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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
and National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP)
July 15, 2007

I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

July 15, 2003

Date Renewed

February 20, 2006

Evaluation Period

July 16, 2006 July 15, 2007

Overview

The Alliance focuses on using OSHA's and NSRP's collective expertise to advance a culture of injury and illness prevention while sharing best practices and technical knowledge and promoting safe and healthful working conditions for shipbuilding and ship repair employees.

Implementation Team Members

 
OSHA:  
Steve Butler
Debra Gabry
Carl Halgren1
Jim Maddux
Jess McCluer2
Daniel Youhas3
Office of Maritime Enforcement
Office of Science and Technology Assessment
Region X, Portland, Oregon Area Office
Office of Maritime Standards
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
OOSA
   
NSRP:  
Dan Nadeau
Thresa Nelson
Vice-Chair, Safety and Health Advisory Committee (SHAC)
Chair, SHAC
   
Contributor  
Kristi Dearing Contractor for OSHA, Salt Lake Technical Center (SLTC)

1Member of the Implementation Team until June 2007.
2Jess McCluer was the Alliance coordinator until May 25, 2007.
3As of June 25, 2007, Daniel Youhas is the Alliance coordinator.


II. Implementation Team Meetings
 
October 21, 2006
March 5, 2007
Joint Implementation Team Meeting with ASA and SCA Alliances
Joint Implementation Team Meeting with ASA and SCA Alliances

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


    • Provide recommendations on how to improve shipbuilding-related training and education courses.

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

    • Develop and disseminate information, including injury and hazard information, at conferences, events, or through print and electronic media, including links from OSHA's and NSRP's Web sites.
    OSHA and NSRP Alliance Web page

    OSHA is continuing to update the OSHA and NSRP Alliance Web page that is posted on the Agency's Web site. It includes the OSHA and NSRP Alliance agreements, news releases, activities and events and milestones and successes.

    Publications and Newsletters

    Articles on the OSHA and NSRP Alliance activities have appeared in a number of print and online publications, including: OSHA's Alliance Quarterly Report, BNA Occupational Safety and Health Reporter, BNA Daily Labor Report, CCH Safety NetNews, Occupational Health & Safety E-news, and Occupational Health & Safety Magazine. For more information see the "Alliance Program Reach" table.

    • Cross-train OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals in NSRP's best practices or effective approaches, as jointly determined by OSHA and NSRP.

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

    • Promote and encourage NSRP team members' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance and the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP), Consultation, and SHARP as appropriate.

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

    • Create and update electronic assistance tools for OSHA's Web page that address shipbuilding and ship repair safety and health hazards.
    OSHA's Safety and Health Topics Pages

    The following OSHA and NSRP Alliance implementation team members are continuing to participate on OSHA Safety and Health Topics pages' and eTools' editorial boards:

    • Maritime Industry Safety and Health Topics page

      G. "Doug" Howard, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 733; Pascagoula, MS

      W.D. "Chico" McGill, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 733; Pascagoula, MS

      Thresa Nelson, CHMM, CSP, Northrop Grumman-Newport News; Newport News, VA

    • Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Safety and Health Topics page

      Thresa Nelson, CHMM, CSP, Northrop Grumman-Newport News; Newport News, VA

    • Shipyard Employment eTool

      G. "Doug" Howard, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 733; Pascagoula, MS

      W.D. "Chico" McGill, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 733; Pascagoula, MS

      Thresa Nelson, CHMM, CSP, Northrop Grumman-Newport News; Newport News, VA
    Shipyard Employment eTool

    Fire Protection Module

    Through the Alliance, NSRP worked with ASA and SCA to provide OSHA with expertise and input during the development of OSHA's Shipyard Employment eTool's Fire Protection module. The module, which was completed and posted on OSHA's Web site in September 2006, addresses the Fire Protection in Shipyard Employment Standard (29 CFR 1915 Subpart P).

    Marine Hanging Staging (MHS) Module

    Through the Alliance, NSRP is working with ASA and SCA to provide OSHA with expertise and input during the development of the draft MHS module for the Shipyard Employment eTool. The module will help employers design, assemble, use, and dismantle MHS in a manner that is safe for employees.

    • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects for the maritime industry that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
    Fatality Fact Sheets

    Through the Alliance, NSRP, ASA and SCA are working with OSHA's Office of Maritime Enforcement to develop Fatality Fact Sheets. The implementation teams are reviewing OSHA data to determine the top three to four specific types of incidents (e.g. falls, electrocution), that result in shipyard fatalities to develop fact sheets for a particular type of incident.

    Safety Alert: Deadly Hydrogen Sulfide and Shipyard Sewage

    Through the Alliance, NSRP worked with ASA and SCA and the OSHA and AIHA Alliance to develop the Safety Alert: Shipyard Sewage and Hydrogen Sulfide. The Safety Alert is designed to make shipyard employers and employees aware of the hazards of sewage systems on ships and shipyard shore facilities and how to prevent accidents involving hydrogen sulfide gas. It was posted on SCA's Web site and a link to it was added to the OSHA and ASA Alliance Web page in July 2006.

