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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
and the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA)
April 13, 2005

I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

January 31, 2003

Evaluation Period

January 31, 2004 January 30, 2005

Overview

The Alliance focuses on using OSHA's and SCA's collective expertise to help advance a culture of injury and illness prevention while sharing best practices and technical knowledge and promoting safe and healthful working conditions for shipyard employees.

Implementation Team Members

 
OSHA:  
Steve Butler
Kristi Dearing
Debra Gabry
Earl Hicks
Jim Maddux
Jess McCluer
Carl Halgren
Tom Pope
Office of Maritime Enforcement
Salt Lake Technical Center
Office of Science and Technology Assessment
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
Office of Maritime Standards
OOSA
Region X, Portland, OR Area Office Director
Region III, Norfolk, VA Area Office Director
   
SCA:  
Terry Guidry
Byron Johnson
Terry Preston
Al Rainsberger
Daniel Youhas
Bollinger Shipyard
Gunderson, Inc.
Atlantic Marine, Inc.
Todd Pacific
Manager, Government Affairs

II. Implementation Team Meetings
 
March 10, 2004 Joint Meeting with American Shipbuilders Association (ASA) and the National Shipbuilders Research Program (NSRP) Alliance, Pascagoula, MS
 
July 26, 2004 Joint Meeting with ASA and NSRP Alliance, OSHA, Washington, DC
 
December 9, 2004 Joint Meeting with ASA and NSRP Alliance Meeting, Norfolk, VA

III. Activities and Products
  1. Events and Products

    Outreach and Communication Goals


    • Develop and disseminate injury and hazard information at conferences, events and/or through print and electronic media, including informational links from OSHA's and SCA's web sites.
    Products

    Safety and Health Injury Prevention Sheets (SHIPS)


    The SHIPS are designed to identify the prevalent types of injuries e.g. falls, strains and burns by processes such as shipfitting, shipboard machining, shipboard electrical and shipboard handling. The ASA, NSRP and SCA Implementation Teams completed the shipfitting prevention sheet and are currently reviewing and providing comments on the machining, electrical and handling sheets. The project is expected to be completed by Spring 05.

    Fatality Videos

    The Fatality Videos are computer animated hazard awareness videos based on actual shipyard fatalities. The ASA, NSRP and SCA Implementation Teams, along with OSHA Strategic Partnership program participants in the maritime industry, completed the storyboard and script for the video. The final copies of the video will be distributed to the maritime industry by Spring 05.

    OSHA and SCA Alliance Web site

    OSHA developed an OSHA and SCA Alliance Web site that is posted on the Agency's Web page that includes the OSHA and SCA Alliance agreement, news releases, and milestones and successes. This Web site is updated on a regular basis.

    SCA Website (www.shipbuilders.org)

    The SCA Web site includes information on the OSHA and SCA Alliance.

    Publications and Newsletters

    Information and news releases on the OSHA and SCA Alliance activities have appeared in a number of printed and online publications, including: BNA Occupational Safety and Health Reporter and Marinelink.com. For more information on the articles, see the Alliance Program Reach" table on pages 8-9.

    OSHA's Safety and Health Topics Pages

    SCA's staff and members are participating on the editorial boards of the following OSHA Safety and Health Topics pages:

    • Maritime Industries

      Terry Guidry, SCA, Director of Safety, Bollinger Shipyards, Inc.; Lockport, LA

      Byron Johnson, SCA, Safety and Industrial Hygiene Manager, Gunderson, Inc.; Portland, OR

      Terry Preston, SCA, Safety, Environmental & Quality Director, Atlantic Marine, Inc.; Mobile, AL

      Daniel K. Youhas, SCA, Manager, Government Affairs; Washington, DC

    • Ship Building and Repair

      Terry Guidry, SCA, Director of Safety, Bollinger Shipyards, Inc.; Lockport, LA

      Byron Johnson, SCA, Safety and Industrial Hygiene Manager, Gunderson, Inc.; Portland, OR

      Pat Killeen, SCA, Manager, Environmental Health & Safety, Signal International LLC; Pascagoula, MS

      Roy Martin, Jr., SCA, Corporate Manager, Safety Compliance, VT Halter Marine, Inc.; Pascagoula, MS

      Terry Preston, SCA, Safety, Environmental & Quality Director, Atlantic Marine, Inc.; Mobile, AL

      Al Rainsberger, SCA, Environmental/Occupational Safety Manager, Todd Pacific Shipyards, Inc.; Seattle, WA

      Daniel K. Youhas, SCA, Manager, Government Affairs; Washington, DC
    Shipyard Employment eTool

    OSHA and SCA, together with the ASA and NSRP Alliances, are working to complete the development of OSHA's Shipyard Employment eTool that provides information and guidance to help protect shipyard employees' health and safety by minimizing or eliminating exposure to shipyard safety and health hazards.

