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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
and
Precision Metalforming Association (PMA)
December 28, 2006

I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

November 17, 2005

Overview

OSHA and PMA are working together to provide the organization's members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety in the metalforming industry. In addition, OSHA and PMA are focusing on sharing information to reduce and prevent exposure to ergonomic hazards and address press safety issues such as machine guarding and lockout/tagout to prevent amputations and other injuries in the workplace.

Implementation Team Members

 
OSHA:  
   
Lisa Ramber
Bill Willson
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
OOSA
   
PMA:  
   
Christie Carmigiano
Tiffany Keat
Richard Sbroglia
Mark Sutton
Government, Safety & Public Affairs Manager
Safety Committee Vice Chair
Safety Committee Chair
Safety Committee Member

Evaluation Period

November 17, 2005 - November 16, 2006


II. Implementation Team Meetings
 
November 17, 2005
February 10, 2006
May 23, 2006
August 30, 2006
October 30, 2006
Kick-off Implementation Team Meeting
Implementation Team Meeting
Team Meeting
Implementation Team Meeting
Informational Products Conference Call

In addition to these formal meetings, the OOSA and PMA staff maintained regular contact throughout the reporting period to monitor the Alliance's progress and results.

III. Results
  1. Events and Products

    Training and Education Goal


    • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for the metalforming industry regarding press safety issues such as machine guarding and lockout/tagout and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.
    Product

    "Ergonomics in the Pressroom" Presentation


    Mary Bauer, Region V, Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS), Eau Claire, Wisconsin Area Office, USDOL-OSHA and Dana Root, Region V, Ergonomist, USDOL-OSHA developed the presentation "Ergonomics in the Pressroom," seminar specifically for the metalforming industry. The presentation covered a number of topics including a background to ergonomics, status of OSHA enforcement, essentials of an ergonomics program, risk factors for ergonomics and control measures. PMA posted the presentation and associated materials, a Hazard Zone Jobs Checklist, Ergonomics Risk Factors Checklist, and Sprains and Strains Prevention Fact Sheet on the association's PMA/OSHA Alliance Web page. The OSHA and PMA Alliance Web page on the OSHA Web site links to the materials.

    Outreach and Communication Goals

    • 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 for effective press guarding and OSHA's and PMA's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
    Products

    OSHA and PMA Alliance Web page


    OSHA created an OSHA and PMA Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web site. The Web page includes links to the OSHA and PMA Alliance agreement, news releases, a photograph of the signing ceremony, activities and events, and products and resources. For more information on the number of visits to the OSHA and PMA Alliance Web page, please see the Alliance Program Reach table in Section C of this report.

    PMA/OSHA Alliance Web page

    PMA created a PMA/OSHA Alliance Web page on the organization's Web site. The Web page is updated regularly and includes links to the OSHA and PMA Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web site, news releases, related documents, activities and events and other OSHA safety and health resources including:

    • Machine Guarding eTool
    • Small Business Resources
    • Voluntary Protection Program
    • Small Business Handbook
    OSHA Machine Guarding eTool

    Through the Alliance, the following PMA members are serving on the editorial board for OSHA's Machine Guarding eTool:

    • Tiffany Keat, Safety Committee Vice Chair
    • Mark Sutton, Safety Committee
    PMA Safety First Video

    OSHA reviewed and provided feedback to PMA on its "Safety First" video which provides an overview of safety and health issues in the metalforming industry for new employees.

    PMA Safety Posters

    In order to raise awareness among metalforming industry employers and employees about workplace hazards and how to prevent them, PMA is developing the following four safety posters:

    • Prevent Back Injuries
    • Avoid Slips, Trips, and Falls
    • Dress for Safety
    • Protect Yourself from Injury
    OSHA reviewed and provided feedback to PMA on the draft products. When completed, the posters will be posted on the PMA/OSHA Alliance Web page on the association's Web site.

    PMA Safety Checklists

    In order to assist metalforming industry employers and employees identify and correct safety hazards in the workplace, PMA is developing safety checklists based on the "PMA's Safety Guidelines Checklist." OSHA reviewed and provided feedback to PMA on the draft Ergonomics section. When completed, the checklists will be posted on the PMA/OSHA Alliance Web page on the association's Web site.

