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I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

October 22, 2003

Date Renewed

December 5, 2005
March 24, 2008

Evaluation Period

October 22, 2009 – October 21, 2010

Overview

The OSHA and SCHC Alliance focuses on providing SCHC’s members and others, including small businesses, with information, guidance, and access to training resources to protect employees’ health and safety. In particular, the Alliance will focus on reducing and preventing exposure to health and physical hazards of chemicals and addressing hazard communication, including training, labeling and material safety data sheets in the workplace. In addition, the Alliance will work to distribute information and increase awareness of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.


Implementation Team Members

 
OSHA:  
   
Cathy Cronin

Karen Heckman
Deana Holmes

*Eric Lahaie

Kathy Landkrohn
Bill Matarazzo

**Morgan Seuberling
Director, Office of Training and Educational Development (OTED), Directorate of Training and Education (DTE)
Industrial Hygienist, OTED, DTE
Health Scientist, Office of Chemical Hazards-Metals (OCH-M), Directorate of Standards and Guidance (DSG)
Team Leader, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA), Directorate of Cooperative and State Plans (DCSP)
Health Scientist, OCH-M, DSG
Industrial Hygienist, Office of Health Enforcement, Directorate of Enforcement Programs
Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, OOSA, DCSP

SCHC

Ann Brockhaus, Committee Member, SCHC
Mark Cohen, Past President, SCHC
Denese Deeds, Chairperson of Outreach, SCHC
Dan Levine, Chairperson of Web-Committee, SCHC
Suzanne Matuszewski, President, SCHC
Dave Peters, Vice-President, SCHC
Michele Sullivan, Board Member, SCHC


* Eric Lahaie served as the Alliance Coordinator until January 19, 2010.
** Morgan Seuberling has served as the Alliance Coordinator since January 19, 2010.


II. Implementation Team Meetings
 
February 17, 2010
June 24, 2010
Implementation Team Meeting
Implementation Team Meeting

III. Results
  1. Events and Products

    Training and Education Goal


    • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for small business and other employers regarding hazard communication and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.

      Products

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

      Outreach and Communication Goals

    • Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA’s and the SCHC’s Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.

      Products

      Info Sheet #1: Pictograms
      Through the OSHA and Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) Alliance, SCHC developed an information sheet that provides employees with pictograms, symbols of classification, labeling of chemicals, and corresponding chemical hazards as used in the Globally Harmonized System (GHS). SCHC posted the Info Sheet #1 on its Web site and OSHA established a link to it from the OSHA and SCHC Web page and the Alliance Program Participant Developed Product page on the OSHA Web.

      Info Sheet #2: Flammable and Combustible Liquids
      Through the OSHA and Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) Alliance, SCHC developed an information sheet that provides details on how U.S. regulations and consensus standards define flammable and combustible liquids, how the GHS classification and labeling of chemicals harmonizes its flammable liquid criteria, and GHS label elements for flammable and combustible liquids.  SCHC posted the Info Sheet #2 on its Web site and OSHA established a link to it from the OSHA and SCHC Web page and the Alliance Program Participant Developed Product page on the OSHA Web.    

      Info Sheet #3: What is the GHS?
      Through the OSHA and Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) Alliance, SCHC developed an information sheet that provides employees with the definition and benefits of GHS classification and labeling of chemicals and addresses how the GHS will affect compliance with the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard. SCHC posted the Info Sheet #3 on its Web site and OSHA established a link to it from the OSHA and SCHC Web page and the Alliance Program Participant Developed Product page on the OSHA Web.

      Info Sheet #4: Labeling-OSHA vs. GHS
      Through the OSHA and Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) Alliance, SCHC developed an information sheet that provides employees with the definition and benefits of GHS classification and labeling of chemicals and addresses how the GHS will affect compliance with the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard. SCHC posted the Info Sheet #4 on its Web site and OSHA established a link to it from the OSHA and SCHC Web page and the Alliance Program Participant Developed Product page on the OSHA Web.