    The eTool describes common hazards and possible solutions for tasks performed during the maritime industries' ship repair, ship building, ship breaking, and barge cleaning processes. The eTool's Ship Repair module was completed and posted to OSHA's Web site in 2003. The Ship Building, Ship Breaking, and Barge Cleaning modules are under development and are expected to be completed and posted by Summer 2005.

    SCA has taken the lead on providing the input into creating and developing the Barge Cleaning module. This module will help barge cleaning facility managers and employees improve their awareness of common safety issues that exist in the workplace and improve overall worker safety by integrating safety and health into all aspects of the barge cleaning process from the pre-cleaning preparations to the actual cleaning and post-cleaning activities. The eTool module is expected to be completed by Summer 2005.

    Events

    SCA Safety Seminar, September 22, 2004, Morgan City, LA


    Jess McCluer, Program Analyst, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, USDOL-OSHA, updated 20 safety and health managers on the Alliance Program and the activities of the National Maritime Industry Alliances.

    2004 National Safety Congress & Expo "Shipyard Alliances with OSHA" Workshop, September 13, 2004, New Orleans, LA

    During the National Safety Congress and Expo, the OSHA and SCA, ASA and NSRP Alliances had a workshop, "Shipyard Alliances with OSHA." The workshop updated safety and health professionals on the products developed through the ASA, NSRP and SCA Alliances. This update included information on the Shipyard Employment eTool, SHIPS and Fatality Video.

    The following Alliance members were part of the workshop panel:

    • Tom Pope, Area Director, OSHA Region III Norfolk, VA Area Office
    • Capt. Teresa Preston, Director, Safety, Environment & Quality, Atlantic Marine, Inc. (SCA)
    • David Pivarnik, Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Director of Environmental, Health & Safety (ASA/NSRP)
    SCA Safety Seminar, March 10, 2004, Pascagoula, MS

    Clyde Jackson, OSHA Region IV Jackson, MS Area Office Director updated shipyard safety and health professionals on the number of inspections within the Maritime Industry in FY 2003. Tom Pope, OSHA Region III Norfolk, VA Area Office Director updated the attendees on the activities of the Norfolk Area Office's Strategic Partnership with the South Tidewater Association of Ship Repairers, Inc. Jess McCluer Program Analyst, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, USDOL-OSHA, updated the attendees on the Alliance Program and the activities of the National Maritime Industry Alliances.

    • Cross-train OSHA personnel and industry safety and health practitioners in SCA's best practices or effective approaches; as jointly defined by OSHA and SCA.

      The OSHA and SCA Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.

    • Share up-to-date shipyard information, such as injury, hazard and workforce trends, with OSHA to help identify the top priorities for the development of employee safety and health training and outreach programs for SCA members.
    Products

    Root Cause of Accidents Safety and Health Information Bulletin (SHIB)


    Through the Alliance Program, SCA expressed interest in developing a SHIB on the root causes of accidents in shipyards. SCA is drafting an information sheet based on the organization's quarterly injury and illness surveys and will share the information with the Implementation Team.

    • Promote and encourage SCA members' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation and SHARP. In addition, act as mentors to SCA members that aspire to excellence in safety and health.
    Events

    VPP Seminar, September 21, 2004, New Orleans, LA


    Representatives from the ASA, NSRP and SCA Alliances attended the Maritime VPP Seminar in New Orleans, Louisiana to hear presentations from maritime companies and OSHA's National Office, Region III and Region VI and to discuss the application process, requirements and benefits of VPP from both the industry and government perspectives. ASA/NSRP member, Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Avondale Operations hosted the event. The seminar focused on the importance of applying for membership in OSHA's VPP program. Employees and management from ASA/NSRP member, Northrop Grumman Ship Systems- Newport News shared first-hand knowledge about the program with the attendees.

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health Goals

    • Share information on the best practices of SCA members/worksites, as jointly determined by OSHA and SCA, with others in the industry through OSHA or SCA developed programs and materials.

      The OSHA and SCA Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.

    • Raise awareness through speeches and appearances by SCA leaders of their positive and successful worksite programs and their commitment to workplace safety and health.

      The OSHA and SCA Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.

    • Convene and/or participate in stakeholder groups, roundtable discussions or other forums to discuss issues, as jointly identified as top priorities by SCA and OSHA, in order to develop innovative solutions to specific injury and hazard issues in shipyards.

      The OSHA and SCA Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.
IV. Results

Through the Alliance Program, OSHA and SCA are working together to address important safety and health issues in the maritime industry. The OSHA and SCA Alliance is very successful and the organizations have developed a very productive working relationship. This positive relationship has led to the development of many programs and projects that the implementation team is working on or has produced. Some examples include the development OSHA's SHIPS and the Fatality Videos. In addition, the OSHA and SCA Alliance implementation team is working jointly with the other maritime Alliances, that have been signed with ASA and NSRP on several projects. For example:
  • SCA, ASA and NSRP are participating in the development of OSHA's SHIPS that covers topics such as rigging and ship fitting. The associations also helped with the development of Fatality Videos, which are computer animated hazard awareness videos based on actual shipyard fatalities.

