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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
and National Association for Surface Furnishing (NASF)
August 11, 2008

  1. Alliance Background


  2. Date Signed

    May 1, 2007

    Evaluation Period

    May 1, 2007 – April 30, 2008

    Overview

    Through the OSHA and NASF Alliance, the organizations are working together to provide NASF members and others in the metal surface finishing industry with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help protect employees' health and safety. The Alliance focuses on reducing and preventing exposure to chemical hazards, including hexavalent chromium.

    Implementation Team Members

    OSHA:

    Tony Mapes Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP), Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
    Lisa Ramber DCSP, OOSA
    Maureen Ruskin Directorate of Standards and Guidance, Office of Chemical Hazards-Metals

    NASF:

    Jeff Hannapel
    Christian Richter
    Joelie Zak Scientific Control Laboratories(SCL)

  3. Implementation Team Meetings

    May 22, 2007 Kick-off Implementation Team Meeting
    December 5, 2007 Implementation Team Meeting


  4. Results

    1. Events and Products

      Training and Education Goals

      • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs regarding chemical hazards and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.

        The OSHA and NASF Alliance has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.

      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 NASF's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.

      Products

      OSHA and NASF Alliance Web Page

      OSHA developed the OSHA and NASF Alliance Web page on the Agency Web site. The page contains information on the Alliance’s products and resources, news releases, and activities and events.

      NASF and OSHA Alliance Web Page

      NASF developed an NASF and OSHA Alliance Web page on the associaiton’s Web site with information on the Alliance.

      • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or NASF's conferences local meetings, or other appropriate industry meetings such as the industry's annual technical conference and trade show, SUR/FIN.

      Publications and Newsletters

      Articles on the OSHA and NASF Alliance signing and activities have appeared in a number of print and online publications, including the News and Free PR ThomasNet - Industrial NewsRoom and NASF News and OSHA’s QuickTakes. For more information see the “Alliance Program Reach” table.

      Events

      NASF Washington Forum, April 22-24, 2008, Washington D.C


      On April 22, 2008, Lee Anne Jillings, Director, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, USDOL-OSHA, presented "OSHA Update: Alliance Program and Surface Finishing Industry Issues" to 120 attendees at the NASF Washington Forum in Washington, DC.

      NASF Washington Forum, May 1-3, 2007, Washington D.C

      On May 1, 2007, Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA, presented "The Power of Prevention, Making the Business Case for Workplace Safety & Health" to 100 attendees during the NASF Washington Forum in Washington, DC. Following his speech, Mr. Foulke signed the OSHA and NASF Alliance agreement.

      • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding NASF best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by NASF and through OSHA- or NASF- developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, lectures, and other appropriate industry meetings.

      Products

      Surface Finishing Safe Work Practices Manual


      Through the OSHA and NASF Alliance, NASF is developing “Surface Finishing Safe Work Practices Manual.” The Manual will provide information on industry-recommended work practices to improve employees’ safety and health in metal finishing facilities. In addition, it will identify potential hazards associated with metal finishing operations and the precautions that could be adopted by a facility for the safety and health of all personnel involved in these processes.

      • Encourage local NASF affiliates and branches to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues, including preventing exposure to chemical hazards.

      Events

      Michigan Association of Metal Finishers (MAMF) Monthly Meeting, March 18, 2008, West Bloomfield, Michigan


      On March 18, 2008, Adrian Rocskay, Safety and Health Manager, General Industry Safety and Health Division, Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth, presented "Inspection Procedure Guidelines for Occupational Exposures of Hexavalent Chromium" to 38 attendees during the MAMF Monthly Meeting in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

      Promote the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

      • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on workplace safety and health issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.


      Events

      2008 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week


      NASF will join with more than 50 other Alliance Program participants and OSHA to support 2008 NAOSH Week, “Safety is Good Business,” May 4-10. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers, an Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace.

