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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and
the National Association of Shooting Ranges (NASR) and the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufactures' Institute, Inc. (SAAMI)
October 17, 2006

I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

August 5, 2002

Date Renewed

May 19, 2005

Overview

The OSHA and NASR/SAAMI Alliance is developing information and guidance for member and non-member shooting ranges to help them enhance their employee safety programs, including methods and procedures to minimize airborne pollutants and noise exposure in the work environment. The organizations are providing information and guidance to shooting range operators and developers in the control of hazards and prevention of exposure to lead and noise in their facilities.

Implementation Team Members

 
OSHA:  
Dale Caldwell
Deborah Gabry
Rick Harris
Sandi Khan
Ira Wainless
Office of Small Business Assistance (OSBA)
Directorate of Science, Technology and Medicine (DSTM)
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
OOSA
DSTM
   
NASR:  
Rick Patterson Executive Director
   
SAAMI:  
Jim Chambers Executive Director
   
Other Participants:
Bradley King
Teresa Schultz
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA)

Evaluation Period

August 5, 2005 August 4, 2006

II. Implementation Team Meetings

 
December 6, 2005
April 20, 2006
June 13, 2006
Team Meeting, OSHA, Washington, D.C.
Team Meeting, OSHA, Washington, D.C.
Team Meeting, OSHA, Washington, D.C.

In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from both groups maintained regular contact throughout the reporting period to monitor the Alliance's progress and results.

III. Results
  1. Events and Products

    Training and Education Goal


    • Jointly develop and deliver a seminar on airborne lead (and other potential topics) for shooting range operators and developers, to be delivered in conjunction with state associations' annual meetings.
    Products

    Lead Management and OSHA Compliance for Indoor Shooting Ranges


    The OSHA and NASR/SAAMI Alliance Implementation Team developed and published the manual, "Lead Management and OSHA Compliance for Indoor Shooting Ranges," in September 2005. The team members are using the manual to develop seminar curriculum that will be used to train indoor shooting range owners and operators about the hazards and management of lead. The first training seminar is being planned for the 2007 SHOT Show in Orlando, Florida.

    Outreach and Communication Goals

    • Seek opportunities to jointly develop and disseminate information and guidance at conferences and through print and electronic media.
    Products

    OSHA and NASR-SAAMI Alliance Web page


    The OSHA and NASR/SAAMI Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site includes links  to the Alliance agreement and related documents, activities and events, and milestones and successes. During the reporting period information about speeches and exhibits was added to the Web page.

    Print and Electronic Media

    SHOT Daily


    The article, "NASR/SAAMI and OSHA Alliance," appeared in the 2006, SHOT Daily, which was written by Rick Patterson, NASR, Executive Director, and included information on the OSHA-NASR Alliance.

    The Range Report

    The article, "Alliance Promotes Safe Working Conditions at Shooting Ranges," was published in the Summer 2006 edition of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) publication, The Range Report. The article featured information on the OSHA and NASR/SAAMI Alliance

    Hearing Protection & the Shooting Sports

    Representatives from OHSA, NASR/SAAMI, NIOSH and NHCA are developing a brochure on noise hazards and hearing conservation. The brochure provides information to shooters and range operators so that they will understand the potential hazards from sound generated by firearms and the actions they can take to protect their hearing. The final draft of "Hearing Protection & the Shooting Sports" was completed in late July 2006. NASR/SAAMI expects the brochure to be published and posted on NASR's Web site in October/November 2006. In addition, a link to the brochure will be added to the OSHA and NASR/SAAMI Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site.

    Events

    2006 National Shooting Sports Foundation's, Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show), February 9-12, 2006, Las Vegas, Nevada


    Representatives from Nevada-OSHA and Nevada Safety and Consultation Training Section (SCATS) exhibited during the 2006 National Shooting Sports Foundation's, Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show), February 9-12, 2006, in Las Vegas, Nevada. OSHA representatives distributed the OSHA and NASR/SAAMI Alliance-developed manual, "Lead Management and OSHA Compliance for Indoor Shooting Range" and other OSHA safety and health publications to the event's attendees.

