FINAL ALLIANCE REPORT
CLEVELAND OSHA OFFICE,
COUNCIL OF SMALLER ENTERPRISES (COSE),
OHIO BUREAU OF WORKERS' COMPENSATION (BWC) and
OSHA ON-SITE CONSULTATION
June 12, 2015
May 10, 2011 (Initial)
June 12, 2013 (Renewal); This is the final report for the alliance as it has come to a conclusion.
This alliance was initiated in 2011 and renewed in 2013 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 continues to utilize 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 industrial hygiene surveys, and assisting with OSHA regulations and compliance.
This report covers the period between June 12, 2014 to June 12, 2015.
Implementation Team Meetings
October 22, 2014: The meeting was held at the Cleveland OSHA office and included representatives from the alliance members along with the Executive Director for Workforce Development from Lorain Community College. Topics included discussions on improving small businesses in the region, and specifically in the area of safety and health for employers and employees. Also, the Department of Labor will be awarding grant money to five local community colleges and partners which will help to create a safety pathway needed in the industry for the development of technical skills of workers. Local companies will be involved in internships. Research grants are also anticipated in the near future.
April 9, 2015: Meeting was cancelled due to unexpected absences from three members.
May 11, 2015: Meeting was held to discuss preplanning for next Workers' Memorial Day with the Cleveland Indians. Promotional ideas were brought up including possibly a Public Service Announcement on Youtube, union participation from various locals including SEIU and AFL-CIO, Carpenters, Masons, COSE involvement, and other promotional activities.
(The above dates were all in person meetings or phone conversations held to plan and prepare for alliance activities. Throughout the year, many additional 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 over 80 COSE member companies who utilized consultation services (provided by Safety Controls Technology) for safety and health through the Safety Plus program. These visits included assistance with OSHA compliance issues, hazard identification, loss prevention, training and program development, and industrial hygiene assessments. Over 1,000 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 has received favorable comments from its members.
The alliance was instrumental in developing the first OSHA Outreach Training Institute in Northeastern Ohio. It is a satellite site of Mid-America OSHA Education Center located in Dayton, Ohio. Now into its third year, there is an expanded course curriculum. This provides opportunities for general industry, construction and service personnel to participate in OSHA authorized in-house courses in the Northeastern Ohio Region.
A small business alliance seminar that was planned for July 22, 2014 was cancelled the day of the event due to a water main break at the facility. It was rescheduled for August 28, 2014. Approximately ten attendees from six companies participated in the seminar that included sessions on OSHA compliance, most cited OSHA standards and the importance of a safety program from a business perspective. The fact that over 300 invitations were sent out to local small businesses and only ten attended, clearly shows the difficulties of handling the responsibilities of a company while trying to put efforts into improving safety and health at their site.
Outreach and Communication
The alliance members hosted an "OSHA Compliance Solutions Seminar" for the manufacturing industry on February 19th, 2015. This was a ½ day interactive educational event intended to support COSE Worker's Compensation Program and its affiliated vendors. The agenda included topics such as "OSHA 101," which taught the basic OSHA inspection procedures, required safety and health programs, employer rights and responsibilities and recordkeeping basics. The other two topics were "OSHA's Top 10 Most Cited Standards, and "How Safety & Health Programs Save Your Company Money." The event was marketed to 5,000 area businesses, with approximately 50 employers attending.
Worker's Memorial Day marks the remembrance of all workers who have been killed on the job. Many unions, including the AFL-CIO participates in local related activities. This year the alliance promoted the activities in the Cleveland area to include the Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, David Michaels, who spoke at the City Club, the Chemical Workers Union in Akron, and participated with many unions during the walk around at the Cleveland Indians ball park field as a remembrance to those killed on the job. This was the first year working with the Cleveland Indians and plans are already underway for a larger event next year.
The Alliance also had a strong presence at the Ohio Safety Congress in March of 2015. 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.
The launch of safecleveland.org was initiated in December 2013. In conjunction with the Mid-America OSHA Education Center, Safe Cleveland is committed to providing current and innovative health and safety education and training for small businesses. The Safe Cleveland classes are available throughout the year for a variety of industries.
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.
Monthly meetings of the Northeast Ohio Safety Council have also contributed to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health. Topics are varied and cover pertinent areas that employers need to have knowledge on. Employers are encouraged to return to their companies and make improvements in those areas, such as lockout/tagout requirements, OSHA recordkeeping, accident investigation, etc.
The COSE website has a link for members to obtain safety and health information. COSE promotes safety and health in their monthly magazine that reaches over 14,000 members. 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. In total the Ohio BWC Services and Programs reach close to 20,000 employers annually.
COSE has also continued to post 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 four 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. It was decided by the members to bring the alliance to a successful conclusion.
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained COSE Consulting Visits to companies totaling 1,000 hours. 2,000 Two half-day training sessions on OSHA compliance/safety and health from a business perspective for small businesses 60 Ohio Workers' Compensation All Ohio Safety Congress, Columbus 6,000 All day Workers' Comp and Safety Summit Event, sponsored by COSE, Cleveland 200 Speeches made throughout this year from alliance members discussing benefits and opportunities for small businesses. This also includes the Northeast Ohio Safety Council meetings where a variety of safety and health subjects were discussed. 2,000 Worker's Memorial Day Activities 11,000 TOTAL Greater than 20,000