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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT

Occupational Safety and Health Administration
and the
Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc. (SPI)
August 10, 2006

I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

September 19, 2002

Dates Renewed

March 4, 2004; November 3, 2005

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
Chuck Lorish
Lisa Ramber*
Beth Sherfy
Doug Simon
Jack Standard
Jim Washam
Office of Training and Education (OTE)
Region VIII
Michigan OSHA
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
OOSA
OTE
OTE
Region V, Cincinnati, Ohio Area Office
   
SPI:  
   
Sue Babler
Luther Compton
Susan Howe
Marie Martinko
Brian Schell
Wayne Wilson
Placon
Amcor PET
SPI
SPI
Buckell Plastics Company
United Southern Industries, Inc
   
Contributors  
   
Kristi Dearing
George Washburn
OSHA Contractor for SLTC
OSHA Contractor for SLTC

*Lisa Ramber was a member of the implementation team until November 2005.

Evaluation Period

September 19, 2005 - September 18, 2006

II. Implementation Team Meetings

 
October 24-25, 2005
December 12, 2005
January 9-10, 2006
January 26, 2006
March 3, 2006
March 14-15, 2006
May 15-16, 2006
Team Meeting, Conference Call
Team Meeting, Conference Call
Team Meeting, OSHA Training Institute (OTI)
10-Hour Course Development Meeting
10-Hour Course Development Meeting
Team Meeting, OTI
Team Meeting, OTI

III. 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

    NPE 2006: International Plastics Showcase, June 19-23, 2006, Chicago, Illinois


    On June 20, 2006, Jim Washam, Region V, USDOL-OSHA, and Wayne Wilson, United Southern Industries, Inc., taught workshops on roll-fed and inline thermoforming machinery safety and injection molding machinery safety. On June 21, they taught workshops on rollstock and sheet extrusion machinery safety and injection molding machinery safety. The workshops at NPE 2006: International Plastics Showcase used material from the following OSHA and SPI Alliance-developed courses:

    • Injection Molding Machine Safety Training Course
    • Rollstock and Sheet Extrusion Machine Safety Training Course
    • Roll-fed and Inline Thermoforming Machine Safety Training Course
    OSHA 10-Hour Course for the Plastics Industry

    The OSHA and SPI Alliance implementation team continued its development of an OSHA 10-Hour Course for the Plastics Industry that can be presented at OSHA's Education Centers and plastics industry employers can use in their workplaces to help educate their workers.

    Blow Molding Machine Safety Training Course

    The OSHA and SPI Alliance implementation team began developing a Blow Molding Machine Safety Training Course that will focus in machine guarding, lockout/tagout, auxiliary equipment and palletizing. The team members toured the Amcor PET packing facility in Itasca, Illinois January 9, 2006 to take pictures for use in the course.

    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

    "Making the Business Case for Safety and Health" Safety and Health Topics page


    Through the Alliance, SPI representatives provided input and expertise to assist OSHA with the development of its "Making the Business Case for Safety and Health" Safety and Health Topics page. SPI provided feedback on the draft page during a July 17, 2006, conference call with other Alliance Program participants and also provided comments by e-mail after the call. The Topics page will be launched on the agency's Web site by October 2006.

    OSHA Assistance for the Plastics Industry Safety and Health Topics Page

    The following representatives from the OSHA and SPI Alliance are members of the editorial board of the OSHA Assistance for the Plastics Industry Safety and Health Topics page:

    • 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
    • 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 implementation team continued to provide input into the development of a draft Thermoforming module for OSHA's Machine Guarding eTool. The tool identifies potential hazards and possible solutions associated with thermoforming machinery.

    OSHA and SPI Alliance Web Page

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

    SPI Worker Safety and Health Web Page on SPI's Web Site

    SPI's 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 Alliance.

    Print and Electronic Media

    Articles about the OSHA and SPI Alliance have appeared in a number of printed and online publications, including: Occupational Health and Safety Magazine, U.S. Newswire, OSHA's Press Releases, and QuickTakes. 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.
    Events

    NPE 2006: International Plastics Showcase, June 19-23, 2006, Chicago, Illinois


    On June 22, 2006, Cathy Cronin, Chief, Division of Training and Educational Development, OTE, USDOL-OSHA gave a presentation about the OSHA and SPI Alliance and OSHA's Susan Harwood Training Grant Program during a workshop on workforce development grants and training resources. In addition, OSHA Region V representatives staffed an OSHA and SPI exhibit booth.

