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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
and
Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA)

July 6, 2009

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    March 20, 2008

    Evaluation Period

    March 20, 2008 March 19, 2009

    Overview

    The OSHA and KCMA Alliance focuses on using the organizations' collective expertise to help protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to amputation hazards in the manufacture of kitchen cabinets.

    Implementation Team Members
     
    OSHA:
       
    *Lisa Ramber

    Bill Willson
    Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA),
    Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP)
    OOSA, DCSP
       
    KCMA  
       
    Paul Blannard
    Gregory Mercado
    Randy Saylor
    Dick Titus
    Janet Titus
    Safety and Environmental Manager, Yorktowne Cabinetry
    EHS Regional Manager, MasterBrand Cabinets, Inc.
    Vice President, Hagerstown Kitchen
    Executive Director, KCMA
    Director of Marketing/Member Services, KCMA
       
    *Lisa Ramber served on the Alliance Implementation Team until August 2008.
     
  2. Implementation Team Meetings
     
    February 5, 2009
    November 6, 2008
    August 4, 2008
    April 10, 2008
    Implementation Team Meeting, Teleconference
    Implementation Team Meeting, Teleconference
    Implementation Team Meeting, Teleconference
    Kick-off Meeting
     
  3. Results
     
    1. Events and Products

      Training and Education Goals


      • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for kitchen cabinet manufacturers regarding prevention of amputation injuries and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.
      Product

      Table Saw Training Program


      In order to raise awareness among cabinet manufacturing industry and employees about workplace hazards associated with table saw operations and how to prevent them, KCMA developed the Table Saw Safety Training presentation through the OSHA and KCMA Alliance. Topics covered in the presentation include:
       
      • Injury Causes
      • Guarding Equipment
      • PPE Requirements
      • Flying Particles
      • Lockout/Tagout
      OSHA is currently providing review and comment from other OSHA Directorates. Once the review is completed and revisions made KCMA will post the presentation to the KCMA/OSHA Alliance Web page on the association's Web site. In addition, OSHA will link to the presentation from the OSHA and KCMA Alliance Web page and the Alliance Program Participant Developed Products Web page on the Agency's Web site.

      Outreach and Communication Goals
       
      • Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of amputation injuries in kitchen cabinet manufacturing, 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 KCMA Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
      Products

      OSHA and KCMA Alliance Web page


      OSHA created and maintains an OSHA and KCMA Alliance Web page that is posted on the OSHA Web site. The page includes the OSHA and KCMA Alliance agreement news releases, photos, activities and events, as well as links to resources developed by KCMA through the Alliance Program.

      KCMA and OSHA Alliance Web page

      KCMA created and maintains a KCMA and OSHA Alliance Web page on the KCMA Web site. The Web page includes information about the OSHA and KCMA Alliance and links to OSHA's Web site, On-site Consultation Program Fact Sheet, Alliance-developed resources, and other safety and health information.

      OSHA Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) Safety and Health Topics Page

      Through the Alliance, the following KCMA member, Gregory Mercado is serving on the editorial board for OSHA's Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) Safety and Health Topics page.

      Toolbox Talks

      Through the Alliance, KCMA developed three toolbox talks which are currently in the Agency review process. When the review process is completed the talks will be posted to the KCMA/OSHA Alliance Web page and linked to from the OSHA and KCMA Alliance Web page on the OSHA Web site. The toolbox talks include:
       
      • Hand Safety
      • How Important Are Your Hands?
      • Protect Your Hands
         
      Speak, exhibit, or appear at KCMA conferences, local meetings, or other KCMA events, such as the association's Spring Convention and Fall Management Conference.
       
      Events

      KCMA 20th Annual Management Conference, September 26-28, 2008, Birmingham, Alabama

      On September 28, 2008, Kelly Moore, Republic Industries, explained her table saw training program to the 230 attendees at the 20th Annual Management Conference in Birmingham, Alabama.

      54th Annual Convention, May 2009, Tucson, Arizona

      120 KCMA attendees attending the 54th Annual Convention in Tucson, Arizona, received copies of the OSHA QuickCard on Protection Yourself from Amputations as a reminder of KCMA's Alliance with OSHA and continuing work to reduce accidents in the plants. Copies of the OSHA publication Safeguarding Equipment & Protecting Employees from Amputations were distributed to KCMA Board and committee members
      .
      • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding KCMA best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by KCMA and through OSHA- or KCMA -developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).