      Info Sheet #5: Eye Damage/Eye Irritation
      Through the OSHA and Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) Alliance, SCHC developed an information sheet that provides employees with the GHS definition of each injury and labeling requirements and addresses GHS substance classification based on animal testing and physical characteristics of a compound. SCHC posted the Info Sheet #5 on its Web site and OSHA established a link to it from the OSHA and SCHC Web page and the Alliance Program Participant Developed Product page on the OSHA Web.

      Info Sheet #6: Germ Cell Mutagenicity
      Through the OSHA and Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) Alliance, SCHC developed an information sheet that provides employees with the GHS definition and classification of germ cell mutagenicity and addresses classification under GHS and hazard communication labeling. SCHC posted the Info Sheet #6 on its Web site and OSHA established a link to it from the OSHA and SCHC Web page and the Alliance Program Participant Developed Product page on the OSHA Web.

      Publications

      An article entitled “SCHC Releases GHS Information Sheets” was written by Dave Peters and published in the June 2010 edition of the Alliance Quarterly Review. The article provides information on the six Info Sheets developed by SCHC through the OSHA and SCHC Alliance.

      OSHA and SCHC Alliance Web page

      OSHA is continuing to update the OSHA and SCHC Alliance Web page that is posted on the OSHA Web site. The page includes the OSHA and SCHC Alliance agreement, renewal agreements, annual reports, news releases, information on activities and events, milestones and successes of the alliance, and links to resources developed by SCHC through the Alliance Program.

      SCHC and OSHA Alliance Web page

      SCHC is continuing to update the SCHC and OSHA Alliance Web page that is posted on the SCHC Web site. The page includes the goals of the Alliance and a link to the OSHA and SCHC Alliance Web page on the Agency’s Web site. In addition, the site hosts resources developed by SCHC through the OSHA and SCHC Alliance including information sheets focusing on GHS, a number of OSHA’s compliance assistance tools, and updates on the Alliance program.

      OSHA Electronic Assistance Tools

      Representatives from SCHC serve on the editorial boards of the following OSHA Safety and Health Topics pages, providing OSHA with their expertise and technical review:

      • Hazard Communication
        • Michele Sullivan, Board Member SCHC; Annandale, VA
        • Daniel Levine, Product Safety Solutions; Basking Ridge, NJ
      • Making the Business Case for Safety and Health
        • Ann Brockhaus, Consultant, ORC Worldwide, Washington, DC
      • Personal Protective Equipment
        • Denese Deeds, CIH, Industrial Health & Safety Consultants, Inc., Woodbridge, CT
      • Respiratory Protection
        • Denese Deeds, CIH, Industrial Health & Safety Consultants, Inc., Woodbridge, CT

    • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or SCHC’s conferences, local meetings, or other events.

      SCHC Spring Meeting, April 10-14, 2010, Marriott New Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana

      Suzanne Matuszewski made a brief presentation on the activities and successes of the OSHA and SCHC Alliance to 121 members attending the session on April 14, 2010.

      SCHC Fall Meeting, October 2-6, 2010, Marriott Gateway Crystal Hotel, Arlington, Virginia

      OSHA supported SCHC’s Fall Meeting through the following activities:
      • On October 5, 2010, Maureen Ruskin, Director, OCH, DSG, USDOL-OSHA, gave presentation entitled “GHS Update” to 150 conference attendees.
      • On October 5, 2010, OSHA personnel staffed an Alliance Program exhibit booth.
      • On October 6, 2010, Dave Peters, Vice President, SCHC, made a brief presentation on the activities and successes of the OSHA and SCHC Alliance to 125 session attendees.
    • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding effective approaches to hazard communication issues in the workplace and publicize these results through outreach by SCHC and through OSHA- or SCHC-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures.

