Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program << Back to Region III


  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    March 29, 2004

    Overview

    Cooperative initiative to assist PA Chamber members with information and out reach assistance in a effort become fully compliant with OSHA Standards and Regulations.

    Implementation Team Members

    OSHA Members: Robert M. Fink, Area Director; David Roccasecca, Assistant Area Director; Ernest T. Warlow, Compliance Assistance Specialist

    PA Chamber Members: Susan Smith, Director, Customer Learning; David Kreider, VP of Finance & Administration

    Evaluation Period

    March 29, 2004 thru June 14, 2005

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    September 28, 2004 - Harrisburg Area Office - Joint planning meeting for the 2005 Annual OSHA and Workplace Safety Conference.

    March through May, 2005 - Approximately twelve contacts (telephone conference calls and e-mail exchanges) finalizing plans for the May 26, 2005 conference and/or discussing plans for the September 15, 2005 "Ask OSHA" Roundtable meeting with small and medium size employers.

  3. Events and Products

    Training and Education

    • Events

      1. June 17, 2004 - "2004 Annual OSHA and Workplace Safety Conference" sponsored by the PA Chamber. OSHA staff presented two workshops. One was a general workshop on compliance with OSHA Standards. The second workshop dealt with OSHA inspection procedures.
      2. May 26, 2005 - "2005 Annual OSHA and Workplace Safety Conference" sponsored by the PA Chamber. OSHA staff presented two workshops. The first workshop topic was "PSM & Emergency Response". The second workshop was "Lockout/Tagout & Electrical Standards".
    • Products

      No products were developed or planned as part of this Alliance.
    Outreach and Communication

    • Events

      N/A

    • Products

      N/A
    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    • Events

      N/A

    • Products

      N/A
  4. Results

    The first year of the Alliance was primarily devoted to initial planning activities and providing support and speakers for the Chamber's 2004 and 2005 Annual Safety Conferences. Similar activities will occur during the second year of the Alliance, however, we will also try to establish an effective means for distributing OSHA information to the Chamber's 10,000 members (see Section V). There is frequent distrust of OSHA and the Federal government amongst small employers and our initial efforts will be geared toward alleviating those fears and establishing effective communications.

    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    Conference 70
    Conference 106
    TOTAL 176

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    1. September 15, 2005 - a half day "Ask OSHA" Roundtable presentation and open forum discussion with small to medium size employers is scheduled for the Holiday Inn, Grantville, PA.

    2. Two or three meetings will be held with the Chamber representatives during the next year to develop and implement procedures for disseminating OSHA information to their members. The Pennsylvania Chamber is currently the second largest state Chamber in the United States. They have over 10,000 members; 82% are considered small employers with less than 100 employees and 1/3 of their members have less than 10 employees.