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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
And the
Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry
August 23, 2016


  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed

      March 29, 2004

    2. Evaluation Period

      March 5, 2015 – March 29, 2016

    3. Overview

      OSHA and Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry (PCBI) intend to work together to with a continued emphasis on reducing and preventing exposure to hazards associated predominantly with the general industry sector. Specifically, OSHA and PCBI are committed to providing PCBI members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).

    4. Implementation Team Members

      OSHA

      Kevin G. Kilp
      Area Director/ USDOL/OSHA Harrisburg Area Office.
      Dale Glacken
      Compliance Assistance Specialist/ USDOL/OSHA Harrisburg Area Office.

      Alliance participant

      Susan Smith
      Director, Educational Services/ PA Chamber of Business and Industry.
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • Mar 30, 2015: Discussed results from the roundtables.
    • April 10, 2015: Notified by the Bureau of Workers Compensation that they will not be conducting a State Certified Safety Committee training this year. Began planning topics for a Fall Roundtable.
    • April 17, 2015: Began discussions with Pittsburgh Area Office (PAO) regarding the Basic Elements of the Injury and Illness Prevention Program (I2P2).
    • April 29, 2015: Modified the agenda for the Fall roundtable.
    • June 5, 2015: Discussed the results/feedback received from the June session.
    • June 20, 2015: Initial conference call to set up the 2016 agenda. Planned a June offering of the OSHA 10-Hour class. Spring session will be offered in the fall.
    • July 20, 2015: Setting possible dates for 2016 10-Hour OSHA Course.
    • Jan 14, 2016: Planning Meeting. Set dates for the OSHA Roundtable, Workers Compensation Recertification for State Certified Safety Committees and OSHA Roundtable for Sept 23, 2016 and on October 27 in Valley Forge.

    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, refine details for each event and discuss results.

  3. Results

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

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    Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives

    Goal 1: 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 Initiative Supported Number Reached
    Other PA Chamber published the OSHA Handbook, 6th edition which describes employer responsibilities and worker rights and sold to their membership. 125 Handbooks have been soldin this reporting period.
    • Worker Rights
    125
    Speech/ Presentation

    The Chamber hosted OSHA Roundtables which provided PCBI members with details on occupational safety and health laws and standards. Additional information was provided on OSHA’s National, Regional and Local Emphasis Programs.

    March 5, 2015 (Harrisburg) and March 19, 2015 (Valley Forge): OSHA Roundtables: During the half day session the following topics were presented: Requirements to Protect the Safety of Temporary Workers, Mandatory Training under the Globally Harmonized System for Hazard Communication, and OSHA’s New Recordkeeping Requirements including Injury and Illness Reports.

    June 3, 2015 (Camp Hill): OSHA and Workplace Safety Conference: During the full day session the following topics were presented: OSHA Update, Fall Protection from the Rooftop, Respiratory Protection, Ergonomics, and Confined Spaces.

    September 17, 2015 (Camp Hill) and October 9, 2015 (Canonsburg): OSHA & Workplace Safety Roundtables: During the half day session the following topics were presented: Basic Elements of the Injury and Illness Prevention Program (I2P2) and Physical Safety 101.

    • Small Businesses
    • Temporary Workers
    • Hazard Communication
    • Recordkeeping/ Reporting
    • Fall Protection
    • Respiratory Protection,
    • Ergonomics,
    • Confined Spaces
    • Safety and Health Programs
    • Hazard Recognition
    147

    Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives

    Goal 2: To encourage worker participation in the PCBI sponsored Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers' Compensation, Health and Safety Division, annual employer safety committee recertification training event.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Initiative Supported Number Reached
    No Activities The Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) did not offer a recertification event this year. In lieu of the event, the BWC offered a series of webinars.

    Training and Education

    Goal 1: To develop or assist in the development of effective training and education programs for member companies and others regarding hazards within the general industry sector and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Initiative Supported Number Reached
    Webinar October 29, 2014: The PCBI held a free webinar, Employer Response to Ebola to support the Ebola Awareness initiative by OSHA and the World Health Organization. The session covered what is Ebola, the symptoms, how companies should protect their workers and how to conduct a risk assessment. This session was most impactful to those companies who were doing business/had employees travel to parts of the world where Ebola is present.
    • Infectious Disease
    • Ebola
    200

    Training and Education

    Goal 2: To present occupational safety and health information at least annually, to PCBI members on OSHA General Industry compliance.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Initiative Supported Number Reached
    Speech/Presentation

    The group presented general industry compliance topics at OSHA Roundtables held throughout the year.

    March 5, 2015 (Harrisburg) and March 19, 2015 (Valley Forge): OSHA Roundtables: During the half day session the following topics were presented: Requirements to Protect the Safety of Temporary Workers, Mandatory Training under the Globally Harmonized System for Hazard Communication, and OSHA’s New Recordkeeping Requirements including Injury and Illness Reports.

    June 3, 2015 (Camp Hill): OSHA and Workplace Safety Conference: During the full day session the following topics were presented: OSHA Update, Fall Protection from the Rooftop, Respiratory Protection, Ergonomics, and Confined Spaces.

