Connor
Fred Schultz
Rick Shuster
Jeffrey C. Tanner
Freeport Logistics Inc.
Exel
GENCO
Saddle Creek Corporation
Inland Star Distribution Centers, Inc.
IWLA, President and CEO
Safety Equipment Services
Director of Government and Legal Services
Kent and O'Connor
Satellite Logistics Group Corporate
ODW Logistics, Inc.
Kenco Group Inc.

*Team member from February 2004 to April 2004
** Team member until November 2004

Evaluation Period

February 17, 2004 February 16, 2005

II. Implementation Team Meetings

 
March 9, 2004
August 19, 2004
January 27, 2005
Kick off Implementation Team Meeting
Implementation Team Meeting
Conference Call

III. Results
  1. Events and Products

    Training and Education Goal


    • Develop and make available training and education programs on material handling, forklift safety, HAZCOM and other health and safety issues targeted to the unique issues in the public warehouse industry.

      During this reporting period, the OSHA and IWLA Alliance Implementation Team did not start work on programs or projects to address this goal.
    Outreach and Communication Goals

    • Develop safety and health assistance tools for the warehouse industry, including:

      • Safety and health inspection checklist for warehouse managers.

      • Work with OSHA to provide expertise on the development of an eTool for the warehouse industry.
    Products

    OSHA's Grocery Warehousing eTool


    During April 2004, IWLA implementation team members reviewed OSHA's ergonomic eTool, Grocery Warehousing, and provided feedback to OSHA personnel at SLTC. This eTool describes ergonomic hazards associated with transport, storage and packaging in the grocery warehouse environment, and potential solutions to reduce musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

    OSHA's Forklift Safety Quick Card

    During June 2004, IWLA implementation team members reviewed a Forklift Safety Quick Card that OSHA is developing. IWLA members provided feedback to OSHA's Office of Communications. This Quick Card will provide safety tips and information related to the safe operation of forklifts.

    OSHA's Warehousing Pocket Guide

    In August 2004 IWLA reviewed and provided comments on OSHA's Warehousing-Pocket Guide. This twenty-five page pocket guide provides safety and health information, safety tips on safe forklift operation and a checklist on forklift safety. The OSHA - IWLA Alliance is discussed on page twenty-two and IWLA is also recognized as an informational resource.

    • Disseminate information through print and electronic media including newsletters and links from OSHA's and IWLA's Web sites.
    Print and Electronic Media

    Articles on the OSHA and IWLA Alliance have appeared in print and online publications, including: BNA Occupational Safety and Health Reporter, and OSHA's QuickTakes and Alliance Quarterly Review. In addition, IWLA highlighted the OSHA and IWLA Alliance signing in the Government and Legal Services update in its 3PL Executive publication. For more information on the articles, please see the Alliance Program Reach table.

    OSHA and IWLA Alliance Web Page

    OSHA developed an OSHA and IWLA Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web site. The Web page includes links to the OSHA and IWLA Alliance agreement, OSHA 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 IWLA Web page, please see the Alliance Program Reach table.

    • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA and IWLA educational seminars, chapter meetings and other events including IWLA's annual conference.
    Event

    IWLA 113th Annual Meeting, March 28-31, 2004, JW Marriott Desert Resort and Spa, Phoenix, Arizona


    On March 29, 2004, Kim Lazor, OSHA, then Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary, gave a presentation at the 113th IWLA Annual Meeting, in Phoenix, Arizona, on OSHA's cooperative programs and the OSHA IWLA Alliance to approximately 40 attendees.

    • Promote and encourage IWLA's members' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, Consultation and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

      During this reporting period, the OSHA and IWLA Alliance Implementation Team did not start work on programs or projects to address this goal.

    • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects, including warehouse material handling, forklift safety and HAZCOM, that are addressed and developed through the Alliance program.

      During this reporting period, the OSHA and IWLA Alliance Implementation Team did not start work on programs or projects to address this goal.

    • Increase hard-to-reach and youth workers' access to safety and health information and training resources, including developing and providing materials in Spanish, through community based organizations.

