Region 1 - Alliance Annual Report - May 15, 2020

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
And the
Cape Cod Home Builders Association
May 15 2020

  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed: May 10, 2018

    2. Evaluation Period

      May 10, 2018 – May 10, 2020

    3. Overview

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

      The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Braintree Area Office, Massachusetts Division of Occupational Safety (MDOS-CP), and the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Cape Cod, Inc. (HBRACC) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA, MDOS-CP, and HBRACC form an Alliance to provide HBRACC members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to residential construction hazards including, but not limited, to hazards related to scaffolding, fall exposures during framing and roofing, material handling, electrical, amputations, nail guns, and silica. Assist employers and employees to understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).

    4. Implementation Team Members

      Peter Barletta, OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist
      Mathew Anderson – Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Cape Cod, Inc.

      List OSHA members and titles/offices

      James Mulligan, Braintree MA OSHA Area Office Director

      List Alliance participant members and titles/offices

      Kathy Flannery, Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards, Supervisor
      Chris Flanagan, (HBRACC), Executive Officer
      Karen McMahon, (HBRACC), Administrator

  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. Formal meetings were not conducted.

    Outreach and Communication - Numerous telephone calls and emails were exchanged throughout this evaluation period between Braintree Area Office’s Compliance Assistance Specialist Peter Barletta and Chris Flanagan and Karen McMahon from Home Builders & Remodelers of Cape Cod. Information on the Fall Stand Down and OSHA publications, resources and training materials have been continuously shared with this Cape Cod residential construction alliance. OSHA Fall Stand Down information, resources and trainings added to their mailing list.

    During Covid-19 the Home Builders Association was provided with up to date resources from OSHA and the CDC for construction workers.

  3. Events:

    October 18, 2018, OSHA Braintree office participated in the4th Annual Residential Construction Career Day in Falmouth, MA. This event will featured over 50 exhibitors who provided career information and hands on activities for over 350 students from Cape Cod High Schools. Peter Barletta and Chris Ayers set up an interactive OSHA table demonstrating various types of fall protection equipment to the students in addition to handing out OSHA safety and health publications, and answering questions from the students.

    September 10, 2019, September Monthly Dinner Meeting held in Hyannis, MA. Peter Barletta presented to their members and stakeholders of about 120 people on “OSHA Update and Home Builders’ Fall Protection Outreach & Resources.” The one hour power point presentation covered major types of fall hazards while using ladders and scaffolds and performing framing and roofing work. OSHA also introduced to the audience Patricia Colarossi from US DOL Wage and Hour, who presented on the new federal overtime requirements.

    March 05, 2019, at Shepley Showcase in Hyannis, MA. Mass Department of Labor Standards along with the assistance of Peter Barletta conducted a two power point training presentation for 75 people from various small residential contractors from Cape Cod and Southeaster, MA, called “Fall Protection in Residential Construction Complying with OSHA Regulations.” The presentation also consisted of question and answer sessions and provided handouts and fall protection publications and resources.

    March 03, 2020, at Shepley Showcase in Hyannis, MA. Mass Department of Labor Standards along with the assistance of Peter Barletta conducted a two power point training presentation for 55 people from various small residential contractors from Cape Cod and Southeaster, MA. The second in a series of trainings in Cape Cod called “Fall Protection in Residential Construction Complying with OSHA Regulations”. This training focused more on practical fall protection solutions while doing roofing and using scaffolds. This training was more interactive with demonstrating various types of personal fall arrest equipment.

  4. Results

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

    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
    Alliance Product OSHA working with Cape Cod Home Builders on drafting and article for their national monthly Journal of Light Industry on OSHA resources available to assist small contractors in developing fall protection solutions. The project was temporarily suspended by the main author of the project. Falls 0-
    Development Phase
    Dissemination Fall Stand Down material, publications Falls 500
    Event See Cape Cod Career Day and Monthly Dinners    
    Exhibit Annual Cape Cod Career Day in Falmouth, MA Falls, Young Workers, Employee Rights 400
    OSHA Product Review N/A N/A  
    Speech/Presentation Monthly Dinner event September 2019 in Hyannis. Falls, All About OSHA, silica 120
    Training Mass Department of Labor Fall Protection Training Seminars for residential contractors at Shepley Lumber in Hyannis. Falls, Scaffolds and Ladders 130
    Other N/A N/A  
    Total     1150
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    TOTAL     [Total]
  5. Evaluations

    Successful completion of Outreach

  6. 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.

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

    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