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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT

Occupational Safety and Health Administration
and the
Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS)
December 13, 2004

I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

October 6, 2003

Overview

Through the Alliance, OSHA and NETS will work together to help reduce traffic collisions and related deaths and injuries within the nation's workforce. OSHA and NETS will provide employers of all sizes with access to information and training resources and share best practices and technical knowledge regarding workplace traffic safety programs.

Implementation Team Members
 
OSHA:  
   
Bill Brough
Cathy Cronin
Mark Hagemann
Jess McCluer
Maryann
Lisa Ramber
Salt Lake Technical Center
Office of Training and Education
Directorate of Science, Technology and Medicine
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (Alliance coordinator until January 2004)
Medeiros Region I, Providence Area Office
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances
   
NETS:  
   
Kathy Lusby-Treber Executive Director

Evaluation Period

October 6, 2003 - October 5, 2004

II. Implementation Team Meetings

 
March 3, 2004
December 1, 2003
Team meeting
Kick-off meeting

III. Results
  1. Events and Products

    Outreach and Communication Goals


    • Share information on the best practices of NETS members/worksites with other employers through outreach by NETS and through OSHA or NETS developed training programs and materials; as jointly defined by OSHA and NETS.

      Events

      OSHA Compliance Assistance Training Sessions, June 14-18, 2004, Falls Church, Virginia


      At the 2004 OSHA Compliance Assistance Training Sessions, held June 14-18 in Falls Church, Virginia, Kathryn Lusby-Treber, the Executive Director of NETS, spoke at a session entitled "Promoting Motor Vehicle Safety Through OSHA's Compliance Assistance and Cooperative Programs." NETS also had an exhibit booth at the conference.

      Drive Safely to Work Week 2004, October 4- 8, 2004

      NETS sponsored a Drive Safely to Work Week 2004 campaign, October 4-8, 2004. The theme, "Safe Drivers are Good Company, Make Safe Driving Your Business," focused on five positive driving behaviors that employees can incorporate into their driving. NETS also sponsored a Drive Safety Work Week Employer Symposium on October 4, 2004 at the University of Maryland's Conference Center. OSHA promoted the Drive Safely to Work Week 2004 among its regional area offices, state plans, and consultation project staff. In addition, staff from OSHA's national office attended the symposium.

    • Develop and disseminate information and materials that promote safe driving practices through NETS' and OSHA's outreach efforts such as exhibiting at conferences and events and through print and electronic media, including links from OSHA's and NETS' Web sites.

      OSHA Quick Card for Motor Vehicle Accidents

      NETS reviewed and provided comments on OSHAs draft Quick Card for Motor Vehicle accidents.

      OSHA and NETS Alliance Website

      OSHA developed an OSHA and NETS Alliance Website that is posted on the Agency's Webpage that includes the OSHA and NETS Alliance agreement, news releases, and milestones and successes. This Website is updated on a regular basis.

      Publications and Newsletters

      Information and news releases on the OSHA and NETS Alliance signing and the activities of the Alliance have appeared in a number of publications produced by OSHA. In addition, information on the OSHA and NETS Alliance has been published in a number of safety and health publications. Please see the chart in this report under "Alliance Program Reach" for additional information.

    • Work with OSHA's Salt Lake Technical Center to provide input on electronic assistance tools for workplace traffic safety programs, including fleet safety programs.

      Products

      OSHA Safety and Health Topics Page, Motor Vehicle Safety


      A representative from NETS is serving on the editorial board for the OSHA web site's Safety and Health Topics page; Motor Vehicle Safety. In addition, the Topics page has been linked to a number of safe driving resources on the NETS Webpage (www.trafficsafety.org), including: "Interactive Quizzes and Printable Safety Resources" and "The Cost of Traffic Crashes to Employers."

    • Provide employers of all sizes with access to information and resources, through OSHA personnel such as OSHA's Compliance Assistance Specialists and NETS States that can be used to create effective workplace traffic safety programs.

      Products

      OSHA Emails to Regional and Area Offices


      OSHA sent emails to its Compliance Assistance Specialists, Regional and Area Offices, State Plan States and Consultation Projects to promote NETS Drive Safely to Work Week 2004 and the availability of NETS board members to speak at local meetings and conferences.
    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health Goals

    • Raise awareness of safe driving practices and traffic safety programs whenever NETS leaders speak at conferences and events and through public relations and promotional efforts.

      Events

      Speaking Opportunities


      Members of NETS' National Board have agreed to give presentations on traffic safety issues and injury reduction for employers when requested by OSHA.

    • Convene or participate in forums and round table discussions on safe driving practices to help forge innovative solutions to traffic safety issues in the workplace.

      Events

      Federal Network for Young Worker Safety and Health (FedNet) Presentation, Department of Labor, Washington, DC, March 10, 2004


      Kathryn Lusby-Treber, the Executive Director of NETS, made a presentation, Network of Employers for Traffic Safety and Their Programs to FedNet, on March 10, 2004 and informed the group about motor vehicle safety and NETS outreach initiatives.

