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  1. Alliance Background
  2. Date Signed :

    August 23, 2003

    Date Renewed :

    August 23, 2005, March 27, 2008 and April 19, 2010

    Alliance Overview:

    The Alliance was formed to provide LCTI students, staff members and others, including public and private volunteer members of the Safety Occupational Advisory Council (Safety OAC) with information, guidance, and access to training resources in order to provide safety and health education to staff and students (youth entering the workforce) and to help promote, protect and on the LCTI campus.

    Implementation Team Members :


    David Lapinsky, Ed. D., Director of Career and Technical Education, LCTI
    Scott G. Shimandle, Compliance Assistance Specialist, USDOL/Allentown Area Office

  3. Implementation Team Meetings
  4. October 20, 2011
    February 16, 2012
    March 22, 2012
    April 19, 2012
    Safety Occupational Advisory Council Meeting
    Safety Occupational Advisory Council Meeting
    Safety Occupational Advisory Council Meeting
    Safety Occupational Advisory Council Meeting

  5. Activities and Products
  6. Evaluation Period

    April 20, 2011 through April 19, 2012.

    Alliance Activity .

    • Training and Education
    • Events

      September 23, 2011 – Safety and Health Issues for the Pre-Emerging Engineering Program. OSHA presentation was conducted for a class of Pre-Engineering students and their instructor. These students are conducting job shadowing activities at several workplaces in the Lehigh Valley and are currently pursuing carriers in the Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical, and Architectural Engineering fields. Topics covered during this presentation included emergency action plans, safe egress, personal protective equipment, hazardous chemicals, first-aid, lockout/tagout of hazardous energy, confined spaces and construction hazards.

      November 22, 2011 – Safety and Health Hazards for the Material Handling and Logistics Program. OSHA presentation was conducted for two classes of Material Handling and Logistics Transportation Technology Program students and their instructors. Topics covered during this presentation included OSHA inspection activities, hazardous within the warehousing industry including but not limited to: hazardous chemicals, personal protective equipment, powered industrial trucks, fire/egress hazards, material handling hazards and ladder safety issues.

      February 16, 2102 – Safety Hazards for the Heavy Equipment Operations and Preventative Maintenance Program. These two OSHA presentations (morning class and afternoon class) were conducted by Rick Walters, CSHO, Allentown Area Office, with various topics discussed including construction site hazards associated with heavy equipment operations (struck-by), excavation issues (caught-in), and service/maintenance work.

      Outreach and Communication

      Events

      Over this past year, there has been three outreach events conducted by the Allentown Area Office (AAO) at the school.

      During the numerous Safety OAC meetings, various safety and health topics were discussed and since many of the members of the Council are from the "private sector", the various issues, ideas, and control strategies are communicated not just within the school but to those employers who permit their safety and health professionals to actively participate on this committee. Note: Several new members have been added to the Safety OAC, which has now expanded the opportunity for both the school to broaden its knowledge with new safety and health initiatives and also provides OSHA the opportunity to communicate and disseminate safety and health information to new stakeholders.

      The Safety Occupational Advisory Council Meetings, which are held throughout the school year, discussed and reviewed numerous safety and health programs, policies and activities. A description (beyond the review and approval of previous meeting minutes) is as follows:

      October 20, 2011 – Student and employee injury reports for 2010-2011 school year, recent inspection conducted by the insurance company, which identified only two recommendations to enhance school (student and faculty) safety, the new S.T. A. R. Program, which stands for Practice Safety , Demonstrate Teamwork , Achievement Equals Success and Show Respect . This is a new program in which staff and instructors have received training and are responsible to educate their students in "correct" respectful behavior. The behavior is rewarded with S.T.A.R. cards which students can then "cash-in" for items. Safety and health activities were reviewed and discussed for Diesel, Center for Automated Manufacturing, and Cooperative Assistance Program (CAP) Auto Specialization.

      December 1, 2011 – Discussions focused new safety flip chart with a comparison to the previous version, the Crisis Planning manuals, exterior door numbering activity (for security and emergency response efforts), acquiring and maintaining of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and the upcoming Globally Harmonized System, roof safety for maintenance personnel, and location of flammable storage cabinets. Safety and health activities were reviewed and discussed for Auto Technology and Indoor/Outdoor Maintenance.

      February 16, 2012 – At this meeting, five new members were welcomed to the Council. A guest (an LCTI faculty member) participated in the meeting and provided an overview of the Safe School Committees' activities. Topics of discussion focused on goals and history of the Occupational Safety Advisory Council Advisory, Bi-weekly Safety Checklists, MSDS on-line system, an update on injury report for both students and faculty, and the school's Certified Workplace Safety Committee report. Safety and health activities were reviewed and discussed for Health Occupations, Dental, Service Occupations Cluster (SOC) Food Service, SOC Hospitality, SOC Laundry, SOC Building Trades, Administrative Office Technology, Pre-Engineering, Web Design and Computer Repair.

