Region 1 - Alliance Annual Report - March 26, 2020

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
And the
Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA)
March 26, 2020

  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed - Renewal

      June 06, 2018

    2. Evaluation Period

      June 06, 2018 – December 30, 2019

    3. Overview

      Brief summary of the purpose and scope of the Alliance – from the Alliance agreement.

      This alliance was originally developed with the goal of training vocational and technical school teachers as OSHA 10-hour and 30-hour trainers in general industry and construction. They in turn are expected to provide OSHA I 0-hour training to the students from their various vocational high school programs. OSHA, MAVA, AFT-MASS, DESE, MTA, DLS and KSC recognize the value of establishing and advancing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful workplaces, particularly to reduce and prevent exposure to safety and health hazards in schools, and enhance the worker’s safety and health knowledge of our future workforce. Thus the present goals of this alliance is to go beyond the OSHA-10 hour training, by encouraging student engagement with participation in the Fall Stand-Down, creating pilot worker safety and health curriculums at Blackstone Valley Technical HS, and the OSHA Andover and Braintree office providing specific fall protection and hazard awareness training to the various schools.

      As part of this training, when schedules allow, OSHA compliance assistance specialists and the 21 (d) consultation program training specialist participate as guest presenters for the students in the "All About OSHA" module, as well as various technical modules and OSHA-10 classes as their particular expertise lends value.

    4. Implementation Team Members

      Peter Barletta, OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS) Braintree
      Joe Green, OSHA CAS, Andover
      Peter Dewar, MAVA Director of Professional Development

      List OSHA members and titles/offices

      Anthony Covelo, Area Director Andover MA OSHA Area Office
      James Mulligan, Area Director Braintree MA OSHA Area Office
      Mary E. Hoye, Area Director Springfield MA OSHA Area Office

      List Alliance participant members and titles/offices

      Barbara Madeloni, President, Massachusetts Teachers Association
      James B. Draper III, Director of Purchasing and Contracting, OSHA Training Institute Education Center, Region 1 Keene State College
      David J. Ferriera, Executive Director, Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators
      Keith Westrich, Acting Associate Commissioner, Career and Technical Education, MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
      Kathryn Flannery, Supervisor, MA OSHA Consultation Program Department of Labor Standards
      Thomas J. Gosnell, President, AFT-Mass.

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from both groups maintained regular contact throughout the reporting period to monitor the Alliance’s progress and results.

