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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
and
SkillsUSA
December 13, 2007

I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

October 17, 2005

Overview

Through the Alliance, OSHA and SkillsUSA are working together to provide career and technical educators and their students with materials, guidance, and access to training resources that will help improve the occupational safety and health of young workers.

Implementation Team Members

 
OSHA  
   
Deborah Gabry
Sandra Khan
Robert Nester
Directorate of Science, Technology and Medicine (DSTM)
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
DSTM
   
SkillsUSA  
   
Heidi Ambrose
Marsha Daves
Associate Director, Office of Training, Membership & Program Development
Director, Office of Training, Membership and Program Development

Evaluation Period

October 17, 2006 October 16, 2007
 
II. Implementation Team Meetings

 
January 18, 2007
May 4, 2007
August 23, 2007
Implementation Team Meeting
Implementation Team Meeting
Implementation Team Meeting

In addition to these formal meetings, the OOSA and SkillsUSA staff maintained regular contact throughout the reporting period to monitor the Alliance's progress and results.

III. Results
  1. Events and Products

    Outreach and Communication Goals


    • Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information for young workers on workplace hazard recognition and prevention and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic media, on-line forums, lesson plans, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's and SkillsUSA's web sites) to educators, employers and young workers.
    Products

    OSHA and SkillsUSA Alliance Web page


    OSHA continues to update the OSHA and SkillsUSA Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web site. The Web page includes links to the OSHA and SkillsUSA Alliance agreement, news releases, activities and events, products and resources, and milestones and successes. In addition, the page includes a link to the SkillsUSA and OSHA Alliance Web page on the organization's Web site. For information on the number of visits to the OSHA and SkillsUSA Alliance Web page, please see the Alliance Program Reach table.

    SkillsUSA and OSHA Alliance Web page

    SkillsUSA continues to update the SkillsUSA and OSHA Alliance Web page on the organization's Web site with information on the Alliance including links to the OSHA and SkillsUSA Alliance agreement, activities and events, and milestones and successes. The page also includes links to OSHA's Teen Worker Safety and Health Topics page, and the 2007 Teen Summer Job Safety Campaign Web page and the 2007 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week Web page on the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Web site. ASSE, another Alliance Program participant, is the sponsor of the Week.

    Safety and Health Topics Pages

    SkillsUSA representatives serve as members of the following OSHA Safety and Health Topics pages' editorial boards:

    • Machine Guarding
      • Don Eshelby, Retired Trade and Industry Supervisor, State of Idaho Division of Professional Technical Education; Boise, ID
    • Welding Cutting and Braising
      • Rick Brandon, Welding Instructor, Skills USA, Pemiscot County Vocational School; Hayti, MO
    Print and Electronic Media

    A number of articles appeared in print and electronic media, including US Newswire, SkillsUSA Champions, Executive Perspectives and The Hearing Review. For more information on the articles, please see the Alliance Reach table.

    • Work with OSHA to provide expertise in SkillsUSA review of the SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards.
    Products

    SkillsUSA Championship Technical Standards


    Through the Alliance, OSHA reviewed and provided comments on the SkillsUSA Championship Technical Standards that are used by judges during the annual SkillsUSA Championships. The SkillsUSA Championship is a student skill and leadership and hands on competition in which more than 4,700 students compete in several contests, including trade, industrial, technical, health occupations, customer service, and leadership.

    SkillsUSA Professional Development Program

    Through the Alliance, OSHA reviewed and provided comments on the SkillsUSA's Professional Development Program (PDP). The Program guides students through 84 employability skills activities. The activities help meet the competencies outlined by the U.S. Secretary of Labor's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS).

    • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's and SkillsUSA's conferences state and chapter events, such as the Federal Network for Young Worker Safety and Health and the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference and SkillsUSA Championships.
    Events

    SkillsUSA 2007 National Leadership & Skills Conference and TECHSPO, June 26-29, 2007, Kansas City, Missouri


    On June 28, 2007, Assistant Secretary, Edwin G. Foulke Jr., USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation, "OSHA Update and the OSHA and SkillsUSA Alliance," during SkillsUSA's VIP Breakfast that was held during the conference.

