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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
and the Modular Building Institute (MBI)
July 27, 2005

I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

July 28, 2004

Evaluation Period

July 28, 2004 - July 27, 2005

Overview

Through the OSHA and MBI Alliance, the organizations are working together to provide MBI members and others in the commercial modular building industry, especially small businesses, with information, guidance, and access to building training resources to help them protect employees' health and safety, by reducing and preventing exposure to industry hazards. In particular, the Alliance is addressing material handling, fall protection and trenching and excavation hazards.

Implementation Team Members

 
OSHA:  
Michael Buchet
Jess McCluer
Carolyne St. Louis
Office of Construction Services (OCS)
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances
Office of Small Business Assistance
   
MBI:  
Donald Engle
Jim Frank
Tom Hardiman
Aileen Holland
Steven Williams
Rodney Young
National Safety Advisory Committee
National Safety Advisory Committee
Executive Director
Regional Affairs Director
Marketing and Public Relations Director
National Safety Advisory Committee

II. Implementation Team Meetings

 
July 8, 2004
July 28, 2004
May 25, 2005
OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable, Washington, DC
Kick-off meeting, OSHA, Washington, DC
Meeting, OSHA, Washington, DC

III. Results
  1. Events and Products

    Training and Education


    • Work with OSHA to deliver or arrange for the delivery of OSHA's 10-hour Small Contractor course and 10-hour Construction course.
    Event

    OSHA Construction 10-Hour Course, Williams Scotsman, Inc, Harmans, Maryland, January 27-28, 2005


    Michael Buchet, Senior Occupational Safety and Health Specialist, OCS; Ginger Henry, Occupational Safety and Health Specialist, OCS; and Danezza Quintero, Occupational Safety and Health Specialist, OCS, provided an OSHA Construction 10-Hour course to 20 attendees at MBI'S member, Williams Scotsman, Inc., in Harmans, MD on January 27-28, 2005.

    Product

    10-Hour Courses for the Modular Building Industry


    The OSHA and MBI Alliance are developing two separate 10-Hour courses for the modular building industry based on the comments provided by attendees at the January 27-28, 2005 OSHA 10-Hour Construction course. One course will focus on manufacturing and the other course will focus on installation. Both courses will use the training modules that were part of the initial training. However, each course will have different examples and pictures of the safety tips and hazards in manufacturing and installation.

    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 to employers and employees in the industry.
    OSHA and MBI Alliance Web site

    OSHA developed an OSHA and MBI Alliance Web site that is posted on the Agency's Web page that includes the OSHA and MBI Alliance agreement, news releases, and milestones and successes. This Web site is updated on a regular basis.

    MBI Web site (www.mbinet.org)

    The MBI Web site has an OSHA Information page that contains links to the Alliance Program, and OSHA's Compliance Assistance and Compliance Assistance for Hispanic Workers and Employers Web pages.

    Publications and Newsletters

    Information and news releases on the OSHA and MBI Alliance signing and the activities of the Alliance have appeared in a number of printed and online publications, including: BNA Occupational Safety and Health Reporter and MBI eLink. For more information on the articles, see the "Alliance Program Reach" table on pages 6-7.

    • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or MBI's conferences and events such as the annual MBI Convention and Trade Show.

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

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

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

    • Promote and encourage MBI 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.
    Events

    MBI Regional Training Conference, Tampa, Florida, September 23-24, 2004


    Joan Spencer, Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS), OSHA Region IV Tampa, Florida Area Office, gave a presentation to the MBI Regional Training Conference's 60 attendees on the OSHA Consultation Program on September 24, 2004.

    MBI Regional Training Conference, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, June 17-18, 2004

    Ernie Warlow, CAS, OSHA Region III Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Area Office, gave a presentation to the MBI Regional Training Conference's 30 attendees on the OSHA Consultation Program on June 17, 2004.

    • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on commercial modular building industry hazards such as material handling, fall protection and trenching and excavation that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
    Event

    OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable, Department of Labor, Washington, DC, July 8, 2004


    Representatives from MBI participated in the Alliance Program's Construction Roundtable for construction-related national Alliances on July 8, 2004. The roundtable participants discussed how the construction-related national Alliances could work together to address issues such as ergonomics, silica and motor vehicle safety. The Fall Protection and Design for Safety workgroups were developed at the roundtable meeting. MBI has a representative participating on the Fall Protection Workgroup.

    • Encourage MBI's Regional Regulatory Councils to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices, State Plan States and Consultation Projects to address health and safety issues including material handling, fall protection and trenching and excavation.

      The OSHA and MBI 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

    • Raise others' awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever MBI leaders address groups.

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

    • Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health and publicize their results.

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

    • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on commercial modular building industry hazards such as material handling, fall protection and trenching and excavation to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace.
    Event

    Workshop at the National Safety Congress in Orlando, Florida, September 21-23, 2005


    Tom Hardiman, MBI, has volunteered to participate in the September 22, 2005 construction -related workshop titled, "Construction Related Safety and Training" at the September 21-23, 2005 National Safety Congress in Orlando, Florida. The workshop will include representatives from OSHA and the Alliance Program. During the session, a brief overview of the Alliance Program will be presented and the training products and activities that have been developed to address construction-related issues will be discussed.

