Region 4 - Alliance Annual Report - March 24, 2016
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Ft. Lauderdale Area Office
1000 South Pine Island Road, Suite 100
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33324
(954) 424-0242; Fax (954) 424-3073
Safety Alliance For Excellence (SAFE)
March 24, 2016
- Alliance Background
- Date Signed:
March 8, 2013; renewed March 11, 2015
- Evaluation Period
March 11, 2015 through March 11, 2016
OSHA and SAFE formed an alliance to provide SAFE members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, by reducing and preventing exposures in the construction industry related to the four leading causes of fatalities; Falls, Electrical, Struck-By and Caught-In-Between and understanding the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).
- Implementation Team Members
Condell Eastmond – Area Director
Vergie Bain – Compliance Assistance Specialist
- Date Signed:
- Implementation Team Meetings
- During this period, the Implementation Team met on a monthly basis in conjunction with the group’s monthly meetings. The group meets on the first Wednesday of each month.
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.
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:
The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following goal related to 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 on fall protection, electrical hazards, struck-by and caught-in-between hazards 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 partnering and mentoring trade contractors.
Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached/Attended Speech/Presentation OSHA’s CAS spoke on the new confined spaces in construction standard. Construction 80 Speech/Presentation Attorney form South Florida presented on OSHA’s new view towards criminal prosecution for safety violation. Small Business 100 Speech/Presentation OSHA’s CAS spoke on the new amputation NEP. Construction/Small Business 50
Training and Education: The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goal:
- To develop effective training and education programs for the construction industry regarding fall protection, electrical hazards, struck-by and caught-in-between hazards and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
- To develop effective training and education programs for the construction industry 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 deliver or arrange for the delivery of fall protection, electrical hazards, struck-by and caught-in-between hazards courses.
Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached/Attended Training USF OTI conducted two four hour fall protection classes in support of the National Falls Stand-down. Construction 150 Training During this period training was provided on Six Steps to Become NFPA 70E & OSHA Compliant. Construction 200
Outreach and Communication: The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
- 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’s and SAFE’s Web sites) to employers and workers in the construction industry.
- To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or SAFE’s conferences, local meetings, or other co-sponsored events.
- To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding SAFE’s good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the Participants.
- To work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects related to the construction industry that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached/Attended Speech/Presentation OSHA spoke on deficiencies and issues associated with Pre-Cast and Cast-in-Place in the concrete construction industry, which contributed to struck-by injuries. Construction 200 Speech/Presentation OSHA participated in a Safe Digging Seminar addressing excavation and trenching safety. Construction 100 Speech/Presentation Presentation was provided by the University of Miami on a study of construction workers’ exposures to silica and use of respiratory protection. Construction 85 Dissemination The alliance help in disseminating materials in support of OSHA’s Falls and Heat Illness Prevention Stand-downs. Construction/Fall Prevention/heat Illness Prevention/Hispanic Workers/Small Business 5000 Speech/Presentation Dr. Susan Nelson from Physicians Health Center conducted presentation on heat and the tools to preventing heat illness in South Florida. Construction/Heat Illness Prevention 5000 Speech/Presentation MSA representative conducted presentation proper use of equipment to measure hazardous atmospheres in confined spaces. Construction 100 Speech/Presentation OSHA conducted presentations about FY 2015 in South Florida and an OSHA Update. Construction/ Small Business 200 Speech/Presentation Presentation sponsored by Sims Crane on safe personnel/material hoist safety. Construction/Small Business 75 Speech/Presentation The alliance was recognized for receiving a proclamation from the City of Miami designating March as Safety Month. Construction/Small Business 100
- Upcoming Milestones in FY 2016
- The Alliance group will continue to promote occupational safety and health in the South Florida area.
- The Alliance group will continue to provide SAFE members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources related to the four leading causes of fatalities.
- Continue to support the OSHA National Campaigns focused on Fall and Heat Illness Prevention.
- The Alliance group will continue to partner with OSHA, the University of South Florida (USF) – Safety Florida Onsite Consultation program, as well as the USF OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Center to provide training for workers a wide range of topics including the following: fall prevention; electrical safety; struck-by and caught-in-between; as well as understanding the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).
Report Prepared by: Vergie Bain, Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS), Ft. Lauderdale Area Office