ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
CLEVELAND OSHA OFFICE,
COUNCIL OF SMALLER ENTERPRISES (COSE),
OHIO BUREAU OF WORKERS' COMPENSATION (BWC) and
OSHA ON-SITE CONSULTATION
June 5, 2013
May 10, 2011
This alliance was formed to provide small businesses with information, guidance and access to training resources to protect the safety and health of workers in the manufacturing, service, and construction industries. The alliance assists employers in developing effective safety programs for controlling hazards at their work places. It focuses on identifying and controlling safety hazards, improving safety and health programs, promoting a cooperative relationship between labor and management, and encourages employee participation in achieving a safe and healthful workplace. Another goal is to open the lines of communication with OSHA, employers and workers.
Implementation Team Members
Cleveland Area OSHA Office, COSE (Council of Smaller Enterprises), Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) and OSHA On-Site Consultation Program.
COSE utilizes the services of SCT (Safety Controls Technology), a consulting company that assists member companies with safety and health issues, such as developing safety programs, providing safety training and assisting with OSHA regulations and compliance.
This report covers the period between May 10, 2012 to May 10, 2013.
Implementation Team Meetings
May 17, 2012 Meeting at Corporate College East, Warrensville Heights, Ohio July 12, 2012 Meeting held at SCT in Middleburg Heights, Ohio September 6, 2012 Meeting at COSE Office, Cleveland, Ohio November 1, 2012 Meeting at SCT in Middleburg Heights, Ohio December 10, 2012 Meeting at BWC in Pickerington, Ohio January 9, 2013 Meeting at SCT in Middleburg Heights, Ohio March 15, 2013 Meeting at SCT in Middleburg Heights, Ohio April 29, 2013 Meeting at SCT in Middleburg Heights, Ohio
(The above dates were all in person meetings held to plan and prepare for alliance activities. Throughout the year, many informal phone conversations were also held between the team members regarding the above meetings and the progress of the alliance)
Events and Products
Training and Education
There were 61 COSE member companies who utilized consultation services (provided by Safety Controls Technology) for safety and health. These visits included assistance with OSHA compliance issues, hazard identification, loss prevention, training and program development, and industrial hygiene assessments. Over 1000 hours were logged as part of the company visits and subsequent follow-ups. This COSE 'Safety Plus' program is a successful component of the many offerings available and have received favorable comments from its members.
The alliance was instrumental in developing the first Outreach Training Institute in Northeastern Ohio. In partnership with Safety Controls Technology, the new training center is a part of Mid-America OSHA Education Center and is now located in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. Mid-America OSHA Education Center is one of only twenty-five centers in the U.S. formally authorized by OSHA to deliver OSHA courses. They provide opportunities for construction and industrial personnel to participate in OSHA authorized in-house courses in the Northeastern Ohio Region.
COSE provided two hour safety training sessions on January 24, 2013, one topic was "Top 10 OSHA Citations" and "How to Avoid or Abate These Common Workplace Hazards." The other session was titled "The Value of Safety Training, How to Increase the Effectiveness of Safety Training." Approximately 60 workers were trained.
A training session was conducted on April 29, 2013 at the Mid-America OTI Center satellite location on safety and health management for 9 employers, mainly small businesses. Using OSHA 33 form as the primary assessment tool, attendees learned about the essential elements of an effective safety and health program and how to assess these elements in their operations. This was a full day class and was conducted by an OSHA Onsite Consultation employee.
Outreach and Communication
The alliance members hosted the Northern Ohio Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers on February 5, 2013. The Area Director of the Cleveland OSHA Office was the keynote speaker. This event was designed to acquaint businesses with the services available to them. Services include access to safety and health information, available OSHA training, networking and educational resources to benefit member companies. These services also help to protect a company's bottom line and keep them OSHA compliant as well as remaining productive. Approximately 50 people were in attendance.
The alliance also hosted a program at the Council of Smaller Enterprises office on February 21, 2013. This program, titled "OSHA for Small Business," was designed to inform smaller companies on what OSHA is, how they work and what resources OSHA makes available for small businesses. The attendees provided commentary as to their needs and struggles as small entities and their need for more concise access to safety and health information and regulations that apply to their particular industry and how to comply with those regulations.
The Alliance also had a strong presence at the Ohio Safety Congress in March of 2013. The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation is a partner in the Alliance and their annual Safety Congress is the largest and longest-running occupational safety, health and workers' compensation event in the Midwest. The event features more than 6,000 participants, nationally recognized speakers, 170 safety, health and workers' compensation educational sessions, and has around 200 displays for workplace safety, health and workers' compensation in the Expo Marketplace.
An article titled "The Experts Guide to Workers' Comp" was published in the COSE Update Magazine in January in 2013. The article stresses the importance of proactively managing safety and health and taking advantage of all available resources through COSE, OSHA, and BWC in order to prevent costly injuries.
Additional articles on various safety and health topics were written throughout the year and published in COSE's monthly magazine, also available online. One article dealt with the area's safety councils promoting the availability of OSHA training classes. This was actually the topic for a meeting that was held with 15 local safety councils in March 2013. Another one relayed a small business's success story regarding their development and implementation of a comprehensive safety and health program.