  2. Executive Summary

    During the OSHA and MBI Alliance's first year a productive working relationship was established between the organizations. OSHA learned more about the modular building industry and MBI learned more about the compliance assistance resources that the Agency has developed. Through the Alliance, the MBI members have also had the opportunity to hear from OSHA's national and regional staff about safety and health issues and cooperative programs. The OSHA and MBI Alliance has also helped to identify the need for training and compliance assistance safety and health information that is specific to the modular building industry. For example:

    • On January 27-28, 2005, Michael Buchet, Senior Occupational Safety and Health Specialist, OCS; Ginger Henry, Occupational Safety and Health Specialist, OCS; and Danezza Quintero, Occupational Safety and Health Specialist, OCS, provided an OSHA Construction 10-Hour course to 20 attendees at MBI's member, Williams Scotsman, Inc., in Harmans, MD.

    • On September 24, 2004, Joan Spencer, CAS, OSHA Region IV Tampa, Florida Area Office, gave a presentation at the MBI Regional Training Conference to 60 attendees on the OSHA Consultation Program.

    • MBI has a representative on the Fall Protection Workgroup that was created at the July 8, 2004 OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable meeting.

    • On June 17, 2004, Ernie Warlow, CAS, OSHA Region III Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Area Office, gave a presentation at the MBI Regional Training Conference to 30 attendees on the OSHA Consultation Program.

    • MBI will participate in a construction-Alliance related workshop focusing on training products developed through the Alliance Program at the National Safety Council's 2005 Congress and Expo.
    The OSHA and MBI's Alliance implementation team is also in the process of developing two separate 10-Hour courses for the modular building industry. One course will focus on manufacturing and the other course will focus on the installation. Both courses will use the same training modules that were part of the initial training. Each course will have different examples and pictures of the safety tips and hazards in manufacturing and installation.

    In addition, MBI has created a "Safety Resources" section on its Web page to show its members that OSHA has numerous compliance assistance materials and resources that are available for use throughout the modular building industry. In addition, MBI has included information on OSHA's Compliance Assistance and Compliance Assistance for Hispanic Workers and Employers Web pages in its email newsletter, eLink.

  3. Alliance Program Reach
     
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
OSHA and MBI Alliance Web site on OSHA's Web page 4,700
MBI Web site - OSHA Information page 1,472 (Note: The count includes data from Jan. 2005 to July 2005)
January 27-28, 2005, OSHA 10 Hour Construction Course, Harmans, MD

Speakers:

Michael Buchet, Senior Occupational Safety and Health Specialist, OCS
Ginger Henry, Occupational Safety and Health Specialist, OCS
Danezza Quintero, Occupational Safety and Health Specialist, OCS
20
September 24, 2004, MBI Regional Training Conference, Tampa, FL

Speaker: Joan Spencer, CAS, OSHA Region IV Tampa, Florida Area Office
60
June 17, 2004, MBI Regional Training Conference, Harrisburg, PA

Speaker: Ernie Warlow, CAS, OSHA Region III Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Area Office
30
August 5, 2004 - "OSHA Forms Modular Building Alliance," BNA Occupational Safety and Health Reporter Data Not Available
August 1, 2004 - OSHA includes information on the OSHA/MBI Alliance signing in its bi-weekly e-newsletter; QuickTakes 38,000
July 31, 2004 - "OSHA Aligns with the Modular Building Institute," www.oshainstitute.com Data Not Available
July 28, 2004 - "OSHA Aligns with the Modular Building Institute," OSHA press release announcing Alliance 42 News Services
TOTAL 44, 282

IV. Upcoming Milestones

The OSHA and MBI Alliance Implementation Team has discussed a number of activities that will be undertaken in the upcoming year. The OSHA and MBI's Alliance implementation team will finalize the 10-Hour courses for the modular building industry. One course will focus on manufacturing and the other course will focus on installation.

In addition, MBI is participating in the Fall Protection Workgroup that was created at the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable for on July 8, 2004. The workgroup is developing a fall protection safety tip sheet for both employees and employers. MBI has also expressed an interest in developing a modular building industry specific fall protection tip sheet.

MBI is also committed to sharing information about the Alliance through speaking opportunities. For example, MBI will be hosting a two-day training course tilted, "Essentials of Commercial Modular Construction" on September 16-17, 2005 at the Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale, IL. The association expects 60-70 members to attend the course and will invite an OSHA representative to make a presentation.

MBI will also participate with representatives from OSHA and the Independent Electrical Contractors and the National Association of Home Builders Alliances during the construction-related National Alliance workshop titled, "Construction Related Safety and Training" on September 22, 2005 at the 2005 National Safety Congress in Orlando, Florida.

Finally, MBI will continue to promote OSHA's compliance assistance materials through a number of resources including: articles in its publication; the Commercial Modular Construction, eNewsletter eLink and the "Safety Resource" section of the MBI Web page.


Report prepared by: Jess McCluer, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, July 27, 2005