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  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed: 2-21-03

    Date Renewed: Last Renewal 2-24-09

    Alliance Overview.

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Pittsburgh Area Office, the 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 a small business trade association in the state of Pennsylvania.

    Implementation Team Members.

    Eileen Patrone – Director of Human Resources, SMC
    Rosann Linza – HR Consultant, SMC
    Sam Gualardo – Program Director, PA/OSHA Consultation
    Robert Szymanski – Area Director, OSHA Pittsburgh Area Office
    Robert Carroll – CAS, OSHA Pittsburgh Area Office
     
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    February 18, 2010 - In-person - Churchill PA
    April 9, 2010 - In-person - Churchill PA
    July 6, 2010 - Conference Call
    October 18, 2010 - Conference Call
    January 25, 2011 - In-person - Churchill PA
     
  3. Activities and Products

    Evaluation Period.

    February 13, 2010 to February 14, 2011

    Alliance Activity.
     

    February 2010 - A newsletter article was placed in the SMC newsletter (HRM Update) on respirator protection “OSHA Quick Card: Protect Yourself Respirators”.

    March 2010 - A newsletter article was placed in the SMC newsletter (HRM Update) on protecting yourself when cleaning up after a flood “OSHA Fact Sheet: Flood Cleanup”.

    April 2010 - A newsletter article was placed in the SMC newsletter (HRM Update) on teen worker safety “OSHA Fact Sheet: Young Workers”. This article contained web links to OSHA’s teen worker website and the DOL youth rules website. In addition, a promotional conference update was placed in the newsletter promoting a conference where Ed Selker (Deputy Regional Administrator) was the keynote speaker presenting an OSHA update under the new administration.

    June 2010 - A newsletter article was placed in the SMC newsletter (HRM Update) on “Summer Driving Tips”. This references cell phone/texting distractions.

    October 2010 - A newsletter article was placed in the SMC newsletter (HRM Update) on protecting employees from amputation hazards “Protect Yourself: Amputations”.

    November 2010 - A newsletter article was placed in the SMC newsletter (HRM Update) on “What You Should Know About Your Experience Modification Factor”.

    December 2010 - A newsletter article was placed in the SMC newsletter (HRM Update) on “OSHA: Tips For Safe Winter Driving”. January 2011 - A newsletter article was placed in the SMC newsletter (HRM Update) on “Illegal Immigrants Can Get Workers Compensation Benefits Too, Court Rules”.

    Five of the listed newsletters (February, March, April, October, December) footnote “For more information go to OSHA’s website www.osha.gov or contact your local OSHA Area Office and speak to a duty officer (Pittsburgh Area Office Telephone #: 412-395-4903)”.

    SMC representatives have called throughout the year to discuss various relevant compliance/policy issues and request a variety of OSHA publications. SMC members call throughout the year to voice questions and concerns relating to applicable OSHA standards to include more detailed discussion on some of the newsletter articles.

    Alliance Products.
     

    The SMC Councils’ electronic newsletter (HR Update) is utilized for OSHA related articles and promoting safety and health. In addition, the newsletter contained electronic links to OSHA and CDC websites.

  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 2010 Newsletter article (“OSHA Quick Card: Protect Yourself Respirators") 2000 (Business members)
    March 2010 Newsletter article (“OSHA Fact Sheet: Flood Cleanup ) 2000 (Business members)
    April 2010 Newsletter article (“OSHA Fact Sheet: Young Workers” & Promotion of Safety Conference where Ed Selker, DRA, was the Keynote Speaker) 2000 (Business members)
    June 2010 Newsletter article (“Summer Driving Tips”) 2000 (Business members)
    October 2010 Newsletter article (“Protect Yourself: Amputations”) 2000 (Business members)
    November 2010 Newsletter article (“What You Should Know About Your Experience Modification Factor” ) 2500 (Business members)
    December 2010 Newsletter article (“OSHA: Tips For Safe Winter Driving”) 2000 (Business members)
    January 2011 Newsletter article (“Illegal Immigrants Can Get Workers Compensation Benefits Too, Court Rules”) 2000 (Business members)
    TOTAL 2500 (Business members)


    Note: The individuals reached by each activity represent companies with 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 continues to be extremely positive.
     
  5. Upcoming Milestones

    The SMC Business Council is a small business trade association that provides small businesses with a variety of human resource services. After review of the current administrations change in criteria for formal Alliance agreements requiring either a union signatory or involvement of a worker group, it was found that this criterion was not conducive to renewing this formal Alliance agreement. As of February 14, 2011 the formal Alliance agreement will be closed. Absent the formal Alliance agreement and given the positive working relationship between the past signatories, the Pittsburgh Area Office will continue to work with this organization in an effort to assist the local small business community’s safety and health outreach needs.

    Report Prepared by: Bob Carroll, CAS Pittsburgh Area Office

    For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 202-693-2340 or go to OSHA webpage.