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On October 3, 2003, OSHA and the American Concrete Pipe Association (ACPA) formed an Alliance to provide ACPA members and others in the concrete pipe industry with information, guidance, and mentoring to help protect employees' health and safety, especially in reducing and preventing exposure to confined space hazards. In particular, the Alliance focused on developing, implementing and/or improving confined space programs. Through the Alliance, ACPA and OSHA worked together by identifying safety and health issues and sharing best practices specific to the concrete pipe industry.
ACPA sent a letter to OSHA on October 4, 2005 concluding the Alliance as of November 4, 2005. The following successes resulted from OSHA and ACPA working together to meet the Alliance's goals:
- ACPA hosted a tour of the Rinker Materials' Hydro Conduit Concrete Pipe Plant in Frederick, Maryland on January 12, 2004, for officials from Maryland State Plan OSHA and OSHA's National Office. An article about the tour was published in the March 2004 edition of Alliance Quarterly Review.
- On February 14, 2005, Ken Gilbert, Indianapolis Area Director, USDOL-OSHA, made a presentation on confined space, new hire orientation, pinch points, and lacerations to 25 attendees at the "OSHA Punchlist" course during the ACPA 2005 Spring Production Short Course in Indianapolis, Indiana.
- Jess McCluer, Program Analyst, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, USDOL-OSHA, staffed an OSHA-ACPA Alliance exhibit booth during the MCPX 2005, February 11-13, 2005, in Indianapolis, Indiana.
- ACPA reviewed and commented on OSHA's draft pocket guide titled; Worker Safety Series: Concrete Manufacturing.
- Representatives from the association worked with OSHA to develop the draft Concrete and Concrete Products Safety and Health Topics page.
- Members of ACPA served on OSHA's Confined Space Safety and Health Topics page's Editorial Board.
Report prepared by: Jess McCluer, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, October 28, 2005