    During the event, the OSHA Region V representatives staffed an exhibit booth that was part of SPI's exhibit pavilion, 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.

    • 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.
    Products

    Making the Business Case for Safety and Health, Safety and Health Topics page


    Susan Howe and Marie Martinko joined other Alliance Program participants providing input into the development of OSHA's draft Making the Business Case for Safety and Health, Safety and Health Topics page.

  2. Executive Summary

    During 2005-2006, OSHA and SPI renewed their Alliance and continued to work together through the Alliance to address machine safety hazards in the plastics manufacturing workplace. In addition, the organizations also agreed to address Hazard Communication issues.

    For example, the OSHA and SPI Alliance implementation team continued to provide input into the development of a draft thermoforming module for OSHA's Machine Guarding eTool. The module discusses the potential hazards associated with the thermoforming process and identifies possible solutions. In addition, it will include a 360-degree tour of a thermoforming machine and identify its machine guarding and lockout/tagout locations. In addition, the SPI representatives provided input into the development of OSHA's draft Business Case Safety and Health Topics page.

    Through the Alliance, SPI and OSHA experts continue to use their expertise to review and provide ongoing comments on the Plastics Industry Safety and Topics page. OSHA also updated the OSHA and SPI Alliance Web page on its Web site with information about Alliance-related activities.

    In addition, OSHA and SPI promoted the Alliance and the products it has developed at NPE 2006: International Plastics Showcase, June 19-23, 2006, Chicago, Illinois. On June 20, Jim Washam, Region V, USDOL-OSHA, and Wayne Wilson, United Southern Industries, Inc. taught workshops on roll-fed and inline thermoforming machinery safety and injection molding machinery safety. On June 21, they taught workshops on rollstock and sheet extrusion machinery safety and injection molding machinery safety. In addition, Cathy Cronin, Chief, Division of Training and Educational Development, OTE, USDOL-OSHA made a presentation about the OSHA and SPI Alliance and the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program on June 22.

    During the event, the OSHA Region V representatives staffed an exhibit booth that was part of SPI's exhibit pavilion, 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.

    The Alliance continued its 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 can present the course in their workplaces to help educate their workers. Finally, OSHA and SPI Alliance implementation team members began work on a Blow Molding Machine Safety Training Course and toured the Amcor PET packaging facility to obtain photos to include in the course.

  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 4,200
SPI Alliance Web page on SPI's Web site Data Not Available
Plastics Industry Safety and Health Topics Page 19,200
Machine Guarding eTool, Horizontal Injection Molding Machines Module 8,074
November 4, 2005: "OSHA, Society of the Plastics Industry Continue Alliance," OSHA News Release 69 New Services
November 7, 2005: "OSHA, Society of the Plastics Industry Continue Alliance, Second Renewal Focuses on Machine Safety, Hazard Communication," U.S. Newswire Data Not Available
November 7, 2005: "OSHA, SPI Renew Alliance with Focus on Machine Safety, HazCom," Occupational Safety and Health Magazine Data Not Available
November 15, 2005: "OSHA Renews National Alliance with Society of the Plastics Industry," QuickTakes 50,000
January 9, 2006: "OSHA Forms Alliances for Worker Safety in Various Industries," Facilities Management News Data Not Available
January 2006: "OSHA Alliances," OSHA Up to Date Data Not Available
June 19-23, 2006: NPE 2006: International Plastics Showcase, Chicago, Illinois.
OSHA exhibit
1400
June 19-23, 2006: NPE 2006: International Plastics Showcase, Chicago, Illinois.
Speakers:
Jim Washam, Region V, USDOL-OSHA
Wayne Wilson, United Southern Industries, Inc.
Cathy Cronin, Chief, Division of Training and Educational Development, OTE, USDOL-OSHA
100
TOTAL 82,974

IV. 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 implementation team will complete the thermoforming machinery module for OSHA's Machine Guarding eTool. The tool addresses thermoforming machinery hazard areas and possible solutions to the hazards and includes a 360-degree tour of a thermoforming machine. The Alliance will also continue developing a blow molding machine safety training course and will complete the development of a 10-hour OSHA Course for the Plastics Industry.

Report prepared by: Elizabeth Sherfy, OSHA and SPI Alliance Coordinator, August 10, 2006.