Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to National Maritime Safety Association


  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    June 23, 2006; renewed September 4, 2008

    Evaluation Period

    June 23, 2008 – June 22, 2009

    Overview

    Through the Alliance Program, OSHA and NMSA are working together to provide NMSA members and others in the marine cargo handling industry with information, guidance, and access to training resources to protect employees’ health and safety, particularly in addressing intermodal container lashing issues and marine terminal traffic safety.

    Implementation Team Members

    OSHA:
     
    Steve Butler
    Paul Comolli
    Joe Dadurra
    Eric Lahaie
    **Tony Mapes
    *Lisa Ramber
    Paul Rossi
    Amy Wangdahl
    Danielle Watson
    Elizabeth (Bea) Way
    Office of Maritime Enforcement (OME), Directorate of Enforcement Programs (DEP)
    OME, DEP
    Office of Maritime (OM), Directorate of Standards and Guidance (DSG)
    Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA), Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP)
    OOSA, DCSP
    OOSA, DCSP
    OME, DEP
    OM, DSG
    OM, DSG
    OOSA, DCSP

    NMSA:

    Steve Crouch
    Daniel Harrison
    Ken Killough
    Marc McDonald
    Mark Montgomery
    Ron Signorino

    Technical Committee
    Technical Committee
    Chairman, Technical Committee
    Technical Committee
    Technical Committee
    Technical Committee

    * Lisa Ramber served as the Alliance Coordinator from June 23, 2008 to August 22, 2008.
    ** Tony Mapes served as the Alliance Coordinator since August 22, 2008.

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • March 11, 2009
    • November 17, 2008
    • August 4, 2008
    Implementation Team Meeting
    Implementation Team Meeting
    Implementation Team Meeting

    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.

  3. Results

    1. Events and Products

      Outreach and Communication

      • 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 NMSA’s Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
      Products

      Marine Terminal Traffic Safety Tip Sheet

      Through the OSHA and NMSA Alliance, NMSA developed the “Marine Terminal Traffic Safety Tip Sheet.” The Tip Sheet provides marine cargo handling industry employers and employees with information on how to prevent traffic-related injuries and fatalities in a marine terminal. NMSA posted it on the NMSA and OSHA Alliance Web page. OSHA placed a link to the Tip Sheet on the OSHA and NMSA Alliance Web page on the OSHA Web site.

      Container Lashing Safety Tip Sheet

      Through the OSHA and NMSA Alliance, NMSA is developing the “Container Lashing Safety Tip Sheet.” The Tip Sheet will provide marine cargo handling industry employers and employees with information on proper container lashing training, procedures and policies. In addition, it will reinforce safe work practices for ensuring the safety of all workers, both aboard vessels and ashore.

      OSHA and NMSA Alliance Web page

      OSHA is continuing to update the OSHA and NMSA Alliance Web page that is posted on the OSHA Web site. It includes the OSHA and NMSA Alliance agreement, renewal agreement, news releases, products and resources, activities and events and milestones and successes.

      NMSA and OSHA Alliance Web page

      NMSA is continuing to update the sections on its Web site, which contains information on the NMSA and OSHA Alliance. The sections include links to the OSHA and NMSA Alliance Web page, Alliance-developed products, and available compliance assistance resources on the OSHA Web site.

      • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s and NMSA’s conferences and events such as NMSA’s Annual and Technical Committee Meetings.

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

      • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding NMSA best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by NMSA and through OSHA- or NMSA developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
      • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding AHA's best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by the AHA and through OSHA's or AHA's developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).

      Longshoring and Marine Terminals Hazard and Abatement Summaries

      NMSA representatives are continuing to work with OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs Office of Maritime Enforcement and Directorate of Standards and Guidance Office of Maritime Standards to provide input to the agency during its development of OSHA’s Longshoring and Marine Terminals Hazards and Abatement Summaries.

      NMSA’s Fatal Facts Videos

      Through the OSHA and NMSA Alliance, NMSA is developing Fatal Facts Videos based on information taken from OSHA’s Longshoring and Marine Terminals Hazard and Abatement Summaries. The videos will promote safety and health awareness to employers and employees in the longshoring and marine cargo handling industries.

