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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and
Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association of America (CSDA)
March 16, 2008

I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

March 16, 2006

Evaluation Period

March 17, 2007 - March 16, 2008

Overview

The OSHA and CSDA Alliance is providing CSDA members, and sawing and drilling operators, with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety. Through the Alliance, the organizations are addressing highway work zone hazards, motor vehicle safety and respiratory protection for hazards associated with silica.

Implementation Team Members

 
OSHA:  
   
Michael Buchet
Joe Hajdusiewicz*
Lee Anne Jillings

Blair Lapres
Jess McCluer**
Rob Swick***
Danezza Quintero****
Directorate of Construction (DOC), Office of Construction Services (OSC)
DOC-OCS
Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP), Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
DCSP-OOSA
DCSP-OOSA
DCSP-OOSA
DOC-OCS
   
CSDA:  
   
Susan Hollingsworth
Patrick O'Brien
Tom Stowell
Kellie Vazquez
President
Executive Director
Vice President
Contract/Safety Administrator, Holes Incorporated

* Joe Hajdusiewicz has served as the OCS representative since January 1, 2008.
** Jess McCluer served as the Alliance Coordinator until May 25, 2007.
*** Rob Swick has served as the Alliance Coordinator since May 25, 2007.
**** Danezza Quintero served as the OCS representative until January 1, 2008.


II. Implementation Team Meetings
 
June 12, 2007
September 17, 2007
September 18, 2007
November 15, 2007

January 16, 2008
January 30, 2008
Implementation Team Meeting
Implementation Team Meeting
Alliance Program Construction Roundtable Design for Safety Workgroup Meeting
OSHA and The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners Alliance Implementation Team Meeting
Implementation Team Meeting
Alliance Program Construction Roundtable

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.

III. Results

A. Events and Products

Outreach and Communication Goals
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's and the CSDA's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.

    Products

    OSHA and CSDA Alliance Web page


    OSHA is continuing to update the OSHA and CSDA Alliance Web page that is posted on the Agency's Web site. The Web page includes links to the OSHA and CSDA Alliance agreement, news releases, activities and events, milestones and successes, and resources developed by CSDA through the OSHA and CSDA Alliance such as the CSDA Best Practices for Sawing and Drilling Operations: Highway Workzone Safety Best Practices fact sheet.

    CSDA Web site

    CSDA is continuing to update its CSDA and OSHA Alliance Web page on CSDA's Web site. The Web page includes links to information on OSHA's Web site such as the OSHA and CSDA Alliance Web page, OSHA's On-site Consultation Program home page, OSHA fact sheets in Spanish, OSHA Safety and Health Topics pages and the Alliance Program Construction Roundtable's Design for Construction Safety Web site. In addition, the CSDA Web site hosts resources developed by CSDA through the OSHA and CSDA Alliance, such as the CSDA Best Practices for Sawing and Drilling Operations: Reducing Silica Exposure fact sheet.

    Publications and Newsletters

    Information on the activities of the OSHA and CSDA Alliance has appeared in a number of printed and online publications, including: CSDA's monthly magazine, Concrete Openings; Occupational Hazards and OSHA's Alliance Quarterly Review. For more information on the articles, see the "Alliance Program Reach" table.

    Concrete and Concrete Products Manufacturing and Construction Safety and Health Topics page

    The following CSDA representatives serve on OSHA's Concrete and Concrete Products Manufacturing and Construction Safety and Health Topics page's editorial board and provide OSHA with their expertise and comments:

    • Susan Hollingsworth, Holes Incorporated, CEO; CSDA, Houston, Texas
    • Pat O'Brien, CSDA, Executive Director; St. Petersburg, Florida
    • Kellie Vazquez, Contract/Safety Administrator, Holes Incorporated; CSDA, Houston, Texas
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or CSDA's conferences, meetings and major industry trade shows such as the annual CSDA convention and annual World of Concrete.

    Events

    World of Concrete Conference and Trade Show 2008, January 21-25, 2008, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada


    Representatives from OSHA Region IX, Nevada OSHA, and the Nevada On-site Consultation Program staffed an Alliance Program exhibit booth during the World of Concrete Conference and Trade show, January 21-25, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition, OSHA provided compliance assistance and Alliance Program publications, including the OSHA and CSDA Alliance Activities Summary, which were distributed to the event's attendees.

