Back to Concluded Regional Alliances - Region III
I. Alliance Background
Original Agreement: 2-21-03 Renewal Agreement: 2-14-05
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Pittsburgh Area Office, Pennsylvania/OSHA Consultation Program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and the SMC Business Councils aligned to promote safe and healthful working conditions at small business facilities/worksites, by better educating the smaller business community on the resources and support available to them through OSHA and PA/OSHA Consultation. The SMC Business Councils is the largest small business trade association in the state of Pennsylvania.
Implementation Team Members
Karen Campbell – Vice President/Director, SMC People Management Resources
Kathleen Green – Employment Director/HR Consultant, SMC
John Engler – Project Manager, PA/OSHA Consultation
Bob Szymanski – Area Director, Pittsburgh OSHA Area Office
Bob Carroll – CAS, Pittsburgh OSHA Area Office
February 21, 2005 to February 21, 2006
II. Implementation Team Meetings
III. Events and Products
Training and Education
September 21, 2005 - The Pittsburgh Area OSHA Office participated in an SMC sponsored training conference titled "Employers’ Survival Conference on Safety and Emergency Preparedness –Practical Advice for Your Business". OSHA representatives presented a training session on OSHA standards addressing workplace emergencies, frequently cited standards addressing emergencies, and emergency incidents/accidents investigated by OSHA. Also as part of the conference the OSHA representatives participated in a group panel discussion.
Outreach and Communication
June 10, 2005 – Met with SMC representatives and provided them with OSHA’s Laminated Heat Stress Cards (Addresses recognition of symptoms and precautions to take relating to heat stress) for handing out to their members.
August/September 2005 – An article titled "Ask OSHA" was published in the SMC newsletter. The questions related to hazard communications, recordkeeping, and fire prevention plan requirements.
December 5, 2005 – Met with SMC representatives and provided them with OSHA’s Laminated Cold Stress Cards (Addresses recognition of symptoms and precautions to take relating to cold Stress) for handing out to their members. In Addition, a copy of a joint OSHA/nhtsa document titled "Tips for Safe Winter Driving" was provided to the SMC representative for placing it in their winter newsletters.
January/February 2006 – An article titled "Basic Questions about OSHA’s Recordkeeping Standard was published in the SMC newsletter.
SMC representatives have called throughout the year to discuss various relevant compliance/policy issues and request a variety of OSHA publications (Mainly geared to General Industry).
The information provided was well received. The members of the association found the information to be valuable in assisting them in promoting and providing improved safety and health at the facilities they work at or consult for.
Note: The individuals reached by each activity represent companies with many employees that would be directly affected by the safety and health information provided.
The working relationship between the Alliance Signatories and the feedback on the Alliance has been extremely positive.
V. Upcoming Milestones
The Alliance is looking into future opportunities in providing information for affected parties through training seminars, newsletters, and possibly a Safety and Health Conference. The Alliance Signatories will continue to work together to address the safety and health needs of the affected parties.