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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
and the American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA)

February 28, 2017


  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, 2016 - January 24, 2017

    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

    *Morgan Seuberling

    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:

    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

    * Morgan Seuberling joined the OSHA and APCA Alliance Implementation Team on February 1, 2016.
    **Todd Briggs served on the OSHA and APCA Alliance Implementation Team until February 1, 2016

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • March 28, 2016
    • September 12, 2016
    • 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.

    Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives: Share information on OSHA’s National Emphasis programs, enforcement initiatives, Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Dissemination

    April 4, 2016: Webpage Posting

    • APCA help publicize that OSHA updated the eye and face protection standards in final rule by posting the March 28, 2016, trade release on their website.
    Not Available
    Dissemination

    OSHA’s Outreach Campaign Focusing on the Silica Standard

    APCA support included:

    • Developed a web page entitled “OSHA announces final rule to improve U.S. workers’ protection from the dangers of respirable silica dust.
    • Posted information on the standard from the OSHA website and linked the page to their Alliance web page.
    Not Available
    Dissemination

    November 3, 2016: Safety Meeting, Web Posting and Email Blast

    • APCA help publicize that OSHA updated the Injury and Illness standard. Information was also published on the APCA Alliance webpage.
    Injury and Illnesses Reporting 250 Members in Email Blast
    Dissemination

    December 1, 2016: Safety Meeting, Web Posting and Email Blast

    • APCA help publicize OSHA Quick Takes.
    Publication is submitted to the field superintendents, who use the information and articles for updating field personnel.
    1,000 Members in Email Blast

    Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives: Disseminate information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Dissemination

    April 4, 2016: Webpage Posting

    • APCA help publicize that OSHA will hold a meeting of the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee by posting the March 28, 2016, trade release on their website.
    Not Available
    Dissemination

    November 17, 2016: Safety Meeting, Web Posting and Email Blast

    • APCA help publicize that the OSHA walking working surfaces standard was issued today. The email contained a Fact Sheet on the rule and a link to the OSHA website.
    • Information was also published on the APCA Alliance webpage.
    Walking, Working Surfaces and Fall Protection 250 Members in Email Blast
    Dissemination

    OSHA’s 2016 National Outreach Campaign Focusing on the Prevention of Falls in Construction

    APCA support included:

    • Created a web page dedicated to OSHA’s National Safety Stand-down on their website and linked to from their Alliance web page.
    • Submitted an email blast to their members with information from the CPWR for use during the stand down.
    • Twenty member companies were involved in the stand-down. Most of them did training, one member company held daily safety topic stand-downs during the week, provided safety week T-shirts, coffee mugs with logos, and hard hat stickers.
    • Activity reached 200 to 800 people from each company plus the subcontractors on the site.
    Fall Protection ˜16,000
    Dissemination

    OSHA’s 2016 National Outreach Campaign Focusing on Heat Illness Prevention

    APCA support included:

    • Posted OSHA’s Heat Illness Prevention information on their Alliance website in the news section.
    • Published the information in their Safety Zone.
    Heat Illness Prevention Not Available
    Dissemination

    OSHA’s National “Safe & Sound” Outreach Focusing on the Agency’s Safety and Health Program Guidelines

    APCA support included:

    • Endorsement of the “Safe and Sound” outreach by posting on the APCA web page and tagged to the Alliance page.
    • On November 3, 2016 APCA submitted an email blast that publicized OSHA’s Safety and Health Program Guidelines. Information was also published on the APCA Alliance webpage.
    • Supplied logo for the campaign website.
    250 Members in Email Blast

    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
    Product Best Practice for Cold Weather Awareness Fact Sheet (2016, March) Not Available
    Dissemination

    April 5, 2016: Spanish Translation of Telehandler Operation – For Supervisory Personnel and Operators Fact Sheet

    • APCA posted the Spanish translation of the Alliance-developed fact sheet on their website and OSHA linked to it on the Alliance web page.
    Not Available
    Dissemination

    April 5, 2016 Spanish Translation of the Working in Close Proximity to Overhead Power Lines Fact Sheet

    • APCA posted the Spanish translation of the Alliance-developed fact sheet on their website and OSHA linked to it on the Alliance web page.
    Not Available
    Dissemination

    April 29, 2016: Spanish Translation of Vacuum Lift Systems Best Practices Fact Sheet

    • APCA posted the Spanish translation of the Alliance-developed toolbox talk on their website and OSHA linked to it on the Alliance web page.
    Not Available
    Dissemination

    APCA and OSHA Alliance Web Page

    • APCA maintains an Alliance Web page on its Website with information on the Alliance agreement and links to products developed by APCA through the Alliance Program in both English and Spanish, OSHA initiatives, OSHA resources, and information on the Alliance.
    Not Available
    Dissemination

    OSHA and APCA Alliance Web Page

    • OSHA maintains the OSHA and APCA Alliance Web page that is posted on the OSHA Website. The page includes the Alliance agreement, renewal agreements, annual reports, and links to resources developed by APCA through the Alliance Program.
    1,719 Page Views

    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, March 24, 2016, Washington, DC.

    • Marilyn Cole represented APCA at the event.
    Fall Protection NA
    Event

    Alliance Program Construction Roundtable, September 15, 2016, Washington, DC.

    • Marilyn Cole represented APCA at the event.
    Fall Protection NA

    Outreach and Communication: Encourage APCA members and other industry stakeholders to build relationships with OSHA’s Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues in the pipeline construction industry; participate in OSHA’s Cooperative Programs, including Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) and the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP); and utilize OSHA’s On-site Consultation Program to improve health and safety in the pipeline construction industry.

    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Presentation/ Speaker

    APCA Safety Meeting, Houston, Texas, September 22, 2016

    • Jim Shelton, Houston Area Office, gave a presentation on “OSHA Updates and OSHA Reporting Rules.”
    30 In Person
    105 Emailed
    Event

    OSHA 10-Hour Construction Training, September 27-28, 2016, La Marque, TX

    • APCA members attended the OSHA 10 Hour Construction seminar which is a general orientation course to provide construction workers information about their rights, their employers’ responsibilities, how to file a complaint and how to identify, abate, avoid, and prevent job-related hazards on a construction site. Emphasis is on accident prevention.
    92
    Event

    Damage Prevention Councils of Texas Safety Day Training, October 20, 2016, Pasadena, TX

    • APCA members attended the Safety Day Training hosted by the Damage Prevention Councils of Texas which included a trench rescue demonstration. Several presentations and panel discussions on dangers of working near power lines, tickets and lifetimes during projects, and excavation issues.
    92
    Event

    NSC Driver Train-The-Trainer, December 8, 2016, Conroe, TX

    • APCA members attended the National Safety Council's Texas Employer Traffic Safety Program. The seminar was design to instruct safety professional on how to deliver the basics of transportation safety and designed to deliver materials to train their workers at staff meetings or toolbox talks.
    92

    Training and Education: Promote industry-wide use of safety and health management systems, encouraging employers to develop new or enhance existing performance programs.

    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Dissemination

    April 5, 2016: Webpage Posting

    • APCA help publicize that OSHA will hold a special meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health by posting the March 30, 2016, trade release on their website.
    Not Available

    TOTAL 5,480
  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 best practices document that will focus on line strikes entitled “Unintentional Encounter with Buried Facilities” and update the toolbox talks on confined space and sandblasting to meet revised standards. APCA will also develop evaluation methods to determine the effectiveness of their Alliance-developed products and submit the results to OSHA quarterly.

    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, February 28, 2017

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