    2008 CSDA Annual Convention, March 4-8, 2008, Red Rock Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada

    Bill Parsons, Construction Safety Education Specialist, Office of Construction Services, Directorate of Construction, USDOL-OSHA, presented "OSHA Construction: Current Issues and Update" to 60 concrete sawing and drilling safety professionals and executives at the 2008 CSDA Annual Convention on March 7, 2008 at the Red Rock Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada.

  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding CSDA's best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by CSDA and through OSHA -or CSDA- developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum including outreach events).

    Products

    CSDA Best Practices for Sawing and Drilling Operations: Reducing Silica Exposure Fact Sheet


    Through the OSHA and CSDA Alliance, CSDA developed a fact sheet; "Reducing Silica Exposure." It addresses best practices for reducing exposure to airborne silica during concrete cutting, coring, drilling, quarrying and brick/block operations. The fact sheet was completed and posted on CSDA's Web site in January 2008. A link to the fact sheet was added to the OSHA and CSDA Alliance Web page and Alliance Program Participant Developed Products Web page on the Agency's Web site.

  • Promote and encourage CSDA members' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and the Consultation Program and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

    The OSHA and CSDA Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.
Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health Goals
  • Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health and publicize their results.

    The OSHA and CSDA Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.

  • Convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on highway work zone safety, motor vehicle safety and respiratory protection for hazards associated with silica to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace.

    OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable Design for Safety Workgroup, January 30, 2008, Washington, D.C.

    CSDA is continuing to participate in the Design for Safety Workgroup that was created at the Alliance Program's Construction Roundtable on July 8, 2004. On September 18, 2007, Thomas Stowell, CSDA, and Doug Walker, CSDA, joined other construction-related Alliance Program participants to discuss design for safety issues at the Design for Safety Workgroup in Washington, D.C.

    OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable

    On January 30, 2008, Thomas Stowell, CSDA and Doug Walker, CSDA joined more than 15 other construction-related Alliance Program participants to receive an update on OSHA's construction-related activities; to share information on Alliance-related activities from the construction industry-related Alliance Program participants; and to identify potential Design for Safety and Fall Protection Workgroup projects to help address safety and health in the construction industry and to help construction industry-related Alliance Program participants achieve their Alliance goals at the Construction Roundtable Meeting in Washington, D.C.

    2008 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, May 4-10, 2008

    CSDA representatives are working with more than 45 other Alliance Program participants to support 2008 NAOSH Week that will be held May 4-10. 2008 NAOSH Week, "Safety is Good Business," is sponsored by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), another Alliance Program participant.

    National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW), April 2-6, 2007

    The OSHA and CSDA Alliance supported and promoted National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 2-6, 2007. The event, sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), brought national attention to motorist and worker safety and mobility issues in work zones. The theme for the 2007 event was "Signs of Change." The OSHA and CSDA Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site links to FHWA's NWZAW Web page on the Department of Transportation's Web site.

    OSHA and Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners Alliance

    Representatives from CSDA are participating in the OSHA and Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners Alliance implementation team meetings. The signatories of the in OSHA and Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners Alliance are:

    • American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA)
    • Associated General Contractors of America (AGC)
    • International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)
    • Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA)
    • National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA)
    • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
    CSDA is working with these organizations to share roadway work zone-related safety and health materials that would be a good resource to CSDA's members, such as the Roadway Work Zone Awareness Training Program.
B. Executive Summary

Through the Alliance Program, OSHA and CSDA continue to work together to address safety and health issues in the sawing and drilling operators industry. To meet the goals of the Alliance agreement, OSHA and CSDA worked together on several projects. For example, through the Alliance, CSDA implementation team developed the CSDA Best Practices for Sawing and Drilling Operations: Reducing Silica Exposure fact sheet. The fact sheet addresses best practices for reducing exposure to airborne silica during concrete cutting, coring, drilling, quarrying and brick/block operations. It was completed and posted on CSDA's Web site in January 2008 and is linked to from the OSHA and CSDA Alliance Web page and Alliance Program Participant Developed Products Web on the Agency's Web site.

In addition, OSHA and CSDA representatives are sharing their expertise through participation on OSHA's electronic assistance tools' editorial boards, Alliance Program Construction Roundtable, and speaking and exhibiting opportunities. For example:
  • CSDA representatives are serving on the editorial board for OSHA's Concrete and Concrete Products- Manufacturing and Construction Safety and Health Topics page.

