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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
and
National Telecommunications Safety Panel
June 4, 2008

I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

February 26, 2004

Date Renewed

June 9, 2006

Overview

OSHA's Alliance with NTSP focuses on providing the telecommunications industry with information, guidance, and access to training resources to help them protect employees' health and safety, by addressing ergonomics.

Implementation Team Members

 
OSHA:  
Brett Besser

Brently Donaldson
Lee Anne Jillings

Joanna Sznajder
Bill Willson
Directorate of Science Technology and Medicine (DSTM), Salt Lake Technical Center (SLTC)
Directorate of Training and Education (DTE)
Directorate of Cooperative and State Program (DCSP), Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
Directorate of Standards and Guidance (DSG), Office of Physical Hazards (OHP)
DCSP, OOSA

NTSP:
 
Eric Allager
Lynn Alpaugh
Frank Bannister
Marshall Berry
Art Farmer
Laura Kiser
John Quinlan
Marie Robinson
Sprint Nextel
AT&T
Sprint Nextel
AT&T
Cincinnati Bell
AT&T
Verizon
AT&T

Evaluation Period

February 26, 2007 February 25, 2008


II. Implementation Team Meetings
 
March 28, 2007
November 1, 2007
Implementation Team Meeting, Teleconference
Implementation Team Meeting, Teleconference

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

    Outreach and Communication Goals


    • Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards related to ergonomics, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's and NTSP's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
    Products

    OSHA and NTSP Alliance Web Page


    OSHA continues to maintain and update its OSHA and NTSP Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web site. The page includes links to safety and health resources including Case Studies and a Fact Sheet developed by NTSP through the OSHA and NTSP Alliance. In addition, it has news releases and information on the Alliance's activities and events, and milestones and successes. For more information on the number of visits to the OSHA and NTSP Alliance Web page, please see the Alliance Program Reach Table.

    NTSP Web Site

    The NTSP Ergonomics Web page on the association's Web site features information about the OSHA and NTSP Alliance including a link to the OSHA and NTSP Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web site and a link to the NTSP's Ergonomics Guidelines for Common Job Functions in the Telecommunications Industry, developed by the NTSP as product of the OSHA and NTSP Alliance. In addition, the NTSP added links to a number of OSHA's safety and health resources such as OSHA's Ergonomics: Solutions for Electrical Contractors eTool as well as some developed through the OSHA and NTSP Alliance including:

    • Laptop Computers Fact Sheet (posted November 2007)
    • Ladder Training Case Study (posted November 2007)
    • Material Handling/Warehouse Case Study (posted November 2007)
    • Pocket PC/Dual Monitors Case Study (posted November 2007)
    For more information on the number of visits to the NTSP Web site, please see the Alliance Program Reach Table.

    OSHA Ergonomics: Solutions for the Electrical Contractors eTool

    Through the Alliance, Marie Robinson, Ergonomist, AT&T joined and serves on the editorial board for OSHA's eTool Ergonomics: Solutions for the Electrical Contractors and provides the Agency with her expertise and feedback.

    • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or NTSP's conferences, such as the International Telecommunications Safety Conference, local meetings, or other events.
    Events

    2007 International Telecommunications Safety Conference, Niagara Falls, New York, September 18-20, 2007


    On September 18, 2007, David Goldsheyder, Ergonomist, Region II, USDOL-OSHA, spoke at the 2007 International Telecommunications Safety Conference in Niagara Falls, New York. Mr. Goldsheyder gave a presentation "OSHA Ergonomics Technical Update" to 99 attendees.

    In addition, on September 18, 2007, Marie Robinson, Ergonomist, AT&T and John F. Quinlan, Ergonomist, Verizon and members of the OSHA and NTSP Alliance Implementation Team, gave a presentation "NTSP Ergonomics Committee and OSHA and NTSP Ergonomics Alliance Update."

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

    NTSP's Ergonomics Guidelines for Common Job Functions in the Telecommunications Industry


    Through the Alliance, NTSP updated its document Ergonomics Guidelines for Common Job Functions in the Telecommunications Industry with a new section "Driving Ergonomics: Driving a Vehicle." This new section identifies the ergonomic risk factors involved with driving and suggests recommended solution strategies both short term and long term for minimizing the ergonomic driving risks associated with the operation of motor vehicles. The guidelines are posted on the NTSP's Web site and linked to from the OSHA and NTSP Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web site. For more information on the number of visits to the Guidelines, please see the Alliance Program Reach Table.

