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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
And the
Lehigh Career and Technical Institute

August 30, 2017


  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed

      Original agreement signed on August 23, 2003.
      Renewals: August 23, 2005; March 27, 2008; April 19, 2010; September 6, 2012 (rewrite/renewed); December 12, 2012; December 18, 2014; and January 19, 2017

    2. Evaluation Period

      August 27, 2016 - September 27, 2018

    3. Overview

      The purpose of this Alliance is 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 (young workers entering the workforce), to help promote safe work practices on and off LCTI campus and to ensure that youth understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act0.

    4. Implementation Team Members

      • Tim Rushton LCTI
      • Kurt Adam, LCTI
      • Scott G. Shimandle, USDOL/Allentown Area Office

        Alliance participant

      • Daniel Kotran, LCTI
      • Holly Custodio, LCTI
      • Claude Kohl, retired
      • Craig Berrier, Phillips Pet Foods and Supplies
      • Tom Civic, Merck Sharpe and Dohme, retired
      • James Casey, Praxair Distribution Inc.
      • Bill Horn, Lutron Inc.
      • James Rutt, Just Born Incorporated
      • Anthony Naradko, Parkland School District
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • October 20, 2016 - Safety Occupational Advisory Council Meeting
    • December 15, 2016 - Safety Occupational Advisory Council Meeting
    • January 19, 2017 - Safety Occupational Advisory Council Meeting
    • February 16, 2017 - Safety Occupational Advisory Council Meeting
    • May 18, 2017 - Safety Occupational Advisory Council Meeting

    In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from both groups maintained regular contact throughout the reporting period to monitor the Alliance's progress and results.

  3. Results

    The following table summarizes the Alliance's activities in support of the goals in the Alliance agreement.

    Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives: To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Alliance ProductNo product developed at this time  
    TrainingAn Introduction to OSHA and Most Common Workplace Hazards in Construction and General Industry (2 Sessions)Youth Safety
    Construction
    Falls
    Electrical
    LO/TO
    30
    Speech/PresentationOSHA's New Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protection Regulation New regulation
    Falls
    Youth Safety
    7
    DisseminationYouth related safety news articles
    PA Dept. of Labor and Industry Notices
    NIOSH articles (3-D Printers)
    Bloodborne Pathogen Training Information
    Youth Safety
    Construction
    Falls
    Workplace Violence
    BBP
    200 (estimated based on specific school programs)
    Other Email Communications  Unknown
     
    • Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives: To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on youth safety to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Meetings5 Safety Occupational Advisory Meetings held over the evaluation periodNumerous S/H topics discussed including Safety Committees, SHMS's, Accident Investigations, Machine Guarding and S/H training33 (11 Committee Members) Note: Not all members were attendance at each meeting
     
    Training and Education:
    • To review and provide input on effective training and education curricula for youth entering the workforce to promote understanding of workers' rights, including the use of the OSHA complaint process, and the responsibilities of employers and to communicate such information to workers and employers.
    • To deliver various safety and health related topics including but not limited to: understanding worker rights, fall, struck-by, caught between, electrical hazards, material handling hazards, use of personal protective equipment and hazards associated with chemicals.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    TrainingAn Introduction to OSHA and Most Common Workplace Hazards in Construction and General Industry (2 Sessions)Youth Safety
    Construction
    Falls
    Electrical
    LO/TO
    30
    Speech/PresentationOSHA's New Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protection Regulation New regulation
    Falls
    Youth Safety
    6
     
    Outreach and Communication:
    • To develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's and the LCTI's Web sites) to students, faculty, employers serving on Occupational Advisory Councils and other academic (career and technical) institutions.
    • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or LCTI's conferences, local meetings, or other Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education events.
    • To share information among OSHA personnel, academia and industry safety and health professionals regarding LCTI's best practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the Participants.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    MeetingsSee above  
    TrainingSee above  
    Speech/PresentationSee above  
     
    TOTAL  Approx. 270 (relisted events not counted twice)
  4. Evaluations

    As noted in previous evaluations 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. Additionally, as new articles or resources are identified, the AAO CAS continues to forward information to LCTI's administrators and faculty as relevant and pertinent to their programs.

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    Plans for the next school year include, a review and critique of "Essential Elements of Safety and Health Programs: A Checklist for Career and Technical Education (CTE) Teachers", and to increase the number of Safety Occupational Advisory Council meetings and attendance.

    Report prepared by: Scott G. Shimandle, CAS, Allentown Area Office, August 30, 2017.

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