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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
and the
Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc. (SPI)
September 19, 2008

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    September 19, 2002

    Dates Renewed

    March 4, 2004

    November 3, 2005

    August 29, 2007

    Evaluation Period

    September 19, 2007 - September 18, 2008

    Overview


    The OSHA and SPI Alliance continues to focus on providing SPI's members and others with information, guidance and access to training resources to promote machine safety, particularly in identifying machinery hazards and providing potential solutions to reduce injuries (e.g., lacerations, burns and amputations). In addition, the organizations are working together to raise awareness of hazard communication issues in the workplace.

    Implementation Team Members

    OSHA:
     
    Cathy Cronin

    John Hermanson
    Bill Shane

    Doug Simon
    Rob Swick
    Directorate of Training and Education (OTE), Directorate of Training and Education
    (DTE)
    Regional Administrator, Region VIII
    Senior Onsite Safety Consultant, Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA)
    Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, OTED-DTE
    Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP), Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)

    SPI:
     
    Sue Babler
    Travis Ebel
    Natha Freiburg
    Susan Howe
    Valerie Kuster
    Marie Martinko
    Brian Schell
    John Schoenfield
    Doug Sten
    Jim Washam
    Wayne Wilson
    Director, Human Resources, Placon Thermoforming Products.
    Safety, Plastic Ingenuity
    Director, Film and Bag Federation, SPI
    Vice President, Worker Health and Safety, SPI
    Safety Specialist, Illinois Tool Works
    Technical Director, Environment and Health, SPI
    Safety Manager, Buckell Plastics Company
    Safety Manager, Placon Thermoforming Products
    Corporate Safety Manager, Amcor PET Packaging, N.A.
    Consultant
    Corporate Director Safety/Training, United Southern Industries, Inc.
     
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    October 22, 2007 OSHA 10-hour Outreach Training Program for the Plastics Processing Industry Workgroup meeting (Workgroup meeting)
     
    November 8, 2007
    November 29, 2007
    December 7, 2007
    February 7, 2008
    February 21, 2008
    February 28, 2008
    March 6, 2008
    March 12, 2008
    March 21, 2008
    May 21-22, 2008
    May 22, 2008
    June 5, 2008
    June 19, 2008
    June 27, 2008
    July 10, 2008
    July 28, 2008
    July 28, 2008
    August 14, 2008
    Workgroup meeting
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    Workgroup meeting
    Workgroup meeting
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    Workgroup meeting
    Workgroup meeting
    Implementation Team meeting
    Workgroup meeting
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    Implementation Team meeting
    Workgroup meeting
     
  3. Results
     
    1. Events and Products

      Training and Education Goal
       
      • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for plastic industry employers and employees regarding machine guarding and lockout/tagout, and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.
      Events

      OSHA 10-hour Outreach Training Program for the Plastics Processing Industry


      The OSHA and SPI Alliance implementation team continued its development of an OSHA 10-hour Outreach Training Program for the Plastics Processing Industry that can be presented at OSHA's Education Centers and that plastics industry employers can use in their workplaces to help educate their workers. When completed, the course will run approximately 11 hours and include the following modules:
       
      • Introduction to OSHA
      • Walking/Working Surfaces
      • Exit Routes
      • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
      • Machine Guarding and Lockout/Tagout
      • Hazard Communication
      • Noise Hazards
      • Electrical Hazards
      • Bloodborne Pathogens
      • Material Handling
      The OSHA and SPI Alliance Implementation Team is expected to finalize the development of the OSHA 10-hour Outreach Training Program for the Plastics Processing Industry in the fall of 2008.

      Outreach and Communication Goals

      Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's and SPI's Web sites) to employers and employees in the plastics industry.

      Products

      OSHA Assistance for the Plastics Industry Safety and Health Topics Page


      Through the Alliance Program, SPI worked with OSHA to develop the OSHA Assistance for the Plastics Industry Safety and Health Topics page. The page was first posted on the OSHA Web site in September 2003. The following SPI representatives are continuing to serve on the editorial board for the page:
       
      • Susan R. Howe, Vice President, Worker Health & Safety, SPI
      • John Schoenfield, Safety Manager, Placon Thermoforming Products
      • Wayne Wilson, Corporate Director of Safety/Training, United Southern Industries
      OSHA's Machine Guarding eTool

      Through the Alliance Program, SPI worked with OSHA to develop the Plastics Machinery module for the OSHA Machine Guarding eTool. The module addresses typical machine guarding concerns regarding plastic manufacturing machinery. The Plastics Machinery module was added to the eTool in October 2003. In addition, SPI provided input into the development of the Thermoforming Machines sub-module for Plastics module. The Thermoforming Machines sub-module identifies potential hazards associated with thermoforming machinery and includes a 360-degree tour of a thermoforming machine. The Thermoforming Machines sub-module was finalized and added to the OSHA Machine Guarding eTool in September 2007.

