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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and
Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association (CSDA)
March 16, 2009

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    March 16, 2006

    Date Renewed

    March 26, 2008

    Evaluation Period

    March 16, 2008 - March 15, 2009

    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 issues such as electrical safety, hearing protection, and ladder and scaffold safety.

    Implementation Team Members
     
    OSHA:  
       
    Michael Buchet

    Joe Hajdusiewicz
    Eric Lahaie

    Bill Parsons

    Rob Swick
    Danezza Quintero
    Elizabeth (Bea) Way
    Office of Construction Services (OCS), Directorate of Construction (DOC)
    OCS, DOC
    Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA), Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP)
    Office of Construction Standards and Guidance (CSG) and OCS, DOC,
    OOSA, DCSP
    OCS, DOC
    OOSA, DCSP
       
    CSDA:  
       
    Susan Hollingsworth
    Patrick O'Brien
    Tom Stowell
    Kellie Vazquez
    Doug Walker
    Past President
    Executive Director
    Past President
    Contract/Safety Administrator, Holes Incorporated
    President


  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    June 11, 2008 Implementation Team Meeting
    October 29, 2008 Implementation Team Meeting
    December 29, 2008 Alliance-developed Resource Workgroup

    In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from both groups maintained regular contact throughout the reporting period to monitor the Alliances progress and results.

     
  3. Results
     
    1. Events and Products

      Outreach and Communication
       
      • 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 OSHAs and the CSDAs Web sites) to employers and employees in the construction industry.

        Products

        CSDA Best Practices for Sawing and Drilling Operations: Defensive Driving Fact Sheet


        Through the OSHA and CSDA Alliance, CSDA developed a fact sheet "Defensive Driving." It addresses best practices for defensive driving of motor vehicles. The fact sheet was completed and posted on the CSDA Web site in January 2009. 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 OSHA Web site.


        OSHA and CSDA Alliance Web page

        OSHA is continuing to update the OSHA and CSDA Alliance Web page that is posted on the OSHA Web site. The Web page includes links to the OSHA and CSDA Alliance agreements, 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: Defensive Driving fact sheet.

        CSDA Web site

        CSDA is continuing to update its CSDA and OSHA Alliance Web page on the CSDA Web site. The Web page includes links to information on OSHAs Web site, such as the OSHA and CSDA Alliance Web page, the OSHA On-site Consultation Program home page, OSHA fact sheets in Spanish, OSHA Safety and Health Topics pages and the Alliance Program Construction Roundtables 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 print and online publications, including: Concrete Openings, OSHA Up To Date, and the 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 OSHAs Concrete and Concrete Products Manufacturing and Construction Safety and Health Topics pages 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 OSHAs or CSDAs conferences, local meetings, or other events such as the CSDA Annual Convention and World of Concrete.

        Events

        World of Concrete Conference and Trade Show 2009, February 2-6, 2009, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada


        Rob Swick and representatives from the Nevada On-site Consultation Program staffed an Alliance Program exhibit booth during the World of Concrete Conference and Trade show, February 2-6, 2009, 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 event attendees. Additionally, on February 2, 2009, Danezza Quintero gave a workshop entitled "Concrete Safety, Standards, Citations and Best Practices" to 35 concrete industry executives and safety and health professionals.

        1st Annual International Concrete Polishing and Staining Conference, September 4-7 2008, Atlanta, Georgia

        Dave Zwolak, then-Director, Office of Construction Services, Directorate of Construction, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation entitled "OSHA Construction Update" to 45 concrete polishing and staining safety professionals and executives at the 1st Annual International Concrete Polishing and Staining Conference on September 5, 2008, in Atlanta, Georgia.
         
      • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding CSDAs 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).

