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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT

Occupational Safety and Health Administration and
The Steel Group
July 15, 2005


I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

July 7, 2004

Overview

Signatories of the Alliance (known as The Steel Group):
  • American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI)
  • Specialty Steel Industry of North America (SSINA)
  • Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA)
OSHA and The Steel Group are working together to provide the steel manufacturing industry and others, including downstream manufacturers, with information, guidance, and mentoring that will help them protect employees' health and safety.

Implementation Team Members

 
OSHA:  
   
Lee Anne Jillings
Lisa Ramber
Ira Wainless
Bill Willson
Francis Yebesi
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
OOSA
Directorate of Science Technology and Medicine (DSTM)
OOSA
OOSA
   
The Steel Group:  
   
John Carroll
Tom Danjczek
Jeff Dierdorf
Peter Hernandez
Ron Herring
Kristina Cushing
Kathy McMahon
Charles Prezzia
Mark Shirey
Andrew Sharkey
IPSCO, Inc.
Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA)
United States Steel Corporation (USSC)
Management Advisors
Chaparral Steel
SMA
Specialty Steel Industry of North America (SSINA)
American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI)
Allegheny Technologies
AISI

Evaluation Period

July 7, 2004 - July 6, 2005


II. Implementation Team Meetings
 
August 20, 2004
December 10, 2004
February 15, 2005
March 22, 2005
June 14, 2005
Kick-off Implementation Team Meeting
Implementation Team Meeting
Hazard Communication Roundtable
Implementation Team Meeting
Implementation Team Meeting

III. Results
  1. Events and Products

    Outreach and Communication Goals


    • Provide OSHA with input into the development of a steel industry safety and health management process to serve as a reference tool for the industry and others, including downstream manufacturers.

      During this evaluation period, The Steel Group members began reviewing and discussing existing company programs during each organizations' safety and health committee meetings. OSHA will be invited to comment on The Steel Group findings when the review is completed.

    • Develop and disseminate information through print and electronic media that serve the steel industry, including, as applicable, links to selected pages on OSHA's and the Steel Group's Web sites.
    Products

    OSHA and The Steel Group Web Page


    The OSHA and The Steel Group Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site includes links to the Alliance agreement and related documents, activities and events, milestones and successes, and products of the Alliance. This Web page is updated on a regular basis.

    IPSCO's Inc. Web Page

    IPSCO has incorporated links on its Safety Web site page to the OSHA and Steel Group Alliance Web page.

    Steel Group and OSHA Alliance Web Site

    The Steel Group is developing a Steel Group and OSHA Alliance Web site. OSHA has provided a number of links for the Web site safety and health resources on its Web page including:

    • Information about OSHA
    • Regional Office Alliance Contacts
    • Compliance Assistance Specialists (CASs)
    • Directives, including the Asbestos Directive
    • Consultation Program
    • Safety and Health Topics pages
    • Enforcement Letters
    Print and Electronic Media

    Information on OSHA and the Steel Group Alliance has appeared in a number of print and online publications, including: USNewswire.com, Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) Occupational Safety and Health Reporter, Industry News, Facilities Management Magazine and Industry Week. In addition, OSHA published information on the Alliance through news releases and the Agency's QuickTakes. For more information on the articles, please refer to the Alliance Program Reach table on page 6.

    Chaparral Steel Success Stories

    Ron Herring, Safety Manager for Chaparral Steel, is working with OSHA to develop a success story on Chaparral Steel's Manager Accountable Safety and Health (MASH) Program. In addition, OSHA and Chaparral Steel are working together on another success story that is being developed on the company's use of soap and water in a spray bottle to identify leaking cutting torch hose connections.

    OSHA Quick Cards

    OSHA provided The Steel Group with OSHA's draft Quick Cards, Lockout/Tagout and Electrical Safety Tips, for review and comment.

    • Provide technical expertise to assist OSHA in identifying and developing safety and health issues specific to the steel industry that can be addressed in e-Tools and other electronic assistance products for the OSHA web site.
    OSHA's Proposed Safety and Health Topics Page; Basic Steel

    Steel Group members are reviewing OSHA's existing Topics pages to determine what issues should be addressed on a Basic Steel Industry Topics page that OSHA plans to develop.

    • Provide opportunities to speak, exhibit, or appear at conferences such as Steel Group conferences, local meetings, or other events that serve the steel industry to promote the prevention of workplace injuries or illnesses.
    Events

    SMA Safety Committee Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, October 4, 2004


    Paula White, OSHA's Director of Cooperative and State Programs, spoke on the OSHA-Steel Group Alliance and OSHA's other cooperative programs and compliance assistance resources at the SMA Safety Committee Meeting on October 4, 2004 at the Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.

    • Cross train OSHA personnel and steel industry safety and health professionals in issues specific to the steel industry, as jointly determined by OSHA and the Steel Group.

      During this evaluation period, The Steel Group implementation team contacted OSHA's Directorate of Evaluation and Analysis to begin discussing the scheduling of a joint meeting to develop list of possible agenda items for a recordkeeping training session.

    • Promote to the steel industry the benefits of their participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as Compliance Assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), Consultation and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).