    Print and Electronic Media

    Articles on the OSHA and PMA Alliance signing appeared in online and print publications such as: OSHA's QuickTakes; U.S. Newswire.com; PMA's magazine, MetalForming; and the association's e-newsletter, MetalForming Xtra. For more information on the print and electronic media, please see the Alliance Program Reach table in Section C of this report.

    • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or PMA's conferences, local meetings or other events such as PMA's Annual Meeting and METALFORM conferences.
    Events

    PMA Regional Metalform Tradeshow, March 21-23, 2006, Nashville Tennessee


    During the PMA Regional Metalform Tradeshow, March 21-23, 2006 in Nashville Tennessee, PMA distributed OSHA's Alliance Program brochure, the OSHA and PMA Alliance Activities Summary, and the OSHA Alliance Program and Consultation Program Fact Sheets to the visitors to the PMA exhibit booth. In addition, PMA representatives also talked to the attendees about the OSHA and PMA Alliance and the Agency's compliance assistance resources.

    PMA Annual Suppliers Night, April 11, 2006, Cleveland Ohio

    During the PMA Annual Suppliers Night, April 11, 2006, Cleveland, Ohio, PMA's Cleveland District distributed OSHA's Alliance Program brochure, the OSHA and PMA Alliance Activities Summary, and the OSHA Alliance Program and Consultation Program Fact Sheets to the attendees from its tabletop exhibit.

    PMA 2006 Annual Meeting, November 9-11, 2006, Las Croabas, Puerto Rico

    During the PMA 2006 Annual Meeting, November 9-11, 2006, Las Croabas, Puerto Rico, PMA distributed publications on OSHA's Cooperative Programs. Paula White, Director, Directorate of Cooperative and State Program, USDOL-OSHA, participated in the roundtable "Enhancing Workplace Safety through OSHA Voluntary Protection Programs." The roundtable was presented twice on November 10, 2006 to approximately thirteen participants. In addition, Paula White gave the keynote address to approximately 200 attendees at the PMA's Annual Meeting's General Assembly on Saturday November 11, 2006. She provided an overview of OSHA's cooperative programs including information about the OSHA and PMA Alliance and highlighted successes that OSHA and industry-partners have experienced in improving workplace safety and health through effective partnership and collaboration.

    • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding issues such as ergonomic hazards and press safety issues and publicize results through outreach by PMA and through OSHA- or PMA-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
    Event

    PMA Power Press Safety Seminar, September 28, 2006, Eagan, Minnesota


    Through the OSHA and PMA Alliance, Mary Bauer, OSHA Region V, CAS, Eau Claire, Wisconsin Area Office, USDOL-OSHA presented "Ergonomics in the Pressroom," to 40 attendees during the association's Power Press Safety Seminar on September 28, 2006 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Resort, in Eagan, Minnesota. The presentation covered a number of topics including:

    • Machine Guarding eTool
    • Background to Ergonomics
    • Status of OSHA Enforcement
    • Essentials of an Ergonomics Programs
    • Risk Factors for Ergonomics
    • Control Measures
    Mary Bauer and Dana Root, Region V, Ergonomist, USDOL-OSHA developed the presentation "Ergonomics in the Pressroom," specifically for the metalforming industry. The presentation and handout materials (Hazard Zone Jobs Checklist, Ergonomics Risk Factors Checklist, and Sprains and Strains Prevention Fact Sheet) that were distributed at the seminar are posted on the PMA/OSHA Alliance Web page on the association's Web site. In addition, the presentation and handout materials are linked to from the OSHA and PMA Alliance Web page on the OSHA Web site.

    • Promote and encourage PMA members' or worksites' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and the Consultation Program and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).
    Articles in PMA Publications

    Articles about the OSHA and PMA Alliance's activities and OSHA compliance assistance resources have appeared in PMA's magazine and newsletters. For example, the December 2005 of PMA's magazine, MetalForming had the article, "PMA Allies with OSHA on Safety and Health" which contained information on the Alliance Program and OSHA's safety and health resources.

    In addition, PMA published, "On-Site Consultation Program Helps Small Businesses Establish Safety and Health Programs," in the July/August 2006 edition of its Update newsletter. The DOL-developed article featured information OSHA's On-Site Consultation Program and SHARP.

    • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects related to metalforming industry safety and health, such as ergonomic hazards and press safety issues that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

      The OSHA and PMA Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.
    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health Goals

    • Convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on metalforming industry issues, such as ergonomic hazards and press safety issues, to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
    2006 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, April 30-May 6, 2006

    PMA supported and promoted 2006 NAOSH Week, which was held April 30-May 6, 2006. NAOSH Week is sponsored by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), an Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineers (CSSE). PMA distributed five hundred and fifty 2006 NAOSH Week posters to its members with a letter from Bill Gaskin, PMA president. In addition, PMA promoted 2006 NAOSH Week in the February 2006 edition of PMA's magazine, MetalForming, "BACKTALK" column, in the editorial in the April 2006 edition of MetalForming magazine, and in the March and April editions of Update newsletter.

  2. Executive Summary

    In the first year of the Alliance, OSHA and PMA established an excellent working relationship. Through their Alliance, OSHA and PMA are working together to share information and reduce and prevent exposure to ergonomic hazards and address press safety issues such as machine guarding and lockout/tagout to prevent amputations and other injuries in the workplace.

    For example, OSHA created an OSHA and PMA Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web site. The Web page includes links to the OSHA and PMA Alliance agreement, OSHA and PMA news releases, a photograph of the signing ceremony, activities and events and products and resources. Further, PMA developed and continues to update a PMA/OSHA Alliance Web page on the organization's Web site that includes links to the Agency's safety and health resources such as the OSHA and PMA Alliance Web page, news releases, OSHA's Machine Guarding eTool and Small Business Handbook and the Department of Labor's "Drug-Free Workplace Advisor."

    Mary Bauer and Dana Root developed the presentation "Ergonomics in the Pressroom," specifically for the metalforming industry. Mary presented it on September 28, 2006 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Resort, in Eagan, Minnesota. The presentation is posted on the PMA/OSHA Alliance Web page and linked to from the OSHA and PMA Alliance Web page on the OSHA Web site.

    In addition, PMA has informed its membership about OSHA's resources and compliance assistance programs through articles in its magazine and e-newsletter, including:

    • "PMA Allies with OSHA on Safety and Health," MetalForming, December 2005
    • "Partnering Toward a Safer Workplace," MetalForming, February 2006
    • "On-site Consultation Program Helps Small Businesses Establish Safety and Health Programs," PMA update, July/August 2006
    • "Helping Small Businesses Benefit from Being Drug-Free," MetalForming, February 2006
    During the reporting period, OSHA and PMA also participated in a number of activities promoting workplace safety and health, including:

    • OSHA provided materials for distribution at PMA's Regional Metalform Tradeshow, March 21-23, 2006 in Nashville, TN
    • Paula White, Director, DCSP, participated in a roundtable twice and provided information on enhancing workplace safety through OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program and OSHA's other cooperative programs at the PMA's Annual Meeting, November 10, 2006, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico
    • Paula White, Director, DCSP, presented the keynote address that provided an overview of OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program and OSHA's other cooperative programs at the PMA's Annual Meeting, November 11, 2006, in Los Croabas, Puerto Rico
    • PMA distributed OSHA publications to the event's attendees at the PMA's Annual Meeting, November 11, 2006, in Los Croabas, Puerto Rico
    In addition, the Agency has provided feedback and comments on a number of PMA products including:

    • Safety First Video
    • Safety Guidelines Checklist
      • Ergonomics
    • Safety Posters
      • Prevent Back Injuries
      • Dress for Safety
      • Avoid Slips, Trips and Falls
      • Protect Yourself from Injury
    Further, PMA helped promote 2006 NAOSH Week to its members by distributing five hundred and fifty 2006 NAOSH Week posters and publishing information about the week in PMA's MetalForming magazine and Update newsletter.

    Finally, PMA implementation team members are sharing their expertise with OSHA by serving on the editorial board for OSHA's Machine Guarding eTool.