      March 22, 2012 – Topics discussed included an update on the fall protection efforts while maintenance is working on the roof, the MSDS on line system (3E), checklists used by instructors/students twice a month, underground tank issue, and staff and student recordable injury reports. Safety and health activities were reviewed and discussed for Welding, Precision Machine Technology, CAP Science, CAP Early Care & Education of Young Children, CAP Home Health, Photography, Auto body, CAP Auto Specialization (follow-up), and Small engines/RV Repair.

      April 19, 2012 – At this meeting, topics covered included a discussion on glove usage for many of the labs (and activities when gloves would not be appropriate), recordable injuries (students and staff members) through March 2012, follow-up review of previous inspections and lab inspection procedures and the various Bi-Monthly Self Inspection Safety Checklists. Safety and health activities were reviewed and discussed for Painting, Electronics, Drafting, Electromechanical, Plumbing, Heating/Ventilation/Air-Conditioning, Cabinet-Making and Carpentry.

    • Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health
    • During this evaluation period, there was no specific effort by this OSHA office in promoting the national dialogue on safety and health with Career and Technical Institutions. However, staff and faculty of LCTI and members of the Safety Advisory Council continue to promote safety and health curriculum and school safety at the various Administrator and other Occupational Advisory Council meetings.

      Contributors :

      James Casey, Praxair Inc.;
      Claude Kohl, Jr., retired;
      Bill Dellicker, retired;
      Daniel Kotran and Linda Pacifico, LCTI;
      Tyrone Reed, Alvin H. Butz, Inc.;
      Craig Berrier, Nestlé – Purina;
      Tom Civic, Scherling-Plough;
      Mark Lapos, Parkland High School;
      Frank Baxter, The Tri-M Group;
      Jordan Hanna, Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.;
      Duane Kerr, IBEW Local Union 375;
      Kathryn Hertzog, Lehigh Valley Health Network;
      Edward Kresge, Retired;
      Richard Warner, Lehigh Carbon Community College;
      Christine Sullivan-Reitz, American Millwork& Cabinetry
      Stephen Hughes, ULine;
      LCTI school faculty, staff and students

    Aliance Products.

    • Training and Education
    • During this evaluation period, PowerPoint presentations have been created and/or modified for the specific topics/subject matter listed above.
      This committee continued discussions on the school's need for use of hearing protection devices and possible implementation of a hearing conservation program. A review of a noise level survey was conducted and the committee is providing insight into a written hearing conservation program, which is still currently being developed.

    • Outreach and Communication
    • As noted above new PowerPoint presentations were developed/modified and used locally

  7. Results
  8. The Alliance activities and products created during the reporting period have enhanced the safety performance and culture throughout the entire school. This is evident by the institutionalization of the standardized self-inspection process that is fairly comprehensive in subject matter, yet individualized for each specific vocational area of study (i.e. commercial baking, health services, carpentry, welding, plumbing, …). Students have been given the responsibility to inspect their laboratory (two times per month) to look for (and when found mitigate) hazardous conditions.

    B. The table below lists each of the activities conducted and the number of individuals reached or trained during the reporting period.

    Type of Activity
    (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)
    Number of Individuals
    Reached or Trained

    Presentation – Safety and Health Issues for the Pre-Emerging Engineering Program (9/23/11)

    13 Students & 1 Instructor

    Meeting – Safety OAC (10/20/11)

    6 Committee Members

    Presentation – Safety and Health Hazards for Material Handling and Logistics Program (11/22/11) – 2 Sessions

    65 Students & 5 Instructors

    Meeting – Safety OAC (12/1/11)

    6 Committee Members

    Meeting – Safety OAC (2/16/12)

    7 Committee Members + 1 Guest

    Presentation – Safety Hazards for the Heavy Equipment Operations and Preventative Maintenance Program

    38 Students and 2 Instructors

    Meeting – Safety OAC (3/22/12)

    13 Committee Members

    Meeting – Safety OAC (4/19/12)

    8 Committee Members

    TOTAL

    165 directly
    3,000 indirectly – all students and staff at LCTI

    C. The only issue that has some bearing on the Alliance's implementation is that the Safety OAC only meets during the school year. Therefore, the insight, technical assistance and expansion of safety and health promotion beyond the school may be somewhat limited. However, the AAO CAS continues to be in constant contact with LCTI officials throughout the entire year, as Building Maintenance and Services are year round.

  9. Upcoming Milestones
  10. The Safety Occupational Advisory Council will continue (at the start of next school year) it's efforts to assist the school in reviewing engineering, administrative and work practice controls for both air contaminants and noise exposure. Additionally, efforts will be made over the summer to enhance the Bi-Monthly Safety Inspection Checklists, by adding the applicable OSHA standard to each item, as a means to providing specific reference information for educational opportunities.

    Report Prepared by: Scott G. Shimandle, Allentown AAO CAS

    For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 202-693-2340 or go to www.osha.gov.