January 25, 2007
January 25, 2009 through January 24, 2010
Through the Alliance, OSHA and American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) are providing APCA members and others in the pipeline construction industry, including small businesses and non-English and limited English speaking employees, with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly focusing on reducing and preventing exposure to equipment operation (e.g. bulldozer, excavator and sideboom), trenching and excavation and hydrostatic testing hazards.
Implementation Team Members
Office of Construction Services (OCS), Directorate of Construction (DOC)
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA), Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP)
Office of Small business Assistance (OSBA), DCSP
Executive Director, APCA
*Rob Swick served as the OSHA Alliance coordinator until January 13, 2010.
Training and Education Goal
Through the OSHA and APCA Alliance, APCA completed eight toolbox talks. The toolbox talks were finalized as part of APCA's goal to develop a Safety and Health Program for Seasonal and Temporary Employees. OSHA and APCA finalized the following Toolbox Talks during the reporting period:
Outreach and Communication Goal
Through the OSHA and APCA Alliance, APCA translated ten previously created OSHA and APCA Alliance developed fact sheets into Spanish. These products are part of APCA's goal to develop a Safety and Health Program for Seasonal and Temporary Employees. OSHA and APCA finalized Spanish translations for the following Fact Sheets during the reporting period:
OSHA and APCA Alliance Web page
OSHA is continuing to update the OSHA and APCA Alliance Web page that is posted on the OSHA Web site. It includes the Alliance agreement, renewal agreement, news releases, links to APCA Alliance developed products, including Best Practice Fact Sheets and Toolbox Talks, activities and events, and milestones and successes of the OSHA and Safe Tank Alliance. For information on the number of visits to the OSHA and APCA Alliance Web page, please see the "Alliance Program Reach Table."
APCA and OSHA Alliance Web page
APCA maintains an APCA and OSHA Alliance Web page on the APCA Web site, The Web page includes information about the OSHA and APCA Alliance and links to the OSHA Web site and other safety and health information. In addition, during the reporting period, APCA added eight toolbox talks and ten Spanish translations of Fact Sheets to the page that were developed through the OSHA and APCA Alliance.
Asbestos Safety and Health Topics page
The following APCA representative serves on the OSHA Asbestos Safety and Health Topics page's editorial board and provides OSHA with his expertise and comments:
Print and Electronic Media
Articles about the OSHA and APCA Alliance have appeared in a number of print and online publications, including Underground Construction, Trenchless Technology, ISST News, OSHA Up To Date, and Alliance Quarterly Review. For more information on the articles, please see the "Alliance Program Reach Table."
APCA Safety Committee Meeting, Holiday Inn, Houston, Texas
On June 11, 2009, James Shelton, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, Region VI, Houston North Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, presented "OSHA Update and Safety and Health Management Systems" to pipeline construction safety and health professionals and executives.
The OSHA and APCA Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.
OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable, Fall Protection and Design for Safety Workgroups
APCA is continuing to participate in the Design for Safety (DFS) and Fall Protection Workgroups of the Alliance Program Construction Roundtable. During the reporting period, APCA participated in the following meetings:
2009 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, May 3-9, 2009, Washington, DC.
APCA joined with more than 55 other Alliance Program participants to support 2009 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers, an Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on increasing the understanding of the positive benefits of investing in occupational safety, health and environmental programs among employers, employees and the public; raising awareness of the role and contribution of safety, health and environmental professionals; and reducing workplace injuries and illness by encouraging new safety and health activities at all companies and organizations. The theme for 2009 NAOSH Week was "Safety Means Always Coming Home." Marilyn Cole attended the Kick-off event as well as the afternoon seminar Alliance Program participants.
2009 Drug-Free Work Week, October 19-25, 2009
APCA joined with a number of other Alliance Program participants to support 2009 Drug-Free Work Week. Drug-Free Work Week is sponsored annually by the U.S. Department of Labor's Working Partners for an Alcohol- and Drug-Free Workplace Program. The Week focuses on educating employers, employees, and the public about the importance of being drug-free as an essential component of a safe and healthful workplace. In support of the week, the following APCA member companies posted information about Drug Free Work Week at their offices and jobsites.
Due to the continued success of the OSHA and APCA Alliance, the organizations renewed the Alliance on February 25, 2009. During the reporting period, APCA worked through the OSHA and APCA Alliance to provide the pipeline construction industry with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them to protect employees' health and safety by reducing and preventing exposure to equipment operation, trenching & excavation, and hydrostatic testing hazards.
For example, through the OSHA and APCA Alliance, APCA developed the following eight toolbox talks:
Additionally, through the OSHA and APCA Alliance, APCA has translated the following ten Fact Sheets into Spanish:
Further, OSHA and APCA representatives are sharing their expertise through participation on OSHA's electronic assistance tools' editorial boards, events, and speaking and exhibiting opportunities. For example:
|Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)||Number of Individuals Reached or Trained|
|OSHA and APCA Alliance Web page on the OSHA Web site||2,152|
|OSHA Asbestos Safey and Heath Topics Page||19,878|
|APCA and OSHA Alliance Web page on the APCA Web site||Data Not Available|
|March 16, 2009: "Trenching and Excavation Addressed in a Renewed Alliance between OSHA and the American Pipeline Contractors Association"
Environmental Resource Center
|April 4, 2009: "OSHA Renews Alliance with the American Pipeline Contractors Association"
Safety Management Group
|Data Not Available|
|May 2009: "North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week/Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day 2009 Partners,"
ASSE News Room
|June 2009: "APCA Releases Best Practices Fact Sheets" Alliance Quarterly Review||300|
|December 2009: "Products Developed by Alliance Program Participants: FY 2009" Alliance Quarterly Review||300|
During the upcoming year, the OSHA and APCA Alliance Implementation Team will translate the eight toolbox talks that were finalized in 2009 into Spanish. When completed, the Spanish versions of the fact sheets will be posted on the APCA and OSHA Alliance-related Web page on the APCA Web site and linked to from the OSHA and APCA Alliance Web page and the Alliance Program Participants Developed Products Web page on the OSHA Web site.
Further, APCA intends to work with OSHA through the Alliance Program to:
Report prepared by: Sandra Khan, Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, April 6, 2010.Back to Top
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