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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the
National Safety Council (NSC) Alliance

September 29, 2016

I. Alliance Background

  1. Date Signed

    September 9, 2003

  2. Dates Renewed

    September 21, 2005
    October 15, 2007
    August 29, 2012
    September 16, 2014

  3. Evaluation Period

    September 9, 2012 – September 8, 2016

  4. Overview

    The OSHA and NSC Alliance focuses on providing NSC members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). Through the Alliance, the organizations will continue to address motor vehicle safety, construction safety, temporary and contract workers, and the importance of establishing an injury and illness prevention program. The Alliance will also support and promote NSC's "Journey to Safety Excellence" (JSE) campaign, a workplace advocacy initiative focusing on continuous improvement to help make more workplaces safe across the country. The campaign offers free resources to employers including benchmarking tools, guides on a variety of safety and health topics and a forum to connect with other safety professionals.

  5. Implementation Team Members

    OSHA

    Todd Briggs Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA), Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs
    Danezza Quintero Office of Construction Services (OCS), Directorate of Construction (DOC)

    NSC

    Debra Ferris Director, Safety & Health Solutions – Government Sector
    Luke George Senior Government Relations Manager
    Amy Harper Manager, JSE
    Juliann Hoffman Government Affairs Assistant
    Karen Howe Senior Director, Conventions
    Jim Johnson Group Vice President, Workplace and Safety Initiatives
    Mark Johnson Chair, NSC Labor Division
    Donna Siegfried Senior Director, Emergency Care
    David Teater Senior Director, Transportation Initiatives
    John Ulczycki Group Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
    Amy Williams Manager, Distracted & Teen Driving Initiatives

II. Implementation Team Meetings

  • November 1, 2012
  • March 29, 2013
  • July 23, 2013
  • November 14, 2013
  • March 27, 2014
  • August 1, 2014
  • December 9, 2014
  • May 5, 2015
  • December 16, 2015
  • May 5, 2016

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

III. Results

The following table summarizes the Alliance's activities in support of the goals in the Alliance agreement.


Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives Goal 1: Share information on OSHA's National Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process through the NSC Web site and NSC publications, such as OSHA Up to Date and Membership News Alert, and targeted communications to selected NSC Divisions whose activities may revolve around specific hazards, industry segments, or other topics.

Activity Type

Activity Name/Summary

OSHA Initiative Supported

Number Reached

Dissemination OSHA's Prevention of Falls Campaign
  • The Alliance supported OSHA’s national outreach campaign focusing on the prevention of falls in construction since 2013, the beginning of the campaign. Members of the Alliance conducted safety stand-downs, promoted the campaign on its Website and in publications, and helped to disseminate safety and health outreach materials (available in English/Spanish) to employers and workers focusing on the prevention of falls in construction. NSC also hosted a campaign portal Webpage, where stand-down participants could fill out and print a certificate of completion form.
Construction; Falls; General Industry; Hispanic/Latino Outreach 250,000
Dissemination OSHA's Prevention of Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers Campaign
  • The Alliance supported OSHA’s national outreach campaign focusing on the prevention of heat illness in outdoor workers since 2012, the beginning of the campaign. The theme for the Week is "Water. Rest. Shade." Members of the Alliance promoted the campaign on its Website, and in publications, and helped to disseminate safety and health outreach materials (available in English/Spanish) to employers and workers focusing on the prevention of heat illness in outdoor workers.
Construction; Heat; Hispanic/Latino Outreach 250,000
Dissemination NSC's Journey to Safety Excellence (JSE)
  • Through the Alliance program, OSHA supported NSC's JSE outreach initiative though a number of activities including sharing information, including on the OSHA Website, in QuickTakes, and with OSHA cooperative program participants, including national Alliances. Dr. Michaels also participated in an NSC blog, and helped announce the initiative at the 2014 NSC Congress and Expo in San Diego, CA.
275,000
Dissemination North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week
  • The Alliance supported and promoted North American Occupational Safety and Health Week each year during the evaluation period. The Alliance promoted the Week with a link to the Campaign Website from the NSC Alliance Webpage. NSC members also attended the ASSE-sponsored national kick-off events in Washington, DC.
General Industry; Construction Unknown

Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives Goal 2: Convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on construction safety issues, transportation safety issues, temporary and contract workers, or best practices in injury and illness prevention programs, such as the OSHA Construction Roundtable, to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

Activity Type

Activity Name/Summary

OSHA Initiative Supported

Number Reached

Dissemination OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives
  • During the evaluation period, the Alliance disseminated information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers, and encouraged members to comment on OSHA proposed rules, including rules focusing on cranes and silica.
Construction; General Industry 50,000
 

Outreach and Communication Goal 1: Develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, as well as develops ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, OSHA's and NSC's Web sites, and NSC's Divisions) to employers and workers in construction and general industry.