    September 17, 2015 (Camp Hill) and October 9, 2015 (Canonsburg): OSHA & Workplace Safety Roundtables: During the half day session the following topics were presented: Basic Elements of the Injury and Illness Prevention Program (I2P2) and Physical Safety 101.

    Overall: National and Local Emphasis Programs.

    OSHA Top 10 violations

    • Temporary Workers
    • Hazard Communication
    • Recordkeeping
    • Fall Protection
    • Respiratory Protection,
    • Ergonomics,
    • Confined Spaces
    • Safety and Health Programs
    • Hazard Recognition
    147

    Outreach and Communication

    Goal 1: 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 PCBI Web site) to employers and workers in the industry.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Initiative Supported Number Reached
    Dissemination

    The PCBI has helped OSHA disseminate information to their members about new and changing OSHA initiatives. A few are listed below:

    • Ebola awareness.
    • Updates to the OSHA Recordkeeping Reporting Rule.
    • Worker Exposure to Silica during Countertop Manufacturing.
    • Falls Cost, Safety Pays: in support of the National Safety Stand-Down for Falls.
    • Water Rest and Shade: Heat Stress campaign.
    • OSHA Emphasis on Amputation Hazards: guarding hazards and lock out/tag out.
    • Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines.
    • Protecting Whistleblowers: Recommended practices for Employers for Preventing and Addressing Retaliation.
    • Improving Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses.
    • Small Businesses
    • Infectious Diseases
    • Recordkeeping/ Reporting
    • Silica Health Hazard
    • Fall Protection
    • Heat Stress
    • Amputation
    • Safety and Health Programs
    • Whistleblower
    • Recordkeeping/ Reporting
    12,000

    Outreach and Communication

    Goal 2: To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or PCBI conferences, local meetings, or other applicable events.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Initiative Supported Number Reached
    Speech/Presentation

    The Chamber hosted 4 OSHA Roundtables throughout the Commonwealth and one Workplace Safety Conference. OSHA and PCBI participated during these events.

    March 5, 2015 (Harrisburg) and March 19, 2015 (Valley Forge): OSHA Roundtables: During the half day session the following topics were presented: Requirements to Protect the Safety of Temporary Workers, Mandatory Training under the Globally Harmonized System for Hazard Communication, and OSHA’s New Recordkeeping Requirements including Injury and Illness Reports.

    June 3, 2015 (Camp Hill): OSHA and Workplace Safety Conference: During the full day session the following topics were presented: OSHA Update, Fall Protection from the Rooftop, Respiratory Protection, Ergonomics, and Confined Spaces.

    September 17 (Camp Hill) and October 9, 2015 (Canonsburg): OSHA & Workplace Safety Roundtables: During the half day session the following topics were presented: Basic Elements of the Injury and Illness Prevention Program (I2P2) and Physical Safety 101.

    • Temporary Worker
    • Hazard Communication
    • Recordkeeping/ Reporting
    • Fall Protection
    • Respiratory Protection,
    • Ergonomics,
    • Confined Spaces
    • Safety and Health Programs
    • Hazard Recognition
    147

    Outreach and Communication

    Goal 3: To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding PCBI good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by OSHA and PCBI.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Initiative Supported Number Reached
    Other The Alliance partners continue to encourage employers to empower their employees and increase involvement with safety, by promoting worker safety committees. This included distribution of OSHA’s draft guidelines for Safety and Health Program Management.
    • Safety and Health Programs
    12,000
    TOTAL     12,482
  4. Evaluations

    Responses from the attendees were conglomerated for the three OSHA Roundtables. 12% of the attendees participated in the evaluation:

    Overall Quality: 75%
    Speaker Expertise: 83%
    Handouts: 77%
    Facility: 81%

    Participants suggested the following topics for future events:

    • Lockout/Tagout.
    • Workers’ Compensation as it applies to Temp Workers.
    • Hazwoper.
    • Crane Safety.
    • Walking/Working Surfaces.
    • Confined Space.
    • First Aid Brigades/Teams.
    • OSHA Basics for the beginner Safety Manager.
    • Abatement and Mitigation Procedures.
    • Occupational Chemical Exposures.
    • Ergonomics.
    • Aging Workplace.
    • Repeat Physical Safety 101, make the session longer, more detail.
    • Physical Safety in an Office Environment.
    • Identifying loss drivers, implementing and monitoring controls with strategies to get results.
    • Safety for retailers.
    • Injury and Illness Prevention Programs (I2P2) program and how it tied into Injury and Illness.

    Workplace Safety Conference. 17% of the attendees participated in the evaluation:

    Overall Quality: 97%
    Speaker Expertise: 100%
    Handouts: 81%
    Facility: 91%

    Although recommendations were solicited, no suggested topics were provided by the participants.

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    Participants have planned similar events for 2016. The Pa Chamber will offer a two full day session in June to provide the general industry 10-Hour course and a half day session describing safety committee requirements in September.

Report prepared by: Dale Glacken, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Harrisburg Area Office, April 29, 2016.

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