    Laptop Computers Fact Sheet

    Through the Alliance, NTSP developed the Fact Sheet "Laptop Computers" to help computer users identify the risk factors associated with laptop use including:

    • Awkward Posture
    • Repetition
    • Lifting/Carrying
    In addition, the Fact Sheet provides both short and long term strategies to minimize the ergonomic hazards associated with laptop computer use. The Fact Sheet is posted on the NTSP Web site and linked to from the OSHA and NTSP Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web site.

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health Goals

    • Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of ergonomics and publicize their results.
    NTSP Case Studies

    Through the OSHA and NTSP Alliance, NTSP developed the following case studies to assist telecommunications industry employers and employees identify and correct safety hazards in the workplace:

    • Ladder Training
    • Material Handling/Warehouse
    • Pocket PC/Dual Monitor
    The case studies are posted on the NTSP Ergonomics Web page on the NTSP Web site and linked to from the OSHA and NTSP Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web site.

    • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on ergonomic issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

      During this reporting period, OSHA and NTSP did not work on projects to address this goal.
  2. Executive Summary

    Through the OSHA and NTSP Alliance, the organizations have continued their excellent working relationship which has developed over the last four years of the Alliance. The organizations have continued to update several informational resources about the Alliance and ergonomics. For example, the new section "Driving Ergonomics" was added to the NTSP's Ergonomics Guidelines for Common Job Functions in the Telecommunications Industry.

    In addition, through the Alliance NTSP completed the following case studies and posted them on the NTSP Web site:

    • Ladder Training Case Study
    • Material Handling/Warehouse Case Study
    • Pocket PC/Dual Monitors Case Study
    OSHA links to the case studies from the OSHA and NTSP Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web site. Also, through the Alliance, NTSP developed the "Laptop Computers" sheet which is posted on the NTSP Web site.

    In addition, through the Alliance, OSHA and NTSP shared information through speaking opportunities. For example, on September 18, 2007, David Goldsheyder, Ergonomist, Region II, USDOL-OSHA, spoke at the 2007 International Telecommunications Safety Conference in Niagara Falls, New York. NTSP Ergonomics Committee representatives also shared information about the OSHA and NTSP Alliance at the meeting.

    Finally, in January 2008 the organizations agreed to pursue renewing the OSHA and NTSP Alliance.

  3. Alliance Program Reach
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
OSHA and NTSP Web page on OSHA's Web site 2,343
NTSP's Ergonomic Web page 7,000
September 18, 2007, "NTSP Ergonomics Committee and OSHA NTSP Ergonomics Alliance Update," 2007 International Telecommunications Safety Conference, Niagara Falls, New York
Speakers:
Marie Robinson, Ergonomist, AT&T
John Quinlan, Ergonomist, Verizon
99
September 18, 2007, "OSHA Ergonomics Technical Update," 2007 International Telecommunications Safety Conference, Niagara Falls, New York
Speaker:
David Goldsheyder, Ergonomist, Region II, USDOL-OSHA
99
TOTAL 9,541

IV. Upcoming Milestones

In the upcoming year, the OSHA and NTSP Alliance will continue to maintain and update the OSHA and NTSP Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site and NTSP's Ergonomics Web page on its Web site. In addition, OSHA representatives will promote the OSHA and NTSP Alliance and discuss ergonomic issues through speeches at meetings, such as NTSP's 2008 International Telecommunications Safety Conference in September 2008.

OSHA and NTSP also will work together to develop telecommunications-related safety and health case studies addressing issues in the industry.

In addition, the NTSP is sponsoring its first Ergonomics Web Seminar, "Productivity Improvements for Workstation Assessments" which will be presented by implementation team member Frank Bannister, Sprint on June 17, 2008. OSHA staff nationwide will be invited to attend the Web seminar and possibly participate in future seminars.

Further, as part of the OSHA and NTSP's Alliance's ongoing activities NTSP will support the 2008 NAOSH Week along with a number of other Alliance Program participants. An OSHA and NTSP Alliance implementation team member will continue to serve on the editorial board for OSHA's eTool, Ergonomics: Solutions for the Electrical Contractors, and provide OSHA with input and expertise to keep the eTool up to date.

Finally, OSHA and NTSP will sign the OSHA and NTSP Alliance renewal agreement in March 2008.

Report prepared by: Bill Willson, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, June 30, 2008.