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  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed
    2. October 22, 2003

    3. Dates Renewed
    4. December 5, 2005

      March 24, 2008

      March 1, 2012

    5. Evaluation Period
    6. October 22, 2011 - October 21, 2012

    7. Overview
    8. 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 continue to address hazard communication hazards and issues related to increasing awareness of the Global Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.

    9. Implementation Team Members

    OSHA:

    Cathy Cronin - Director, Office of Training and Educational Development (OTED), Directorate of Training and Education (DTE)
    Karen Heckmann - Industrial Hygienist, OTED, DTE
    Deana Holmes - Health Scientist, Office of Chemical Hazards-Metals (OCH-M), Directorate of Standards and Guidance (DSG)
    Kathy Landkrohn - Health Scientist, OCH-M, DSG
    Mary Reynolds - Industrial Hygienist, Office of Health Enforcement, Directorate of Enforcement Programs
    Morgan Seuberling - Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, OOSA, DCSP

    SCHC:

    Mark Cohen - NHC Corporation; Board Member, SCHC
    Denese Deeds - Industrial Health and Safety Consultants; Chairperson of Outreach, SCHC
    Daniel Levine - Product Safety Solutions; Chairperson of Web-Committee, SCHC
    David W. Peters - Monsanto Company; President, SCHC
    Michele Sullivan - MRS Associates; Board Member, SCHC
    Darlene Susa-Anderson - ChemAdvisor; Vice President, SCHC
    Suzanne Matuszewski - Graham Packaging Company; Past President, SCHC

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • March 1, 2012
    • May 17, 2012
    • September 13, 2012

    In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from both groups maintained regular contact throughout the reporting period to monitor the Alliance's progress and results.

  3. Results
  4. 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 Goal 1: To share information on OSHA's National Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process.

    Activity Type

    Activity Name/Summary

    OSHA Initiative Supported

    Number Reached

    Product

    SCHC and OSHA Alliance Web Page

    SCHC is continuing to update their Alliance Web page posted on the SCHC Web site. The page includes goals, a link to the OSHA and SCHC Web page, the resources developed by SCHC through the Alliance including information sheets focusing on GHS, a number of OSHA compliance assistance tools, and updates on the Alliance program. SCHC includes OSHA initiatives on the Web page such as the Heat Stress Illness Prevention and Distracted Driving with resources, information, and links to the OSHA Web pages.

    Further, SCHC agreed to continue participating in the rollout of the revised 2012 Standard by posting the recording, the presentations in a pdf format, and transcript for the OSHA and SCHC Alliance Webinar entitled "Hazard Communication 2012-The Revised Standard and What Changes You Can Expect in the Workplace" on their Alliance Web page.

    Hazard Communication/GHS

    Heat Stress

    Distracted Driving

    Data Not Available

     

    Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives Goal 2: To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on hazard communication in order to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

    Activity Type

    Activity Name/Summary

    OSHA Initiative Supported

    Number Reached

    Event

    OSHA and SCHC Alliance Hazard Communication Webinar-Part 1: Hazard Communication 2012-The Revised Standard and What Changes You can Expect in the Workplace, August 13, 2012.

    SCHC participated and sponsored a Webinar to assist OSHA in the roll out the revised 2012 Hazard Communication Standard

     

    Hazard Communication/GHS

    10,346

    Event

    Alliance Program Hazard Communication/GHS Roundtable, July 18, 2012, Washington, DC.

    SCHC participated at the Alliance Program Hazard Communication/GHS Roundtable in order to assist OSHA in the roll out the revised 2012 Hazard Communication Standard

    Hazard Communication/GHS

    27

    Speaker

    OSHA and SCHC Alliance Sponsored GHS Webinar, March 15, 2012.

    Jennifer Silk, OSHA Consultant gave a presentation entitled "OSHA's Adoption of GSH-the Publication of the Final Rule".

    Hazard Communication/GHS

    20

    Speaker

    OSHA and SCHC Alliance Sponsored GHS Webinar, April 26, 2012.

    Michele Sullivan gave a presentation entitled "OSHA's Adoption of the GHS - the Impact on US HazCom, Classification, SDS and Labeling."

    Hazard Communication/GHS

    2

     

    Outreach and Communication Goal 1: 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 SCHC's Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.

    Activity Type

    Activity Name/Summary

    OSHA Initiative Supported

    Number Reached

    Product

    Spanish Version of Info Sheet #1 Pictograms. Through the OSHA and Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) Alliance, SCHC translated the Info Sheet to provide Spanish workers with pictograms, symbols of classification, labeling of chemicals, and corresponding chemical hazards as used in the Globally Harmonized System (GHS).

    Hazard Communication/GHS

    Data Not Available

    Product

    Spanish Version of Info Sheet #2 Flammable and Combustible Liquids. Through the OSHA and Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) Alliance, SCHC translated the Info Sheet to provide Spanish workers with 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.

    Hazard Communication/GHS

    Data Not Available

    Product

    Spanish Version of Info Sheet #3 What is the GHS? Through the OSHA and Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) Alliance, SCHC translated the Info Sheet to provide Spanish workers 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.