  • SCA representatives are serving on the Maritime Industry and Ship Building and Ship Repair Safety and Health Topics pages Editorial Boards and working with the Shipyard Employment eTool Editorial Board to complete development of the eTool's Ship Building, Ship Breaking, and Barge Cleaning modules.

  • At the National Safety Congress in September 2004, a representative from the SCA Alliance participated in a Shipyard Alliances workshop. The workshop focused on the products developed for the maritime industry through the Alliance Program and also featured speakers from ASA, NSRP and OSHA.

  • At SCA's March 9-11, 2004 Safety Seminar in Pascagoula, MS, two OSHA Area Directors who also work with the maritime industry, Tom Pope, OSHA Region III Norfolk, VA Area Office Director and Clyde Payne, OSHA Region IV Jackson, MS Area Office Director spoke about maritime compliance issues.

  • Jess McCluer, Program Analyst, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, USDOL-OSHA provided updates on the Maritime Alliances at SCA's Safety Seminars on September 22, 2004 in Morgan City, LA and on March 9-11, 2004 in Pascagoula, MS.

  • SCA, ASA and NSRP promoted the September 21, 2004 Maritime VPP Seminar that was held in New Orleans, LA. At the seminar, representatives from the organizations heard presentations from maritime companies and OSHA's National Office, Region III and Region VI and discussed the application process, requirements and benefits of VPP from both the industry and government perspectives.
Finally, SCA will continue to hold joint Implementation Team meetings with ASA and NSRP and representatives from the Directorates of Cooperative and State Programs; Enforcement Programs, Science, Technology and Medicine; Standards and Guidance; Region III and Region IV.
  1. Alliance Program Reach
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
OSHA and SCA Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site 4,309
SCA Web site Link to OSHA/SCA Alliance Data Not Available
Maritime Industries Safety and Health Topics page 28,752
Ship Building and Ship Repair Safety and Health Topics page 3,000
Shipyard Employment eTool 10,294
November 11, 2204 "MACOSH to Discuss Chromium Rule at Meeting in December in Norfolk," BNA Occupational Safety and Health Reporter Data Not Available
October 13, 2004 "Conrad Industries Hosts National Safety Seminar," Marinelink.com Data Not Available
September 22, 2004, SCA Safety Seminar, Morgan City, LA

Speaker: Jess McCluer, Program Analyst, USDOL-OSHA
20
September 14, 2004, 2004 National Safety Congress - "Shipyard Alliances with OSHA Workshop," New Orleans, LA

Speakers: Terry Preston, SCA and Tom Pope, OSHA III Norfolk, VA Area Office Director; David Pivarnik, ASA and NSRP
40
May 20, 2004 "MACOSH to Discuss Hexavalent Chromium at Next Meeting," BNA Occupational Safety and Health Reporter Data Not Available
March 11, 2004 "MACOSH Approves Recommendations Including Ergonomics, Outreach, Regulations," BNA Occupational Safety and Health Reporter Data Not Available
March 10, 2004, SCA Safety Seminar, Pascagoula, MS

Speakers: Tom Pope, OSHA Region III Norfolk, VA Area Office Director; Clyde Payne, OSHA Region IV Jackson, MS Area Office Director; Jess McCluer, Program Analyst, USDOL-OSHA
30
February 19, 2004 "MACOSH Meeting Set for March," BNA Occupational Safety and Health Reporter Data Not Available
TOTAL 46,445

V. Upcoming Milestones

In the upcoming year, OSHA's and SCA's positive relationship, that was built through the Alliance Program, will continue to grow and the Implementation Team will undertake a number of activities and develop a number of products. These activities will continue to have a positive impact on the Agency since they will help address goals within the 2003-2008 Strategic Management Plan; including lowering injury and illness rates for high-risk/high severity industries (e.g. shipyards and ship building and repair).

SCA has expressed interest in developing a SHIB that addresses the root causes of accidents in shipyards. As a first step, SCA is developing an information sheet based on the organization's quarterly injury and illness surveys. The SCA, ASA and NSRP Implementation Teams have discussed working together to develop an OSHA 10-Hour course specifically for shipyards and a seminar on best practices for shipyards.

The implementation teams are completing development of the Ship Building, Ship Breaking, and Barge Cleaning modules that are expected to be completed and posted by Summer 2005. SCA plans to provide photographs of barge cleaning facilities that can be added to the Barge Cleaning module. In addition, should funding be available in FY 05, additional modules of the Shipyard Employment eTool, that cover topics such as Fire Protection, will be developed with input from the SCA, ASA and NSRP Alliances.

Finally, SCA has invited an OSHA representative to make a presentation on the new Fire Protection in Shipyard Employment final rule at its Safety Seminar on March 9, 2005 at Alabama Shipyard in Mobile, AL.

Report prepared by: Jess McCluer, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, April 13, 2005