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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT

Occupational Safety and Health Administration
and
Precision Metalforming Association (PMA)
February 1, 2008

I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

November 17, 2005

Overview

Through the Alliance, 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 focused 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 Chair
Safety Committee Member
Safety Committee Member

Evaluation Period

November 17, 2006 - November 16, 2007


II. Implementation Team Meetings
 
December 14, 2006
January 23, 2007
February 13, 2007
March 8, 2007
March 23, 2007
July 17, 2007
Implementation Team Meeting
2007 NAOSH Week Planning Conference Call
eTool Development Meeting
Implementation Team Meeting
2007 NAOSH Week Planning Conference Call
Implementation Team Meeting

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.
    The OSHA and PMA Alliance Implementation Team did not start any work on programs or projects to address this goal during the current reporting period.

    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 continues to update the OSHA and PMA Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web site. The page includes links to the Alliance agreement and related documents, activities and events, and the Alliance-developed Ergonomics Checklist. In addition, the Web page links to Alliance related articles PMA published in its newsletters and magazine that are posted on PMA's Web site. For more information on the number of visits to the OSHA and PMA Alliance Web page, please see the Alliance Program Reach Table.

    PMA/OSHA Alliance Web page

    PMA continues to improve and update a PMA/OSHA Alliance Web page it created 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 such as:

    • OSHA's Making the Business Case for Safety and Health, Safety and Health Topics page
    • OSHA's Tool for Building Drug-Free Workplace Policies and Programs
    In addition, products developed through the OSHA and PMA Alliance are posted on the page including:

    • PMA Ergonomics Checklist
    • PMA Mechanical Power Press Checklist
    OSHA Machine Guarding eTool

    The following members of the OSHA and PMA implementation team continue to serve on the editorial board of OSHA's Machine Guarding eTool.

    • Tiffany Keat, PMA Safety Committee Vice Chair
    • Mark Sutton, PMA Safety Committee Member
    OSHA's Draft Powered Industrial Truck eTool

    OSHA is developing a new electronic assistance tool, the Powered Industrial Truck eTool. OSHA has assembled a development team consisting of a number of Alliance Program participants. PMA member Richard Sbroglia is serving on the eTool's development team.

    PMA Safety First Video

    OSHA continued to provide 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

    Through the Alliance, 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. In addition, PMA plans to print copies of the posters and distribute them to PMA's association members.

    PMA Mechanical Power Press Checklist and PMA Ergonomics Checklist

    In order to assist metalforming industry employers and employees identify and correct safety hazards in the workplace, PMA has developed two safety checklists, through the Alliance that are based on the "PMA's Safety Guidelines Checklist:"

    • PMA Ergonomics Checklist
    • PMA Mechanical Power Press Checklist
    OSHA reviewed and provided feedback on the documents. PMA incorporated the Agency's feedback in the checklists. The checklists are posted on the PMA/OSHA Alliance Web page on the association's Web site and linked to from the OSHA and PMA Alliance Web page and Alliance Program Participants Developed Products Web page on the Agency's Web site.

    Print and Electronic Media

    Articles on the OSHA and PMA Alliance appeared in online and print publications such as: Yahoo News.com; PR 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.

    In addition, PMA published, "PMA and OSHA Develop New Ergonomics Checklist," in the September 2007 edition of its Update newsletter. The article featured information the ergonomics checklist developed through the OSHA and PMA Alliance. Further, the article "Ergonomic in the Pressroom" was based on the seminar presented by OSHA staff in Knoxville, Tennessee and appeared in the September 2007 edition of its MetalForming magazine.

    • 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 25-28, 2007, Chicago, Illinois


    During the PMA Regional Metalform Tradeshow, March 25-28, 2007 in Chicago, Illinois, John Newquist, Assistant Regional Administrator for Cooperative and State Programs, Region V, Chicago, Illinois Regional Office, USDOL-OSHA, participated in the roundtable "Enhancing Workplace Safety through OSHA Voluntary Protection Programs."