    In addition, Robert Nester, Health Scientist, Office of Occupational Health Nursing, DSTM, USDOL-OSHA, participated in the conference's SkillsUSA Competition as a judge for the Health Science competitions.

    Also, Veneta Chatmon, Office of Communications, USDOL-OSHA and OSHA representatives from Region VII staffed the OSHA exhibit during the conference. OSHA's staff distributed the OSHA and SkillsUSA Alliance Activities Summary and OSHA's young worker and safety and health publications to students and SkillsUSA instructors.

    • Work with other Alliance Program participants on specific issues and projects regarding young workers issues that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
    Events

    OSHA Teen Summer Job Safety Campaign Kick-off, April 17, 2007, Thomas Edison High School of Technology, Silver Spring, Maryland


    On April 17, 2007, SkillsUSA student members from Thomas Edison High School of Technology demonstrated safe work practices for the construction industry during OSHA's Teen Summer Job Safety Campaign Kick-off event at Thomas Edison High School of Technology in Silver Spring, Maryland. OSHA's Teen Summer Job Safety Campaign is a multi-year project to increase awareness about workplace hazards and provide information about the hazards to young workers and their parents. In addition, Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA and Tim Lawrence, Executive Director, SkillsUSA spoke during the event.

    North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, May 6-12, 2007

    SkillsUSA supported and promoted 2007 NAOSH Week, which was held May 6-12, 2007. NAOSH Week is sponsored by the ASSE, another Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE). SkillsUSA students and advisors also attended the Week's kick-off event that included remarks by Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA and representatives from ASSE and CSSE.

    • Encourage SkillsUSA to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices and other Career Technical Student Organizations to address young worker safety and health issues.
    Products

    SkillsUSA State Associations and Chapters


    SkillsUSA posted contact information for OSHA's Regional Offices on the SkillsUSA and OSHA Alliance Web page on the organization's Web site for SkillsUSA instructors to use to invite an Agency representative to give a presentation, provide training, or staff an exhibit at a local or area conference.

    Promoting the National Dialogue in Safety and Health Goals:

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

      The OSHA and SkillsUSA Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.
  2. Executive Summary

    During the second year of the Alliance, OSHA and SkillsUSA continued to provide career and technical educators, and their students with materials, guidance, and access to training resources that address the occupational safety and health of young workers. For example:

    • OSHA maintains and updates the OSHA and SkillsUSA Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web site. The page includes the OSHA and SkillsUSA Alliance agreement, OSHA and SkillsUSA news releases, activities and events, products and resources, and milestones and successes. SkillsUSA also maintains and updates the SkillsUSA and OSHA Alliance Web page on the organization's Web site with young worker safety and health information including a link to OSHA's Teen Worker Safety and Health Topics page.
       
    • On June 28, 2007, Assistant Secretary, Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation, "OSHA Update and the OSHA and SkillsUSA Alliance," during SkillsUSA's VIP Breakfast at the SkillsUSA 2007 National Leadership & Skills Conference.
       
    • On June 29, 2007, Robert Nester, Health Scientist, Office of Occupational Health Nursing, DSTM, USDOL-OSHA, participated in the SkillsUSA Competition as a judge in the Health Science competitions in Kansas City, Missouri.
       
    • On June 26-29, 2007, OSHA representatives exhibited and distributed young worker safety and health information during the 2007 TECHSPO in Kansas City, Missouri.
       
    • OSHA reviewed and provided comments on the SkillsUSA Championship Technical Standards and the Professional Development Program.
       
    • SkillsUSA promoted and participated in OSHA's 2007 Teen Summer Job Safety Campaign Kick-off event on April 17, 2007 at Thomas Edison High School of Technology, Silver Spring, Maryland.
       
