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Randy White, Area Director of Region X's Anchorage OSHA Office, shepherded the formation of the Alliance. Through his guidance, OSHA provides direct feedback regarding the training curriculum, drills, and the cross training of OSHA personnel in APSC – SERVS/TCC best practices. The training, knowledge, and participation of the AAO staff allows for the better identification of workplace hazards and ultimately leading to the improvement of best practices in the marine oil spill response environment.
For more information on the OSHA/ APSC – SERVS/TCC Alliance and its activities, Contact Randy White.
-- As of August 2004; Updated January 2010.
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OSHA, Shipbuilders Council of America Alliance in Region X Leads to Innovative Safety and Health Training Programs
Since establishing an Alliance on October 22, 2002, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Region X and the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) continue to pursue their overall goals of addressing shipyard safety and health issues by increasing the industry's access to innovative information and training resources. The OSHA/SCA Alliance is targeting the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD's) and exposure to lead in the workplace as well as the development of a draft model lockout/tagout program for future incorporation into OSHA's Shipyard Employment eTool.
Since entering into the Alliance agreement, more than 60 shipyard employees have received training on safety and health topics, including ergonomics and lead awareness. SCA sponsored a safety seminar on October 29-30, 2003 in Portland, OR to update their Washington and Oregon members. OSHA's Portland Area Office Director Carl Halgren provided an update on the Shipyard Employment eTool and the Agency's four-pronged approach to ergonomics.
SCA's "Shipyard Ergonomics" training program, developed through a Susan Harwood Training Grant, includes a 30-minute shipyard ergonomics video and ergonomics training manual. These materials have been useful in furthering the Alliance's activities related to educating shipyard employees and OSHA personnel about ergonomics issues in the maritime industry. On May 14, 2003, as part of this program, Stewart Prezant Ergonomics Group conducted a shipyard ergonomics workshop which included basic ergonomics instruction and information on back protection and materials handling, upper extremity MSD's, and an exercise for the participants to practice identifying ergonomics stresses and how to resolve them in an industrial environment. The ergonomics video, filmed at Todd Pacific Shipyards, Inc. in Seattle, WA, was also presented to the OSHA Maritime Steering Committee in April at the OSHA Training Institute in Arlington Heights, IL and was well received.
On July 7, 2003, with assistance from the Region X Bellevue Area Office, SCA gave a two hour comprehensive training session on lead awareness to approximately 20 representatives from various shipyards. Training topics included where lead is typically found in vessels, routes of entry, medical symptoms of overexposure, methods to control exposure, recordkeeping, medical surveillance, and abatement methods. Each participant received a copy of OSHA's "Lead in the Workplace" CD along with a copy of the training materials.
Looking ahead to future Alliance milestones, the SCA has provided OSHA's Region X Portland and Bellevue Area Offices with a draft lockout/tagout program developed by Todd Shipyards in Seattle for review and comment. When finalized, this program will be incorporated into the OSHA Shipyard Employment eTool as an industry recommended best practice.
For additional information about this Alliance and it activities, please contact Mike Bonkowski, OSHA Region X.
-- As of July 2003.