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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
And The Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) Alliance

December 13, 2013

  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, 2012 - October 21, 2013

    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
    10. 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

      * Cathy Cronin Director, Office of Training and Educational Development (OTED), Directorate of Training and Education (DTE), severed on the Implementation Team until December 31, 2012.

  2. Implementation Team Meetings
    • January 14, 2013
    • May 2, 2013
    • September 12, 2013

    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 Hazard Communication- Webinar Part One [Archived Session on Web Pages]
    SCHC agreed to continue participating in the rollout of the revised 2012 Standard by posting the recording, the presentation 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 during the reporting period.
    Hazard Communication/GHS 12,374
    Other Supported OSHA's 2013 National Outreach Campaign Focusing on Heat Illness Prevention.
    SCHC posted a section on "2013 Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness" on the association's Web site with links to OSHA outreach materials for three months. The theme was "Water. Rest. Shade."
    Heat Stress 4,706
    Other Supported OSHA's 2013 National Training Campaign Focusing on Federal Agency Worker Safety and Health.
    The Agency scheduled a three-day training event for that discussed potential hazards, such as distracted driving, ergonomics, confined spaces, hearing conservation and fall protection. SCHC posted the OSHA training on the association's Web site for three months.
    Fall Protection, Distracted Driving 4,706
     
    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 Two, July 25, 2013.
    OSHA participated and SCHC sponsored a second Webinar to assist in the roll out the revised 2012 Hazard Communication Standard.
    Speakers: Kathy Landkrohn, Health Scientist, OCH-M, DSG, and Jennifer Lawless, Senior IH, OCH-M, DSG.
    Presentation: "Hazard Communication: 1 Year of Implementation."
    Hazard Communication/GHS 12.991
     
    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 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 Heat Stress Illness Prevention and Hazard Communication with resources, information, and links to the OSHA Web pages.
    Hazard Communication/GHS
    Heat Stress
    16,727
    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.
      2,400
     
    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, April 13-17, 2013, Austin, Texas.
    Maureen Ruskin, Director of the Office of Chemical Hazards-Metals, DSG, gave a presentation entitled "OSHA GHS Update: Employee Training Requirements and Resources for December 2013 Deadline."
    Hazard Communication/GHS 202
    Exhibit SCHC Fall Meeting, September 25-29, 2013, Arlington, Virginia.
    OSHA staffed an Alliance exhibit and disseminated OSHA publications along with SCHC Alliance-developed products to conference attendees.
    Hazard Communication/GHS 150
    Speaker SCHC Fall Meeting, September 25-29, 2013, Arlington, Virginia.
    Maureen Ruskin, Director of the Office of Chemical Hazards-Metals, DSG, gave a presentation entitled "HazCom 2012 Update: Domestic and International Implementation Issues."
    Hazard Communication/GHS 260
    Speaker SCHC Fall Meeting, September 25-29, 2013, Arlington, Virginia.
    David W. Peters gave a brief presentation on the activities and successes of the OSHA and SCHC Alliance.
    Hazard Communication/GHS 260
     
    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 5-11, 2013, Washington, DC.
    SCHC and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported 2013 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. 2013 Theme: "Worker Safety Works for Everyone." To help support the event, SCHC disseminated the 2013 NAOSH Week posters to their membership during their Spring Meeting and included a slide on the event in the projection rotation during the April Conference.
      Data Not Applicable
     
    TOTAL     54,776
  5. Upcoming Milestones
  6. In the upcoming year, OSHA and SCHC will continue work together to provide SCHC's members and others with guidance and access to information and training resources to help employers and workers reduce or prevent exposure to health and physical hazards of chemicals.

    For example, through the Alliance, SCHC will complete information sheets addressing GHS and Hazard Communication for the following: Gases Under Pressure; Reproductive Toxicity; Corrosive to Metals; Aspiration Hazards; Skin Sensitization; Respiratory Sensitization; Safety Data Sheets; Simple Asphyxiates; Pyrophoric Materials; Specific Target Organ Toxicity; and Flammable Solids. The resources will be posted on the SCHC Alliance-related Web page and OSHA will link the resources to the OSHA and SCHC Web page, the Alliance Program Participants Developed Products Web page, and other appropriate locations on the Agency Web site.

    SCHC will also participate in the evaluation of the impact of SCHC's Alliance developed products and effects of the Alliance Program by developing methods to survey the benefits of their Alliance products through the Alliance Program and provide their results to OSHA. In addition, SCHC will continue to work with OSHA on projects related to outreach and resources for the 2012 Hazard Communication Standard, including translating the Hazard Communication Webinar-Part Two into Spanish.

    For completing their outreach goals, SCHC will request OSHA's participation and provide an Alliance exhibit at their 2014 Fall Meeting and an opportunity for OSHA speakers at the 2014 Spring and Fall Meetings.

    Finally, an SCHC will be joining with other Alliance Program participants to support the 2014 NAOSH Week, May 4-10, 2014.

    Report prepared by: Morgan Seuberling, Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, December 13, 2013.

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