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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
and the American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA)
April 15, 2016


  1. Alliance Background

    A. Date Signed

    January 25, 2007

    B. Dates Renewed

    February 25, 2009

    January 30, 2012

    October 15, 2015

    Evaluation Period

    January 25, 2012 through January 24, 2016

    C. Overview

    The OSHA and APCA Alliance focuses on providing APCA members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help to protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by continuing to promote a culture of safety within the pipeline construction industry, including small businesses and non-English and limited English speaking employees, to reduce workplace incidents and prevent worker exposures to hazards such as those associated with equipment operation (e.g. bulldozer, excavator and sideboom), trenching and excavation, hydrostatic testing, and distracted driving.

    D. Implementation Team Members

    OSHA

    Frances Dougherty*

    Occupational Health and Safety Specialist, Office of Construction Services (OCS), Directorate of Construction (DOC)

    Gary Johnson**

    Occupational Health and Safety Specialist, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA), Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP)

    Todd Briggs

    Program Analyst, OOSA, DCSP

    Michael Payne

    Occupational Health and Safety Specialist, OCS, DOC

    APCA:

    Dave Campbell***

    Project Superintendent, Elkhorn Construction

    Marilyn Cole

    Safety Coordinator; APCA

    Jason Hust

    Field Superintendent; Troy Construction

    Matthew Jinar

    Safety Director; Elkhorn Construction

    J.D. Lormand

    Chairman of the Board; APCA

    Brandon Schrack

    Safety Manager; Elkhorn Construction

    Michael Walton

    Field Superintendent; Elkhorn Construction

    * Frances Dougherty served on the OSHA and APCA Alliance Implementation Team until October 1, 2011.
    **Gary Johnson served on the OSHA and APCA Alliance Implementation Team until April 30, 2012.
    ***Dave Campbell served on the OSHA and APCA Alliance Implementation Team until December 31, 2015.

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • January 30, 2012
    • May 14, 2012
    • October 9, 2012
    • February 26, 2013
    • July 16, 2013
    • December 17, 2013
    • May 13, 2014
    • October 17, 2014
    • February 20, 2015
    • 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 agreements for the timeframe of this report.

    Outreach and Communication: 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 APCA’s websites) to employers and workers in the industry.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Products Developed in 2012 APCA developed Toolbox Safety Topics on the following: Not Available
    Products Developed in 2013
    • Locating Underground Lines English* Spanish* (2012, July; Spanish Translation March 2013).
    • Tool Box Safety Topic: Hazard Communication English* Spanish* (Revised 2013, February; Spanish Translation September, 2013).
    Not Available
    Products Developed in 2014 Not Available
    Products Developed in 2015 Not Available

    Outreach and Communication: Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or APCA’s conferences, local meetings, or other events such as the APCA Annual Meeting.

    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Event Alliance Program Construction Roundtable, 2012-2015, Washington, DC.
    • Marilyn Cole represented APCA at the event during the timeframe of this report.
    Fall Protection Not Available
    Event North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, May 2012-2015, Washington, DC.
    • Marilyn Cole represented APCA at the event during the timeframe of this report.
    Not Available
    Event Alliance Program Hazard Communication/GHS Roundtable, July 18, 2012, Washington, DC.
    • Marilyn Cole represented APCA at the Alliance Program Hazard Communication/ GHS Roundtable.
    27
    Presentation APCA Safety Committee Meeting, May 1, 2014, Houston, TX
    • Jim Shelton, CAS, Houston North Area Office, USDOL, delivered an OSHA update at the meeting. Topics addressed the number of injuries/fatalities related to pipe transportation and handling.
    33
    TOTAL 60
  4. Upcoming Milestones

    In the upcoming year, OSHA and APCA plan to undertake several additional projects through the Alliance to provide information, guidance and access to training resources on safety and health issues in the industry. For example, APCA will develop a fact sheets for Best Practice for Cold Weather Awareness. APCA will also develop evaluation methods to determine the effectiveness of their Alliance-developed products and submit the results to OSHA.

    In addition, APCA will continue to attend the Alliance Program Construction Roundtable and provide an opportunity for OSHA to speak at the APCA Safety Committee Meetings.

Report prepared by: Morgan Seuberling, Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, April 15, 2016


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