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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT

Occupational Safety and Health Administration
and the
Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc. (SPI)
December 13, 2005

I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

September 19, 2002

Date Renewed

March 4, 2004

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 and ergonomic awareness. OSHA and SPI are identifying machinery hazards and potential solutions to reduce injuries (e.g., lacerations, burns, and amputations) and ergonomic problems.

Implementation Team Members
 
OSHA:  
   
Brett Besser
Cathy Cronin
John Hermanson
Chuck Lorish
Lisa Ramber
Tom Ripberger
Doug Simon
Jack Standard
Jim Washam
Salt Lake Technical Center (SLTC)
Office of Training and Education (OTE)
Region VIII
Michigan OSHA
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances
Indiana OSHA
OTE
OTE
Region V, Cincinnati Area Office
   
SPI:  
   
Sue Babler
Susan Howe
Marie Martinko
Suzanne Riney
Brian Schell
Wayne Wilson
Placon
Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc.
Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc.
Spartech Corporation
Buckell Plastics Company
United Southern Industries, Inc
   
Contributors  
   
*Paul Murphy
**Kym Pond
OSHA Contractor for SLTC
OSHA Contractor for SLTC

* member of the Implementation Team until May 2005
** joined the Implementation Team in June 2005

Evaluation Period

September 19, 2004 - September 18, 2005

II. Implementation Team Meetings

 
December 13, 2004
February 6-9, 2005
February 16-17, 2005
April 20, 2005

September 15, 2005
Team Meeting, Conference Call
Tour of Buckell Plastics Company to begin development of Thermoforming eTool
Team Meeting, OSHA Training Institute
Team Meeting, Conference Call with SLTC to discuss Plastics Industry Safety and Health Topics page
eTool Development meeting

III. Results
  1. Events and Products

    Training and Education Goal


    • Develop and deliver training addressing machine safety, to be delivered in conferences, meetings, OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Ed Centers, and through distance learning.
    OSHA 10-Hour Course for the Plastics Industry

    The SPI members of the Alliance implementation team began developing an outline for an OSHA 10-hour Course for the Plastics Industry that could be presented at OSHA's Ed Centers and plastics industry employers could use in their workplaces to help educate their workers.

    Outreach and Communication Goals

    • Speak, exhibit, or appear at SPI conferences, including Plastics USA 2004, local meetings, or other industry events.
    Events

    Plastics USA 2004, McCormick Place East, Chicago, Illinois, September 28-30, 2004


    During Plastics USA 2004, September 28 - 30, the Alliance was a part of SPI's exhibit booth and members of the OSHA and SPI Alliance implementation team distributed OSHA safety and health information, including a Plastics Industry CD on machine safety that was developed by the Alliance.

    • Develop and disseminate information through print and electronic media, including electronic assistance tools and links from OSHA's and SPI's Web sites.
    Products

    OSHA Assistance for the Plastics Industry; OSHA Safety and Health Topics Page


    The OSHA and SPI implementation team members continued to review and share comments with OSHA's SLTC regarding the content of the Agency's Safety and Health Topics page; OSHA Assistance for the Plastics Industry. The following OSHA staff and SPI members and staff are on the page's editorial board:

    • Susan R. Howe, SPI, Senior Technical Director, Worker and Product Safety; Washington, DC
    • Loren Mills, Manager, Product Safety, Demag Plastics Group; Strongsville, OH
    • Bob Monteith, Milacron Inc.; Batavia, OH
    • Lisa Ramber, OSHA Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances; Washington, DC
    • Dana Root, Ergonomist, OSHA Region 5; Chicago, IL
    • James Washam, Lockout and Machine Guarding Coordinator, OSHA Region 5, Cincinnati Area Office; Cincinnati, OH
    • Wayne Wilson, Corporate Director of Safety/Training, United Southern Industries; Forest City, NC
    Thermoforming Module of OSHA's Machine Guarding eTool

    The OSHA and SPI Alliance began developing a thermoforming module for OSHA's Machine Guarding eTool. On February 6-9, 2005, members of the implementation team visited Buckell Plastics in Lewistown, Pennsylvania to photograph thermoforming machinery for the 360-degree tour that will be a part of the module.

