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Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Pennsylvania OSHA Consultation Program at Indian University of PA
And the
Upper Bucks County Technical School (UBCTS)
September 18, 2017

  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed

      September 17, 2015, Renewed September 14. 2017

    2. Evaluation Period

      September 17, 2016 – September 16, 2017

    3. Overview

      The purpose of this Alliance is to provide Upper Bucks County Technical School (UBCTS) with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers (including young/student workers), particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to various workplace hazards, and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).

    4. Implementation Team Members


      Scott G. Shimandle, Compliance Assistance Specialist – USDOL/OSHA - Allentown

      Alliance participant

      Cynthia Mellen, CSP, Safety Consultant, PA-OSHA Consultation at Indiana Univ. of PA
      Michael Herrera, Ed.D. Supervisor of Career and Technical Education, UBCTS

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • March 9, 2017
    • July 26, 2017
    • Sept. 14, 2017

    Two meetings had been cancelled due to weather conditions and another meeting was held without OSHA or PA OSHA Consultation participation since there was no formal agenda and the meeting was expected to be brief. In addition to the meetings that were held, the Alliance participants from all three groups maintained regular contact throughout the reporting period to monitor the Alliance's progress and results.

  3. Results

    The following table summarizes the Alliance's activities in support of the goals in the Alliance agreement.

    Raising Awareness of OSHA’s Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives:

    • To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Alliance Product No product developed at this time    
    OSHA Product Review Continued review of Safety Inspection Checklist and Safety Committee By-Laws Safety and Health Management System (SHMS) 8
    Training (5/2/2017) Safety and Health for the Young Worker In Construction (students in School-to-Work Program and various construction related programs) Youth Safety
    Speech/Presentation Safety Committee Form and Function (Administration and Faculty Members) SHMS 8
    Dissemination OSHA regulation excerpts SHMS
    Other Email communications Youth Safety Issues (PPE) and young worker injuries Unknown
    Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives:
    • To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on youth safety to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Meetings 3 meetings attended over the evaluation period Numerous safety and health topics discussed including Safety Committees, SHMS's, Accident/Incident Reporting and Investigations, Ladder Safety, Machine Guarding and Safety and Health training 17*
    * not all members were in attendance
    Training and Education:
    • To review and provide input on effective training and education curricula for youth entering the workforce to promote understanding of workers' rights, including the use of the OSHA complaint process, and the responsibilities of employers and to communicate such information to workers and employers.
    • To deliver various safety and health related training and education on topics including but not limited to: understanding worker rights, fall, struck-by, caught between, electrical hazards, material handling hazards, use of personal protective equipment and hazards associated with chemicals.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Training (5/2/2017) Safety and Health for the Young Worker In Construction (students in School-to-Work Program and various construction related programs) Youth Safety
    Outreach and Communication:
    • To develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's and the UBCTS Web sites) to students, faculty, employers serving on Occupational Advisory Councils and other academic (career and technical) institutions.
    • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or UBCTS's conferences, local meetings, or other Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education events.
    • To share information among OSHA personnel, academia and industry safety and health professionals regarding UBCTS's best practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the Participants.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Meetings See above    
    Speech/Presentation See above    
    TOTAL  93
  4. Evaluations

    This Alliance is still in its developmental phases, as the school is still in the process of revitalizing its Safety and Health Committee and has recently adopted new bylaws and has developed some new subcommittees. Tours of the facility have been conducted with a review of all career and technical programs and efforts are being made to assist in program review and development for faculty and students.

    Outreach has been conducted with students and faculty of the Cabinetmaking, Carpentry, Electrical, Construction and Plumbing Programs, with other programs being scheduled over the next year.

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    In addition to renewing the OSHA Alliance (signed on September 14, 2017), plans for next year include additional outreach activities for the schools' Safety Committee, Faculty and students. The following programs have expressed interest in safety related outreach and will be scheduled as time and resources permit: Transportation Cluster (Auto Tech and Auto Collision, Diesel Technology, and Small Engine), Health Cluster (Dental & Health Careers), Culinary & Baking, Machining & Welding and possibly Animal Sciences and Landscaping.

    Additionally, efforts will be made to attend as many of the school's monthly Safety Committee meetings as possible.

    Report prepared by: Scott G Shimandle, Comp. Asst. Specialist, AAO, Sept. 18, 2017.

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