    2. Executive Summary


    3. The signing of the OSHA and NASF Alliance has led to an increased sharing of information by both organizations regarding the safety and health issues and hazards that impact the surface furnishing industry. For example, both organizations have developed Web pages on their Web sites that highlight the activities of the OSHA and NASF Alliance. In addition, NASF is developing “Surface Finishing Safe Work Practices Manual,” which will provide employers and employees with information on industry recommended work practices to help improve the safety and health of employees in metal finishing facilities. OSHA and NASF representatives have also shared compliance assistance information through the following outreach activities:

      • On May 1, 2007, Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA, presented "The Power of Prevention, Making the Business Case for Workplace Safety & Health" to 100 attendees at the NASF Washington Forum in Washington, DC.

      • On March 18, 2008, Adrian Rocskay, Safety and Health Manager, General Industry Safety and Health Division, Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth, presented "Inspection Procedure Guidelines for Occupational Exposures of Hexavalent Chromium" to 38 attendees at the Michigan Association of Metal Finishers Monthly Meeting in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

      • On April 22, 2008, Lee Anne Jillings, Director, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, USDOL-OSHA, presented "OSHA Update: Alliance Program and Surface Finishing Industry Issues" to 120 attendees at the NASF Washington Forum in Washington, DC.

      In addition, NASF will join with more than 50 other Alliance Program participants and OSHA to support 2008 NAOSH Week, “Safety is Good Business," May 4-10.

    4. Alliance Program Reach


    5. Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
      OSHA and NASF Alliance Web Page 1,810
      NASF and OSHA Alliance Web Page Data Not Available
      May 1-3, 2007, NASF Washington Forum, Washington D.C

      Speaker:

      Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA
      100
      May 15, 2007, “Latest Alliance Program Activity,” QuickTakes 60,000
      May 24, 2007, “OSHA forms Alliance with National Association for Surface Finishing,” OSHA News Release Data Not Available
      May 24, 2007, “OSHA Forms Alliance with National Association for Surface Finishing,” News and Free PR Data Not Available
      May 24, 2007, “OSHA Forms Alliance with National Association for Surface Finishing,” FindLaw Data Not Available
      May 25, 2007, “OSHA Forms Alliance with National Association for Surface Finishing,” national-association-news.newslib.com Data Not Available
      May 28, 2008, “OSHA Forms Alliance with National Association for Surface Finishing,” Compliance Home Data Not Available
      May 30, 2008, “OSHA Forms Alliance with NASF,” ThomasNet - Industrial NewsRoom Data Not Available
      May 2007, “OSHA Forms Alliance with National Association for Surface Finishing,” Topix.Net OSHA News  
      May 2007, “Industry and OSHA Kick-Off Alliance Efforts,” The Washington Report Data Not Available
      June 5, 2007, “OSHA Forms Alliance with National Association for Surface Finishing,” IHS Engineering News Data Not Available
      June 15, 2007, “OSHA Forms Alliance with Surface Finishing Association,” Facilities Management News Data Not Available
      June 2007, “NASF/OSHA Alliance Efforts Are Underway,” NASF News Data Not Available
      August 2007, “OSHA Alliances,” OSHA Up To Date Data Not Available
      December 7, 2007, “OSHA Renews Deal with Metalforming Association,” Metal Finishing Data Not Available
      March 18, 2008, Michigan Association of Metal Finishers Monthly Meeting, West Bloomfield, Michigan

      Speaker:

      Adrian Rocskay, Safety and Health Manager, General Industry Safety and Health Division, Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth
      38
      March 2008, “Looking for Speakers?,” NASF Newsletter Data Not Available
      April 22-24, 2008, NASF Washington Forum, Washington D.C

      Speaker:

      Lee Anne Jillings, then Director, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, USDOL-OSHA
      120
      TOTAL 62,068

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    In the upcoming year, OSHA and NASF are planning to undertake several activities and projects through the Alliance to promote safety and health awareness in the surface furnishing industry. For example, the Alliance will complete “Surface Finishing Safe Work Practices Manual.” The organizations’ also will continue to update the OSHA and NASF Alliance Web page on the Agency Web site and the NASF and OSHA Alliance page on the association’s Web site.

    Report prepared by: Adam Brumbergs, Research Assistant, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, July 1, 2008.