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February 22, 2007

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    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

    Evaluation Period

    February 21, 2006 to February 21, 2007

  2. Implementation Team Meetings
    February 22, 2006
    In-person - Churchill, PA
    June 29, 2006
    In-person - Churchill, PA
    August 1, 2006
    In-person - Churchill, PA
    December 8, 2006
    In-person - Churchill, PA
    February 1, 2007
    Conference Call
  3. 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

  4. Results

    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.

    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    Heat Stress Card Distribution 300
    Newsletter Information (Heat Stress, Holiday Safety, Safe Winter Driving, Small Business Handbook, OSHA Web Site) 4000 (Members in the organization)
    Cold Stress Card Distribution 300
    Total 4000 (Members in the organization)

    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.

  5. 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.

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