        Products

        CSDA/OSHA Alliance Focus on Defensive Driving News Article


        CSDA developed and released a news article "CSDA/OSHA Alliance Focus on Defensive Driving" in January 2009. The article describes how, through the OSHA and CSDA Alliance, CSDA developed a Defensive Driving fact sheet. The fact sheet addresses best practices for defensive driving of motor vehicles. The article also describes how OSHA and CSDA will work together to promote safety at the 2009 World of Concrete in Las Vegas and lists several other projects that they are working on. A link to the news article was added to the OSHA and CSDA Alliance Web page on the OSHA Web site. The article was picked up by other news organizations including the Associated Construction Publications.
         
      • Promote and encourage CSDA members or worksites participation in OSHAs cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, and the On-site Consultation Program and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

        OSHA Challenge Program - A Challenge to Excellence

        CSDA issued a news release that announces the publication of the Department of Labor-developed article "A Challenge to Excellence," which CSDA posted on its Web site. The news release provides information about the article and includes a link to it. The article describes how OSHA Challenge allows businesses and other organizations to implement safety and health management systems at their own pace and received recognition from OSHA for their accomplishments.

        Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health
         
      • Convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on construction-related issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

        OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable Joint Fall Protection and Design for Safety Workgroup, April 22, 2008, Washington, D.C

        CSDA is continuing to participate in the Design for Safety and Fall Protection Workgroups that were created at the Alliance Program's Construction Roundtable on July 8, 2004. On April 22, 2008 Doug Walker, President, CSDA, joined more than 12 other construction-related Alliance Program participants to discuss fall protection and design for safety issues at the Joint Fall Protection and Design for Safety Workgroup in Washington, D.C. During the meeting, the group discussed a number of initiatives, including enhancing the fall protection slide presentation with a design for safety component and information on residential falls. The group also began working on an outline for a new "Design for Fall Prevention and Protection" slide presentation that focuses on the top 10 types of falls. In addition, the group discussed a potential national awareness outreach campaign focusing on fatalities in the construction industry targeted to the public, employees, general contractors with a special emphasis on business owners and designers.

        OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable Joint Fall Protection and Design for Safety Workgroup, September 18, 2008, Washington, D.C

        On September 18, 2008, Thomas Stowell and Doug Walker joined more than 13 other construction-related Alliance Program participants at the Joint Fall Protection and Design for Safety Workgroup meeting. During the meeting, the group discussed common construction-related interests and further refined the project ideas developed at the April 22, 2008 meeting. The group also reviewed and provided feedback on the draft "Prevention of Fall Fatalities and Injuries in Construction" slide presentation, received an update on the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's Prevention Through Design initiative, and discussed a White Paper on a proposed national public awareness outreach campaign focusing on fatalities in the construction industry. In addition, the group formed two new subgroups. The first subgroup, which CSDA has volunteered to participate on, will focus on strains/sprains and material handling. The second subgroup will develop case studies and success stories related to design for safety and falls in construction industry.

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

        CSDA joined with more than 50 other Alliance Program participants to support 2008 NAOSH Week. NAOSH Week, sponsored by the American Society of Safety Engineers, an Alliance Program participant, 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 the 2008 NAOSH Week was "Safety is Good Business." In support of NAOSH Week, CSDA posted information about the Week on the CSDA Web site.

        National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW), April 7-11, 2008

        The OSHA and CSDA Alliance supported and promoted National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 7-11, 2008. 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 2008 event was "Slow for the Cone Zone." The OSHA and CSDA Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site links to FHWA's NWZAW Web page on the Department of Transportation 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 CSDAs members, such as the Roadway Work Zone Awareness Training Program.
         
    2. 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 a CSDA Best Practices for Sawing and Drilling Operations: Defensive Driving fact sheet. The fact sheet addresses best practices for defensive driving of motor vehicles. It was completed and posted on the CSDA Web site in January 2009 and is linked to from the OSHA and CSDA Alliance Web page and Alliance Program Participant Developed Products Web on the OSHA Web site.

