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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
and the
Integrated Waste Services Association (IWSA)
November 19, 2007

I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

October 13, 2005

Evaluation Period

October 13, 2006 October 12, 2007

Overview

The OSHA and IWSA Alliance focuses on providing the association's members and others, including small businesses, with information, guidance, and access to training resources to help them protect employees' health and safety. Through the Alliance, the organizations are focusing on reducing and preventing exposure to workplace hazards associated with the management of municipal solid waste and the generation of electricity from such solid waste, including tipping floors, lead exposure, and confined spaces.

Implementation Team Members

 
OSHA:  
   
Lee Anne Jillings
Jess McCluer*
Rob Swick**
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
OOSA
OOSA
   
IWSA:  
   
Justin August
Kent Baughn
Beth Hurley
Ted Michaels
Angus Miller
Maria Zannes
Covanta Energy
Wheelabrator Technologies
Covanta Energy
President
Onyx
Consultant

* Jess McCluer served as the Alliance Coordinator until May 25, 2007.
** Rob Swick serves as the Alliance Coordinator since May 25, 2007.

II. Implementation Team Meetings

 
September 13, 2006
May 15, 2007
May 24, 2007
July 18, 2007
January 3, 2007
Implementation Team Meeting
Hauler Safety Campaign Workgroup
Implementation Team Meeting
Implementation Team Meeting
Implementation Team Meeting

III. 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 the IWSA's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
    Products

    OSHA and IWSA Alliance Web Page


    OSHA maintains an OSHA and IWSA Alliance Web page that is posted on the Agency's Web site that includes the OSHA and IWSA Alliance agreement, news releases, and activities and events. This Web page is updated on a regular basis.

    IWSA Web site (www.wte.org)

    IWSA maintains an OSHA and IWSA Alliance Web page on its Web site. The page has information on the OSHA and IWSA Alliance and links to OSHA's cooperative programs, including the Voluntary Protection Program and the On-site Consultation Program's Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

    Publications and Newsletters

    Information and news releases on the OSHA and IWSA Alliance and its activities appeared in print and electronic publications such as Business and Labor Reports and Waste Business Journal. For more information on the articles, see the "Alliance Program Reach" table.

    OSHA Powered Industrial Truck eTool

    The following IWSA member is providing expertise to OSHA during the development of the draft OSHA Powered Industrial Trucks eTool:

    • John Boutin, Covanta Haverhill Inc., Haverhill, MA
    OSHA Confined Spaces Safety and Health Topics page

    The following IWSA members are participating on the editorial board for the OSHA Confined Spaces Safety and Health Topics page:

    • Justin August, Industrial Hygienist, Covanta Energy; Fairfield, NJ
    • Beth Hurley, Vice President of Health and Safety, Covanta Energy; Fairfield, NJ
    • John Leardini, Safety Manager, Covanta Energy; Fairfield, NJ
    OSHA Lead Safety and Health Topics page

    The following IWSA members are participating on the editorial board for the OSHA Lead Safety and Health Topics page:

    • Justin August, Industrial Hygienist, Covanta Energy; Fairfield, NJ
    • Beth Hurley, Vice President of Health and Safety, Covanta Energy; Fairfield, NJ
    • John Leardini, Safety Manager, Covanta Energy; Fairfield, NJ
    Confined Space Best Practices Fact Sheet

    Through the OSHA and IWSA Alliance, IWSA developed a draft Confined Space Best Practices Fact Sheet which addresses issues associated with confined spaces such as Entry Supervisors, Confined Space Rescue Plans, and Permit-Required Confined Spaces. IWSA shared the draft Fact Sheet with OSHA for review and comment. The fact sheet is expected to be completed in early 2008.

    • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or IWSA's conferences, local meetings, or other events, such as the North American Waste to Energy Conference and the annual IWSA Health and Safety Seminar.
    Events

    23rd Annual National Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association Conference, August 27-30, 2007, Washington, DC.


    Lee Anne Jillings, Director, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, USDOL-OSHA; Kent Baughn, Manager, Health & Safety, Wheelabrator Technologies Inc., Hampton, NH; Angus Miller, Director, Safety & Training, Veolia ES Waste to Energy, Inc., Ronkonkoma, NY; and Justin August, Manager, Health & Safety, Covanta Energy, Fairfield, NJ; gave a presentation, "Safety Campaign on a National Scale: Building a Successful Safety Campaign" on the Hauler Safety Campaign: "Safety Do It for Life," the Alliance Program, and other activities of the OSHA and IWSA Alliance, to 50 attendees at the 23rd Annual National Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association Conference, August 29, 2007, in Washington, D.C.

    • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding IWSA's best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by IWSA and through OSHA- or IWSA- developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum including outreach events).
    Hauler Safety Campaign Safety: Do It For Life

    Through the OSHA and IWSA Alliance, for the second consecutive year the implementation team administered the Hauler Safety Campaign Safety: Do It For Life to educate public and private waste haulers, municipal and private owners and operators, and facility employees about health and safety best practices to ensure a safe and healthy workplace. The campaign encourages the men and women who haul and dispose of solid waste to make safety an integral part of their work.

    Tipping floor safety posters and pocket cards along with campaign promotional stickers which include the Alliance logo were distributed during the campaign's 2007 events and posted on the OSHA and IWSA section of the Alliance Program Web page.

    Kick-off Event, Covanta Energy, Fairfax, Virginia, June 13, 2007

    To kick-off the campaign, Covanta Energy held an event at its waste-to-energy plant in Fairfax, Virginia on June 13, 2007. Over 50 people, including OSHA Deputy Assistant Secretary Brian C. Bryan Little attended the Hauler Safety Campaign kick-off event. At the event, Deputy Assistant Secretary Little made a presentation on the Alliance Program and the activities of the OSHA and IWSA Alliance, including the Hauler Safety Campaign.

    Other Events

    In addition, Covanta Energy hosted federal, state and local officials and haulers at campaign events May 21, 2007 to June 28, 2007 at is facilities in:
     
    • Huntsville, Alabama
    • Stanislaus, California
    • Bristol, Connecticut
    • SECONN, Connecticut
    • Wallingford, Connecticut
    • Lee, Florida
    • Hillsborough, Florida
    • Lake, Florida
    • Pasco, Florida
    • Indianapolis, Indiana
    • Montgomery County, Maryland
    • Haverhill, Massachusetts
    • SEMASS, Massachusetts
    • Detroit, Michigan
    • Kent, Michigan
    • Hennepin, Minnesota
    • Essex, New Jersey
    • Warren, New Jersey
    • Babylon, New York
    • Hempstead, New York
    • Huntington, New York
    • Niagara, New York
    • Onondaga, New York
    • Union, New Jersey
    • Marion, Oregon
    • Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania
    • Lancaster, Pennsylvania
    • Honolulu, Hawaii
    • Alexandria, Virginia

    Further, Wheelabrator Technologies also hosted federal, state and local officials and haulers at campaign events June 18, 2007 to September 21, 2007 at is facilities in:
     
    • Shasta, California
    • Bridgeport, Connecticut
    • Mc Kay Bay, Florida
    • Ridge, Florida
    • South Broward, Florida
    • Baltimore, Maryland
    • North Andover, Massachusetts
    • Concord, New Hampshire
    • Claremont, New Hampshire
    • Gloucester, New Jersey
    • Westchester, New York
    • Falls, Pennsylvania

    Finally, Veolia ES also hosted federal, state and local officials and haulers at campaign events June 13, 2007 to August 18, 2007 at is facilities in:
     
    • Long Beach, CA
    • Savannah, GA
    • Dutchess, NY
    • Islip, NY
    • Montgomery County, PA
    • York, PA
    • Charleston, SC

    • Promote and encourage IWSA's members' or worksites' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and the Consultation Program and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
    IWSA's Weekly Update newsletter included the following article developed by the U.S. Department of Labor focusing on OSHA's cooperative programs and compliance assistance resources:

    • July 7, 2007, Weekly Update, "Consultation Helps Small Businesses Establish Safety and Health Programs."
    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health Goal

    • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on waste-to-energy worker safety and health issues, waste hauler health and safety issues, and contractor health and safety issue, to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

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

    During the OSHA and IWSA Alliance's second year the organizations maintained a very productive working relationship. OSHA continued to learn more about the solid waste industry and IWSA learned more about the compliance assistance resources and cooperative programs that the Agency has developed. This positive relationship resulted in the development of the many programs and projects that the team is currently working on or has produced. For example, the OSHA and IWSA implementation team conducted the Hauler Safety Campaign Safety: Do It For Life a campaign that informs public and private waste haulers, municipal and private owners and operators, and facility employees about best practices for waste-to-energy plant tipping-floor safety where haulers dump loads of waste materials that will be turned into sources of energy. As part of the Campaign, the implementation team developed campaign posters, pocket cards and stickers that were distributed at events held between May 21, 2007 and September 21, 2007 throughout the Country.

    In addition, OSHA and IWSA representatives are sharing their expertise through participation on OSHA's electronic assistance tools' editorial boards and speaking opportunities, including:

    • An IWSA member is assisting in the development of the OSHA Powered Industrial Truck eTool and will be serving on its editorial board.