    In addition, PMA representatives also talked to the attendees about the OSHA and PMA Alliance and the Agency's compliance assistance resources and 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.

    • 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, March 15, 2007, Knoxville, Tennessee


    Through the OSHA and PMA Alliance, Susan Porter, OSHA Region IV, Industrial Hygienist, Frankfort, Tennessee Area Office, USDOL-OSHA presented "Ergonomics in the Pressroom," to 30 attendees during the association's Power Press Safety Seminar on March 15, 2007 in Knoxville, Tennessee. 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
    Susan Porter used the presentation "Ergonomics in the Pressroom," that Mary Bauer, OSHA Region V, CAS, Eau Claire, Wisconsin Area Office and Dana Root, Region V, Ergonomist, USDOL-OSHA developed specifically for the metalforming industry. The presentation and its handout materials (Hazard Zone Jobs Checklist, Ergonomics Risk Factors Checklist, and Sprains and Strains Prevention Fact Sheet) are posted on the PMA/OSHA Alliance Web page on the association's Web site and 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).
    Article

    The October 2007 edition of PMA's magazine, MetalForming included the article, "PMA-OSHA Alliance Making a Difference" written by OSHA's Assistant Secretary Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. In the article, Mr. Foulke discussed the OSHA and PMA Alliance and its focus on addressing ergonomic hazards and press-safety issues along with the costs associated with occupational injuries and illnesses. The article also included information on OSHA's compliance assistance resources such as the Agency's Office of Small Business Assistance (OSBA), On-site Consultation Program and its Safety and Health Topics page, Making the Business Case for Safety and Health.

    • 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.
    2007 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week May 6-12, 2007

    PMA, and a number of other Alliance Program participants, supported 2007 NAOSH Week, May 6-12, 2007. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), an Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, NAOSH Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. To promote the Week, PMA distributed 550 NAOSH Week posters to its members with a letter from Bill Gaskin, PMA president. In addition, PMA promoted 2007 NAOSH Week in the April 2007 edition of PMA's magazine, MetalForming magazine, and in the March and April editions of the association's Update newsletter.

    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.

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

    OSHA and the PMA have worked together through the Alliance Program during the past year to further enhance and share 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.

    Through the OSHA and PMA Alliance Web page on the OSHA Web site, business owners in the metalforming industry and individuals have access to links to many resources, including PMA's Ergonomics Checklist and the PMA/OSHA Alliance Web page. The page also includes links to PMA published articles including:

    • "PMA and OSHA Develop New Ergonomics Checklist"
    • "PMA-OSHA Alliance Making a Difference"
    • "Ergonomics in the Pressroom"
    On the PMA/OSHA Alliance Web page the PMA has updated the page with numerous links to OSHA's safety and health resources, OSHA and PMA Alliance developed products and DOL-developed articles including:

    • Making the Business Case for Safety and Health, Safety and Health Topics Page
    • "Metalworking Fluids in Small Business: A Health and Safety "QUICKSTART" Guide" an Alliance Program Participant Developed Product
    • "Consultation Program Helps Small Businesses Establish Safety and Health Programs"
    • "Helping Small Businesses Benefit from Being Drug Free"
    • "OSHA Tool for Building Drug-Free Workplace Policies and Programs"
    • "OSHA Resources for Hispanic Workers"
    • PMA Ergonomics Checklist
    • PMA Mechanical Power Press Checklist
    OSHA and PMA have also participated together at a number of events such as the PMA's Regional Metalform Tradeshow in March 2007 in Chicago, Illinois and the PMA's Power Press Safety Seminar in March 2007 in Knoxville, Tennessee. In addition, PMA helped support NAOSH Week through distributing posters to its members and printing articles in the association's publications.

    Further, through the Alliance, the PMA completed two checklists:

    • PMA Ergonomics Checklist
    • PMA Mechanical Power Press Checklist
    In addition, OSHA reviewed and provided feedback on the Alliance-developed safety posters:

    • Avoid Slips, Trips, and Falls
    • Dress for Safety
    • Protect Yourself from Injury
    • Reduce the Risk of Back Injuries
    OSHA also provided comments on the PMA Safety First Video and PMA intends to re-shoot the video in 2008 based on the feedback.