  • Region IX, Nevada OSHA, and the Nevada On-site Consultation Program staffed an Alliance Program exhibit booth during the conference and trade show, January 21-25, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

  • Bill Parsons, Construction Safety Education Specialist, Office of Construction Services, Directorate of Construction, USDOL-OSHA, presented "OSHA Construction: Current Issues and Update" to 60 concrete sawing and drilling safety and health professionals and executives on March 7, 2008 at the Red Rock Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada.

  • Thomas Stowell, CSDA and Doug Walker, CSDA, joined other construction-related Alliance Program participants to discuss design for safety issues at the Design for Safety Workgroup on September 18, 2007 in Washington, DC; and joined more than 15 other construction-related Alliance Program participants on January 30, 2008 to discuss construction industry-related issues at the Construction Roundtable Meeting, January 30, 2008, in Washington, DC.

  • CSDA representatives are working with more than 45 other Alliance Program participants to support 2008 NAOSH Week that will be held May 4-10, 2008.

  • Representatives from CSDA are participating in the OSHA and Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners Alliance implementation team meetings.
Finally, CSDA also promotes the activities of the OSHA and CSDA Alliance and OSHA's compliance assistance resources through articles the association publishes in its monthly magazine, Concrete Openings and the CSDA and OSHA Web page on its Web site.

C. Alliance Program Reach

 
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
OSHA and CSDA Alliance Web site on the Agency's Web site 19,855
CSDA and OSHA Alliance Web page Data not Available
Concrete and Concrete Products- Manufacturing and Construction Safety and Health Topics page 26,452
August 2007: Mastering the Safety Message, Colorado Construction Data not Available
September 2007: Mastering the Safety Message, Midwest Construction Data not Available
September 2007: President's Page, Concrete Openings Data not Available
December 17, 2007: CSDA, OSHA Alliance Produce Best Practice for Reducing Silica Exposure, Concrete Construction Online Data not Available
December 2007: Outstanding Lineup of Speakers for March 2008 CSDA Convention, Concrete Openings Data not Available
January 1, 2008: CSDA & OSHA Alliance Produce Best Practice for Reducing Silica Exposure, Grading & Excavation Data not Available
January 2008: OSHA/CSDA Alliance Produces Fact Sheet, Joint Show Activities, Concrete Monthly - Association Report Data not Available
February 1, 2008: Reducing Silica Exposure Fact Sheet, Associated Construction Publications Data not Available
February 2008: Protection Update, Occupational Hazards Data not Available
February 2008: OSHA Alliance Best Practice on Silica, CSDA News Data not Available
March 2008: Highway work zone safety, Alliance Quarterly Review 300
March 7, 2008: 2008 CSDA Annual Convention, Red Rock Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada, "OSHA Construction: Current Issues and Update"

Speaker: Bill Parsons, Construction Safety Education Specialist, Office of Construction Services, Directorate of Construction, USDOL-OSHA
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TOTAL 46,667

IV. Upcoming Milestones

As a result of the ongoing successes realized through the Alliance, the organizations will renew the OSHA and CSDA Alliance agreement for two years on March 26, 2008. Through the renewal agreement, the organizations will address workplace issues such as electrical safety, hearing protection, and ladder and scaffold safety.

The OSHA and CSDA Alliance implementation team has discussed a number of activities that will be undertaken in the upcoming year. For example, CSDA will work with OSHA to develop a Spanish version of the Highway Workzone Best Practices fact sheet. Moreover, CSDA will draft motor vehicle safe/defensive driving video vignettes. The vignettes will address various motor vehicle safety and defensive driving issues; and will be posted on CSDA's Web site.

CSDA representatives will also continue to provide their expertise to OSHA by serving on the OSHA Concrete and Concrete Products Manufacturing and Construction Safety and Health Topics page's editorial board, by participating in the Alliance Program Construction Roundtable and OSHA and Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners Alliance implementation team meetings.

Furthermore, CSDA will work with other Alliance Program participants in supporting 2008 National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 7-11, 2008; and 2008 NAOSH Week that will be held May 4-10, 2008. Also, the association will invite OSHA representatives to exhibit and speak at the World of Concrete 2009 Conference and Trade Show, February 3-6, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Finally, the organization will continue to promote OSHA compliance assistance materials and the OSHA and CSDA Alliance through its Web site and articles in Concrete Openings and its newsletter, CSDA News.

Report prepared by: Rob Swick, Program Analyst, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, March 16, 2008.