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February 22, 2008

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    Original Agreement: 2-21-03

    Renewal Agreement: 2-14-05

    Renewal Agreement: 3-6-07


    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

    Eileen Patrone
    Director of Human Resources - 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, 2007 to February 15, 2008

  2. Implementation Team Meetings
    February 28, 2007
    In-person - Churchill, PA
    March 6, 2007
    In-person - Churchill, PA
    June 31, 2007
    Conference Call
    August 17, 2007
    In-person - Churchill, PA
    December 12, 2007
    In-person - Churchill, PA
    February 15, 2008
    In-person - Churchill, PA
  3. Events and Products

    Outreach and Communication

    February 28, 2007 - Met with SMC representatives and reviewed the compliance assistance information on OSHA's website that is available for small businesses.

    February 2007 - A paragraph was placed in the SMC newsletter (HRM Update) reminding employers to post the OSHA Recordkeeping Summary Form. The paragraph included a reference to OSHA's website on where to access the recordkeeping forms.

    March 2007 - A newsletter article was placed in the SMC newsletter (HRM Update) on the release of the new poster and a reference to the website where OSHA publications can be accessed.

    April 2007 - In a newsletter article discussing Avian and Pandemic Flu, OSHA's website referencing the publication Guidance on Influenza Pandemic was listed.

    October 2007 - An article describing and promoting the PA/OSHA Consultation Program was placed in the SMC newsletter (HRM Update)

    September 2007 - An article containing the information in the "Portable Ladder Safety Tips" Quick Card was placed in the SMC newsletter (HRM Update)

    December 12, 2007 - Met with SMC representatives and provided them with thirty OSHA publications on Pandemic Flu.

    January 2008 - An article on basic questions about OSHA's recordkeeping standard was placed in the SMC newsletter (HRM Update)

    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).

  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

    February 2007 Newsletter (Recordkeeping summary form and website access to forms) 2500 (Business members)
    March 2007 Newsletter (New poster and website access to publications) 2500 (Business members)
    April 2007 Newsletter (Website access to OSHA publication on Guidance on Pandemic Influenza) 2500 (Business members)
    September 2007 Newsletter (Portable Ladder Safety Tips) 2500 (Business members)
    October 2007 Newsletter (PA/OSHA Consultation Program) 2500 (Business members)
    Pandemic Flu publications 30
    January 2008 Newsletter (Basic questions about recordkeeping standards) 2500 (Business members)
    Total 2500 (Business members)

    Note: The individuals reached by each activity represent companies with many employees that would be directly affected by the safety and health information provided. In addition, the SMC Newsletter (HRM Update) is accessible to the general public on the SMC website.

    The working relationship between the Alliance Signatories and the feedback on the Alliance has been extremely positive. The SMC Director of Human Resources and the President of the organization have recently changed. The new Director of HR and the President both endorse and support the Alliance. March 6, 2007 the second renewal agreement was signed (Formalizing the automatic renewal clause required in the agreements by the National Office).

  5. 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.

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