Three success stories that resulted from interaction between the alliance members were three local small businesses that received safety grants totaling more than $69,000 from the Ohio BWC to make ergonomic and other safety and health improvements in their facilities. One grant was for the purchase of a dust containment system to reduce airborne contaminants, the second was for the purchase of a hydraulic core saw to reduce ergonomic risks and lacerations and the third grant was used to purchase a CNC saw to reduce ergonomic risks, lacerations and airborne contaminants.
Without the interactive relationship fostered through this alliance the companies may not have known about this opportunity which allowed them to capitalize on making safety improvements for their employees and businesses.
Additionally, 21 COSE members who are also in BWC's Industry Specific Safety Program (ISSP), received the following services from BWC:
- Fifteen employers attended 28 BWC safety training classes.
- Ten employers had safety assessments conducted at their facilities.
- Five employers had ergonomic assessments conducted at their facilities.
- Two employers had industrial hygiene assessments conducted at their facilities.
- Four employers attended the Safety Congress and Expo in Columbus, April 9-11, 2013.
The potential worker's compensation premium savings for these employers is approximately $37,624.
In partnership with Safety Controls Technology and Mid-America OSHA Education Center, the alliance developed and rolled out an OSHA 10 training course in General Industry branded specifically for Republic Steel. Twenty trainers from Republic Steel went through the OSHA 501 course. Authorized OSHA instructors mentor the Republic instructors who in turn are training over 1200 Republic employees.
Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health
All participating alliance members routinely promote safety and health to their constituents whether it's through consulting visits, speaking engagements or enforcement activities with OSHA.
On January 28, 2013, COSE's services were promoted on Cleveland radio station WTAM 1100 AM. This station reaches thousands of listeners in multiple states who heard about COSE's small business services including health insurance, workers' comp premiums, payroll services, office products, shipping, utilities as well as comprehensive safety and health services. Those services were promoted on the radio including a full menu of safety courses tailored for workplace safety, access to safety audits performed on-site, consultation assistance during OSHA inspections, and assistance in developing safety and employee training programs for their workplaces. Additionally, members are entitled to significant discounts on a full catalog of safety and health products from a local industrial safety supply company.
On September 14, 2012 the first National Conference on Eliminating Health and Safety Disparities was held in Chicago, Illinois. The event was sponsored by NIOSH, CDC, and the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. Co-sponsors of the conference included OSHA, US Dept. of Health and Human Services, EPA and multiple schools of public health, occupational, and environmental medicine. There were over 200 attendees. A member of the alliance committee from Cleveland spoke at the event about the development of OSHA's alliance and activities that have taken place during the past two years that have benefited mainly small businesses and positively affected their employees.
The COSE website has a link for the OSHA website on related safety and health pages. COSE includes safety and health articles in their monthly magazine that over 14,000 members receive. The Ohio BWC website is full of educational materials and offers consulting visits free of charge to companies, including OSHA On-Site Consultation visits, which are funded mostly through the federal government. The Ohio BWC Division of Safety and Hygiene provides a wide range of occupational safety and health services to Ohio employers free of charge, those services include a robust Training and Education program with 70+ courses delivered in 11 locations through 389 offerings throughout the year, a Safety Councils program with 80 Safety Councils and over 10,000 business members, Annual Ohio Safety Congress and Expo with over 6,000 participants, and onsite consultation services that reach over 5,000 employers annually. In total the Ohio BWC Services and Programs reach close to 20,000 employers annually. Additionally, BWC provides various workers' compensation premium discounts to employers for performing various types of safety related training and activities.
In July 2012, COSE posted on their website OSHA's outreach campaigns for Heat and Fall Prevention. These two focus areas provided detailed information to potentially thousands of small businesses on safety and health prevention efforts for their employees.
After two years of alliance activities, we have demonstrated the continued impact of serving small businesses to further their commitment to safety and health and improved communication and service to employers. The dialogue has continued throughout the past two years and all partners want to commit another two years to this worthwhile alliance.
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained Three small businesses were awarded grants from Ohio BWC totaling $69,000 for ergonomic and other safety and health improvements for their facilities. 60 COSE Consulting Visits to companies (through the alliance), totaling 1500 hours. 61 A day long training session, conducted by OSHA Onsite Consultation, was held for nine companies on the development of a safety and health management system. 9 Speeches made throughout the two years of the alliance from all partnering members discussing benefits and opportunities for small businesses. 2,000 Articles on safety and health related topics in COSE magazine; topics include Prevention Plan, Safety Made Simple, Safety Dance, Someone's Knocking...It's OSHA (disseminated through direct mail and COSE.org)
COSE posted OSHA's Heat Prevention and Fall Prevention Campaign information on their website.
14,000 Receipt of ergonomic assessment referrals from COSE to BWC. These companies have the potential to receive monetary grants for implementing engineering controls to reduce or eliminate ergonomic stressors. 5 companies A rep for COSE was on local radio station WTAM 1100 AM discussing the OSHA alliance and other related services available to companies, mostly smaller businesses; safety and health services provided. 5,000 TOTAL Greater than 21,000
The members of the alliance have all agreed to renew the alliance for another two years. The renewal signing date is June 12, 2013. An area of emphasis is to promote the new northeast Ohio training center, an OSHA Training Institute satellite location under the direction of Mid –America Training Center in Dayton, Ohio.
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