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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Alliance
June 9, 2005

I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

June 14, 2004

Date Renewed

TBD

Overview

The OSHA and NFIB Alliance recognizes the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer, drug-free and more healthful American workplaces and protecting employees' health and safety. The Alliance is working to make health and safety information and compliance assistant resources available to all employers, especially small and independent businesses, and communicating the need for the implementation of safety and health management system programs in the workplace.

Implementation Team Members

 
OSHA:  
   
Sheila Arbury
Lee Anne Jillings
Russell Jones
Jim Mitchell
Lisa Ramber
Bill Willson
Don Wright
Directorate of Science, Technology and Medicine (DSTM)
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
Office of Small Business Assistance (OSBA)
OSBA
OOSA
OOSA
DSTM
   
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy (ASP):
   
Elena Carr
Renee Tajudeen
 
   
NFIB:  
   
Shawn Combs
Susan FitzHenry
Jeff Koch
Jim Wirth



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Evaluation Period

June 14, 2004 – June 13, 2005


II. Implementation Team Meetings
 
June 14, 2004
August 31, 2004
September 17, 2004
October 12, 2004
November 15, 2004
January 18, 2005
February 14, 2005
April 21, 2005
June 3, 2005
Kick-off Implementation Team Meeting
Project Meeting, Action Items
Project Meeting, Action Items
Implementation Team Meeting
Project Meeting, Action Items
Hispanic Safety and Health Fair Planning Meeting
Implementation Team Meeting
Hispanic Safety and Health Fair Planning Meeting
Implementation Team Meeting

III. Results
  1. Events and Products

    Outreach and Communication Goals


    • Develop and disseminate information through print and electronic media, including electronic assistance tools, publications, safety newsletters and links from OSHA’s and NFIB’s Web sites.
    Products

    OSHA and NFIB Alliance Web Page on the OSHA Web Site


    The OSHA and NFIB Alliance Web page on OSHA’s Web site includes links to the Alliance agreement and related documents, activities and events and milestones and successes. The page also includes links to OSHA’s Consultation Program and small business resources. In addition, there are links to stories developed by OSHA and posted on NFIB’s Tools and Tips Web page. For more information on the number of visits to the OSHA and NFIB Alliance Web page, please see the Alliance Program Reach table on page 7.

    NFIB’s Tools and Tips Web Site

    OSHA has developed the following articles for NFIB’s Tools and Tips Web site including:

    • "A Safe Workplace is a Drug-Free Workplace" by Elena Carr, ASP, and Dr. Don Wright, DSTM
    • "Send Your Employees a Safe and Sober Message this Holiday Season" by Elena Carr, ASP, and Dr. Don Wright, DSTM
    • "Workplace Violence: Training Young Workers in Preventative Strategies" by Sheila Arbury, DSTM
    NFIB’s Savings. Access. Value. Information. (S.A.V.I.) Newsletter

    OSHA developed the following article for NFIB’s S.A.V.I. Newsletter:

    • "Can You Say "Work Safely" in Espanol?" by Todd Briggs, OOSA
    Print and Electronic Media

    Articles on the OSHA and NFIB Alliance have appeared in a number of print and online publications, including: Boston Business Journal, BNA Occupational Safety and Health Reporter, BNA Daily Report, Facilities Management News, Business and Legal Reports, Industry News, OSHA’s news releases, and QuickTakes. For more information on the articles, please see the Alliance Program Reach table on page 7.

    • Speak exhibit, or appear at OSHA and NFIB conferences, seminars or other events that address small business issues such as the NFIB Congressional Small Business Summit.
    Events

    2004 NFIB National Small Business Summit, Washington, DC, June 16-18, 2004


    Bill Willson, Program Analyst, OOSA, and Katia Albanese, ASP, shared an exhibit booth with NFIB during the 2004 NFIB National Small Business Summit. Information promoting the Alliance and other compliance assistance resources and cooperative programs was distributed to conference attendees.

    NFIB Ohio Chapter Safety Seminars

    Shawn Combs, Assistant State Director, NFIB, and OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialists (CASs) from Region V Area Offices, made presentations that included information on OSHA’s top ten violations, use of the Agency’s Web site, and OSHA inspections at the following NFIB Safety Seminars in Ohio:

    • October 19, 2004, Columbus
    • October 26, 2004, Cincinnati
    • October 28, 2004, Cleveland
    • October 29, 2004, Toledo
    NIOSH Symposium, "Steps to a Healthier Workforce," George Washington University, Washington, DC, October 27, 2004

    Shawn Combs, Assistant State Director, NFIB, was a member of a workshop panel addressing issues facing small businesses on the integration of health and safety programs into their operations. His presentation included information on the OSHA and NFIB Alliance.

    • Develop and promote accessible and easy-to-use tools to encourage and help small business owners create and implement effective safety and health management programs in the workplace.
    Products

    NFIB Workplace Safety CD


    OSHA reviewed and commented on the NFIB’s Workplace Safety CD. A number of recommendations were made by OSHA that NFIB incorporated into the revised edition of the CD, including adding additional links to OSHA resources on drug testing, and Hispanic outreach and assistance tools.