    • SkillsUSA promoted and supported the 2007 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, May 6 - 12, 2007.
    Finally, OSHA and SkillsUSA agreed to renew the Alliance and the agreement will be signed December 18, 2007.

  3. Alliance Program Reach
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
Fall 2006, "Because Being a Statistic Isn't Worth It"
SkillsUSA Champions
Data Not Available
April 17, 2007, "OSHA's Teen Summer Job Safety Campaign"
SkillsUSA Executive Perspectives
Data Not Available
April 17, 2007, "U.S. Labor Department's OSHA Launches Youth Job Safety Campaign"
OSHA News Release
69 News Services
April 17, 2007, "SkillsUSA Students Participate in OSHA's Kickoff 2007 Teen Safety Campaign and Highlight CareerSafe Program and Grant from Lowe's"
SkillsUSA News Release
Data Not Available
April 17, 2007, "Lowe's, SkillsUSA Kick Off OSHA's 2007 Teen Summer Job Safety Campaign"
US News Wire
Data Not Available
April 17, 2007, "Lowe's, SkillsUSA Kick Off OSHA's 2007 Teen Summer Job Safety Campaign"
PR Newswire
Data Not Available
April 17, 2007, "OSHA Launches Youth Job Safety Campaign"
Ceridian Abstracts
Data Not Available
April 17, 2007, "OSHA Launches Youth Job Safety Campaign"
The Hearing Review
Data Not Available
April 22, 2007, "OSHA Launches Youth Job Safety Campaign"
Saint Louis Front Page
Data Not Available
June 2007, "Teen Summer Job Safety"
ASSE Eastern Carolina Newsletter
Data Not Available
June 2007, "U.S. Labor Department's OSHA Launches Youth Job Safety Campaign"
ASSE Greater Tidewater Chapter Newsletter
Data Not Available
June 26-29, 2007, SkillsUSA 2007 National Leadership & Skills Conference and TECHSPO, Kansas City, Missouri
OSHA Exhibited
4,700
June 28, 2007, SkillsUSA VIP Breakfast
Speaker: Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.
78
OSHA and SkillsUSA Alliance Web Page 4,150
SkillsUSA and OSHA Alliance Web Page Data Not Available
OSHA Safety and Health Topics pages' Editorial Boards
 
  • Machine Guarding
 
OSHA Safety and Health Topics pages' Editorial Boards
 
  • Welding Cutting Brazing
 
TOTAL 8,928

IV. Upcoming Milestones

As a result of the successes achieved in the first two years of the Alliance, OSHA and SkillsUSA will renew the Alliance agreement in December 2007. Through the renewal, OSHA and SkillsUSA will continue to work together on projects and activities to support the goals of the Alliance. For example, OSHA will continue to maintain and update the OSHA and SkillsUSA Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web site and the SkillsUSA and OSHA Alliance Web page on the organization's Web site with safety and health resources. In addition, SkillsUSA plans to promote OSHA's compliance assistance materials and cooperative programs through various resources such as its Alliance Program Web page and its publications; SkillsUSA Connections and Executive Perspectives.

Through the Alliance, OSHA and SkillsUSA will share young worker safety and health information at the National Leadership & Skills Conference and TECHSPO, June 24-27, 2008, in Kansas City, Missouri. OSHA representatives from Region VII and OSHA's National Office have been invited to speak and be judges during the SkillsUSA Championship Competitions. In addition, OSHA will exhibit during the TECHSPO and provide safety and health and youth related information to attendees.

The OSHA and SkillsUSA Alliance will also join with numerous other Alliance Program participants in supporting the 2008 NAOSH Week, May 4-10, 2008, which is sponsored by the ASSE. Finally, OSHA and SkillsUSA will continue to support OSHA's Teen Worker Initiative by posting youth-related safety and health information on the SkillsUSA and OSHA Alliance Web page on the organization's Web site. SkillsUSA will also participate in OSHA's 2008 Teen Summer Job Safety Campaign's Kick-off event.


Report prepared by: Sandra Khan, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services Alliances, December 13, 2007