    OSHA and SPI Alliance Web Site

    OSHA continues to update, on a regular basis, its OSHA and SPI Alliance Web site on its Web page. The Web site includes the OSHA and SPI Alliance agreement, renewal agreement, news releases, milestones and successes and information on meetings, conferences and training courses.

    SPI Worker Safety and Health Web Site

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

    • Work with other Alliance participants on projects on ergonomics that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

      The OSHA and SPI Alliance continues to look for and evaluate opportunities to work with other Alliance participants to address ergonomics.

    • 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, and Consultation.

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

    During 2004-2005, OSHA and SPI continued to work together through the Alliance to address machine safety hazards in the plastics manufacturing workplace. For example, the OSHA and SPI Alliance implementation team began the development of a thermoforming module for OSHA's Machine Guarding eTool. The module will discuss the potential hazards associated with the thermoforming process and identify possible solutions. In addition, it will include a 360-degree tour of a thermoforming machine that will identify its machine guarding and lockout/tagout locations. The Alliance also began the development of an OSHA-10-hour Course for the Plastics Industry. After the course is completed, it will be given to OSHA's Ed Centers to add to their course offerings. In addition, plastics industry employers could present the course in their workplaces to help educate their workers.

    OSHA and SPI also promoted the Alliance and the products it has developed at Plastics USA 2004, September 28 30 in Chicago, Illinois. During the event, the Alliance was a part of SPI's exhibit booth and members of the OSHA and SPI Alliance implementation team distributed OSHA safety and health information, including a Plastics Industry CD on machine safety that was developed by the Alliance. The CD contains the Alliance's machine guarding and lockout/tagout training courses for injection molding, thermoforming and extrusion machinery and the OSHA Assistance for the Plastics Industry Safety and Health Topics page. Through the Alliance, SPI and OSHA experts are also continuing to use their expertise to review and provide ongoing comments on the Topics page.

  3. Alliance Program Reach
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
September 28-30, 2004, Plastics USA 2004, McCormick Place East, Chicago, Illinois

OSHA Exhibited
1,000
OSHA Assistance for the Plastics Industry, OSHA Safety and Health Topics Page 18,000
Machine Guarding eTool, Horizontal Injection Molding Machines Module 8,074
OSHA and SPI Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site 3,618
SPI Alliance Web page on SPI's Web site Data Not Available
TOTAL 30,692

IV. Upcoming Milestones

During the upcoming year, OSHA and SPI will work together to develop an Alliance renewal agreement. In addition, OSHA and SPI will continue its training and outreach efforts and the development of compliance assistance tools and resources. For example, the Alliance will be part of the SPI exhibit booth NPE 2006: The International Plastics Showcase, June 19 - 23 at the McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. In addition, the Alliance will hold workshops in conjunction with the show. The Alliance implementation team also plans to complete the thermoforming machinery module for OSHA's Machine Guarding eTool. The tool will address thermoforming machinery hazard areas and possible solutions to the hazards and it will include a 360-degree tour of a thermoforming machine.

The Alliance will also begin developing a blow molding machine guarding and lockout/tagout course. In a addition, a number of opportunities for presenting the machine guarding and lockout/tagout train-the-trainer courses (injection molding, extrusion, thermoforming and blow molding) will be explored in the upcoming year, including presenting the courses in OSHA's Region I or Region II, California (a State Plan State) or the southern region of the United States. The OSHA and SPI Alliance will also be completing the development of a 10-hour OSHA Course for the Plastics Industry.


Report prepared by: Lisa Ramber, OSHA and SPI Alliance Coordinator (until November 3, 2005), December 13, 2005