    • Promote and encourage NFIB members’ use of and participation in OSHA’s outreach services and cooperative programs, including compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, Consultation and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
    Events

    OSHA Region IV Hispanic Safety and Health Fairs


    Through the Alliance, the NFIB agreed to promote OSHA’s Region IV Hispanic Safety and Health Fairs sponsored by its Consultation Programs in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. The fairs are intended to address the safety and health training needs of Spanish speaking employees particularly in the areas of construction and landscaping. The NFIB identified its members in the fairs’ locations and sent the members letters and informational flyers in both English and Spanish. The fairs were held on:

      • June 4, 2005, Miami Dade Community College, Homestead, Florida
      • June 11, 2005, Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, Lawrenceville, Georgia
    • Encourage NFIB state offices to build relationships and establish links with OSHA’s Regional and Area Offices where feasible, and promote the availability of OSHA’s Compliance Assistant Specialists and Consultation Projects to address issues that impact small businesses.
    Events

    NFIB 2004 Midwest Leadership Meeting, Columbus, Ohio, December 1 -3, 2004


    Shawn Combs, Assistant State Director, NFIB, made a presentation at the NFIB Midwest Leadership Meeting and spoke about OSHA’s Alliance Program, outreach services and educational materials.

    • Work with other Alliance participants on safety and health issues and projects that impact small and independent businesses, especially safety and health management programs, which are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

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

    • Assist in the testing and development of safety and health resources for small businesses.

      The OSHA and NFIB Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.
    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health Goals

    • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on independent businesses’ safety and health issues including safety and health management programs, to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace.
    Events

    Hispanic Safety and Health Summit, Orlando, Florida, July 22, 2004


    Jeff Koch, Vice President, Member Services at the NFIB participated on behalf of the association during the Hispanic Safety and Health Summit on July 22, 2004 in Orlando, Florida. Sponsored by the Department of Labor, OSHA, and the Hispanic Alliance for Progress, in partnership with the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the event brought together representatives from government, community and faith-based organizations, non-profits, industry, academia and organized labor to share practical safety and health information and success stories. Alliance Program participants were invited to attend the event.

    OSHA Alliance Program Hazard Communication Roundtable, Washington, DC, February 15, 2005

    Jeff Koch, Vice President, Member Services at NFIB, participated on behalf of the association in OSHA’s Alliance Program Hazard Communication Roundtable February 15, 2005 in Washington, DC. This roundtable provided Alliance Program participants with an opportunity to learn about the status of OSHA's Hazard Communication Initiative; share information about their own Alliances, including any activities related to Hazard Communication; and learn about what other Alliances are doing to address Hazard Communication issues. Representatives from 18 Alliances participated in the roundtable.

    At the meeting, workgroups were established and projects were identified for the Alliance Program participants to work on together to develop Hazard Communication related compliance assistance resources. The workgroups created are:

    • Hazard communication and awareness training;
    • Developing model MSDSs: and
    • Promoting the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals
    Mr. Koch is a member of the Hazard Communication Awareness and Training workgroup.

  2. Executive Summary

    OSHA and the NFIB have worked together through the Alliance Program during the past year to further enhance compliance assistance materials and information that is available for small businesses. In addition, the Alliance is sharing information on drug-free workplaces.

    Through the OSHA and NFIB Alliance Web Page on the OSHA Web site, small business owners and individuals have access to links to many resources including OSHA’s Consultation Program, small business resources, and stories developed by OSHA that are posted on the NFIB’s Tools and Tips Web page. These stories contain links to additional safety and health resources.

    OSHA and NFIB have also participated together at a number of events such as the 2004 NFIB National Small Business Summit, June 16-18 in Washington, DC, NFIB’s Ohio Chapter’s Safety and Health Seminars, in the fall of 2004, the NIOSH Symposium, "Steps to a Healthier Workforces," October 27, 2004 in Washington, DC, and Hispanic Safety and Health Fairs in Florida and Georgia. In addition, NFIB signed an Alliance with Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) on August 20, 2004. NFIB would like to hold Hispanic outreach Fairs in Arizona in conjunction with the national Alliance and its ADOSH Alliance

    During the last year, the OSHA and NFIB implementation team reviewed and commented on NFIB’s revision of its Workplace Safety CD. OSHA provided additional links to its resources including information on drug testing, and Hispanic outreach and assistance tools. In addition, Jeff Koch participated in the Alliance Program’s Hazard Communication Roundtable, in Washington, DC, February 15, 2005.

