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I. Alliance Background
September 14, 2004
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Georgia Utility Contractors Association,
Inc. (GUCA), Georgia Hispanic Contractors Association (GHCA), Georgia Institute of Technology
–Safety, Health, and Environmental Technology Division (Georgia Tech) and the 1Metro Area
Fire Departments established the Safety Awareness Facilitation Education (S.A.F.E.) Alliance. The
S.A.F.E. Alliance is focused on reducing and preventing exposure to trenching and excavation
III. Implementation Team Membership and Contributors
Representatives from OSHA, GUCA, the GHCA, Georgia Tech and the Metro Area Fire Departments
conducted all required quarterly meeting by teleconferencing, formal meetings and training sessions
on the following dates: 7/17/06, 10/02/06/, 4/05/07 and 8/16 thru 17/07.
September 14, 2006, through September 14, 2007
1City of Atlanta, Clayton County, Cobb County, Dekalb County, Fulton County, Gwinnett
County and Douglas County Fire Departments
III. Events and Products
Training and Education
- Two SAFE Alliance members (the Cobb and Gwinnett County Fire Departments) participated in the
Latino Construction Worker Day event conducted on April 15, 2007. The event was coordinated by a
diverse group of organizations, including government agencies, academic institutions and
companies. The primary organizer was El Constructor Latino magazine with cooperation from the
Mexican Consulate in Atlanta, OSHA and the Georgia Institute of Technology. The fair included
training on a wide range of safety and health topics (Scaffold, Excavation, Electrical and Fall
Protection Safety, as well as Intro to OSHA).
- During this period copies of the Trenching Safety Training DVD were shared with each of the
OSHA Area Offices in Region IV to increase the distribution of the material throughout the Region.
Outreach and Communication
- SAFE Alliance participants conducted outreach in six northwestern counties in Georgia,
including Paulding County, Haralson County, Polk County, Floyd County, Gordon County and Bartow
County. These six county fire departments provide service to 66 firehouses. Some of the fire
departments visited did have a trenching and rescue team; however, the majority of the departments
rely on metro Atlanta to provide emergency/rescue support. The counties representatives discussed
using the SAFE Alliance trenching and rescue DVD during weekly and/or monthly training sections.
- SAFE Alliance participants visited a local Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and provided
information and a copy of the trenching and rescue DVD.
Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health
- A copy of the Trenching Safety Training DVD, developed by Gwinnett and Cobb County Fire
Departments, was provided to the OSHA Training Institute to support the OTI Trenching and
Excavation Training Course.
Refer to the Outreach and Communication events above
V. Upcoming Milestones in FY 2007
- Continue to provide outreach and support to local cities/counties regarding trenching and
excavation safety, such as Bartow County, Cartersville, Forsyth County, Cherokee County, Gordon
County, Calhoun, Dalton and Whitfield County.
- Continue to expand the agreement to all interested counties in the Metro-Atlanta area.