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    • Share information on NSRP team members' worksites best practices, as jointly determined by OSHA and NSRP, with others in the maritime industry through outreach by NSRP and through OSHA or NSRP developed training programs and materials.

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

    • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings to help develop innovative solutions to shipbuilding and ship repair hazards in the workplace and to provide input on safety and health issues.

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

    Through the Alliance Program, OSHA and NSRP are continuing their productive relationship and are working together to address safety and health issues in the maritime industry. Further, the OSHA and NSRP Alliance implementation team is working with other Alliances the Agency signed with ASA and SCA.

    NSRP is continuing to hold joint Implementation Team meetings with ASA and SCA and OSHA representatives from the Directorates of Cooperative and State Programs; Enforcement Programs; Science, Technology and Medicine; Standards and Guidance; and Region IX.

    NSRP, ASA and SCA are also working with the OSHA's Office of Maritime Enforcement to review OSHA data in order to identify topics for Fatality Fact Sheets.

    NSRP worked with ASA and SCA and the OSHA and AIHA Alliance to develop a Safety Alert: Shipyard Sewage and Hydrogen Sulfide. The Safety Alert is designed to make both shipyard employers and employees aware of the hazards of sewage systems on both ships and shipyard shore facilities and how to prevent accidents involving hydrogen sulfide gas.

    In addition, through the Alliance NSRP provided OSHA with input during the development of OSHA's Shipyard Employment eTool Fire Protection module which was posted on the Agency Web site in September 2006. NSRP is currently working with OSHA to provide expertise and input during the development of a Marine Hanging Staging (MHS) module for the eTool.

    NSRP representatives are also sharing their expertise through participation on OSHA's electronic assistance tools' editorial boards. For example, NSRP representatives are continuing to serve on the Maritime Industry and Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Safety and Health Topics pages' editorial boards and the Shipyard Employment eTool's editorial board.

    Finally, as a result of the successes, NSRP is working with OSHA to develop an Alliance renewal agreement.

  3. Alliance Program Reach
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
OSHA and NSRP Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site 5,196
Maritime Industries Safety and Health Topics page 23,652
Ship Building and Ship Repair Safety and Health Topics page 23,652
Shipyard Employment eTool 15,352
December 2006 "New eTools, Safety and Health Topics Pages Highlight OSHA's Alliance Program Workplace Safety and Health Products Development," Alliance Quarterly Review 300
October 23, 2006 "OSHA Adds Fire Protection Module to Shipyard Employment eTool," CCH Safety NetNews Data Not Available
October 5, 2006 "MACOSH Focuses on Falls, Traffic, Guidance, Health Issues," BNA Occupational Safety and Health Reporter Data Not Available
October 4, 2006 Maritime Committee Focuses on Falls, Traffic, Guidance, Industrial Health Issues," BNA Daily Labor Report Data Not Available
September 28, 2006 "Foulke Says Committee Recommendation Resulted in Shipyard Fire Protection Module," BNA Occupational Safety and Health Reporter Data Not Available
September 18, 2006 "Fire Protection Module Added to OSHA's Shipyard Employment eTool," Occupational Health & Safety Magazine Data Not Available
September 15, 2006 "Fire Protection Module Added to Shipyard Employment eTool," QuickTakes 52,805
September 14, 2006 "OSHA Adds Fire Protection Module to Shipyard Employment eTool," OSHA News release 69 News Services
August 2, 2006 "AIHA and Partners Release H2S Guidance for Shipyard Workers," Occupational Health & Safety E-News Data Not Available
August 1, 2006 "AIHA and OSHA Partner on Safety Alert," AIHA Press Release Data Not Available
TOTAL 121,026

IV. Upcoming Milestones

In the upcoming year, the OSHA and NSRP Alliance implementation team will undertake a number of activities and develop a number of products.

For example, the association will work with OSHA to finalize the development of the MHS module for the Shipyard Employment eTool in 2008. In addition, NSRP members will continue to serve on the Maritime Industry and Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Safety and Health Topics pages' editorial boards and the Shipyard Employment eTool editorial board.

NSRP also will continue to work with the ASA and SCA Alliances and OSHA's Office of Maritime Enforcement to review OSHA data in order to identify topics for Fatality Fact Sheets. In addition, the groups have discussed working together to develop an OSHA 10-Hour course specifically for shipyards.

Further, OSHA and NSRP Alliance will continue to work with OSHA's Alliances with ASA, SCA and AIHA to develop Safety Alerts addressing incidents related to falls, electrocution and confined space. The Alliance Program will promote the maritime industry developed products in its Alliance Quarterly Review and through sending the information to OSHA's Regional, Area Office, On-site Consultation Program and State Plan State representatives.

Finally, in September 2007 OSHA and NSRP will sign an Alliance renewal agreement.

Report prepared by: Daniel Youhas, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, July 15, 2007.