      OSHA and SCHC Alliance Sponsored GHS Webinars

      Through the OSHA and SCHC Alliance, SCHC has provided OSHA staff with access to the following informational webinars:
      • On November 17, 2009, Jennifer Silk, Consultant to OSHA, presented a webinar through the SCHC entitled “Changes to the Hazard Communication Standard – An In-depth View of OSHA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).” Nine OSHA staff participated in the webinar.
      • On November 19, 2009, Jennifer Silk, Consultant to OSHA, and Denese Deeds, Chairperson of Outreach, SCHC, presented a webinar sponsored by AIHA through SCHC entitled “OSHA’s Proposal to Adopt the Globally Harmonized System for Hazard Communication.” Three OSHA staff participated in the webinar.
      • On December 12, 2009, Michele Sullivan, Board Member, SCHC, presented a webinar entitled “The GHS - the Impact on US Hazard Communication, Classification, SDS and Labeling.” Five OSHA staff participated in the webinar.
      • On June 23, 2010, John Astad, Senior Consultant, Combustible Dust Institute, presented a webinar through the SCHC entitled “Combustible Dust and Hazard Communication.” Nine OSHA staff participated in the webinar.
      • On August 3, 2010, Paul Brigandi, Executive Consultant, CGI Technologies and Solutions, Inc., presented a webinar through the SCHC entitled “GHS Acute Toxicity Mixtures Workshop.” Three OSHA staff participated in the webinar.
      • On September 15, 2010, Dave Peters, Co-Chair, ACC ANSI Work Group, Regulatory Compliance Lead, Monsanto Company, presented a webinar through the SCHC entitled “ANSI: The Combined Standard.” Nine OSHA staff participated in the webinar.
    • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on hazard communication that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program. The OSHA and SCHC Alliance Implementation Team has not completed work on programs or projects to address this goal.

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

      National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health Goal

    • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on hazard communication issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

      2010 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, May 2-8, 2010, Washington, DC

      The Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported 2010 NAOSH Week, “Mission NAOSH 2010: Safe Workplaces.” Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers, an Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. To help support the week, SCHC promoted 2010 NAOSH Week at the Spring Meeting and distributed the 2010 NAOSH poster to its members.

  2. Executive Summary

    Through the Alliance Program, OSHA and SCHC are working together to develop resources that will focus on reducing and preventing exposure to health and physical hazards of chemicals and addressing hazard communication, including training, labeling and material safety data sheets in the workplace. In addition, the Alliance is working to distribute information and increase awareness of the GHS. The positive relationship that SCHC has developed over the past seven years has led to the development of the many programs and projects that the team is currently working on or has produced.

    Through the Alliance Program, SCHC developed and disseminated six information sheets focusing on:
    • The definition of GHS,
    • Pictograms used in classification,
    • Labeling differences between OSHA and GHS,
    • Eye damage/eye irritation,
    • Reducing or preventing exposure to health or physical hazards of flammable and combustible liquids, and
    • Classification of germ cell mutagenicity.
    The Info Sheets are a valuable resource to educate the public and increase awareness of the forthcoming GHS standard. SCHC posted the information sheets on its Web site, and OSHA linked to them from the OSHA and SCHC Web page and the Alliance Program Participant Developed Products page on the OSHA Web.

    In order to share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding effective approaches to hazard communication issues in the workplace, SCHC has sponsored several webinars addressing:
    • Changes to the Hazard Communication Standard – An In-depth View of OSHA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS),
    • OSHA’s Proposal to Adopt the Globally Harmonized System for Hazard Communication,
    • The GHS - the Impact on US Hazard Communication, Classification, SDS and Labeling,
    • Combustible Dust and Hazard Communication,
    • ANSI: The Combined Standard, and
    • GHS Acute Toxicity Mixtures Workshop.

    In addition, SCHC invited OSHA staff to speak, attend the professional development courses on GHS, and staff an OSHA and SCHC Alliance exhibit booth at their Fall Meeting, October 2-6, 2010, in Arlington, Virginia.

    SCHC representatives are also sharing their expertise with OSHA through participation on the editorial boards for the following OSHA Safety and Health Topics pages:
    • Hazard Communication
    • Making the Business Case for Safety and Health
    • Personal Protective Equipment
    • Respiratory Protection
    Finally, as part of their outreach efforts, SCHC supported 2010 NAOSH Week, May 2-8.

