Date Alliance Signed:
March 29, 2004
Date Alliance Renewed:
August 10, 2005;
August 20, 2007
August 20, 2009
The Pennsylvania Chamber is the largest broad-based business association in
Pennsylvania and the second largest state Chamber in the United States. The
Chamber has over 10,000 members; 82% being considered small employers with less
than 100 employees and 1/3 of their members having less than 10 employees. By
combining OSHA’s safety expertise with the broad base of employers who belong to
the PA Chamber, OSHA’s resources can be leveraged more effectively. Our common
goal is to help employers through outreach, training and educational safety
programs that they can take back to and implement at their individual work
The Alliance between OSHA and the PA Chamber provides a platform to reach small
employers and provide necessary information, guidance, access to training on a
variety of safety regulations, and best practices from the OSHA website. These
are all resources that companies may not realize exist without these OSHA
sessions which are organized and facilitated by the PA Chamber. Each year the
alliance conducts 3 Roundtable sessions to help employers, their safety managers
and employees with professional and business development. A true win-win for all
parties, while meeting OSHA’s objective, to furnish to each of his employees
employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards.
Implementation Team Members
OSHA Members: A. Bryan Seal, Area Director; Dale Glacken, Compliance Assistance
PA Chamber Members: Susan Smith, Director, Educational Services; Don Holt, VP of
Finance and Operations.
August 21, 2008 thru August 20, 2009.
Implementation Team Meetings
August 2008 through August 2009 – Numerous contacts (telephone conference calls
and e-mail exchanges) were made to prepare for each of the three Roundtable
sessions. The more notable include:
- September, 30 2008: Meeting between Mr. Bryan Seal, the new Area Director for
the Harrisburg Area Office and the PA Chamber to meet and discuss ways we can
support and help each other achieve OSHA’s goals and objectives. The Chamber
discussed plans to broaden their OSHA base from the Harrisburg area and extend
it into other locations in the state.
- April, 29 2009, May 12, 2009, May 13, 2009, June 26, 2009, August 3 and
August 4 2009: Additional planning calls/conversations for the next two
roundtables and discussions to prepare the alliance renewal document and annual
Events and Products
Training and Education
Outreach and Communication
- September 9, 2008, Fall Half Day OSHA Roundtable: The Harrisburg Area Office
(HAO) CAS provided opening remarks and an OSHA Update for members of the PA
Chamber of Business and Industry’s, "Ask OSHA Roundtable" in Harrisburg, PA. The
session was also attended by HAO Assistant Area Director (AAD), Mr. Matt Bole
who presented information on "Prevention of Combustible Dust Explosions". Doctor
Timothy Allen, M.D., from Concentra, presented "Complying with OSHA’s Bloodborne
Pathogens Standard" and "Value and Timing of Flue Shot Programs". There were 90
attendees at the roundtable.
- March 19, 2009, Spring Half Day OSHA Roundtable: Opening comments were
provided by Mr. Bryan Seal, new Area Director for the Harrisburg Area Office.
Two other sessions were conducted, "Complying with the Confined Space Entry
Standard" as presented by Mr. Charles Baker from Compliance Management
International (CMI) and "Complying with the Trenching and Excavating Standard"
as presented by Mr. Joe Boslet from Inservco Insurance Services. 48 people were
in attendance. The PA Chamber went beyond the scope of our Alliance and
presented similar sessions through out the Commonwealth giving business an
opportunity to meet their local Area Directors from throughout the state.
Sessions were held in Pittsburgh, 30 were in attendance, Scranton, 30 were in
attendance and in Valley Forge where 50 were in attendance. Overall the Chamber
was able to help us reach 158 companies on these topics.
- May 19, 2009, Full Day OSHA Roundtable: Opening comments and an update on
Personal Protective Equipment requirements were provided by Dale Glacken.
Additional presentations included: "Preventing Arc Flash and Electrical
Injuries" as presented by Mr. Jack Creamer from Pennsylvania Power and Light (PPL)
Corporation, "Complying with the Lockout/Tagout Standard" as presented by Walt
Siegfried, Senior Program Manager, ATL International, Inc., "Complying with the
HAZCOM Standard" as presented by Jeffrey Lee, Director of Safety, Brubacher
Excavating, Inc, "Dust Explosion Hazard Assessment" as presented by Dr. Vahid
Ebadat, CEO of Chilworth Technology and "Surviving OSHA Inspections" as
presented by Steve High, Consultant, High Safety Services, Ltd. 92 members of
the Chamber were present for this event.
On August 20, 2008 the PA Chamber interviewed the Compliance Assistance
Specialist (CAS) from the Harrisburg Area Office for an article to appear in the
PA Chambers magazine, the "Advocate". The article focused on publicizing efforts
OSHA has taken to help employers with their safety and health programs.
Each quarter the PA Chamber sends 5000 of its members the "PA Chamber Expert" a
newsletter giving members safety information, some from the OSHA website and
links to safety information. The bottom of the page provides members with
"Helpful Resources"; the first link listed is the OSHA webpage. Over the last
year the Pa Chamber has included articles on many safety topics in the "PA
Chamber Expert", such as:
- Fall 2008 Newsletter: General Industry Load Handling Fixtures and OSHA
Training Centers for Region III – Pennsylvania
- Winter 2008 Newsletter: Frequently Asked Questions about Powered Industrial
- Spring 2009 Newsletter: A Reminder about Compressed Gas Safety,
- Summer 2009 Newsletter: Standard Operating Procedures – Grounds Maintenance
Safety and OSHA Offers Tips on Working Safely in Hot Weather.
Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health
The fifth year of the Alliance has been devoted to presenting information to the
Chamber’s members at three different "Ask OSHA Roundtable" sessions. Similar
activities are planned for the sixth year of the Alliance. During this last year
the Chamber expanded their efforts and offered additional Half Day Round Tables
in Pittsburgh, Scranton and Valley Forge.
Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)
Individuals Reached or Trained
Half day, "Ask OSHA roundtable"
Half day, "Ask OSHA roundtable"
Full day, "Ask OSHA roundtable"
For the 2009/2010 meeting year, several goals have been established to
enhance the outcomes of this alliance including:
- Two half day Roundtables will be conducted this coming year with a full day
- Planning has already begun for the first Half Day Roundtable to be held on
September 10, 2009. We will present an OSHA Update, review fall protection
requirements, Respirator Protection requirements and Complying with the Powered
Industrial Truck Standard (Forklifts). We will continue to have meetings with
the Chamber to work out the details for each.
- We have plans to help the Chamber update one of their publications, "OSHA
Handbook" for their members.