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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT

Occupational Safety and Health Administration
National Wooden Pallet and Container Association (NWPCA)
and the
National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
August 18, 2005

I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

June 7, 2004

Overview

The OSHA, NWPCA and NIOSH Alliance focuses on reducing and preventing exposure to hazards associated with use of pallet assembly and disassembly equipment and powered industrial trucks, and addressing occupational health issues, such as ergonomics.

Implementation Team Members

 
OSHA:

Sally Grady
Elise Handelman
Rick Harris
Lee Anne Jillings
Long Loo
Lisa Ramber
Sherman Williamson

NWPCA:

Adele Abrams
John Conway
Edgar Deamano
Barry Foer
Steve Geiges
Mike Macadow
Jorge Sanchez
Bruce Scholnick
John Swenby
Karen Wanamaker

NIOSH:

Robert Malkin
Charlene Maloney
Rick Niemeier
Paul Schulte


Directorate of Science, Technology and Medicine (DSTM)
DSTM
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
OOSA
DSTM
OOSA
Directorate of Standards and Guidance



Consultant
Chairman, Standards Committee
NWPCA VA
NWPCA VA
Chairman
NWPCA PA
NWPCA FL
President and CEO
NWPCA IA
NWPCA - VA

 

Evaluation Period

June 7, 2004 June 6, 2005


II. Implementation Team Meetings
 
June 7, 2004
September 13, 2004
February 7, 2005
Kick off Implementation Team Meeting
Conference Call
Implementation Team Meeting

III. Results
  1. Events and Products

    Training and Education Goal


    • Develop and implement training and education programs on equipment safety with a focus on accident prevention, including amputations.

      As a result of NWPCAs work to develop and provide commercial web-based training for its members outside the scope of the Alliance, the OSHA, NWPCA and NIOSH Alliance Implementation Team did not address this goal.
    Outreach and Communication Goals

    • Develop and disseminate information through print and electronic media, including electronic assistance tools and links from OSHAs, NIOSHs and NWPCAs Web sites.
    Products

    Print and Electronic Media


    Articles on the OSHA, NWPCA and NIOSH Alliance have appeared in print and online publications, including: Occupational Hazards, OSHAs QuickTakes, NWPCAs PalletCentral and the OSHA Alliance Programs Alliance Quarterly Review. For more information on the articles, please see the Alliance Program Reach table below.

    NWPCAs Publications

    PalletCentral


    NWPCA produces PalletCentral, a publication which the association distributes about ten times per year. In the June 2004 edition, NWPCA published an article, "Safety and Health Agencies Sign Alliance Agreement with NWPCA", which discussed the signing of the OSHA, NWPCA and NIOSH Alliance. Also, in the April 2005 edition, another safety article was published entitled, "NWPCA Makes OSHA Compliance Easier."

    OSHA, NWPCA and NIOSH Alliance Web Page

    OSHA developed an OSHA, NWPCA and NIOSH Alliance Web page on the Agencys Web site. The Web page includes links to the OSHA, NWPCA and NIOSH Alliance agreement, OSHA news releases, a photograph of the signing ceremony, activities and events, products and resources, and milestones and successes. For more information on the number of visits to the OSHA, NWPCA and NIOSH Web page, please see the Alliance Program Reach table below.

    Safety and Health Topics Page for the Wood Products Industry

    Dr. Edgar Deamano, NWPCA, and Dr. Robert Malkin, NIOSH, were added to the editorial board for the OSHAs Wood Products Industry Safety and Health Topics page and are providing OSHA with input and comments on the pages content.

    • Prepare NWPCA job safety analysis modules with OSHA and NIOSH input for the safe use of pallet dismantling equipment commonly used in the wooden pallet and container industry.

      During this reporting period, the OSHA, NWPCA and NIOSH Alliance Implementation Team did not start work on programs or projects to address this goal.

    • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHAs, NIOSHs or NWPCAs conferences, local meetings, or other educational events, such as NWPCAs annual leadership conference and recyclers conference.
    Events

    2004 Recycle and Repair Conference and Exposition, September 18, 2004, St. Louis, Missouri


    Francis Yebesi, then Team Leader, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, gave a presentation on OSHAs cooperative programs and the OSHA-NWPCA Alliance to 200 attendees.

    2005 Annual Leadership Conference, February 22, 2005, Tampa, Florida

    Dr. Paul Schulte, NIOSH, gave an update on NIOSHs recent research activities and addressed safety and health issues that impact the wooden pallet industry.

    NWPCA Regional Conference, April 8-9, 2005, Dallas, Texas

    Adele Abrams gave a presentation on occupational health issues that impact employees in the wood packaging industry such as noise, wood dust and carbon monoxide exposure and ergonomic hazards.

    • Cross-train OSHA and NIOSH personnel and industry safety and health professionals in NWPCAs best practices or effective approaches, as jointly determined by OSHA, NIOSH and NWPCA.

      During this reporting period, the OSHA, NWPCA and NIOSH Alliance Implementation Team did not start work on programs or projects to address this goal.