      NETS Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) Meeting, Vienna, Virginia, September 9, 2004

      OSHA participated in the NETS TAP meeting on September 9 in Vienna, Virginia. The association developed TAP to provide guidance and technical expertise during the development of a youth workplace initiative to promote safe driving practices to teen. The TAP includes individuals with expertise in teen driver training, occupational safety, program development, and communications. The TAP will also recruit employers with a significant teen population to participate and make an effort to include teens with some workplace experience.

      OSHA/NHTSA Motor Vehicle Safety Symposium, The Royal Sonesta Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana, Tuesday, September 14, 2004

      On Tuesday, September 14, 2004, Kathy Lusby-Treber, the Executive Director of NETS, participated on a panel presentation, Measuring the Value of Seat Belt Programs during the OSHA/NHTSA Motor Vehicle Safety Symposium at The Royal Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. The panelists explored and discussed the benefits of seat belt usage through human and economic costs and focused on the impact of past and predicted behaviors. In addition, Kathy Konicki, Director of Associate Safety at Nationwide and Chair of the NETS Board participated on another panel during the symposium, Managing Effective Seat Belt Programs. The panelists shared a variety of best practices found in the public and private sectors and discussed how their organizations successfully implemented seat belt programs.

    • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects related to traffic and fleet safety that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

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

    The OSHA and NETS Alliance has helped to establish an excellent relationship between the organizations. Through the Alliance, NETS been invited to make a number of presentations related to motor vehicle safety to OSHA staff, other government agencies and the public including a presentation at OSHA's Compliance Assistance Training Sessions, June 14-18, 2004 in Falls Church, Virginia and the OSHA/NHTSA Motor Vehicle Safety Symposium, Tuesday, September 14, 2004 at The Royal Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana.

    In addition, NETS has been working with OSHA to provide expertise and to review the Agency's motor-vehicle related publications and electronic assistance tools, including the OSHA, NHTSA and NETS Motor Vehicle Safety publication and the Safety and Health Topics page; Motor Vehicle Safety.

    The sharing of information has also been very beneficial for both organizations. For example, the association shared a number of its publications with OSHA including "Interactive Quizzes and Printable Safety Resources" and "The Cost of Traffic Crashes to Employers" and OSHA links to these resources on the OSHA and NETS Alliance Web site from its Motor Vehicle Safety topics page.

  3. Alliance Program Reach
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
October 6, 2003, "Network of Employers For Traffic Safety Aligns With OSHA to Reduce Job-Related Traffic Injuries and Fatalities," OSHA News Release 25 News Services
October 8, 2003, "OSHA Enters Alliance to Reduce Job-Related Traffic Injuries," Safety.BLR.com 25,000
October 9, 2003, "OSHA, NETS to Join to Reduce Traffic Injuries," BNA - Occupational Safety and Health Report 25,000
October 10, 2003, "OSHA Alliance Targets Traffic Safety on the Job," Iowa - Illinois Safety Council 5,000
October 14, 2003, "OSHA Alliance Offers Employers Drivers Ed Programs," Inside ISHN, ishn.com 25,000
October 15, 2003, Work-Related Traffic Safety, Commercial Diving Highlight Recent Alliances, OSHA QuickTakes 40,000
March 10, 2004, Federal Network for Young Worker Safety and Health (FedNet) Presentation, Department of Labor, Washington, DC
Speaker: Kathryn Lusby-Treber, NETS
20
June 14-18, 2004, OSHA Compliance Assistance Training Sessions Workshop, Falls Church, Virginia
Speaker: Kathryn Lusby-Treber, NETS
30
June 14-18, 2004, OSHA Compliance Assistance Training Sessions Workshop, Falls Church, Virginia
NETS Exhibited
200
NETS Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) Meeting, Vienna, Virginia, September 9, 2004
OSHA Attendees:
Rick Harris, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances
Bob Nester, Directorate of Science, Technology and Medicine
20
September 14, 2004, OSHA/NHTSA Motor Vehicle Safety Symposium, The Royal Sonesta Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana
Speakers:
Kathryn Lusby-Treber, NETS
Kathy Konicki, Director of Associate Safety at Nationwide and Chair of the NETS Board
50
OSHA and NETS Alliance Website 2,400
OSHA Safety and Health Topics Page, Motor Vehicle Safety 24,000
TOTAL 146,720

IV. Upcoming Milestones

During the upcoming year, the OSHA and NETS Alliance will continue to highlight motor vehicle safety through a variety of outreach efforts and events. OSHA staff will be promoting and participating in NETS 2nd annual Drive Safely Work Week Employer Symposium on September 29, 2005 in Baltimore, Maryland. NETS members and staff will also be available to make presentations on motor vehicle safety.

In addition, NETS staff will continue to participate on the editorial board for OSHA's Safety and Health Topics page; Motor Vehicle Safety and has agreed to participate in the development of additional electronic assistance tools as they are drafted by the Agency. The organizations will also continue to work together to develop and produce compliance assistance materials such as a PowerPoint presentation on safe driving and handouts with safe driving tips.


Report prepared by Lisa Ramber, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, December 13, 2004