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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
And the
Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC)
January 15, 2016


  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed

      October 22, 2003 (renewed December 5, 2005; March 24, 2008; March 1, 2012 and April 13, 2015)

    2. Evaluation Period

      October 22, 2014—October 21, 2015

    3. 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.

    4. 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)

      Tara Koch

      Clearance Coordinator, Office of Science and Technology Assessment, Directorate of TSEM

      Kathy Landkrohn

      Health Scientist, OCH-M, DSG

      Christina Morgan

      Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA), Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP)

      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

      Sven Rundman, III

      Supervisory Industrial Hygienist and Team Leader, OHE, DEP

      Morgan Seuberling served on the OSHA and SCHC Alliance Implementation Team until April 3, 2015. Christina Morgan joined the Team on April 6, 2015.

      SCHC

      Denese Deeds

      Industrial Health and Safety Consultants; Chairperson of Outreach, SCHC

      Abbey Goodyear††

      MSDSonline; Chairperson of GHS Info Sheet Committee, SCHC

      Daniel Levine

      Product Safety Solutions; Chairperson of Web-Committee, SCHC

      Karrie Ishmael††

      The Compliance Center; Chairperson of GHS Info Sheet Committee, SCHC

      David W. Peters

      Monsanto Company; Past-President, SCHC

      Jasjit Sarang†††

      Chevron Phillips Chemical Co.; GHS Info Sheet Committee, SCHC

      Michele Sullivan

      MRS Associates; Board Member, SCHC

      Darlene Susa-Anderson

      ChemAdvisor; President, SCHC

      Ann Thompson

      3M; Vice-President, SCHC

      ††Karrie Ishamel served on the OSHA and SCHC Alliance Implementation Team until August 2015. Abbey Goodyear joined the Team in September 2015.

      †††Jasjit Sarang joined the Team in September 2015.

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • January 28, 2015
    • May 18, 2015
    • September 21, 2015

    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.

    Training and Education: Develop webinars to assist employers in complying with hazard communication requirements for the preparation of labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDSs).
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Training Webinar: Hazard Communication 2012 - Inspection Procedures for the Hazard Communication Standard: CPL 02-02-079.

    Through the alliance, SCHC and OSHA sponsored a webinar on September 9, 2015, to discuss the new Hazard Communication directive and OSHA enforcement policies. OSHA staff Sven Rundman, III, and Lana Nieves presented.
    Chemicals/Hazard Communication 2131
     
    Training and Education: Arrange to have the hazard communication and GHS webinars delivered through the Alliance and archived afterwards for future free access through the Web by OSHA staff, small businesses and others per the annual work plan.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Training The OSHA/SCHC Webinar: Hazard Communication 2012 - Inspection Procedures for the Hazard Communication Standard: CPL 02-02-079, was delivered live on September 9, 2015, and was recorded/archived for future access. Chemicals/Hazard Communication 959
     
    Outreach and Communication: Develop and disseminate five information sheets annually regarding safety and health issues focusing on Hazard Communication, SDSs and the GHS.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Alliance Product InfoSheet: Corrosive to Metal (February 2015). Chemicals/Hazard Communication Data not available
    Alliance Product InfoSheet: Flammable Gases (February 2015). Chemicals/Hazard Communication Data not available
    Alliance Product InfoSheet: Flammable Solid (February 2015). Chemicals/Hazard Communication Data not available
    Alliance Product InfoSheet: Gases under Pressure (February 2015). Chemicals/Hazard Communication Data not available
     
    Outreach and Communication: Provide annual training seminars and/or webinars addressing hazard communication health and safety issues related to increasing awareness of Agency regulations and GHS.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Training SCHC Webinar: Canadian Requirements for Workplace Chemicals: Part I: "Canadian Hazard Communication."

    OSHA staff attended an SCHC-sponsored webinar given by Luc Séguin on March 12, 2015.
    Chemicals/Hazard Communication 8 OSHA staff
    Training SCHC Webinar: Canadian Requirements for Workplace Chemicals: Part II: "Reciprocity and differences between WHMIS-2015 and HAZCOM 2012 (SDS-Labels and others)."

    OSHA staff attended an SCHC-sponsored webinar given by Luc Séguin on May 6, 2015.
    Chemicals/Hazard Communication 7 OSHA staff
     
    Outreach and Communication: Disseminate quarterly (via print and electronic media, and the SCHC's web site) information on topics such as OSHA's initiatives, workers' rights, employer responsibilities, and other information on occupational safety and health to employers and workers.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Dissemination On 4/15/15, SCHC sent an email blast announcing the renewal of the OSHA/SCHC Alliance.   5926
    Dissemination On 6/2/15, SCHC sent an email blast announcing the release of OSHA's interim enforcement guidelines for Hazard Communication. Chemicals/Hazard Communication 5929
    Dissemination On 7/21/15, SCHC sent an email blast announcing release of OSHA's Hazard Communication Enforcement Directive. Chemicals/Hazard Communication 5959
    Dissemination On 7/27/15, SCHC sent an email blast with subject line "OSHA Clarifies "Missing Sections" of the Hazard Communication Enforcement Directive. Chemicals/Hazard Communication 5955
    Dissemination SCHC and OSHA Alliance Webpage: SCHC continues to update their alliance web page, which is a subsection of SCHC's website. Chemicals/Hazard Communication 400
    Dissemination OSHA and SCHC Alliance Webpage: OSHA continues to update the webpage devoted to this alliance. Chemicals/Hazard Communication 2382
     
