Region 3 - Alliance Annual Report - August 9, 2019

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Delaware OSHA Consultation/Delaware Department of Labor
Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. Delaware Chapter

  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed:

      June 15, 2016

    2. Evaluation Period:

      June 15, 2018 – June 15, 2019

    3. Overview:

      The Alliance was formed to provide ABC members and others with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers. The focus of the agreement is reducing and preventing exposures to safety and health hazards at construction sites and help workers understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

      The purpose of this annual report is to provide an assessment of all activities that each of the partners have conducted to support the alliance goals.

    4. Implementation Team Members:


      OSHA Area Director – Erin G. Patterson

      Alliance participants

      ABC President – Ed Capodanno
      ABC Safety, Health – Wellness Committee Chair – Scott Cudmore, M. Davis & Sons
      Delaware OSHA Consultation – Project Director – Traci Fraley

  2. Implementation Team Meetings/Activities

    • September 19, 2018
    • November 28, 2018
    • March 20, 2019
    • May 8, 2019

    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.

  3. 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:

    • To share information on OSHA’s National/Regional/Local Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process
    • To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
    • To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings at the OSHA and ABC DE annual meeting and/or the Fall Prevention Stand Down to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
    • To encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by promoting the value of injury and illness prevention programs.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Dissemination – ABC Newsletter Focus Four Article Focus Four 1136
    Dissemination – ABC Newsletter 1 — Saw Safety
    2 — Safety Maintenance
    Dissemination – ABC Newsletter Working with Down Electrical Wires Electrical 1136
    Dissemination Safety Tweets (weekly) OSHA 200
    Exhibit Safety Exhibit @ ABC January 2019 Networking Event Construction 120
    Dissemination & OSHA Product Review – ABC Newsletter & Website Safety Page Federal Civil Penalties Act update OSHA 1136
    Dissemination – ABC Newsletter Monthly safety articles provided by safety committee members appear at least monthly in the newsletter Safety, Health & Wellness 1136

    Training and Education:

    • To develop and/or deliver effective training and education programs for ABC DE members, their workers and others within the construction industry focusing on reducing and preventing exposure to falls, electrical, caught-in or between, and struck-by and any other relevant safety and health hazards, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
    • To develop and/or deliver effective training and education programs for ABC members, their workers and other to promote understanding of workers’ rights, including the use of the OSHA complaint process, and the responsibilities of employers and to communicate such information to workers and employers.
    • To educate stakeholders and encourage the voluntary use of the free, confidential onsite consultation services provided by Delaware OSHA Consultation.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Training OSHA 10-hour training classes Construction 131
    Event OSHA National Safety Stand Down to Prevent Falls Event Construction 85
    Training MOSH—What Contractors Need to Know Construction 26
    Training Silica dangers and power tools to help meet requirements of Table 1 Construction 21
    Training Adult CPR & First Aid First Aid 211
    Training Fall Protection Focus Four 18
    Training Fleet Vehicle Safety & DOT regulations Construction 23

    Outreach and Communication:

    • To develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA and ABC DE’s Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
    • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or ABC DE conferences, local meetings, and the National Safety Stand-Down to prevent Falls in Construction events.
    • To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding best practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the Participants.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Speech/Presentation OSHA Lunch and Learn Event OSHA 51
    Speech/Presentation/Event/Training/Exhibit OSHA National Safety Stand Down to Prevent Falls Event Construction 85
    Dissemination Safety Information published on ABC Website Safety Page Construction 1131
    Dissemination – Newsletter and ABC Website Safety Page OSHA Focus Four Campaign (February – May 2019) Focus Four 1131
    Dissemination-Newsletter OSHA Safe & Sound Week (August 12 – 16, 2019) Value of Safety & Health Program 1131
    Dissemination/Speech/Presentation/Event The Value of ABC STEP Safety & Health 30
    TOTAL     8,184
  4. Evaluations

    The Alliance is now in its third year, and was renewed in September 2018. The Alliance activities provided during this evaluation period were well received. The member representatives and the recipients of the safety and health outreach activities/communications found the information valuable in assisting them in promoting and improving their safety and health efforts at their construction jobsites. ABC Delaware has provided significant support in the field of occupational safety and health during the alliance period, and won awards from their national chapter for generating the most participation in their organization’s safety and health recognition program.

    The individuals reached by the outreach activities/communication activities represent companies with many employees/members that would be directly affected by the safety and health information provided. The working relationship between all of the Alliance Signatories and the feedback on the Alliance continues to be very positive.

    New activities this year include greater interaction with students and trade schools. In conjunction with the ABC Delaware Careers in Construction Committee, members of the Safety, Health & Wellness Committee participated in “drop-in” activities at the various vo-tech schools, including Delcastle, Hodgson, St. George’s and Polytech. There were no specific dates planned, but if a safety person from a company happened to be in the area, they would call the teacher and visit the class to present a safety topic and answer student questions about safety and the jobsite. The idea worked very well, and was met with great acceptance from trade teachers who valued the real world experience in the classroom. Teachers say it provided another “voice in the students’ head” to hear the whys and how safety is everyone’s business both in the shop and on a jobsite.

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    The Alliance continues to look at future opportunities to provide information for participants/membership in the upcoming year. The Alliance Signatories will continue to work together to address the safety and health needs of the participants/membership through the revision and implementation of their work plan. The revised work plan will continue to include ABC Delaware support to OSHA outreach events, development and dissemination of safety and health information, and training/education of their members and other construction industry stakeholders. ABC Delaware will also continue to encourage their members to request the use of Delaware OSHA Consultation services.

    Report prepared by: Erin G. Patterson, Area Director, Wilmington Area Office.