      During Paula's White's presentation to the SMA Safety Committee Meeting (noted above), she discussed OSHA's cooperative programs; including VPP and SHARP.
    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health Goals

    • Explore opportunities to establish forums at Steel Group conferences and meetings to discuss injuries and illnesses that may occur in steel industry plants in order to help forge innovative solutions to these incidents in the workplace.
    Events

    Alliance Program's Hazard Communication Roundtable, Washington, DC, February 15, 2005


    Through the Alliance Program, OSHA held a Hazard Communication Roundtable February 15, 2005 in Washington, DC. This roundtable provided Alliance Program participants with an opportunity to learn about the status of OSHA's Hazard Communication Initiative; share information about their own Alliances, including any activities related to Hazard Communication; and learn about what other Alliances are doing to address Hazard Communication issues. Representatives from 18 Alliances participated in the roundtable. Kristina Cushing, Manager, Member Services and Administration for the SMA, John Carroll, Director, Safety and Security for IPSCO, Inc. and Ronald Herring, Safety Manager for Chaparral Steel participated on behalf of the OSHA and The Steel Group Alliance.

    At the meeting, workgroups were established and projects were identified for the Alliance Program participants to work on together to develop Hazard Communication related compliance assistance resources. Three workgroups were established to address:

    • Hazard Communication Awareness and Training
    • Developing Model MSDSs
    • Promoting the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals
    Mr. Carroll, Ms. Cushing, and Mr. Herring expressed interest in participating on the Hazard Communication Awareness and Training workgroup.

  2. Executive Summary

    During the OSHA and Steel Group Alliance's first year, the foundation for a solid working relationship was established among the organizations. OSHA learned more about issues associated with the steel industry and the Steel Group learned about compliance assistance resources and programs that the Agency has developed.

    Through the Alliance, implementation team members, Kristina Cushing, John Carroll, and Ron Herring participated in the Alliance Program's Hazard Communication Roundtable, in Washington, DC, February 15, 2005. They also expressed interest in participating on the Hazard Communication Awareness and Training workgroup that was established during the meeting.

    The Steel Group has begun work on The Steel Group - OSHA Alliance Web site. A preliminary site has been established and The Steel Group is working on populating the page with safety and health information. OSHA has provided The Steel Group with a number of links to safety and health resources on its Web page for inclusion on the Steel Group page.

    In addition, OSHA is working with Ron Herring to complete two success stories with Chaparral Steel that address programs and processes in the company's facilities. The group has also started planning a steel industry recordkeeping training seminar.

  3. Alliance Program Reach
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
July 7, 2004 - "OSHA Forms Alliance with The Steel Group," OSHA News Release 25 News Services
July 7, 2004 - "OSHA Forms Alliance with Steel Group," U.S. Newswire 150,000
July 9, 2004 - OSHA, The Steel Group Team Up Through Alliance," Manufacturing Industry News Data not available
July 9, 2004 - "Steel Organizations Form Safety Alliance," The Times Data not available
Jul 12, 2004 - "Iron and Steel Institute Signs One-Year Agreement with OSHA," Facilities Management Magazine Data not available
July 15, 2004, "OSHA Forges Alliance," Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) Occupational Safety and Health Reporter 25,000
July 19, 2004 - "Steel Group, OSHA Join on Improved Safety," IndustryWeek Magazine Data not available
July 2004, "IPSCO's President Promotes Safety for North American Steel Workers," American Recycler Magazine Data not available
July 2004 - "Occupational Safety and Health," Steel Manufactures Association 2004-2005 Public
Policy Statement
Data not available
August 10, 2004 - "OSHA Forms Alliance with Steel Group," The FABRICATOR Magazine Data not available
OSHA and The Steel Group Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site Data not available
October 4, 2004 - SMA Safety Committee Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia
Speaker: Paula White, Director of Cooperative and State Programs, OSHA
30
TOTAL 175,055

IV. Upcoming Milestones

OSHA and The Steel Group Alliance was originally signed for one year on July 7, 2005 and the organizations have agreed to renew the Alliance for another year. Through the Alliance renewal agreement, the organizations will continue working together on a number of projects to develop and share safety and health compliance assistance information.

For example, The Steel Group is expected to launch its Alliance Web site by August 31, 2005 and will include numerous links to OSHA training and educational resources. In addition, OSHA has been invited to attend a number of The Steel Group's organizations' meetings and conferences. Paula White, Director of Cooperative and State Programs has agreed to speak at AISl's meeting on July 12, 2005, in Gary, Indiana. In addition, OSHA will be invited to exhibit at the AISTech 2006 - The Iron & Steel Technology Conference and Exposition, May 1-4, 2006, at the Cleveland Convention Center, Cleveland, Ohio.

The OSHA and The Steel Group implementation team also began working on a number of projects that are expected to be completed in the Alliance's second year, including steel industry success stories. OSHA and Chaparral Steel will finalize the success stories on the company's MASH Program and the program to identify leaking cutting torches. After the stories are finished, they will be posted on OSHA's Compliance Assistance: Success Stories and Case Studies Web page and linked to from the OSHA and The Steel Group Alliance Web page.

In addition, OSHA and The Steel Group will continue to produce safety and health information for the steel industry. Projects that will be addressed in the upcoming year include developing a recordkeeping workshop for representatives from the steel industry and an OSHA Safety and Health Topics page for the Basic Steel industry. The OSHA and The Steel Group implementation team has also discussed working together to develop medical guidelines for a fitness for duty evaluation form.

Finally, the Alliance implementation team is planning a plant tour of IPSCO's Mobile, Alabama facility for November 2005. During the tour, the team will gather information that may be used to develop a steel industry best practices seminar for OSHA staff. OSHA Region IV staff, from the Birmingham and Mobile Area Offices, will also be invited to participate in the tour.


Report prepared by: Bill Willson, Alliance Co-Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, July 15, 2005.