      During this reporting period, the OSHA and IWLA Alliance Implementation Team did not start work on programs or projects to address this goal.
    Promoting the National Dialogue Goals:

    • Raise awareness of and demonstrate commitment to workplace safety and health whenever IWLA leaders address groups.

      During this reporting period, the OSHA and IWLA Alliance Implementation Team did not start work on programs or projects to address this goal.

    • Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health programs such as warehouse material handling and forklift safety.

      During this reporting period, the OSHA and IWLA Alliance Implementation Team did not start work on programs or projects to address this goal.

    • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on warehouse safety and health issues such as material handling, forklift safety and HAZCOM issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace.

      During this reporting period, the OSHA and IWLA Alliance Implementation Team did not start work on programs or projects to address this goal.
  2. Executive Summary

    In the first year of the Alliance, OSHA and IWLA established a good working relationship. Through the Alliance Program, OSHA and IWLA are working to reduce injuries and exposure to hazards in the workplace for the warehousing industry.

    OSHA developed an OSHA and IWLA Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web site. In addition, information about the OSHA IWLA Alliance also appeared in print and online articles.

    The OSHA and IWLA Alliance implementation team members also reviewed and provided feedback on some of OSHA's electronic assistance products and publications including: the Grocery Warehousing eTool, Forklift Safety Quick Card and the Warehousing Pocket Guide.

    OSHA also shared compliance assistance information with IWLA's membership. On March 29, 2004 during IWLA's 113th Annual Meeting, Kim Lazor, then Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary, gave a presentation on OSHA's Cooperative Programs and the OSHA IWLA Alliance to approximately forty attendees.

  3. Alliance Program Reach
Type of Activity Number of Individuals Reached
February 17, 2004, "IWLA, OSHA Form an Alliance to Improve Safety for Warehouse Workers"
BNA Occupational Safety and Health Reporter
Data Not Available
March 1, 2004, "Five More Organizations Sign National Alliances with OSHA"
OSHA QuickTakes, Volume 3, Issue 5
44,000
March 29, 2004, IWLA's 113th Annual Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona
Speaker:
  • Kim Lazor, OSHA, then Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary
40
March 2004, "Forklift Safety and Hazardous Communication; OSHA Aligns with International Warehouse Logistics Association to Focus on Material Handling"
Industrial Hygiene News
Data Not Available
June 2004, "Putting Safety First: Hazards Abound in a Beverage Facility, and on the Road. Here's Some Ways to Avoid Them.
Beverage World
Data Not Available
August 2004, OSHA at Your Door: Are You Safe Inside?"
Material Handling Management
Data Not Available
December 2004, "Government and Legal Services"
3PL Executive
Data Not Available
OSHA and IWLA Alliance Web page 4,800
TOTAL 48,840

IV. Upcoming Milestones

In the upcoming year, OSHA and IWLA will continue their working relationship and collaborate on projects to support the Alliance agreement and to raise awareness of safety and health issues that impact the warehousing industry. For example, through the Alliance, IWLA is collaborating with the Industrial Truck Association (ITA), an Alliance Program participant, to develop a training seminar on powered industrial truck safe best practices. The training seminar is intended for OSHA's Regional staff and is anticipated to be completed by late October, 2005.

The OSHA and IWLA Alliance will also pursue efforts to develop an OSHA Safety and Health Topics page on Warehousing and Public Storage and potentially work on the development of OSHA eTools on powered industrial trucks and hazard communications. In addition, the OSHA and IWLA Alliance will develop a safety and health checklist for warehouse managers.

OSHA will continue to promote the OSHA and IWLA Alliance by maintaining the OSHA and IWLA Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web site. IWLA will also include an OSHA article on its Consultation Program for distribution to its membership in the association's publications such as IWLA's newsletter, This Week @IWLA.

Finally, the OSHA and IWLA Alliance will consider opportunities to educate and provide compliance assistance information for employees and employers on safety and health issues that impact the warehousing industry, such as at the IWLA 115th Annual Meeting, March 19-22, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Report prepared by: Richard L. Harris, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services Alliances, June 8, 2005