Region 1 - Alliance Annual Report - October 9, 2020

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
And the
New England Laborers Training Academy (NELTA)
October 9, 2020

  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed

      September 10, 2019

    2. Evaluation Period

      September 01, 2019 – September 30, 2020

    3. Overview

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

      A continued emphasis on construction workplace safety and health by providing NELTA members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH Act). Address current trends and improvements in construction safety and health technologies, exchange technical information and safe best practices, update roundtable members regarding OSHA-procedures and policy issues, and promote and encourage involvement and activities in OSHA safety stand-downs.

    4. Implementation Team Members

      James Merloni – NELTA
      Stephen Nee – OSHA Labor Liaison
      Joe Green – OSHA CAS

      List OSHA members and titles/offices:

      Anthony Covello – Area Director, Andover Office

      List Alliance participant members and titles/offices:

      Joel Kubilis – NELTA Instructor

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • There were periodic team in person and phone meetings concerning the NELTA alliance. The meetings consisted of ways OSHA and the NELTA could support one another regarding the alliance. Due to the COVD 19 pandemic, no year-end meeting was able to be held in person.

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

  3. Results

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

    October 8, 2019 – The Andover CAS developed and presented an OSHA trenching and excavating safety presentation to over 28 laborer apprentices at the NELTA.

    October 21, 2019 – The Labor Liaison participated and supported the NELTA OSHA 30 course that was being held for 30 attendees.

    November 7, 2019, the Andover CAS developed and presented an OSHA update to over 35 apprentices at the NELTA. One of the topics was struck by hazards which was the leading cause of death pertaining to the focus 4 hazards in Region 1.

    December 9, 2019 – The Labor Liaison participated and presented the fourhigh hazards in construction to support the NELTA OSHA 30 course that was being held for 25 attendees.

    December 10, 2019, the Andover CAS presented the fall prevention section of an OSHA 30 hour course to over 45 laborers at the NELTA.

    December 20, 2019 – The Labor Liaison participated and supported the NELTA OSHA 30 course that was being held for 32 attendees.

    January 21, 2020, the Andover CAS presented a safety presentation regarding precautions while workers would be potentially exposed to silica.

    January 23, 2020 – The Labor Liaison participated and supported the NELTA OSHA 30 course that was being held for 28 attendees.

    NOTE – Due to the COVID 19 Pandemic, the NELTA suspended in person training for the remainder of the year.

  4. Evaluations

    The Alliance’s activities were again very popular and successful for this review period. The joint training that both OSHA and the NELTA collaborated on reached a total attendance of about 300 people, discussing a variety of topics from protecting workers from a variety of hazards, promoting fall stand down activities, ladder training, increasing hazard awareness of powered cut-off machines, discussing the new silica standard, improving management of safety programs on construction sites, to and trench safety. All these technical meetings led to hundreds of construction workers engaging in various stand downs and job site specific training tool box talks.

  5. Upcoming Milestones

  6. The goal for this new period is to mentor and reach younger workers at the NELTA entering the construction field so that the next generation of construction workers, managers and safety professionals improve and advance safety and health attitudes, training, technologies, applications and programs by moving the safety bar to a greater level and reaching an increased number of workers.

    There will be continued discussion of the silica standards and implementation of new technologies to control respirable silica dust. There will be continued emphasis on reducing fall hazards through involvement and activities with the fall stand down. There need to be further insight to reduce Struck- by hazards, which are now matching fall hazards as a leading cause of fatalities and injuries in Region 1.

Report prepared by: Joseph Green, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Andover Area OSHA 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 fall stand down 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