  3. Alliance Program Reach
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
June 16-18, 2004, 2004 NFIB National Small Business Summit, Washington, DC
Alliance Exhibit Booth
450
June 14, 2004, "National Federation of Independent Business Aligns with OSHA," OSHA Press Release 25 News Services
June 14, 2004, "Small Business Group and OSHA Enter Alliance," Business and Legal Reports 25,000
June 15, 2004, "OSHA Forms Three National Alliances," OSHA’s bi-weekly e-newsletter; QuickTakes 45,000
June 15, 2004, "Small Business Aligns with OSHA to Highlight Safety and Health," Facilities Management News Data Not Available
June 16, 2004, "NFIB Signs Alliance with Job Safety Agency," Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) Daily Labor Report 25,000
June 17, 2004, "NFIB Signs Alliance with Job Safety Agency," Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) Occupational Safety and Health Reporter 25,000
June 21, 2004, "OSHA, Small Biz Group Team on Workplace Safety," Boston Business Journal 16,000
August 23, 2004, "NFIB and OSHA Collaborate on Drug-Free Workplace Resources for Small Business," Landscape Management Magazine 30,000
September 23, 2004, "A Safe Workplace is a Drug-Free Workplace," NFIB’s Tools and Tips Web site 1,114
October 19, 2004, NFIB’s Ohio Chapter’s Safety Seminar, Columbus, Ohio
Speakers: Shawn Combs, NFIB
Linda Harrington, OSHA Region V
Chris Matthewson, OSHA Region V
40
October 26, 2004, NFIB’s Ohio Chapter’s Safety Seminar, Cincinnati, Ohio
Speakers: Shawn Combs, NFIB
Richard Gilgrist, OSHA Region V
40
October 27, 2004, NIOSH Symposium, "Steps to a Healthier Workforce," Washington, DC
Panelist: Shawn Combs, NFIB
35
October 28, 2004, NFIB’s Ohio Chapter’s Safety Seminar, Cleveland, Ohio
Speakers: Shawn Combs, NFIB
Darlene Fossum, OSHA Region V
Julie Weis, OSHA Region V
Joe Warner, OSHA Region V
40
October 29, 2004, NFIB’s Ohio Chapter’s Safety Seminar, Toledo, Ohio
Speaker: Shawn Combs, NFIB
Laura Ulczynski, OSHA Region V
40
December 1-3, 2004, NFIB 2004 Midwest Leadership Meeting, Columbus, Ohio
Speaker: Shawn Combs, NFIB
18
December 3, 2004, "Send Your Employees a Safe and Sober Message This Holiday Season," NFIB’s Tools and Tips Web site 350
March 4, 2005, "Workplace Violence: Training Young Workers in Preventive Strategies," NFIB’s Tools and Tips Web site 380
August/September, 2004, "Eight Smart Safety Tools" MyBusiness magazine 550,000
April/May , 2005, "Can You Say 'Work Safely in Espanol?" MyBusiness magazine 550,000
June 4, 2005, OSHA Region IV Florida Hispanic Safety and Health Fair
Homestead, Florida
1,200
June 11, 2005, OSHA Region IV Georgia Hispanic Safety and Health Fair
Lawrenceville, Georgia
200
June 2005, "Can You Say "Work Safely" in Espanol?" NFIB’s S.A.V.I. newsletter 80,000
TOTAL 1,349,932

IV. Upcoming Milestones

Through the Alliance, OSHA and the NFIB will continue to build its working relationship and expand upon the programs it has started in the first year of the Alliance. NFIB has also identified Hispanic safety and health outreach as a primary focus for the OSHA and NFIB Alliance in the upcoming year. Representatives from the organizations will be meeting to identify the projects and programs that can be developed through the Alliance.

The association also plans on informing their members about the benefits of the Alliance Program and the resources that are available to the small business community during Area Action Council Meetings in Texas. The OSHA and NFIB plan to use Texas as the pilot program and then expand the program to other states in 2006.

NFIB will participate in two additional OSHA Region IV Hispanic Safety and Health Fairs in 2005 in Alabama and Florida. The Alliance will use the ideas and experience gained through these fairs to plan and hold fairs in future years in other states including Arizona, Texas, and California.

Working through the Alliance, NFIB Ohio state chapter’s Shawn Combs, Assistant State Director, has developed relationships with OSHA’s CASs in the state. He plans to continue working with the CASs and arrange for the delivery for the safety seminars to NFIB members at the local level. The association also plans to extend these types of local safety and health training seminars to other states.

Implementation team member, Mr. Jeff Koch, will continue to participate on the Alliance Program’s Hazard Communication Roundtable workgroup addressing hazard communication awareness and training.

Through the Alliance, NFIB will share the results of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) survey on to how best reach the small business community and help enhance OSHA’s outreach to the small business community. In addition, NFIB has offered to poll their members on safety issues that may assist OSHA in better targeting their small business outreach.

OSHA will continue to develop articles for NFIB’s Tools and Tips Web site and its S.A.V.I. newsletter that regularly reaches 80,000 NFIB members. In addition, plans are underway for OSHA and NFIB to have an Alliance exhibit booth at the 2006 NFIB National Small Business Summit, which will take place June 20-22, 2006 in Washington, DC.


Report prepared by: Bill Willson, Alliance Co-Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, August 11, 2005.