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
Rosann Linza – 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, 2006 to February 21, 2007
II. Implementation Team Meetings
III. Events and Products
Training and Education
Outreach and Communication
February 22, 2006 – Met with SMC representatives and provided them with 120 OSHA Small Business Handbooks for handing out to their members. SMC promoted the handbooks in their newsletter.
March 23, 2006 – A meeting was held where the OSHA CAS introduced two EEOC Regional Outreach Personnel to the SMC representatives for setting up contacts for future outreach activities on various areas of coverage. This will allow the SMC Business Council and its members to gain more insight into other government agencies that play a role or impact their workplace settings.
August 1, 2006 – Met with SMC representatives and provided them with OSHA’s Heat Stress Cards for handing out to their members. Also a variety of information relating to heat stress was provided for a newsletter article.
December 8, 2006 – – 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, information on holiday safety, safe winter driving, and OSHA web page use were provided to the SMC representatives for providing to their members and placing in their winter newsletters.
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).
Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health
The information provided was well received. The members of the association found the information to be valuable in assisting them with 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
Recently, the SMC staff personnel involved in the original implementation of the Alliance have left the association to pursue other opportunities. OSHA representatives have established a positive working relationship with the new HR Consultant and are looking forward to meeting and working with the new Director of People Management Resources.
An Alliance Renewal Agreement was signed the previous year (2-14-05). The renewal agreement contains a clause that states the agreement will remain in effect for two years and will automatically be renewed annually thereafter. Presently, the current representatives of the signatory parties plan on maintaining and continuing the Alliance.
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.