      In addition, OSHA and CSDA representatives are sharing their expertise through participation on OSHAs electronic assistance tools editorial boards, Alliance Program Construction Roundtable, events, and speaking and exhibiting opportunities. For example:
       
      • CSDA representatives are serving on the editorial board for the OSHA Concrete and Concrete Products- Manufacturing and Construction Safety and Health Topics page.
      • Rob Swick and the Nevada On-site Consultation Program staffed an Alliance Program exhibit booth during the conference and trade show, February 2-9, 2009, in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition, on February 2, 2009, Danezza Quintero gave a workshop entitled "Concrete Safety, Standards, Citations and Best Practices" to 35 concrete industry executives and safety and health professionals
      • Dave Zwolak, then-Director, Office of Construction Services, Directorate of Construction, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation entitled "OSHA Construction Update" to 45 concrete polishing and staining safety professionals and executives at the 1st Annual International Concrete Polishing and Staining Conference on September 5, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia.
      • Thomas Stowell and Doug Walker joined other construction-related Alliance Program participants to discuss design for safety and fall protection issues at the Joint Fall Protection and Design for Safety Workgroup meeting on April 22, 2008 and September 18, 2008 in Washington, DC.
      • CSDA representatives are worked with more than 50 other Alliance Program participants to support 2008 NAOSH Week, held May 4-10, 2008.
      • CSDA supported and promoted National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 7-11, 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 OSHAs 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.
       
    3. 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 OSHA Web site 21,623
      CSDA and OSHA Alliance Web page 3,000
      Concrete and Concrete Products - Manufacturing and Construction Safety and Health Topics page 16,112
      April 8, 2008: "OSHA and the Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association Renew Alliance to Protect Safety and Health of Construction Workers," OSHA News Release 69 News Agencies
      April 11, 2008: "OSHA and the Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association Renew Alliance to Protect Safety and Health of Construction Workers," Silobreaker Data not Available
      April 11, 2008: "OSHA and the Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association Renew Alliance to Protect Safety and Health of Construction Workers," Safety Online Data not Available
      April 17, 2008: "OSHA and Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association Renew Alliance," Concrete News Data not Available
      April 18, 2008: "OSHA & CSDA Renew Alliance," CSDA News Release 10 News Agencies
      June 1, 2008: "CSDA and OSHA Renew Alliance," Associated Construction Publications Data not Available
      June 11, 2008: "Alliances in a Changing World," Concrete Openings 60,000
      July 1, 2008: "OSHA Alliances," OSHA Up To Date Data not Available
      August 15, 2008: "OSHA Challenge Program," CSDA News Release 10 News Agencies
      September 4-7 2008: 1st Annual International Concrete Polishing and Staining Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, "OSHA Construction Update "

      Speaker: Dave Zwolak, then-Director, Office of Construction Services, Directorate of Construction, USDOL-OSHA
      45
      December 2008: "Alliance Program FY08 Outreach Exhibits and Speaker Engagement Activities," Alliance Quarterly Review 300
      January 7, 2009: "CSDA/OSHA Alliance Focus on Defensive Driving," CSDA News Release 10 News Agencies
      February 2, 2009: World of Concrete Conference and Trade Show 2009, Las Vegas, Nevada, "Concrete Safety, Standards, Citations and Best Practices"

      Speaker: Danezza Quintero, Occupational Safety and Health Specialist, Office of Construction Services, Directorate of Construction, USDOL-OSHA
      35
      February 12, 2009: "CSDA/OSHA Defensive Driving Tips," Associated Construction Publications Data not Available
      TOTAL 101,149

       
  4. Upcoming Milestones

    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 Spanish versions of the three CSDA Best Practices fact sheets previously finalized in English through the Alliance. Moreover, CSDA will draft a CSDA Best Practices Electrical Safety fact sheet. The fact sheet will address electrical hazards and be posted on the CSDA 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 pages 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 2009 National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 6-10, 2009; and 2009 NAOSH Week that will be held May 3-9, 2009. Also, the association will invite OSHA representatives to exhibit and speak at the World of Concrete 2010 Conference and Trade Show, February 1-5, 2010, 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, April 13, 2009.