    Outreach and Communication: Provide opportunities annually for OSHA to speak, exhibit, or appear at the SCHC Spring and Fall Meetings.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Speech/Presentation SCHC Spring Meeting: March 17, 2015; San Francisco, CA

    Sven Rundman, DEP, and Maureen Ruskin, DSG, gave a presentation entitled "US and Canada GHS Updates: Preparing for June 1, 2015 [PDF*]."
    Chemicals/Hazard Communication 215
    Speech/Presentation SCHC Fall Meeting: September 29, 2015; Arlington, VA

    Sven Rundman, DEP, Maureen Ruskin, DSG, and Edmund Baird (SOL) gave a presentation entitled "HazCom 2012: Beyond SDS and Labels, Next Steps for Compliance, Enforcement."
    Chemicals/Hazard Communication 299
    Exhibit SCHC Fall Meeting: September 29, 2015; Arlington, VA

    Christina Morgan, DCSP, staffed an exhibit booth at this event.
    Chemicals/Hazard Communication 50
     
    Total     30,220
  4. Evaluations

    To evaluate the impact of the September 9, 2015 webinar, registered attendees received an optional survey for completion. Approximately half of the attendees completed the survey, and feedback was very positive, with more than 85% reporting that the presentation was relevant to their company's needs and approximately 76% reporting that the handouts and resources provided were useful. SCHC will continue to solicit feedback on webinars delivered and will also work during the next reporting period to collect feedback on Information Sheets developed through the alliance.

    Finally, SCHC supports OSHA's plans to better measure the effectiveness of its programs and their impact on improving workplace safety. SCHC participated in an October 2015 meeting to explore possibilities for evaluating and tracking progress of individual alliances and the Alliance program as a whole and will continue to contribute to these efforts during the next reporting period.

  5. 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 resources that will help employers and workers reduce or prevent exposure to health and physical hazards of chemicals. For example, OSHA and SCHC will develop new and update existing information sheets detailing the requirements of OSHA's Hazard Communication (HCS 2012) standard. These 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. OSHA and SCHC will also develop and co-sponsor webinars on emerging issues related to Hazard Communication as appropriate. In addition, SCHC will provide OSHA opportunities to share information about HCS 2012 at its Annual Spring Meeting and assist OSHA in the dissemination of relevant safety and health information via its newsletters and other resources. Lastly, SCHC will support OSHA in its ongoing efforts to evaluate the impact of its Alliance Program in promoting worker safety and health.

Report prepared by: Christina Morgan, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, January 15, 2016

Activity Types:

  • Alliance Product: Products (e.g., fact sheets, videos, toolbox talks) developed by Alliance participants as part of the Alliance. These are not OSHA products.
  • Dissemination: An Alliance participant sends OSHA information, Alliance products, or other safety and health information to its stakeholders. This includes information sent by email or social media (Facebook, Twitter), and information included in newsletters and other publications. It also includes hits on the Alliance participant's or OSHA's Web page.
  • Evaluation: Any efforts by the Alliance participant to evaluate the effectiveness of an Alliance activity or the Alliance as a whole.
  • Event: Participation in events such as the Construction Roundtable and NAOSH Week.
  • Exhibit: OSHA exhibits at events sponsored by the Alliance participant.
  • OSHA Product Review: Review of an OSHA product by an Alliance participant. For example, an Alliance participant may provide technical comments on an OSHA eTool or publication. The review itself is considered the Alliance activity.
  • Speech/Presentation: Speeches or presentation by OSHA staff at events sponsored by the Alliance participant.
  • Training: This includes best practice seminars or other training that Alliance participants provide for OSHA staff. It also includes training for workers/employers/others by Alliance participants.
  • Other: Use this if an activity does not fit into one of the other categories.

OSHA Areas of Emphasis

  • Agriculture
  • Asian American/Pacific Islander Workers
  • Construction
  • Ergonomics
  • Fall Prevention
  • Hazard Communication/Chemicals
  • Health Care
  • Heat Illness Prevention
  • Hispanic/Latino Workers
  • Maritime
  • Oil and Gas
  • Small Business
  • Temporary Workers
  • Transportation
  • Young Workers

*Accessibility Assistance: Contact OSHA's Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs at (202) 693-2200 for assistance accessing PDF materials.

All other documents, that are not PDF materials or formatted for the web, are available as Microsoft Office® formats and videos and are noted accordingly. If additional assistance is needed with reading, reviewing or accessing these documents or any figures and illustrations, please also contact OSHA's Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs at (202) 693-2200.

**eBooks - EPUB is the most common format for e-Books. If you use a Sony Reader, a Nook, or an iPad you can download the EPUB file format. If you use a Kindle, you can download the MOBI file format.

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