    • IWSA members serve on the editorial board for the OSHA Confined Spaces Safety and Health Topics Page.

    • IWSA members serve on the editorial board for the OSHA Lead Safety and Health Topics Page.

    • Lee Anne Jillings, Director, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, USDOL-OSHA, ; Kent Baughn, Manager, Health & Safety, Wheelabrator Technologies Inc., Hampton, NH; Angus Miller, Director, Safety & Training, Veolia ES Waste to Energy, Inc., Ronkonkoma, NY; and Justin August, Manager, Health & Safety, Covanta Energy, Fairfield, NJ; gave a presentation, "Safety Campaign on a National Scale: Building a Successful Safety Campaign" on the Hauler Safety Campaign: "Safety Do It for Life," the Alliance Program, and other activities of the OSHA and IWSA Alliance, to 50 attendees at the 23rd Annual National Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association Conference, August 29, 2007 in Washington, D.C.
  3. Alliance Program Reach
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic
Distribution, etc.)
Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
OSHA and IWSA Page site on the Agency's Web site 16,829
IWSA and OSHA Web page on IWSA's Web site Data Not Available
OSHA Confined Spaces Safety and Health Topics Page 77,869
OSHA Lead Safety and Health Topics Page 53,857
June 13, 2007: Hauler Safety Campaign kick-off event. "Alliance Program and the OSHA and IWSA Alliance"

Speaker: Bryan C. Little, Deputy Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA
50
August 29, 2007: 23rd Annual National Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association Conference, Washington, D.C., "Safety Campaign on a National Scale: Building a Successful Safety Campaign"

Speakers: Lee Anne Jillings, Director, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, USDOL-OSHA;
Kent Baughn, Manager, Health & Safety, Wheelabrator Technologies Inc., Hampton, NH;
Angus Miller, Director, Safety & Training, Veolia ES Waste to Energy, Inc., Ronkonkoma, NY; and
Justin August, Manager, Health & Safety, Covanta Energy, Fairfield, NJ
50
June 13, 2007: "The IWSA Hauler Safety Campaign," IWSA News and Events Data Not Available
June 14, 2007: "OSHA and IWSA team up to support National Hauler Safety Month," OSHA News release 69 News Services
June 14, 2007: "OSHA and IWSA Team Up to Support National Hauler Safety Month," Waste Business Journal Data Not Available
June 18, 2007 "OSHA and IWSA Team Up to Support National Hauler Safety Month," Business and Labor Reports: Safety Data Not Available
September 2007: Waste Hauler Safety Campaign Serves Workers, Families Driver, Facility Safety Procedures Focus Of Waste Haulers' 2007 Workplace Program, Alliance Quarterly Review 300
TOTAL 148,955

IV. Upcoming Milestones

The organizations will renew the OSHA and IWSA Alliance agreement for two years. Through the renewal agreement, the organizations will work together to provide IWSA's members and others, including small businesses, with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety associated with the management of municipal solid waste, especially related to hauler safety. In particular, OSHA and IWSA will promote the annual Hauler Safety Campaign: "Safety Do It for Life." Further, through the OSHA and IWSA Alliance renewal, the groups will begin to work together to reduce and prevent exposure to electrical hazards in waste to energy facilities. The original Alliance's focus on lead and confined space will not be continued in the renewal.

In addition, the OSHA and IWSA Alliance Implementation Team will finalize in the coming year the Confined Spaces Best Practices Fact Sheet. IWSA representatives also will continue to participate in the development of OSHA's Powered Industrial Truck eTool and serve on the Lead and Confined Spaces Safety and Health Topics page's editorial boards.

IWSA has invited Maryann Medeiros, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Region I, Providence, Rhode Island Area Office, USDOL-OSHA to give a presentation "Industrial Health and Health Items Related to Contracted Work" at Wheelabrator's 5th Annual Contractor Safety Summit, Providence, Rhode Island on November 27, 2007. Moreover, Lee Anne Jillings, Director, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, USDOL-OSHA will give a presentation on the Alliance Program and the activities of the OSHA and IWSA Alliance at the North American Waste-to-Energy Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 19, 2008

Further, IWSA will continue to promote OSHA compliance assistance materials and outreach resources and the OSHA and IWSA Alliance through its weekly e-newsletter, Weekly Update. Finally, OSHA will also promote the products the Alliance produces in the Alliance Quarterly Review and through sending information on the products to OSHA's Regional, Area Office, and On-site Consultation Program and State Plan State representatives.


Report prepared by: Rob Swick, Program Analyst, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, November 19, 2007