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Through the OSHA and APCA Alliance, the organizations will work together to provide the association's 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. The Alliance will particularly address reducing and preventing exposure to equipment operation (e.g. bulldozer, excavator and sideboom), trenching and excavation and hydrostatic testing hazards. The Alliance's goals include:

Raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives:
  • 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 equipment operation (e.g., bulldozer, excavator, and sideboom), trenching and excavation, hydrostatic testing hazards, and issues related to small businesses, distracted driving, and non-English and limited-English-speaking workers to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
Outreach and communication:
  • 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 the APCA's Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
  • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or APCA's conferences, local meetings, or other events such as the APCA Annual Meeting.
OSHA and APCA Alliance Renewal Signing Ceremony, Department of Labor on January 30, 2012.

Dr. David Michaels (center), Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA, with APCA Alliance members Marilyn Cole, Consultant, APCA, and John Fluharty, President, APCA, at the OSHA and APCA Alliance Renewal Signing Ceremony, Department of Labor on January 30, 2012.

Alliance Program Participant Background

Milestones and Successes

Alliance Agreements
Alliance Annual Reports
Alliance News Releases

Activities and Events

  • May 4-10, 2014: North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) and a number of other Alliance Program participants support 2014 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace.
  • May 5-11, 2013: 2013 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) Alliance and a number of other Alliance Program participants support 2013 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. 2013 Theme: "Worker Safety Works for Everyone."
  • May 6-12, 2012: 2012 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) and a number of other Alliance Program participants support 2012 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by ASSE and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. 2012 Theme: "Safety, What Every Business Needs."
  • June 12-15, 2011. ASSE Annual Professional Development Conference (PDC), Safety 2011, Chicago, Illinois.
    • June 15, 2011: Elizabeth Way, Director, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, Directorate of Cooperative and State Plans, USDOL-OSHA; Diana M. Cortez, Area Director, Region II, Tarrytown, New York Area Office, USDOL-OSHA; Marilyn Cole, Consultant, American Pipeline Contractors Association; and Elisonia Valle, Assistant Manager to Human Resources, Wenner Breads, Inc., will present "Safety and Health Resources for Diverse Workforces."
  • May 1-7, 2011: 2011 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported 2011 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 the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. The theme for 2011 was "Celebrating a Century of Safety."

