I. Alliance Background
September 19, 2002
March 4, 2004
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
|Salt Lake Technical Center (SLTC)
Office of Training and Education (OTE)
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances
Region V, Cincinnati Area Office
Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc.
Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc.
Buckell Plastics Company
United Southern Industries, Inc
|OSHA Contractor for SLTC
OSHA Contractor for SLTC
* member of the Implementation Team until May 2005
** joined the Implementation Team in June 2005
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
- Events and Products
Training and Education Goal
OSHA 10-Hour Course for the Plastics Industry
- Develop and deliver training addressing machine safety, to be delivered in conferences, meetings,
OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Ed Centers, and through distance learning.
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.
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.
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
Thermoforming Module of OSHA's Machine Guarding eTool
- 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;
- Wayne Wilson, Corporate Director of Safety/Training, United Southern Industries; Forest City, NC
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
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.
- 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
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.
- Alliance Program Reach
|Type of Activity (Conference,
Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)
||Number of Individuals Reached or
|September 28-30, 2004, Plastics USA 2004, McCormick
Place East, Chicago, Illinois
|OSHA Assistance for the Plastics Industry, OSHA
Safety and Health Topics Page
|Machine Guarding eTool, Horizontal Injection Molding
|OSHA and SPI Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site
|SPI Alliance Web page on SPI's Web site
||Data Not Available
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