- Alliance Background
Date Signed: September 24, 2003
Renewed: October 14, 2005 and September 26, 2007
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and APSC - SERVS
recognized the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster
safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and APSC - SERVS formed an
alliance to provide APSC - SERVS members and others with information, guidance,
and access to training resources and preventing exposure to Marine Oil Spill
Response hazards and/or addressing Hazwoper issues. The State of Alaska,
Occupational Safety and Health (AKOSH) was asked to be a signatory member in
Implementation Team Members
Scott Ketcham, Area Director, OSHA Anchorage Area Office (AAO)
Gail Colby, Compliance and Preparedness Manager, APSC - SERVS
Grey Mitchell, Director, State of Alaska, Division of Labor Standards & Safety
Lloyd Kompkoff, Fishing Vessel Program Coordinator, APSC - SERVS
Matthew T. Pauli, CSHO, OSHA AAO
Prince William Sound Community College
This evaluation describes events, meetings, and correspondence dating back to
the October 25, 2007 annual update.
- Implementation Team Meetings
Updates were conducted via telephone and email by representatives of the
implementation team. Regular discussions included training, training schedule,
and training topics.
- Events and Products
Training and Education
Outreach and Communication
Spring Fishing Vessel Training, April 29-May 4, 2008, Cordova, Alaska.
Fall Fishing Vessel Training, October 7-10, 2008, Cordova, Alaska.
Additional training held for Southcentral Alaska fishing fleets in April and
May 2008 in Valdez and Whittier, Alaska, and September 2008 in Kodiak, Homer,
and Seward, Alaska.
Participants attended training sessions to establish proficiency in the
training developed as a result of alliance objectives. The training curriculum
includes classroom (theory and compliance discussions) as well as practical
use of spill response equipment. The latter portion was accomplished through
individual work stations as well as on-water spill response scenarios which
included equipment deployment.
OSHA AAO representatives observed and evaluated training sessions. OSHA AAO
representatives were available to provide information from a regulatory aspect
as well as fulfilling the role of Subject Matter Experts (SME).
Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health
AKOSH was not represented at any of the spring or fall training sessions. An
AKOSH point of contact is needed to ensure continued participation.
The program continues to provide up-to-date oil spill response training to a
diverse group of individuals. Communities where the training takes place play
an active role in ensuring its success.
Alliance participants continue to evaluate, modify, and develop a training
curriculum specific to marine oil spill response. The unique environments in
which the activities occur require modifications to the curriculum to ensure
responders recognize the hazards they may encounter.
Discussions of the curriculum have occurred via telephone and email.
Observations of curriculum changes are made during the spring and fall
training sessions. Methods of good practices, deficiencies, and observed
safety and health hazards are brought to the attention of the training
The parties, particularly APSC - SERVS, continue to participate in forums
which highlight the benefits of the alliance as well as the training provided
to the fishing vessel owners and operators that participate in the program.
The alliance continues to train fishing vessel operators in marine oil spill
response both within the Prince William Sound region and outside the Prince
William Sound region. In the region includes the communities within Prince
William Sound. Outside the region includes communities that may be affected by
an oil spill occurring within Prince William Sound. Outside the region includes
Cook Inlet and Kodiak Island.
Areas outside the region are included because of the tidal and current action of
the northern Gulf of Alaska. This included communities affected during the Exxon
Valdez oil spill in 1989.
Many of the fishing vessel operators participate annually to maintain their
proficiency on the equipment and competency in the Marine Hazardous Material
Technician objectives. Each year, new operators and crew members participate. A
total of 277 fishing vessels accounted for the 817 individuals for this annual
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and
Electronic Distribution, etc.)
Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
2008, All locations, Alaska
||469 (140 fishing
2008, All locations, Alaska
||348 (137 fishing
None to report at this time. Affected parties continue to review the curriculum
to ensure objectives and regulatory compliance are met.