  3. Alliance Program Reach


  4. Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and
    Electronic Distribution, etc.)

    Number of Individuals
    Reached or Trained

    OSHA and SCHC Alliance Web page on OSHA Web site

    No Data Available

    SCHC and OSHA Alliance Web page on the SCHC Web site

    4,438

    OSHA Hazard Communication Safety and Health Topics Page

    52,458

    OSHA Making the Business Case for Safety and Health, Safety and Health Topics Page

    6,753

    OSHA Personal Protective Equipment Safety and Health Topics Page

    21,292

    OSHA Respiratory Protection Safety and Health Topics Page

    66,094

    June 15, 2010: "SCHC Releases GHS Information Sheets," Alliance Quarterly Review

    43

    October 5, 2010 - SCHC Fall Meeting, October 2-6, 2010, Arlington, Virginia

    Speaker: Maureen Ruskin, Director, OCH, DSG, USDOL-OSHA, gave presentation entitled "GHS Update."

    150

    November 17, 2009 - OSHA and SCHC Alliance Sponsored GHS Webinar

    Speaker: Jennifer Silk, Consultant to OSHA, presented a webinar entitled "Changes to the Hazard Communication Standard - An In-depth View of OSHA's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)." 

    9

    November 19, 2009 - OSHA and SCHC Alliance Sponsored GHS Webinar

    Speaker: Jennifer Silk, Consultant to OSHA, and Denese Deeds, Chairperson of Outreach, SCHC, presented a webinar sponsored by AIHA through SCHC entitled "OSHA's Proposal to Adopt the Globally Harmonized System for Hazard Communication." 

    3

    December 12, 2009 - OSHA and SCHC Alliance Sponsored GHS Webinar

    Speaker: Michele Sullivan, Board Member, SCHC, presented a webinar entitled "The GHS - the Impact on US Hazard Communication, Classification, SDS and Labeling." 

    5

    June 23, 2010 - OSHA and SCHC Alliance Sponsored GHS Webinar 

    Speaker:  John Astad, Senior Consultant, Combustible Dust Institute, presented a session on "Combustible Dust and Hazard Communication."

    9

    August 3, 2010 - OSHA and SCHC Alliance Sponsored GHS Webinar

    Speaker:  Paul Brigandi, Executive Consultant, CGI Technologies and Solutions, Inc., presented a webinar entitled "GHS Acute Toxicity Mixtures Workshop." 

    3

    September 15, 2010 - OSHA and SCHC Alliance Sponsored GHS Webinars on GHS

    Speaker:  Dave Peters, Co-Chair, ACC ANSI Work Group, Regulatory Compliance Lead, Monsanto Company, presented a webinar entitled "ANSI: The Combined Standard."

    9

    TOTAL

    151,266


IV. Upcoming Milestones

In the upcoming year, OSHA and SCHC plan to undertake several additional projects through the Alliance to help employers and workers reduce or prevent exposure to health and physical hazards of chemicals. For example, through the Alliance, SCHC will draft and finalize two more resources: Info Sheet #7 Carcinogenicity and Info Sheet #8 Compressed Gas.

SCHC will also develop resources to help workers comprehend and use information on a Material Safety Data sheets. In addition, SCHC will host several Webinars addressing GHS issues, to which OSHA staff will be invited.

SCHC will work with OSHA on projects related to the publication of the final Hazard Communication rule, including a possible Alliance Program GHS Roundtable.

In addition, SCHC representatives will continue to provide OSHA their expertise in serving on the editorial boards of the following OSHA Safety and Health Topic pages: Hazard Communication, Making the Business Case for Safety and Health, Personal Protective Equipment and Respiratory Protection.

SCHC also expects to reach out to other Alliance Program participants regarding potential joint projects related to Hazard Communication.

Finally, SCHC representatives will be joining with other Alliance Program participants to support 2011 North American Occupational Safety and Health Week, May 1-7, 2011, “NAOSH 2011- Celebrating a Century of Safety.”

Report prepared by: Morgan Seuberling, Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, November 1, 2010.