    Training and Education


    • Oct 18, 2018 - Advisory Board Member Greater Lawrence – Andover meetings attended meeting regarding the Carpentry Class. Represented OSHA and provided input how to improve the Carpentry program safety program and walked through the shop to assist with identifying hazards.
    • May 10, 2018 – Andover CAS conducted mock inspection at a Greater Lawrence School project job site, held opening and closing went over job site hazards and pointed out positives. 30 Students and 4 teachers.
    • May 17, 2018 – Andover CAS created and developed a presentation pertaining to the mock inspection of the job site to the students affected by the Greater Lawrence inspection. 30 Students and 4 teachers on a residential construction site, evaluating the Focus Four hazards.
    • May 27, 2018 – MAVA Meeting at Nashoba Valley Tech High School with Andover CAS to assist in developing an OSHA Fall Protection training for the vocational students.
    • June 27, 2018 - MAVA Connecting for Success OSHA Safety and Health Workshop. OSHA developed a safety and health workshop for vocational educators at the all-day MAVA Conference. The workshop consisted of six safety and health breakout sessions with presenters from the Braintree, Andover and Springfield offices, Mass State Consultation Program, MA Department of Labor Standards, and the safety director from Dimeo Construction. The breakout sessions included topics on fall protection, scaffolding, electrical safety, safety leadership, respirators, and Hazard Communication update on GHS. The total of six classes- about 150 teachers attended.
    • July 24, 2018 – Braintree and Andover joint meeting Blackstone Valley Meeting with George Ciragano and Tom Belland to provide input regarding the development of schools safety and health pilot Worker’s Safety and Health curriculum.
    • November 20, 2018 – Blackstone Valley presentation by Andover CAS – Introduction to OSHA and OSHA Update. 50 students and 6 teachers
    • December 12, 2018 – Annual MAVA Meeting with all stakeholders participating reviewing past year alliance performance and panning events for current year.
    • March 7, 2019 – Vocational School Directors Meeting Marlboro to introduce the services of OSHA and the Massachusetts State Consultation to all the Technical High School Coop Directors and the services the MAVA alliance can provide to all the vocational teachers and students with 80 people in attendance.
    • April 4, 2019 Advisory Board Member Greater Lawrence – Andover meetings attended meeting regarding the Carpentry Class. Represented OSHA and provided input how to improve the Carpentry program safety program and walked through the shop to assist with identifying hazards.
    • April 30, 2019 - Blackstone Valley as part of MAVA alliance to promote OSHA-10 Hour program, Braintree CAS invited to teach the Health Hazard section of the OSHA-10 Hour Construction to 28 sophomore students.
    • May 06, 2019 – Fall Stand Down- Blue Hills Vocational Technical HS, Canton, 1. OSHA Fall Stand -Down Events
      Aerial Lift and Scissor Lift training with the vocational students with United Equipment - 135 students. This event was made possible by the Consigli Partnership with the Braintree office. The Consigli Construction safety director played an important role in coordinating all the fall stand-down events during the week at Blue Hills.
    • May 07, 2019 – Fall Stand Down- Blue Hills Vocational Technical HS, Canton, Ladder safety training with the vocational students with vendor Little Giant as part of the fall stand-down. – 95 students
    • May 08, 2019 - Fall Stand-Down Madison Park Technical Vocational HS, Boston, MA participated with Youth Build Boston and the Carpenter’s Union in the OSHA National Fall Stand-Down. A number of public officials, including the OSHA Braintree Area Director made motivational speeches to these young workers, who were learning valuable work experience gutting and totally renovating a two family home in Roxbury, MA. The fall stand-down had three training session dealing with fall protection equipment inspections, pump jack scaffold safety and ladder safety. - 50 students
    • May 09, 2019 – Fall Stand Down- Blue Hills Vocational Technical HS, Canton - OSHA and Consigli made presentations to the students from the various vocational classes on the importance integrating workers safety and health training and programs on a construction job site as part of the fall stand-down. – 150 students
    • June 07, 2019 – OSHA Braintree CAS attended first graduating class in the Workers Safety and Health curriculum at Blackstone Valley Teck for 25 students. Students were each assigned in groups to do a workplace safety case study and present to the class. OSHA presented certificates to each student and conducted a question and answer session with the students.
    • June 20, 2019 – MAVA Connecting for Success Conference power point presentation by Braintree and Andover office on Focus Four on Falls, Electrical, Struck By, and Caught in Between hazard recognition for the technical high school teachers. The Connecting for Success is a two conference and expo for the Massachusetts vocational teachers and administrators in attendance.
    • June 21, 2019 – For MAVA Connecting for Success Trade Show, OSHA set up an OSHA Information Booth with 2,000 people in attendance teachers, administrators, counselors and support staff that attend Connecting for Success. Connecting for Success is a premiere educational and professional development opportunity for everyone in technical training, workforce development training and education.
    • Sept 30, 2019 – The OSHA Andover office invited MAVA officials to attend the Andover Office’s Residential Construction Fall Training program. Also in attendance were officials from two school, Attleboro and Baypath Regional Technical High School. The purpose was to observe the training by the Andover office, and determine if viable to be introduced into the various MAVA schools as a supplemental training in addition to their OSHA-10 hour programs. MAVA had high praise for the Andover Residential Training program and showed great interest in introducing the training to their students.


    Summary of MAVA OSHA Train the Trainer Classes for Teachers

    Spring, 2019 – Southeastern Regional VTHS

      OSHA Standards Course – 510 (Construction) – Credit Only
      4 participants

      OSHA Standards Course – 511 (General Industry) – Credit Only
      4 participants

    Summer, 2019 - Tri- County RVTHS (July 8 – July 12)

      OSHA Standards Course – 510 (Construction)
      4 participants – Credit
      1 participant - No Credit

      OSHA Standards Course – 511 (General Industry)
      4 participants- Credit
      OSHA Standards Course – 511 (General Industry continued)

      1 participant - No Credit

    Summer, 2019 – Greater New Bedford RVTHS

    OSHA Update Course (General Industry) July 15 -17

      13 participants

    OSHA Update Course (Construction) July 17 -19

      10 participants

    Summer, 2019 – Tri-County RVTHS (July 22 – 25)

      OSHA Trainer Course – 500 (Construction)
      5 participants
      OSHA Trainer Course – 501 (General Industry)
      3 participants

    Vocational High School Students’ training goals and accomplishments:

    Goal is for 12,000 students to receive their OSHA-10 training by senior year.
    2019 - 10, 000 students received OHA-10 hour training and their training cards,

  3. Results

    The following table summarizes the Alliance’s activities in support of the goals in the Alliance agreement.

    [The activities below are broken out by standard goal types and objectives specified in the Alliance agreement and work plan. There may be more than one objective under a goal. Only include those goals and objectives that apply to the particular Alliance. If no activities occurred under a particular goal/objective during the reporting period, enter “No Activities.”]

    Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives:
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Alliance Product No Activity    
    Dissemination OSHA participation in Connecting with Success Conference and Expo, Fall Stand Down events, and High School Community News Paper and MAVA Co-op meetings. Falls, Ladders, Scissor and Aerial lifts, Scaffolds, PPE 2100 (not including students trained in OSHA-10hour)
    Event MAVA Connecting for Success Conference work shops Focus Four, Safety Leadership, Scaffolds, Electrical, Falls, GHS and Respirators 135 teachers
    Exhibit MAVA Connecting for Success Conference and Expo Heat, Falls, Ladders, Hazard Communication, All About OSHA. 1500 teachers and administrators
    OSHA Product Review No Activities    
    Speech/Presentation See Above list Heat, Falls, Temporary Workers,  
    Training and Fall Stand-Down events See above list Falls  
    Other OSHA-10 hour for students Health and Hazard Communication  
    Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives: [Write out specific objective]
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
      No Activity    
    Training and Education: [Write out specific objective]
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
      See list above    
    Training and Education: [Write out specific objective]
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
      See list above    
    Outreach and Communication: [Write out specific objective]
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
      See above list    
    Outreach and Communication: [Write out specific objective]
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
      See Above list    
    TOTAL     [Total]
  4. Evaluations

    The MAVA alliance has been one of the most successful alliances in Region 1 promoting the importance and knowledge of worker safety to our future work force. The variety of trainings (in addition to OSHA-10 hour classes and train the trainer classes), student safety curriculum programs, teacher safety workshops, presentations, technical meetings, integration of the Consigli Partnership into the Blue Hill Vocational High School, fall stand-downs, newspaper articles, and conferences with OSHA booths, made this a hugely successful alliance during this period reaching about 3,000 people.

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    List major planned activities, products, and issues that the Alliance plans to work on during the next reporting period, including plans for renewal or conclusion.

    Continued emphasis on integrating OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 classes into vocational students’ curriculum, by increasing and improving the teachers’ knowledge and ability to communicate best safety practices into the students practicing their trades. Region 1 OSHA Ed Center (Keene State) continuously working on inventive ways to reach and train more teachers to become Authorized OSHA Trainers. MAVA will be using grant money from the State’s Department of Industrial Accidents to pay for the teacher’s tuition in taking the OSHA 500 level courses for general industry and construction.

    Note: Because of the pandemic MAVA would like to offer 500 level OSHA Courses through virtual training to reach more teachers during school shut down. Also might be able to reach additional teachers through a virtual training format for example like Zoom or Teams.

    The OSHA Andover Office will be piloting and providing additional specific fall hazard awareness training to the various MAVA schools.

    Providing technical assistance for Blackstone Valley Technical HS’s Worker Safety and Health Curriculum, which has started with the freshman class. If this program is successful it could be introduced into many more schools advancing worker safety and health education.

    Continued promotion and growth of the Fall Stand-Down and Safe and Sound events to the MAVA schools.

    Report prepared by: Peter Barletta, Compliance Assistance Specialist, OSHA Braintree Office, March 26, 2020.

    Activity Types:

    • Alliance Product: Products (e.g., fact sheets, videos, toolbox talks) developed by Alliance participants as part of the Alliance. These are not OSHA products.
    • Dissemination: An Alliance participant sends OSHA information, Alliance products, or other safety and health information to its stakeholders. This includes information sent by email or social media (Facebook, Twitter), and information included in newsletters and other publications. It also includes hits on the Alliance participant’s or OSHA’s Web page.
    • Evaluation: Any efforts by the Alliance participant to evaluate the effectiveness of an Alliance activity or the Alliance as a whole.
    • Event: Participation in events such as the Construction Roundtable and NAOSH Week.
    • Exhibit: OSHA exhibits at events sponsored by the Alliance participant.
    • OSHA Product Review: Review of an OSHA product by an Alliance participant. For example, an Alliance participant may provide technical comments on an OSHA eTool or publication. The review itself is considered the Alliance activity.
    • Speech/Presentation: Speeches or presentation by OSHA staff at events sponsored by the Alliance participant.
    • Training: This includes best practice seminars or other training that Alliance participants provide for OSHA staff. It also includes training for workers/employers/others by Alliance participants.
    • Other: Use this if an activity does not fit into one of the other categories.


    OSHA Areas of Emphasis:

    • Agriculture
    • Asian American/Pacific Islander Workers
    • Construction
    • Ergonomics
    • Fall Prevention
    • Hazard Communication/Chemicals
    • Health Care
    • Heat Illness Prevention
    • Hispanic/Latino Workers
    • Maritime
    • Oil and Gas
    • Small Business
    • Temporary Workers
    • Transportation
    • Young Workers