      The following SPI representative is continuing to serve on the Machine Guarding eTool editorial board
       
      • Susan R. Howe, Vice President, Worker Health & Safety, SPI
      OSHA and SPI Alliance Web Page

      OSHA is continuing to update its OSHA and SPI Alliance Web page that is posted on the OSHA Web site. The page includes the OSHA and SPI Alliance agreement, renewal agreements, annual reports, news releases, information on activities and events, and links to resources developed by SPI through the Alliance Program.

      SPI Worker Safety and Health Web Page

      The SPI Web site has a Worker Health and Safety section that includes information on the Alliance and its accomplishments, including links to the training tools and electronic assistance products developed by the OSHA and SPI Alliance.

      Print and Electronic Media

      Articles about the OSHA and SPI Alliance have appeared in a number of printed and online publications, including Occupational Hazards Magazine and ASSE Government Affairs Update. For more information on the articles, please see the Alliance Program Reach table in this report.
       
      • Speak, exhibit or appear at OSHA and SPI conferences, such as NPE, local meetings, or other industry events.

        During this reporting period, OSHA and SPI did not work on projects to address this goal.
         
      • Promote and encourage SPI members' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and Consultation and its the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

        During this reporting period, OSHA and SPI did not work on projects to address this goal.
         
      • Work with other Alliance participants on projects on hazard communication issues that are addressed and developed through the Alliance.

        During this reporting period, OSHA and SPI did not work on projects to address this goal.
         
    2. Executive Summary

      During the reporting period, OSHA and SPI continued to work together through the Alliance to address machine safety hazards in the plastics manufacturing industry. For example, the Alliance continued its development of an OSHA 10-hour Outreach Training Program for the Plastics Processing Industry. After the training program is completed, it will be given to the OSHA Education Centers to add to their course offerings. In addition, plastics industry employers will be able to present the course in their workplaces to help educate their workers.

      Through the Alliance, SPI and OSHA experts continue to use their expertise to review and provide ongoing comments on the OSHA Assistance for the Plastics Industry Safety and Health Topics page and Machine Guarding eTool by serving on their editorial boards. OSHA also updated the OSHA and SPI Alliance Web page on its Web site with information about Alliance-related activities.
       
    3. Alliance Program Reach

    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals
    Reached or Trained
    OSHA and SPI Alliance Web page on the OSHA Web site 18,340
    SPI Worker Safety and Health Web page Data Not Available
    Plastics Industry Safety and Health Topics Page 23,966
    Machine Guarding eTool 42,003
    September 2007: SPI Activities in Support of FPD, FPD News and Publications Data Not Available
    September 19, 2007: OSHA Releases Thermoforming Module, Occupational Hazards Magazine Data Not Available
    November 2, 2007: Latest in OSHA Compliance Assistance Tools, ASSE Government Affairs Update Data Not Available
    TOTAL 84,209

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  5. Upcoming Milestones

    During the upcoming year, OSHA and SPI will continue its training and outreach efforts and the development of compliance assistance tools and resources. For example, the Alliance will complete the development of the OSHA 10-hour Outreach Training Program for the Plastics Processing Industry. In addition, the Alliance will also develop a blow molding machine safety training course.

    The Alliance will also work to promote the OSHA Challenge Program and On-site Consultation Program by developing success stories and by hosting OSHA speakers to discuss these programs at SPI meetings.

    Through the Alliance, SPI and OSHA experts will continue to use their expertise to review and provide comments on the OSHA Assistance for the Plastics Industry Safety and Health Topics page and Machine Guarding eTool by serving on their editorial boards. OSHA will also continue to update the OSHA and SPI Alliance Web page on the OSHA Web site with information about Alliance-related activities.

    Finally, SPI will provide an Alliance Program exhibit booth at the NPE 2009 The International Plastic Showcase, McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois, on June 22-26, 2009.

    Report prepared by: Rob Swick, Program Analyst, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, October 9, 2008.