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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) And The
Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) Alliance
November 14, 2014


  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed

      October 22, 2003

    2. Dates Renewed

      • December 5, 2005
      • March 24, 2008
      • March 1, 2012
    3. Evaluation Period

      October 22, 2013 – October 21, 2014

    4. Overview

      The OSHA and SCHC Alliance focuses on providing SCHC's members and others, including small businesses, information, guidance, and access to training resources to protect employees' health and safety. In particular, the Alliance will continue to address hazard communication hazards matters and issues related to increasing awareness of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.

    5. Implementation Team Members

      OSHA

      Karen Heckmann

      Industrial Hygienist, Office of Training and Educational Development (OTED), Directorate of Training and Education (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

      Lana Nieves

      Senior Industrial Hygienist, OHE, DEP

      Kenneth Leonard

      Program Analyst, OHE, DEP

      Jennifer Lawless

      Senior Industrial Hygienist, OCH-M, DSG

      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; Past-President, SCHC

      Michele Sullivan

      MRS Associates; Board Member, SCHC

      Darlene Susa-Anderson

      ChemAdvisor; President, SCHC

      Ann Thompson

      3M; Vice-President, SCHC

      Karrie Ishmael

      The Compliance Center; Chairperson of GHS Info Sheets, SCHC

      * Mary Reynolds, OSHA, served on the Implementation Team [IT] until April 30, 2014.

      **Mark Cohen, SCHC, served on the IT until August 30, 2014.

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • January 9, 2014
    • May 8, 2014
    • September 18, 2014

    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

    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
    Other Supported OSHA's 2014 National Outreach Campaign Focusing on Heat Illness Prevention.

    SCHC posted a section on the association's web site for the three summer months entitled "2014 Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness" with links to OSHA's outreach materials. The theme was "Water. Rest. Shade."
    Heat Stress 136
     
    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
    Product SCHC and OSHA Hazard Communication- Webinar Part One [Archived Session on Web Pages]

    SCHC continued 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 and linked to the OSHA Hazard Communication web page during the reporting period.
    Hazard Communication/GHS 8,465
    Product SCHC and OSHA Hazard Communication- Webinar Part Two [Archived Session on Web Pages]

    SCHC continued 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: 1 Year of Implementation" on their Alliance web page and linked to the OSHA Hazard Communication web page during the reporting period.
    Hazard Communication/GHS 7,980
     
    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 Information Sheet on Germ Cell Mutagenicity

    SCHC reviewed and revised the information sheet focusing on germ cell mutagenicity. The finalized product was posted on April 8, 2014, on the SCHC Alliance web page and linked to the OSHA web pages.
    Hazard Communication Not Available
    Product Information Sheet on Carcinogenicity

    SCHC reviewed and revised the information sheet focusing on carcinogenicity. The finalized product was posted on April 8, 2014, the SCHC Alliance web page and linked to the OSHA web pages.
    Hazard Communication 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 Heat Stress Illness Prevention and Hazard Communication with resources, information, and links to the OSHA Web pages
    Hazard Communication/GHS

    Heat Stress
    2,426
    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.
      4,041
     
    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
    Speech SCHC Spring Meeting, March 22-26, 2014, Charleston, SC.

    Maureen Ruskin, Director of the Office of Chemical Hazards-Metals, DSG, gave a presentation entitled "OSHA GHS Updates."
    Hazard Communication/GHS 200
    Exhibit SCHC Fall Meeting, September 30, 2014, Arlington, Virginia.

    OSHA staffed an Alliance exhibit and disseminated OSHA publications along with SCHC Alliance-developed products to conference attendees.
    Hazard Communication/GHS 175
    Speech SCHC Fall Meeting, September 30, 2014, Arlington, Virginia.

    Maureen Ruskin, Director of the Office of Chemical Hazards-Metals, DSG, gave a presentation entitled "OSHA GHS Updates."
    Hazard Communication/GHS 300
    Speech SCHC Fall Meeting, September 30, 2014, Arlington, Virginia.

    Sven Rundman, Supervisory Industrial Hygienist in the Office of Health Enforcement, DEP, gave a presentation entitled "Hazard Communication Standard-An Enforcement Perspective."
    Hazard Communication/GHS 300
     
    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
    Training 2014 SCHC Webinar

    Paul W. Brigandi, SCHC, gave a presentation entitled "Acute Toxicity Endpoints" that was offered to OSHA staff on April 14, 2014.
      6
    Training 2014 SCHC Webinar

    Paul W. Brigandi, SCHC, gave a presentation entitled "Acute Toxicity-Eye and Skin Endpoints" that was offered to OSHA staff on April 28, 2014.
      12
    Training 2014 SCHC Webinar

    Denese A. Deeds, SCHC, gave a presentation entitled "Dangerous Goods Multi-Modal Transportation Webinar Series" that was offered to OSHA staff on July 22-31, 2014.
      2
    Event North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, May 4-10, 2014, Washington, DC.

    SCHC and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported 2014 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. 2014 Theme: "Workplace Safety Works for Everyone."

    To help support the event, SCHC disseminated information during their 2014 Spring Meeting in March and posted the link for the 2014 NAOSH Week web page to their Alliance web page.
      200
    Training 2014 SCHC Fall Meeting Professional Development Course

    SCHC provided the opportunity for DSG OSHA staff to attend the PDC on "Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) [Parts 1 and 2]."
      1
    Total     24,244
  4. Upcoming Milestones

    In the upcoming year, OSHA and SCHC will continue to 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 work to finalize the information sheets addressing GHS and Hazard Communication under various stages of completion for the following: Gases Under Pressure; Reproductive Toxicity; Corrosive to Metals; Aspiration Hazards; Skin Corrosion/Irritation; Skin Sensitization; Respiratory Sensitization; Safety Data Sheets; Simple Asphyxiates; Pyrophoric Materials; Specific Target Organ Toxicity; Flammable Solids; Acute Toxicity Inhalation; Flammable Aerosols; Organic Peroxides; Self-Heating Chemicals; Precautionary Statements; Combustible Dust; Hazards Not Otherwise Classified; and Workplace Labeling. 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.

    In addition, SCHC will continue to work with OSHA on projects related to outreach resources on Hazard Communication and GHS, including a webinar on that will focus on enforcement and OSHA compliance assistance updates.

    To support the Alliance's outreach goals, SCHC will request OSHA's participation and provide an Alliance exhibit at their 2015 Fall Meeting and an opportunity for OSHA speakers at both the 2015 Spring and Fall Meetings.

Report prepared by: Morgan Seuberling, Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, November 14, 2014.

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