        During this reporting period, OSHA and KCMA did not work on projects to address this goal.


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

      KCMA 20th Annual Management Conference, September 26-28, 2008, Birmingham, Alabama

      On September 28, 2008, Tim Howe, Birchcraft Kitchens, spoke to the 230 attendees at the 20th Annual Management Conference in Birmingham, Alabama about his positive experience with an OSHA On-site Consultation. Each attendee also received an OSHA Fact Sheet on the program containing information on how to get started.

      Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health Goals

      • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on workplace safety and health issues including the prevention of amputation injuries in the kitchen cabinet manufacturing process to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

        During this reporting period, OSHA and KCMA did not work on projects to address this goal.

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    2. Executive Summary

      During the first year of their Alliance, OSHA and KCMA worked together to address safety and health related issues regarding amputations in the cabinet making industry. For example, OSHA created and maintains an OSHA and KCMA Alliance Web page that is posted on the OSHA Web site. The page includes the OSHA and KCMA Alliance agreement news releases, photos, activities and events, as well as links to resources developed by KCMA through the Alliance Program. Moreover, KCMA created and maintains a KCMA/OSHA Alliance Web page on the KCMA Web site. The Web page includes information about the OSHA and KCMA Alliance and links to OSHA's Web site, Alliance-developed resources, and other safety and health information.

      Through the Alliance, KCMA has drafted several products and the Agency is currently working to review and provide comment on the products. The products include:
       
      • Table Saw Training Program
      • Toolbox Talks
      Finally, a KCMA Implementation Team member is sharing his expertise with OSHA by serving on the editorial board for OSHA's Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) Safety and Health Topics page.


    3. Alliance Program Reach
       
    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Printing and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    OSHA and KCMA Alliance Web Page on the OSHA Web Site 2,915
    KCMA and OSHA Alliance Web Page on the KCMA Web site 261,180*
    Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) Safety and Health Topics Page 97,714
    March 27, 2008: OSHA Forms New Alliance with Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association, OSHA News Release 69 News Services
    March 28, 2008: OSHA Forms New Alliance with Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association, Safety Online Data Not Available
    March 31, 2008: OSHA Forms New Alliance with Kitchen Cabinet Manufactures Association, Environmental Resource Center Data Not Available
    March/April 2008: Cabinet Manufacturers Enter Safety Alliance with OSHA, Reliable Plant Magazine Data Not Available
    April 4, 2008: OSHA Forms New Alliance with KCMA, Closets - Industry News Landing 21,074
    April 4, 2008: OSHA Forms New Alliance with KCMA, Industrial Strength Woodworking Online 3,998
    April 14, 2008: OSHA Forms New Alliance with Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association, CCH NetNews Data Not Available
    June 2008: OSHA Forms New Alliance with Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association, Smoother Times - Online Newsletter Data Not Available
    December 1, 2008: KCMA-OSHA Alliance Aimed at Worker Safety, AllBusiness Data Not Available
    July 2008: OSHA Alliances, OSHA Up To Date Data Not Available
    TOTAL 386,881

    * Public page most hits from public inquiry into kitchen cabinets.
     
     
  4. Upcoming Milestones

    During the upcoming year, KCMA will continue to work through the Alliance to develop compliance assistance tools and resources. For example, the Alliance will:

    • Continue to share Spanish Language resources with KCMA members, the cabinet making industry and others;
    • Develop Fact Sheet/Best Practices documents to address amputation and dust control issues;
    • Complete the review of the KCMA Table Saw Training program that is currently under review by the Agency;
    • Complete the three toolbox talks that are currently under review by the Agency and identify additional topics in 2009;
    • Provide publications and potential speakers for KCMA meetings such as the KCMA Spring Convention April 19, 2009 in Tucson, Arizona;
    • Complete success stories on health and safety programs developed by KCMA members and a story about a successful On-site Consultation Program experience;
    • Share information KCMA has tracked since 1995 in an annual safety survey on illness and injury incidents with the Agency;
    • Help support 2009 North American Occupational Safety and Health Week; and
    • KCMA member Gregory Mercado will continue to serve as a member of the editorial board for OSHA's Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) Safety and Health Topics page and will provide feedback as appropriate. In addition, KCMA will solicit other members to serve on the editorial boards for several of the 120 OSHA eTools and Safety and Health Topics pages.

    Report prepared by: Bill Willson, Alliance Coordinator, OOSA, August 13, 2009