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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
ALLENTOWN AREA OFFICE
THE LEHIGH CAREER AND TECHNICAL INSTITUTE
October 13, 2016


  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed:

    August 23, 2003

    Date Renewed:

    August 23, 2005, March 27, 2008, April 19, 2010, September 6, 2012 (rewrite/renewed) December 12, 2012, renewed December 18, 2014

    Alliance Overview:

    The Alliance was formed to provide Lehigh Career and Technical Institute (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:

    • Tim Rushton LCTI
    • Daniel Kotran, LCTI
    • Holly Custodio, LCTI
    • Kurt Adam, LCTI
    • Scott G. Shimandle, USDOL/Allentown Area Office
    • Claude Kohl, retired
    • Craig Berrier, Alvin H. Butz, Inc.
    • Tom Civic, Merck Sharpe and Dohme
    • James Casey, Praxair Distribution Inc.
    • Bill Horn, Lutron Inc
    • James Rutt, Just Born, Inc.
    • Tyrone Reed, Alvin H. Butz, Inc.
    • Kathyrn Hertzog, Lehigh Valley Health Network
    • Anthony Naradko, Parkland School District

  2. Implementation Team Meetings/Activities

    • December 17, 2015 - Safety Occupational Advisory Council Meeting (10)
    • February 18, 2016 - Safety Occupational Advisory Council Meeting (8)
    • April 14, 2016 - Safety Occupational Advisory Council Meeting (7)

  3. Activities and Products

    Evaluation Period.

    December 17, 2015 – August 26, 2016.

    Alliance Activity.

    • Training and Education

      February 2, 2016 – "An Introduction to OSHA for Marketing /Business and Web Design", a presentation to students with an overview of what the agency does, how inspections are conducted, rights and responsibilities of employers and employees, and a review of workplace hazards for the retail and office environments. Four sessions held with both the morning and afternoon students of both programs.

      March 10, 2016 – "An Introduction to OSHA for Plumbing and Heating", a presentation to morning students with an overview of what the agency does, how inspections are conducted, rights and responsibilities of employers and employees, review of OSHA’s web page with specific attention to the construction excavation safety videos and a review of workplace hazards for the plumbing and HVAC work.

      March 31, 2016 – "An Introduction to OSHA for Plumbing and Heating", a presentation to afternoon students with an overview of what the agency does, how inspections are conducted, rights and responsibilities of employers and employees, review of OSHA’s web page with specific attention to the construction excavation safety videos and a review of workplace hazards for the plumbing and HVAC work.

      May 2, 2016 – "The Importance and Value for Personal Protective Equipment"- Co-presentation with Construction Safety Manager on the need for, importance of and value of using PPE correctly and when required. This presentation was conducted for the entire school faculty, in an effort to reinforce last year’s discussion on PPE Usage.

    • Outreach and Communication

      Over this past evaluation period, there have been several outreach activities conducted by the Allentown Area Office (AAO). As noted above, these presentations were for the students and faculty of the Marketing and Business Program, Web Design Program, and the Plumbing and Heating Program. Additionally, a joint presentation was provided to all of the instructional staff and supervisors on "the importance and value for personal protective equipment". This session was a follow-up to the previous informal discussion and quiz, since there has been some PPE related observations noted over the course of the school year.

      The Safety OAC meetings 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:

      December 17, 2015 – After introductions and review of the previous meeting minutes, we discussed the employee and student recordable injuries. New business included a review of audible/visual alarms for garage doors, safe school grants and equipment needs, and review of the previous audit and corrective action. Labs reviewed included Drafting, Electromechanical, Marketing & Business Education, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth/Space Science, Cafeteria, Commercial Baking, Culinary Arts, Laundry and Health and Fitness Center.

      February 18, 2016 – After the meeting was called to order, and a review of the previous meeting minutes was discussed, a review of the injuries to students, faculty and visitor (one injury) was had. New business included a review of Safe School Grant, the OSHA Alliance, a review of the December findings, and floor concerns. Labs reviewed included Advertising Design/Commercial, Energy Lab, Building Trades Maintenance, Electrical Technology, Precision Machine Tool Technology, Welding Technology, Weatherization, Cabinetmaking & Millwork, Carpentry, Plumbing & Heating, Heating/Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Masonry, Electrical Technology and the new storage area entitled B101.

      April 14, 2016 - After the meeting was called to order, and a review of the previous meeting minutes was discussed, a review of the injuries to students, faculty and a student fight. A review of previous inspection findings, as well as compressed gas storage, bomb threat and upcoming faculty meeting was discussed. Labs reviewed included Cosmetology, Early Care & Education of Young Children, Day Care Center, Administrative Office Technology, Computer & Networking Technology, Dental Technology, Emerging Health Professionals, Health Occupations/Health Related Technology, Hospitality, Web Design, Heavy Equipment Operations & Preventative Maintenance, Supply Chain Management & Logistics Technology, and Landscape Construction/Environmental Design.

      As stated in the previous report, most of the council members are from the "private sector", and with several new members being added the various issues, ideas, and control strategies that are discussed are not contained just within the school but is being shared, communicated and disseminated to new stakeholders.

    • Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health

      During this evaluation period, there were no specific efforts made 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.

    Alliance Products.

    • Training and Education
    • During this evaluation period a PowerPoint presentation had been modified for the specific topics/subject matter listed above.

    • Outreach and Communication
    • As noted above, a PowerPoint presentation was developed/modified for the Pre-Emerging Engineering Program and used locally.

  4. Results

    The Alliance activities conducted during the reporting period, albeit limited, continue to enhance the safety performance and culture throughout the entire school. Faculty and students continue to demonstrate more and more safety knowledge and internal bi-weekly inspections are identifying fewer unsafe conditions as hazards are reported and corrected promptly.

    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
    Meeting - Safety Occupational Advisory Council (2/2/2015) 10 council members
    Outreach – Introduction to OSHA for Marketing/ Business and Web Design Programs (2/2/2016) 2 instructors and 65 students (morning and afternoon sessions)
    Meeting - Safety Occupational Advisory Council (2/18/2016) 8 council members
    Outreach – Intro. To OSHA for Plumbing and Heating Program (3/10/2016) 1 instructor and 22 students (morning session)
    Outreach – Intro. To OSHA for Plumbing and Heating Program (3/31/2016) 1 instructor and 20 students (afternoon session)
    Meeting - Safety Occupational Advisory Council (4/14/2016) 7 council members
    Outreach – The Importance and Value of Personal Protective Equipment (5/2/2016) 150 Faculty Members
    TOTAL 286 (actual)
    3,000 (approximate – all faculty and students)

    As noted previously, the only issue that has some significant bearing on the Alliance’s implementation is that the Safety OAC only meets during the academic 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 functions.

  5. Challenges (past and upcoming)

    As previously noted the Safety OAC meetings have gone to a quarterly schedule. With only four meetings being scheduled, efforts continue to be made to ensure that the entire school and all academic programs will be reviewed by the fourth and final meeting. Efforts continue to be made to have council members regularly attend, as there has only be 4 or 5 (non-school members) actively participating. Note: the Implementation Team Member listing has fewer names, as several of the members have not been actively participating in the efforts of the Safety Occupational Advisory Council.

NOTE: This is the final Alliance report for this agreement. A new Alliance agreement will be developed with LCTI over the next few months and will follow the latest OSHA Alliance Program Directive, SCP 04-01-002, Effective Date: July 29, 2015.

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.

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