Activity Type

Activity Name/Summary

OSHA Initiative Supported

Number Reached

Product Fact Sheet: The Business Case for Injury and Illness Prevention Programs (I2P2)
  • The Alliance developed a fact sheet, which discusses the economic and other benefits of implementing comprehensive injury and illness prevention programs. (2014, September)
Safety and Health Management Systems 50,000
Product Fact Sheet: How to Conduct an Incident Investigation
  • The Alliance developed a fact sheet, which provides steps on how to conduct an investigation following an unintentional injury to a worker. (2014, December)
50,000
 

Outreach and Communication Goal 2: Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or NSC's conferences and local meetings, or other events, such as the annual NSC Congress & Exposition.

Activity Type

Activity Name/Summary

OSHA Initiative Supported

Number Reached

Conference NSC Congress and Expo
  • During the evaluation period, OSHA staff delivered workshop presentations and staffed an exhibit booth at the NSC’s Annual Congress and Expositions:
    • 2012 NSC Congress and Expo, October 22-24, Orlando, FL
    • 2013 NSC Congress and Expo, October 2-4, Chicago, IL
    • 2014 NSC Congress and Expo, September 17-19, San Diego, CA
    • 2015 NSC Congress and Expo, September 28-30, Atlanta, GA
Construction; General Industry, Maritime 3,000
 

Outreach and Communication Goal 3: Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on construction or general industry safety that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

Activity Type

Activity Name/Summary

OSHA Initiative Supported

Number Reached

Meeting OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable
  • NSC representatives participated in the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable meetings at the Department of Labor. During the meetings, the participants received updates from OSHA, NIOSH, and other Roundtable attendees. The Roundtable also developed products, (including multiple Design Solutions), identified projects, and disseminated outreach and compliance assistance resources in an effort to better protect the safety and health of workers in the construction industry.
Construction; Falls; Hispanic/Latino Workers 280
Product Case Study: Near Miss Reporting Systems
  • The Alliance developed a case study, which focuses on near misses in the workplace, including best practices on establishing a near miss reporting system. (2013, May)
Construction; General Industry 50,000
Product Case Study: Lack of Fall Protection Measures Place Workers at Increased Risk
  • The Alliance developed a case study, which focuses on the need for fall protection measures in construction to protect worker safety. (2013, January)
Construction 50,000
 

TOTAL

 

 

*More than 1,028,280

IV. Upcoming Milestones

In the upcoming year, the OSHA and NSC Alliance will continue to grow, and the Alliance Implementation Team will undertake a number of activities and projects in an effort to meet the goals of the agreement. For example, the Alliance will work to develop outreach products and materials, including case studies focusing on the prevention of falls in construction, motor vehicle safety, and the protection of temporary workers.

The Alliance will play a major sponsoring role in OSHA’s national outreach initiative focusing on the prevention of falls in construction, including member companies conducting stand-down events during the annual National Safety Stand-Down Week. The Alliance will also support OSHA’s national outreach campaign focusing on the prevention of heat illness in outdoor workers.

Through the Alliance Program, OSHA will continue to promote and support NSC’s national outreach initiatives and campaigns, including NSC’s Journey for Safety Excellence, June as National Safety Month, and Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

The Alliance will actively participate in the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable to discuss a number of construction-related safety and health issues, including silica, safety and health management systems, and the prevention of falls. The Roundtable will also work with CPWR to address issues focusing on how to better effectively reach small construction contractor and noise-related hazards and back overs within the construction industry.

In addition, OSHA staff will deliver technical workshop presentations at the NSC Congress and Expo, October 17-19, 2016, in Anaheim, California. OSHA staff will also maintain an exhibit booth to disseminate safety and health outreach materials, and answer questions.

Finally, the Alliance will continue to promote the activities and outreach products developed by OSHA and the Alliance through the NSC Website, which is linked to from the OSHA and NSC Alliance Webpage on the OSHA Website.

Report prepared by: Todd Briggs, Program Analyst, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, September 29, 2016.

*The numbers reached amount is a guesstimate for the entire four-year evaluation period.

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