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

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

      • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

      Events

      2009 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, May 3-9, 2009, Washington, DC

      NMSA joined with more than 55 other Alliance Program participants to support 2009 NAOSH Week. NAOSH Week, sponsored by the American Society of Safety Engineers, an Alliance Program participant, focuses on increasing the understanding of the positive benefits of investing in occupational safety, health and environmental programs among employers, employees and the public; raising awareness of the role and contribution of safety, health and environmental professionals; and reducing workplace injuries and illness by encouraging new safety and health activities at all companies and organizations. In support of 2009 NAOSH Week, NMSA placed a link on the NMSA and OSHA Alliance Web page on the NMSA Web site to the 2009 NAOSH Week Web page on the ASSE’s Web site.

      2008 Drug-Free Work Week, October 20-26, 2008

      NMSA joined with a number of other Alliance Program participants to support 2008 Drug-Free Work Week. Drug-Free Work Week is sponsored annually by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Working Partners for an Alcohol- and Drug-Free Workplace Program, the Week focuses on educating employers, employees, and the public about the importance of being drug-free as an essential component of a safe and healthful workplace.

    2. Executive Summary

      As a result of the Alliance’s successes in its first two years, OSHA and NMSA signed a Alliance renewal agreement on September 4, 2008. Through the Alliance Program, OSHA and NMSA will continue to work together to provide the marine cargo handling industry with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees’ health and safety. The positive and collaborative relationship has led to the development of the many programs and projects that the OSHA and NMSA Implementation Team has produced. For example, through the Alliance Program, NMSA developed the “Marine Terminal Traffic Safety Tip Sheet.” The Tip Sheet provides marine cargo handling industry employers and employees with information on how to prevent traffic-related injuries and fatalities in a marine terminal. In addition, NMSA representatives are sharing their knowledge and expertise with the Agency by working with the Directorate of Enforcement Programs and Directorate of Standards and Guidance during the development of OSHA’s Longshoring and Marine Terminals Hazard and Abatement Summaries.

      Finally, as part of their outreach efforts, NMSA joined with 50 other Alliance Program participants to support 2008 NAOSH Week, May 4-10, 2008. In addition, NMSA supported Drug-Free Work Week, October 20-26, 2008.


    3. Alliance Program Reach

      Type of Activity
      (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)

      Number of Individuals
      Reached or Trained

      OSHA and NMSA Alliance Web page on the OSHA Web site

      2,063

      NMSA and OSHA Alliance Web page on the NMSA Web site

      Data not available

      September 4 , 2008 - "OSHA, National Maritime Safety Association Renew Alliance," OSHA Trade News Release

      69 News Services

      September 4, 2008 - "OSHA, NMSA Renew Safety Alliance," Occupational Health and Safety Magazine

      81,000

      September 6, 2008 - "OSHA, National Maritime Safety Association Renew Alliance," Topix.net

      Data not available

      September 12, 2008 - "OSHA, National Maritime Safety Association Renew Alliance," Safety Online
      Data not available
      September 18, 2008 - "OSHA, Marine Cargo Group Renew Alliance," BNA Occupational Safety and Health Reporter
      Data not available

      Total

      83,132


  4. Upcoming Milestones

    In the upcoming year, the OSHA and NMSA Implementation Team will continue to work together to develop training resources for employers in the marine cargo handling industry to help them protect their employees’ heath and safety. For example, through the Alliance, OSHA and NMSA will finalize the following Fatal Facts Videos and Safety Tip Sheet:

    • Longshore Worker Killed by Top Loader
    • Longshore Worker Killed During Container Loading and Unloading Operations
    • Longshore Worker Killed by Yard Tractor Tip-Over
    • Longshore Worker Killed by Container Falling from Ship
    • Container Lashing Safety Tip Sheet

    As part of the Alliance’s outreach efforts, NMSA representatives will be joining with other Alliance Program participants to support Drug-Free Work Week, October 19-25, 2009.

    Report prepared by: Tony Mapes, Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, July 13, 2009