    In addition, the PMA implementation team members will continue to share their expertise with OSHA by serving on the editorial board for OSHA's Machine Guarding eTool and providing OSHA with information during the Agency's development of the Powered Industrial Truck eTool.

    Finally, based on the successes of the Alliance in its first two years, OSHA and PMA have agreed to renew the Alliance agreement in November 2007.

  3. Alliance Program Reach
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
March 15, 2007 PMA Power Press Safety Seminar, Knoxville, Tennessee
Presenter:
Presenter: Susan Porter, Industrial Hygienist, Region IV, Frankfort, Kentucky Area Office, USDOL-OSHA
30
March 26, 2007 PMA Regional Metalform Tradeshow, Chicago, Illinois
Presenter: John Newquist, Assistant Regional Administrator for Cooperative and State Programs, Region V, Chicago, Illinois Regional Office, USDOL-OSHA
15
April 2007, "Editorial - NAOSH Week"
Metalforming
60,000
April 2007, "Alliance Overview"
PMA Update
1,800
April 2007, "NAOSH Week"
PMA Update
1,800
April 24, 2007, "OSHA, American Society of Safety Engineers Note Major Grown in May's North American Occupational Safety and Health Week Support"
Yahoo News.com
Data not available
April 24, 2007, "OSHA, American Society of Safety Engineers Note Major Grown in May's North American Occupational Safety and Health Week Support"
Insurance Newsnet
Data not available
April 24, 2007, "OSHA, American Society of Safety Engineers Note Major Grown in May's North American Occupational Safety and Health Week Support"
Quote.com
Data not available
April 24, 2007, "OSHA, American Society of Safety Engineers Note Major Grown in May's North American Occupational Safety and Health Week Support"
PR Newswire
Data not available
September 2007, "PMA and OSHA Develop New Ergonomics Checklist"
PMA Update
1,800
October 2007, "PMA-OSHA Alliance Making a Difference"
Metalforming
60,000
October 2007, "Ergonomics in the Pressroom"
Metalforming
60,000
Machine Guarding eTool 29,561
OSHA and PMA Alliance Web page 8,566
PMA/OSHA Alliance Web page To Be Determined
November/December, "OSHA, Precision Metalforming Association Renew Alliance"
Reliable Plant
Data not available
TOTAL XXX

IV. Upcoming Milestones

On November 29, 2007 OSHA and PMA will sign an Alliance renewal agreement. In addition, the OSHA and PMA Alliance 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 update the Agency's OSHA and PMA Alliance Web page and the association's PMA/OSHA Alliance Web page with safety and health resources. In addition, OSHA speakers will present workshops, "Enhancing Workplace Safety through OSHA's Cooperative Programs," and the "Ergonomics in the Pressroom," during the PMA's Metalform Tradeshow, April 1-3, 2008 in Birmingham, Alabama. The PMA has also invited the Alliance Program to exhibit during the Tradeshow.

Through the Alliance, OSHA will continue to review and provide feedback on PMA-developed safety and health resources including:
  • Safety Guidelines Checklist
    • PMA Lockout Checklist
The PMA will print and distribute the Alliance-developed posters:
  • Avoid Slips, Trips and Falls
  • Protect Yourself from Injury
  • Dress for Safety
  • Reduce the Risk of Back Injuries
In addition, the PMA will re-shoot the Safety First Video addressing feedback OSHA provided in 2007.

Further, PMA will again join with other Alliance Program participants to support 2008 NAOSH Week which will be held May 4-10, 2008.

PMA representatives will also continue to serve as members of the editorial board for the Machine Guarding eTool and will provide feedback as appropriate. Finally, PMA representative, Richard Sbroglia will continue working with OSHA and other Alliance Program participants to 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 1, 2008