    • Promote and encourage NASR members' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and mentoring among NASR members.
    The OSHA and NASR-SAAMI Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.

  2. Executive summary

    During the reporting period, the OSHA and NASR/SAAMI implementation team members, along with representatives from NIOSH and NHCA developed a draft brochure on hearing conservation and noise hazards, "Hearing Protection and the Shooting Sports" the brochure supports the Alliances outreach and communication goal and is intended to provide safety and health information to shooters and range operators so that they will understand the potential hazards from sound generated by firearms and the actions they can take to protect their hearing. The brochure is expected to be published and posted on NASR's Web site in October or November 2006. In addition, in support of the Alliances training and education goal, members of the OSHA and NASR/SAAMI implementation team are developing curriculum on lead hazards and management based on the information in the "Lead Management and OSHA Compliance for Indoor Shooting Ranges," manual for a training seminar. The seminar will be presented at the 2007 SHOT Show in Orlando, Florida.

    Through the OSHA and NASR/SAAMI Alliance, OSHA representatives exhibited at the 2006 SHOT Show, February 9-12, 2006, held in Las Vegas, Nevada. The venue is the largest showcase of firearms, hunting and outdoor products with over 30,000 attendees. During the show, OSHA representatives from Nevada OSHA and Nevada SCATS shared the Alliance developed manual, "Lead Management and OSHA Compliance for Indoor Shooting Range" and information on OSHA's cooperative programs particularly, the Alliance and On-site Consultation Programs with the event's attendees. The OSHA and NASR/SAAMI Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site also features links to the Alliance agreement, the renewal agreements, related documents, activities and events, and milestones and successes. In addition, the OSHA and NASR/SAAMI Alliance was featured in NASR's publications; SHOT Daily and The Range Report.

  3. Alliance Program Reach
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
OSHA and NASR/SAAMI Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site 3,257
2006 SHOT Show
February 9-12, 2006
Las Vegas, Nevada
OSHA Exhibited
350
February 2006: "NASR/SAAMI and OSHA Alliance,"
SHOT Daily
33,000
Summer 2006: "Alliance Promotes Safe Working Conditions at Shooting Ranges,"
The Range Report
3,200
TOTAL 39,809

IV. Upcoming Milestones

In 2007, OSHA and NASR/SAAMI will renew the Alliance agreement and continue to focus on providing information and guidance for member and non-member shooting ranges to help them enhance their employee safety programs, including methods and procedures to minimize airborne pollutants and noise exposure in the work environment. For example, the Alliance will provide resources for the public on airborne pollutants and noise exposure through the OSHA and NASR/SAAMI Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site. In addition, NASR is developing an Alliance Program Web page on the organization's Web site.

The Alliance Implementation Team will also work with other Alliance Program participants on projects related to occupational safety and health issues. For example, NASR representatives will participate in the Alliance Program Roundtable's, "Promoting the Globally Harmonized System for the Classification and Labeling of Chemicals," work group meeting, which will be held in October 2006. In addition, NASR is planning to support and promote 2007 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, which will be May 6-12, 2007, with the week's sponsor and another Alliance Program participant, American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), and numerous other Alliance Program participants.

Through the Alliance, NASR is also providing the Alliance an exhibit booth at the 2007 SHOT Show, January 11-14, 2007 in Orlando, Florida. OSHA representatives from Region IV have been invited to staff the booth and to participate in the training seminar, "How to Manage Lead Indoors."

Finally, NASR will publish and post the brochure, "Hearing Protection & the Shooting Sports" on the organizations Web site and OSHA will link to the brochure from the OSHA and NASR/SAAMI Alliance Web page.

Report prepared by: Sandi Khan, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services, and Alliances, October 17, 2006.