    Hazard Communication/GHS

    Data Not Available

    Product

    Spanish Version of Info Sheet #4 Labeling-OSHA vs. GHS. Through the OSHA and Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) Alliance, SCHC translated the Info Sheet to provide Spanish workers with the definition of a label for both GHS and OSHA. In addition, it also addresses the purpose, requirements and label verbiage differences between OSHA and GHS.

    Hazard Communication/GHS

    Data Not Available

    Product

    Spanish Version of Info Sheet #5 Eye Damage/Eye Irritation. Through the OSHA and Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) Alliance, SCHC translated the Info Sheet to provide Spanish workers 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.

    Hazard Communication/GHS

    Data Not Available

    Product

    Spanish Version of Info Sheet #6 Germ Cell Mutagenicity. Through the OSHA and Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) Alliance, SCHC translated the Info Sheet to provide Spanish workers with the GHS definition and classification of germ cell mutagenicity and addresses classification under GHS and hazard communication labeling.

    Hazard Communication/GHS

    Data Not Available

    Product

    SCHC and OSHA Alliance Web Page

    SCHC is continuing to update their Alliance Web page posted on the SCHC Web site. The page includes goals, a link to the OSHA and SCHC Web page, the resources developed by SCHC through the Alliance including information sheets focusing on GHS, a number of OSHA compliance assistance tools, and updates on the Alliance program. SCHC includes OSHA initiatives on the Web page such as the Heat Stress Illness Prevention and Distracted Driving with resources, information, and links to the OSHA Web pages.

    Further, SCHC agreed to continue participating in the rollout of the revised 2012 Standard by posting the recording, the presentations in a pdf format, and transcript for the OSHA and SCHC Alliance Webinar entitled "Hazard Communication 2012-The Revised Standard and What Changes You Can Expect in the Workplace" on their Alliance Web page.

    Hazard Communication/GHS

    Heat Stress

    Distracted Driving

    Data Not Available

    Product

    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.

     

    Data Not Available

    Other

    OSHA's Safety and Health Topics Pages.

    SCHC representatives served on the editorial boards of the OSHA Safety and Health Topics pages providing their expertise and technical review for Hazard Communication; Making the Business Case for Safety and Health; Personal Protective Equipment; and Respiratory Protection until January 15, 2012.

     

    Data Not Available

     

    Outreach and Communication Goal 2: To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or SCHC's conferences, local meetings, or other events.

    Activity Type

    Activity Name/Summary

    OSHA Initiative Supported

    Number Reached

    Speaker

    SCHC Spring Meeting, March 31-April 4, 2012, Nashville, Tennessee.

    Maureen Ruskin, Director of the Office of Chemical Hazards-Metals, DSG, gave a presentation entitled "OSHA Adoption of GHS."

    Hazard Communication/GHS

    150

    Speaker

    Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry's 20th Annual Environmental Conference, July 27, 2012, Osage Beach, Missouri.

    David W. Peters gave a presentation entitled "OSHA Update-Hazard Communication Final Rule, 2012."

    Hazard Communication/GHS

    236

    Exhibit

    SCHC Fall Meeting, September 19-23, 2012, Arlington, Virginia.

    OSHA staffed an Alliance exhibit and disseminated OSHA publications along with SCHC Alliance-developed products to conference attendees.

     

    25

    Speaker

    SCHC Fall Meeting, September 19-23, 2012, Arlington, Virginia.

    Maureen Ruskin, Director of the Office of Chemical Hazards-Metals, DSG, gave a presentation entitled "OSHA Adoption of GHS."

    Hazard Communication/GHS

    175

    Speaker

    SCHC Fall Meeting, September 19-23, 2012, Arlington, Virginia.

    David W. Peters gave a brief presentation on the activities and successes of the OSHA and SCHC Alliance.

     

    175

     

    Outreach and Communication Goal 3: To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding SCHC's good 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 Initiative Supported

    Number Reached

    Event

    North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, May 6-12, 2012, Washington, DC.

    SCHC and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported 2012 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by ASSE and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. 2012 Theme: "Safety, What Every Business Needs."

    To help support the event, SCHC disseminated information about the 2012 NAOSH Week to their membership and posted the 2012 NAOSH Week banner to the Alliance-related Web page.

     

    Data Not Available

    Other

    March 30, 2012: Alliance Quarterly Review.

    David W. Peters authored an article entitled "SCHC Alliance Produces Fact Sheets on Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals."

    Hazard Communication/GHS

    36 National Alliances

     

    TOTAL

     

     

    11,192


  5. Upcoming Milestones
  6. 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 finalize four more resources: Info Sheet #8 Gases Under Pressure; Info Sheet #9 Reproductive Toxicity; Info Sheet #10 Corrosive to Metals; Info Sheet #11 Aspiration Hazards; and Info Sheet #12 Skin Corrosion/Irritation.

    SCHC will host several Webinars addressing GHS issues, to which OSHA staff will be invited. In addition, SCHC will continue to work with OSHA on projects related to outreach and resources for the 2012 Hazard Communication Standard, including but not limited to, a second Webinar on the rule.

    Finally, SCHC representatives will be joining with other Alliance Program participants to support 2013 North American Occupational Safety and Health Week, May 5-11, 2013, "Safe Workplaces for All."

    Report prepared by: Morgan Seuberling, Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, December 17, 2012.