  3. Alliance Program Reach
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
November 17, 2005, "OSHA Aligns with Metalforming Association"
OSHA News Release
69 News Services
November 17, 2005, "OSHA Aligns with Metalforming Association"
U.S. Newswire
Data not available
November 18, 2005, "PMA Forms Alliance with OSHA to Advance Industry Safety & Health"
PMA News Release
Data not available
December 2005, "PMA Allies with OSHA on Safety and Health"
MetalForming
60,000
January 9, 2006, "OSHA Forms Alliances for Worker Safety in Various Industries"
Facilities Management News
Data not available
January 25, 2006, "OSHA Alliances Cover Metalforming, Chemistry, Paper, and Utility/Construction Industries"
Facilities Management News
Data not available
February 2006, "Partnering Toward a Safer Workplace"
MetalForming
60,000
March 21-23, 2006, PMA Regional Metalform Tradeshow, Nashville, Tennessee
Distributed OSHA and Alliance Publications
2,600
March 2006, "NAOSH Week Increases Importance of Workplace Safety and Health"
PMA Update
1,800
April 11, 2006, PMA Annual Suppliers Night, Cleveland, Ohio
Distributed OSHA and Alliance Publications
330
April 2006, "North American Occupational Safety and Health Week"
MetalForming
60,000
April 2006, "NAOSH Week Emphasizes Importance of Preventing Workplace Injuries"
PMA Update
1,800
May 24, 2006, "OSHA Website Offers Official Responses to FAQs"
MetalForming Xtra Newsletter
7,500
May 2006, "OSHA, ASSE, Industry Groups Team up to Increase Job Safety for North American Safety and Health Week"
Compliance & Safety News
Data not available
July/August 2006, "On-site Consultation Program Helps Small Businesses Establish Safety and Health Programs"
PMA Update
1,800
September 28, 2006 PMA Power Press Safety Seminar, Eagan, Minnesota
Presenter:
Mary Bauer, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Region V, Eau Claire, Wisconsin Area Office, USDOL-OSHA
40
October 2006, "Helping Small Businesses Benefit from Being Drug-Free"
MetalForming
60,000
November 10, 2006 PMA 2006 Annual Meeting, Los Croabas, Puerto Rico
Presenter: Paula White, Director, DCSP, USDOL-OSHA
8
November 10, 2006 PMA 2006 Annual Meeting, Los Croabas, Puerto Rico
Presenter: Paula White, Director, DCSP, USDOL-OSHA
5
November 11, 2006 PMA 2006 Annual Meeting, Los Croabas, Puerto Rico
Speaker: Paula White, Director, DCSP, USDOL-OSHA
200
Machine Guarding eTool 20,790
OSHA and PMA Alliance Web page 5,736
PMA/OSHA Alliance Web page 1,400
TOTAL 284,078

IV. Upcoming Milestones

During the upcoming year, the OSHA and PMA Implementation Team will continue to advance its excellent working relationship by collaborating on projects and activities to achieve the goals of the Alliance. For example, OSHA and PMA will continue updating and promoting the OSHA and PMA Alliance Web page and PMA/OSHA Alliance Web page with safety and health resources. In addition, OSHA will provide speakers to present "Enhancing Workplace Safety through OSHA's Cooperative Programs," workshop during the PMA's Metalform Tradeshow, March 25-28, 2007 in Chicago, Illinois. The PMA has also invited OSHA to make a presentation on ergonomics in the pressroom using the presentation developed by Mary Bauer and Dana Root during PMA's Pressroom Safety Seminar scheduled for March 15, 2007 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Through the Alliance, OSHA will continue to review and provide feedback on PMA-developed safety and health resources including:
  • Safety First Video
  • Safety Guidelines Checklist
    • Ergonomics
    • Mechanical Power Presses
  • Safety Posters
    • Prevent Back Injuries
    • Dress for Safety
    • Avoid Slips, Trips and Falls
    • Protect Yourself from Injury
Further, PMA will again join with other Alliance Program participants to support 2007 NAOSH Week which will be held May 7-12.

PMA members, Tiffany Keat and Mark Sutton, will also continue to serve as members of the editorial boards for the Machine Guarding eTool and will provide feedback as appropriate. Finally, PMA representative, Richard Sbroglia will work with OSHA and other Alliance Program participants to help provide information and expertise during the Agency's development of its Powered Industrial Truck eTool.


Report prepared by: Bill Willson, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services Alliances, February 20, 2007