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FEBRUARY 27, 2010

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed:

    February 27, 2009

    Date Renewed:

    Not applicable at this time.

    Alliance Overview

    The TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce, is located in Pottstown, Pa., and serves more than 700 businesses in northern Chester, southeastern Berks, western Montgomery counties, and along the Pennsylvania Route 422 Corridor. Through this Alliance, OSHA and the Chamber will provide Chamber members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing employee injuries and illnesses. Training and educational programs that have been offered under the Alliance agreement include various safety and health topics including: "Preparing for an OSHA Inspection", "OSHA Recordkeeping Rules and Regulations", "Most Common General Industry Workplace Hazards and Violations" and "Elements of an Effective Safety and Health Program".

    Implementation Team Members

    P. Timothy Phelps
    President, TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce
    Kitty Papp
    Special Events Director, TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce
    Scott G. Shimandle
    Compliance Assistance Specialist, USDOL/Allentown Area Office
  2. Implementation Team Meetings
  3. February 27, 2009     Alliance Signing at Pancakes & Politics Chamber Breakfast

    March 23, 2009     Email correspondence for upcoming outreach seminar

    March 25, 2009     Outreach Seminar - Preparing for an OSHA Inspection

    April 15, 2009     Email correspondence for upcoming outreach seminar

    June 10, 2009     Email correspondence from Office of Public Affairs (OPA) - upcoming seminar has been listed in local paper

    June 22, 2009     Email correspondence confirming seminar and attendees

    June 25, 2009     Outreach Seminar - OSHA Recordkeeping Regulations

    Sept. 11, 2009     Email correspondence confirming seminar and attendees

    Sept. 17, 2009     Outreach Seminar - Most Common Gen. Ind. Hazards

    December 3, 2009     Email correspondence for upcoming outreach seminar

    December 8, 2009     Outreach Seminar - Effective Safety and Health Programs

    January 20, 2010     Email correspondence to schedule an Implementation Team Meeting for next series of seminars

    January 22, 2010     Email correspondence for Implementation Team Meeting on February 4, 2010

    February 1, 2010     Email and telephone conversation rescheduling the Implementation Team Meeting for Feb. 19, 2010

    February 19, 2010     Implementation Team Planning Meeting

  4. Activities and Products
  5. Evaluation Period

    February 27, 2009 through February 26, 2010

    Alliance Activity

    Training and Education

    • March 25, 2009 - OSHA 101 - Preparing for an OSHA Inspection Seminar. The presentation discussed all aspects of an OSHA inspection. From the opening conference and presentation of OSHA credentials to reviewing records and interviewing employees; to conducting the walk-around and monitoring for health related hazards. Additionally, the closing conference and citation processing issues were discussed as well as the informal conference and formal contest procedures.
    • June 25, 2009 - OSHA Recordkeeping Rules and Regulations. This presentation discussed the rules and regulations with the recording of work-related injuries and illnesses as well as the requirements for maintaining the records and reporting of work related fatalities and catastrophes.
    • September 17, 2009 - Most Common General Industry Hazards and Violations. Since most of the attendees have been from the manufacturing and service related industries this presentation was tailored to discuss and depict common hazards and violated conditions in general industry work environments. A portion of this presentation was a hazard recognition workshop.
    • December 8, 2009 - Effective Safety and Health Programs. This presentation discussed the elements of an effective safety and health program and reviewed the need for management commitment and employee involvement; conducting a worksite analysis and identifying appropriate and adequate hazard controls; and effective training and communication to/for all employees.

    Outreach and Communication


      See seminar events listed above.

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health

      No events were conducted to promote the National dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health during this time period. All dialogue has been on a local level.

    Alliance Products

    • Training and Education
    • PowerPoint presentations have been created and/or modified for the specific topics/subject matter listed above. PowerPoint presentations were provided in handout format for note-taking purposes.

    • Outreach and Communication
    • As noted above new PowerPoint presentations were developed/modified and used locally.

    • Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health
    • No products developed at this time.

  6. Results

    It has been recognized by the Implementation Team, that the outreach sessions have not been as well attended as originally hoped. In part, there is still some reservation about a training/outreach session with a regulatory agency and a fear of asking regulatory related questions during the outreach as there is some concern that enforcement activities may be triggered by active participation in the event. In addition to this attendance and participation issue, it was identified that another organization (an occupational healthcare provider) in the area had been conducting its safety and health seminars on the same days as those listed below (with this Chapter). Since many members below to both groups several chose to attend the healthcare session as their "safety peer group" as it has been in existence for several years - and this Alliance (with the TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce) has only been in place for a period of less than one year. Attendance does appear to be growing and the attendees are becoming more comfortable with the (OSHA) activities with the Chamber. The Chamber continues to solicit information from the attendees by requesting completion of a Survey. The information obtained from the surveys is listed below.

    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    Alliance Signing and Overview of Goals 25
    Preparing for an OSHA Inspection 6
    OSHA Recordkeeping 12
    Most Common Gen. Industry Hazards 8
    Effective Safety & Health Programs 11
    Total 62

    The Chamber surveyed the attendees by asking them 7 questions, 6 of which were directly related to the days outreach event. The survey questions are as follows:

    1. The session content was relative to my job.
    2. My goals in attending the program were met.
    3. The length of the program was appropriate.
    4. The geographic location of the meeting was suitable.
    5. The speaker was an effective presenter.
    6. Overall rating of this seminar.

    In review of the evaluations the following data (average) was obtained. On a scale of 1 to 4, with 4 being the highest:




































    As a result of activities with this Chamber and one of its members, an additional outreach activity (not sponsored by the Chamber) had been arranged and conducted to address safety and health issues within the construction industry. This event was for employers and union organizations, principally in the steel erection trades. This activity was conducted on October 29, 2009 with 25 attendees.

  7. Upcoming Milestones

    As a result of the planning meeting conducted on February 19, 2010 and after review of the Outreach Surveys, it was identified that the next four events will cover 1) Control of Hazardous Energy (LO/TO), 2) Job Safety Analysis, 3) Certified Safety Committees and 4) Accident Investigation/Root Cause Analysis. At the conclusion of the final event, the Implementation Team will meet to evaluate and discuss the efforts of this agreement in order to determine if the agreement will be renewed and/or modified.

    Report Prepared by: Scott G. Shimandle

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

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