I. Alliance Background
January 20, 2004
OSHA and GPCSA formed an Alliance to provide GPCSA members with information, guidance and access to
training resources that will help protect employees, particularly in reducing and preventing
exposure to construction industry hazards related to falls, being crushed, electricity and
Implementation Team Members.
Peggy Zweber, CAS and GPCSA Safety Committee (Safety Directors from Peoria Construction Companies,
Program Manager from GPCSA and several safety consultants)
II. Implementation Team Meetings
GPCSA Safety Committee meetings are held quarterly. Risk Assessment subcommittee met biweekly until
Risk Assessment program developed.
III. Activities and Products
January through December, 2005
GPCSA Risk Assessment Committee developed a program for evaluating safety and health hazards prior
to job commencement. A slide presentation for training on the program was developed and a one page,
double sided form which foreman/lead men could use easily on-site to evaluate risk and controlled
hazards prior to job commencement. CAS Zweber was on the Risk Assessment Committee and contributed
to the development of the program. The final CD program was offered to the GPCSA membership
companies. Approximately 25 companies are currently using the program.
"Ask OSHA" video is being developed by one of the GPCSA members. He created a list of the most
frequently asked questions by member companies. The topics varied widely from: fall protection,
scaffolding requirements, portable ladder requirements, PPE use, electrical hazards, trenching
requirements, etc. He is familiar with developing training videos for his member company and has the
equipment available to perform the training video. CAS Zweber developed the script of answers to the
questions and had four Compliance Officers who perform construction work answer them. Taping of the
OSHA compliance portion is completed. On-site taping of the various types of construction hazards is
ongoing. Projected completion date of project is the end of 2006.
As an advisory member of the GPCSA Safety Committee, CAS Zweber was able to answer OSHA questions
asked during regular meetings. As a result of the two year Alliance, GPCSA requested an extension of
the Alliance for another 3 years. In addition, because of the positive interaction with a member of
the OSHA staff on a regular basis, GPCSA has entered into discussions of a proposed Partnership.
The Risk Assessment Program with training power point was developed and CD’s provided to member
companies requesting them. The Program was submitted to the local Area Office’s hazard control
customer service program, the Z Project and will be presented by a safety director of one of the
member companies at the Z Project Conference, May 2, 2006.
- The second year of the Alliance brought a level of trust and respect between the Association
and OSHA. Several contractors continued to support the Z Project by submitting hazard controls and
- Work products on safety and health created by the interaction of GPCSA and OSHA are getting to
a wider audience by being offered to the entire membership, i.e., the Risk Assessment Program.
This raises the level of quality of the safety and health programs in the entire association.
- The working relationship between OSHA and GPCSA has reached a different level of commitment to
safety and health. They asked to extend the Alliance and wanted to entertain discussions of
Partnership. This has been a valuable Alliance.
|Type of Activity (Conference,
Training, Print and
Electronic Distribution, etc.)
||Number of Individuals
|Alliance meetings – Planning for the future of the
Alliance with GPCSA Safety Committee
||12 – Safety Directors of member companies
|Risk Assessment Program Development and Distribution
||25 – Member companies, potential of reaching over 300
|"Ask OSHA" video, still in development
V. Upcoming Milestones
Alliance renewal on April 14, 2006. Gold Achievement Partnership with GPCSA
currently in development.
Report Prepared by: Peggy Zweber, Compliance Assistance Specialist, 4/13/06