Products and Resources

Alliance Program Participant Developed Products
Best Practices Fact Sheets
  • Backhoe Operation Best Practices for Supervisory Personnel and Operators English (PDF*), Spanish (PDF*). Through the OSHA and American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) Alliance, APCA developed a fact sheet addressing issues associated with the operation of backhoe equipment such as pre- and post-operation procedures and safe operation considerations. (2008, February; Spanish Translation 2009, March).
  • Dozer Operation Best Practices for Supervisory Personnel and Operators English (PDF*), Spanish (PDF*). Through the OSHA and American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) Alliance, APCA developed a fact sheet addressing issues associated with the operation of dozer equipment such as pre- and post-operation procedures and safe operation considerations. (2008, February; Spanish Translation 2009, March).
  • Excavation and Trenching Best Practices for Operators English (PDF*), Spanish (PDF*). Through the OSHA and American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) Alliance, APCA developed a fact sheet addressing issues associated with excavation and trenching activities such as worksite preparation, personal protective equipment, and collapse prevention. (2008, February; Spanish Translation 2009, March).
  • Excavation and Trenching Best Practices for Supervisory Personnel English (PDF*), Spanish (PDF*). Through the OSHA and American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) Alliance, APCA developed a fact sheet addressing issues associated with supervision of workers who are engaged in excavation and trenching activities such as worksite preparation, personal protective equipment, and collapse prevention. (2008, February; Spanish Translation 2009, March).
  • Excavator Operation Best Practices for Supervisory Personnel, Operators, and Workers English (PDF*), Spanish (PDF*). Through the OSHA and American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) Alliance, APCA developed a fact sheet addressing issues associated with the operation of excavation equipment such as pre- and post-operation procedures, safe operation considerations, and supervisory recommendations. (2008, February; Spanish Translation 2009, March).
  • Horizontal Directional Drilling Best Practices for Operators English (PDF*), Spanish (PDF*). Through the OSHA and American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) Alliance, APCA a fact sheet addressing issues associated with the operation of horizontal directional drilling equipment such as pre- and post-operation procedures and safe operation considerations. (2008, February; Spanish Translation 2009, March).
  • Horizontal Directional Drilling Best Practices for Supervisory Personnel English (PDF*), Spanish (PDF*). Through the OSHA and American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) Alliance, APCA a fact sheet addressing issues associated with supervision of workers who are engaged in the operation of horizontal directional drilling equipment such as pre- and post-operation procedures and safe operation considerations. (2008, February; Spanish Translation 2009, March).
  • Locating Underground Lines English (PDF*) Spanish (PDF*). Through the OSHA and American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) Alliance, APCA developed a fact sheet addressing issues associated with locating and identifying underground pipelines/utilities before beginning an excavation. (2012, July; Spanish Translation March 2013).
  • Pressure Testing Best Practices for Personnel Conducting the Test English (PDF*), Spanish (PDF*). Through the OSHA and American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) Alliance, APCA developed a fact sheet addressing issues associated with pressure testing activities such as pre-test preparation, connection hazards, and worker protection. (2008, February; Spanish Translation 2009, March).
  • Pressure Testing Best Practices for Supervisory Personnel English (PDF*), Spanish (PDF*). Through the OSHA and American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) Alliance, APCA developed a fact sheet addressing issues associated with the supervision of workers who are engaged in pressure testing activities such as pre-test planning, leak testing, and test medium disposal. (2008, February; Spanish Translation 2009, March).
  • Sideboom Operation Best Practices for Supervisory Personnel, Operators, and Workers English (PDF*), Spanish (PDF*). Through the OSHA and American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) Alliance, APCA developed a fact sheet addressing issues associated with the operation of sideboom equipment such as understanding sideboom operational/equipment requirements and safe operation considerations. (2008, February; Spanish Translation 2009, March).
  • Telehandler Operation – For Supervisory Personnel and Operators (PDF*). Through the OSHA and American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) Alliance, APCA developed a best practices fact sheet for supervisory personnel and operators addressing pre-operation, operation, and post operation of telehandlers. (2014, September).
Toolbox Talks
  • Distracted Driving English (PDF*) Spanish (PDF*). Through the OSHA and American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) Alliance, APCA developed a toolbox talk on distracted driving, including the types of distractions and common distractions, such as texting. (2012, September).
  • Tool Box Safety Topic: Abrasive (Sand) Blasting (PDF*). Through the OSHA and American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) Alliance, APCA developed a toolbox talk addressing issues associated with abrasive blasting activities such as respirators, air supply, and compressors. (2009, October).
  • Tool Box Safety Topic: Bloodborne Pathogens English (PDF*), Spanish (PDF*). Through the OSHA and American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) Alliance, APCA developed a toolbox talk addressing issues associated with bloodborne pathogens such as personal protective equipment, cleaning and sanitizing the workplace, and waste handling. (2009, December; Spanish Translation 2010, December).
  • Tool Box Safety Topic: Confined Spaces English (PDF*), Spanish (PDF*). Through the OSHA and American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) Alliance, APCA developed a toolbox talk addressing issues associated with confined spaces such atmospheric hazards and permit required spaces. (2009, December; Spanish Translation 2010, December).
  • Tool Box Safety Topic: Electrical Safety English (PDF*), Spanish (PDF*). Through the OSHA and American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) Alliance, APCA developed a toolbox talk addressing issues associated with electrical safety such as the most frequent causes of electrical injuries and ground fault protection. (2009, December; Spanish Translation 2012, October).
  • Tool Box Safety Topic: Excavation and Trenching English (PDF*), Spanish (PDF*). Through the OSHA and American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) Alliance, APCA developed a toolbox talk addressing issues associated with excavation and trenching activities such as cave in hazards, competent person, and occupied excavation. (2009, October; Spanish Translation 2012, October).
  • Tool Box Safety Topic: Hazard Communication English (PDF*), Spanish (PDF*). Through the OSHA and American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) Alliance, APCA developed a toolbox talk addressing hazard communication issues such as hazardous materials written programs, material safety data sheets, respirators, and hazardous materials identification systems. (2009, October; Revised 2013, February; Spanish Translation September, 2013).
  • Tool Box Safety Topic: Personal Protective Equipment English (PDF*), Spanish (PDF*). Through the OSHA and American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) Alliance, APCA developed a toolbox talk addressing personal protective equipment issues such as eye protection, foot protection, and hearing protection. (2009, October; Spanish Translation 2011, February).
  • Tool Box Safety Topic: Respiratory Protection English (PDF*), Spanish (PDF*). Through the OSHA and American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) Alliance, APCA developed a toolbox talk addressing issues associated with respiratory protection such respiratory protection written programs and respirator use. (2009, October; Spanish Translation 2011, February).
  • Tool Box Safety Topic: The Spotter English (PDF*), Spanish (PDF*). Through the OSHA and American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) Alliance, APCA developed a toolbox talk addressing issues associated with the use of spotters such as when to use a spotter, equipment operator and spotter responsibilities, and hand signals. (2010, July; Spanish Translation 2012, October).
  • Tool Box Safety Topic: Working Around Heavy Equipment (PDF*). Through the OSHA and American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) Alliance, APCA developed a toolbox talk addressing issues associated with working in the "Danger Zone" around heavy equipment such as blind spots, rotating machinery, overhead hazards, and swing radius. (2010, December).
  • Tool Box Safety Topic: Working in Close Proximity to Overhead Power Lines (PDF*). Through the OSHA and American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) Alliance, APCA developed a toolbox talk to emphasize steps to prevent workers from contacting and safety procedures workers can take if contact is made with an overhead power line. (2010, December).
Safety and Health Topics Pages
Publications and Newsletters
  • Underground Construction, March 2007. The pipeline contractor industry's publication, Underground Contractor, includes an article, "OSHA Signs New Alliance with APCA," that discusses the signing and goals of the OSHA/APCA Alliance.
Additional Resources

Alliance Implementation Team members serve on the editorial board.


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