    • Promote and encourage NWPCA members or worksites participation in OSHAs cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and the Consultation Program and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

      During this reporting period, the OSHA, NWPCA and NIOSH Alliance Implementation Team did not start work on programs or projects to address this goal.

    • Share information on best practices, as jointly determined by OSHA, NIOSH and NWPCA, of NWPCA members worksites with others in the industry and publicize the results through outreach by NWPCA and through OSHA-, NIOSH- or NWPCA-developed training programs and materials.
    Products

    NIOSH Manual for the Wooden Pallet Industry


    NIOSH is developing a safety training manual for the wooden pallet industry. The NIOSH manual is targeted to small businesses and is designed to improve plant safety in the industry. The topics addressed in the manuals chapters are noise, wood dust, proper ventilation, saw safety, ergonomics, fork lift safety and exposure to carbon dioxide.

    • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on equipment safety, occupational health and ergonomics that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

      During this reporting period, the OSHA, NWPCA and NIOSH Alliance Implementation Team did not start work on programs or projects to address this goal.

    • Encourage NWPCA members worksites to build relationships with OSHAs Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues, including stationary and mobile equipment safety, occupational health, and ergonomics.

      During this reporting period, the OSHA, NWPCA and NIOSH Alliance Implementation Team did not start work on programs or projects to address this goal.
    Promoting the National Dialogue Goals:

    • Raise others' awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever NWPCA leaders address groups.

      During this reporting period, the OSHA, NWPCA and NIOSH Alliance Implementation Team did not start work on programs or projects to address this goal.

    • Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health and publicize their results.

      During this reporting period, the OSHA, NWPCA and NIOSH Alliance Implementation Team did not start work on programs or projects to address this goal.

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

      During this reporting period, the OSHA, NWPCA and NIOSH Alliance Implementation Team did not start work on programs or projects to address this goal.
  2. Executive Summary

    In the first year of the Alliance, OSHA, NWPCA and NIOSH established a working relationship. Through the Alliance Program, OSHA, NWPCA and NIOSH are working to reduce injuries and exposure to hazards in the workplace for the wooden pallet industry.

    OSHA, NWPCA and NIOSH representatives spoke at conferences and meetings about the OSHA, NWPCA and NIOSH Alliance and OSHAs cooperative programs. For example, on September 18, 2004 during the NWPCA 2004 Recycle and Repair Conference and Exposition, in St. Louis, Missouri, Francis Yebesi gave a presentation on OSHAs cooperative programs and the OSHA - NWPCA Alliance to about 200 attendees.

    OSHA also created an OSHA - NWPCA Alliance Web page on the OSHAs Web site. The Web page includes links to the OSHA, NWPCA and NIOSH Alliance agreement, OSHA news releases, a photograph of the signing ceremony, activities and events, products and resources, and milestones and successes. In addition, information about the OSHA NWPCA Alliance also appeared in print and online articles.

  3. Alliance Program Reach
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
September 18, 2004, NWPCA 2004 Recycle and Recycle Conference and Exposition, St. Louis, MO
Speaker:
  • Francis Yebesi, OSHA, then Team Leader, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances
200
June 7, 2004 - "Latest Alliance Unites OSHA, NIOSH and the National Wooden Pallet and Container Association"
OSHA News Release
25 News Services
June 7, 2004, "Latest Alliance Unites OSHA, NIOSH, National Wooden Pallet and Container Association; Will Focus on Ergonomics, Equipment"
www.builderonline.com
Data not available
June 9, 2004, "OSHA, NWPCA, NIOSH Form Alliance Focusing on Ergonomics, Equipment"
www.occupationalhazards.com
Data not available
June 10, 2004, "OSHA Announces Two New Alliances in Pyrotechnics, Wood Packaging Industries"
BNA Occupational Safety and Health Reporter
Data not available
June 11, 2004, "OSHA in Safety for Solid Wood Packaging Sector"
www.paperloop.com
Data not available
June 15, 2004, "OSHA Forms Three New National Alliances"
OSHA QuickTakes, Volume 3, Issue 12
44,000
June 2004, "OSHA Renews Six National Alliances, Pyrotechnics Among New National Alliances"
Alliance Quarterly Review
100
June 2004, "Safety and Health Agencies Sign Alliance Agreement with NWPCA"
PalletCentral
Data not available
February 22, 2005, NWPCA Annual Leadership Conference
Speaker:
      Dr. Paul Schulte, NIOSH
200
April 8, 2005, NWPCA South Central Regional Conference, Dallas, Texas
Speaker:
      Adele Abrams, Consultant
250
April 2005, "NWPCA Makes OSHA Compliance Easier"
PalletCentral Magazine
Data not available
July 5, 2004, "OSHA Alliances Focus on Ergonomics, Workplace Safety"
www.safety.bir.com
Data not available
OSHA, NWPCA and NIOSH Alliance Web page 4,800
Wood Products Industry Safety and Health Topics page Data not available
TOTAL 49,550

IV. Upcoming Milestones

The implementation team will continue discussions regarding the future of the OSHA, NWPCA and NIOSH Alliance and potential collaborative activities.


Report prepared by: Richard L. Harris, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services Alliances, August 18, 2005