Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA)


I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

March 17, 2004

Evaluation Period

March 17, 2004 - March 16, 2005

Overview

OSHA and MCAA are working together to provide MCAA's members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources to protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to wall bracing, fall protection, scaffolding, and forklift safety hazards.

Implementation Team Members

OSHA:  
   
Stew Burkhammer
Jess McCluer
Jim Mitchell
Camille Villanova
Office of Construction Services (OCS)
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances
Office of Small Business Assistance
OCS
   
MCAA:  
   
Mike Adelizzi
Rashod Johnson
MJ Marshall
Executive Director
Director of Engineering
Director of Government Affairs


II. Implementation Team Meetings

June 2, 2004
July 8, 2004
August 12, 2004
Kick-off meeting, OSHA, Washington, DC
OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable, Washington, DC
Meeting, OSHA, Washington, DC

III. Results

  1. Events and Products

    Training and Education Goals


    • Develop training and education programs on wall bracing, scaffolding, fall protection, and forklift safety issues targeted to mason contractors and their employees.

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

    • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of scaffolding, wall bracing and fall protection courses.

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

    • Develop workplace safety and health curricula on forklift safety.

      The OSHA and MCAA Alliance Implementation Team has not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.
    Outreach and Communication Goals

    • Develop and disseminate information through print and electronic media, including electronic tools and links from OSHA's and MCAA's Web sites.
    Products

    OSHA and MCAA Alliance Web site


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

    MCAA Web site (www.masoncontractos.org)

    The MCAA Web site has included information on the OSHA and MCAA Alliance on its Web site. The MCAA Web site has an OSHA Information page that contains links to sites relating to masonry safety and health.

    Publications and Newsletters

    Information and news releases on the OSHA and MCAA 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. For more information on the articles, see the "Alliance Program Reach" table on page 6.

    In addition, MCAA has expressed interest in working with the Office of Construction Services to draft articles on Masonry Safety and Health that can be included in future issues of their monthly publication, Masonry.

    OSHA's Construction - Concrete and Masonry Safety and Health Topics Page

    MCAA has expressed interest in participating on the Editorial Board of the OSHA Construction - Concrete and Masonry Safety and Health Topics page and is in the process of identifying members that would like to serve on the board.

    • Speak, exhibit, or appear at MCAA conferences, local meetings, or other chapter or national association events.
    Events

    MCAA's Masonry Showcase at Construct America, April 20-22, 2005, Chicago, IL


    Through the OSHA and MCAA Alliance, MCAA is providing an exhibit space free of charge, for the Alliance Program in the MCAA booth during the April 20-22 MCAA's Masonry Showcase at Construct America in Chicago, IL. OSHA and MCAA are currently developing material, including the OSHA-MCAA Alliance fact sheet that will be distributed at the booth. In addition, OSHA and MCAA are developing OSHA-MCAA Alliance promotional information that can be included in both conference pre-registration and registration material.

    Camille Villanova, Occupational Safety and Health Specialist has been invited by MCAA to help instruct an OSHA 10-Hour Construction course that will beheld during the conference.

    • Cross-train OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals in MCAA's best practices or effective approaches, as jointly determined by OSHA and MCAA.

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

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

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

    • Share information on best practices, as jointly determined by OSHA and MCAA, of MCAA worksites with others in the industry and publicize the results through outreach by MCAA and through OSHA- or MCAA-developed training programs and materials.

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

    • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on fall protection, wall bracing, scaffolding, and forklift safety that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

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

    • Encourage MCAA chapters and/or contractors to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues, including fall protection, scaffolding, wall bracing and forklift safety.

      The OSHA and MCAA 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 MCAA leaders address groups.

      The OSHA and MCAA 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 MCAA 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 wall bracing, forklift safety, fall protection and scaffolding issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
    Events

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


    MCAA participated in the Alliance 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. MCAA has a representative on the Design for Safety Workgroup that was created at the July 8, 2004 Construction Roundtable meeting.

  2. Executive Summary

    During the Alliance's first year, the implementation team focused on identifying the specific safety and health issues to address during the agreement. As a result, there has been limited activity in the development of Alliance-related materials and products.

    MCAA participated at the July 8, 2004 OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable meeting and has a representative on the Design for Safety Workgroup.

    Currently, OSHA and MCAA are working together to develop material, including the OSHA-MCAA Alliance fact sheet, in order to distribute at the Alliance Program booth, which will be located inside the MCAA booth at MCAA's Masonry Showcase at Construct America, April 20-22, 2005 in Chicago, IL. In addition, Camille Villanova, Occupational Safety and Health Specialist has been invited by MCAA to help instruct an OSHA 10-Hour Construction course that will beheld during the conference and is currently working with the organization to determine the topics to address during the course.

    MCAA has already included information promoting the OSHA-MCAA Alliance that has been included in the Masonry Showcase at Construct America pre-registration material. Additional promotional information is planning to be distributed in the registration material that will be available at the conference.

    MCAA has expressed interest in participating on OSHA's Concrete and Masonry Safety and Health Topics page Editorial Board and is the process of identifying members that would like to participate on the board.

    Finally, MCAA has expressed interest in working with the Office of Construction Services to draft articles on Masonry Safety and Health that can be included in future issues of their monthly publication, Masonry.

  3. Alliance Program Reach
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
OSHA and MCAA Alliance Web site on OSHA's Web page 3,444
MCAA Web site - OSHA Information page 142
April 1, 2004 - OSHA includes information on the OSHA/MCAA Alliance signing in its bi-weekly e-newsletter; QuickTakes 38,000
March 25, 2004 - "OSHA Aligns with Mason Contractors," BNA Occupational Safety and Health Reporter Data Not Available
March 17, 2004 - "Mason Contractors Association of America Aligns with OSHA," OSHA press release announcing Alliance 25 News Services
TOTAL 41,856

IV. Upcoming Milestones

The OSHA and MCAA Alliance Implementation Team has discussed a number of activities that will be undertaken in the upcoming year. MCAA plans to identify members to serve on OSHA's Concrete and Masonry Safety and Health Topics page Editorial Board and will continue to participate in the Construction Roundtable's Design for Safety Workgroup. In addition, MCAA would like to work with the Office of Construction Services to develop articles on masonry safety and health that can be published in their monthly publication, Masonry.

OSHA and MCAA are working together to develop material, including the OSHA-MCAA Alliance fact sheet for distribution at the Alliance Program booth, that will be located inside the MCAA booth, during MCAA's Masonry Showcase at Construct America', April 20-22, 2005 in Chicago, IL. In addition, both groups are working on developing promotional information for the conference's pre-registration and registration material. OSHA and Consultation program staff from OSHA's Region V will be invited to staff the booth with Alliance Coordinator, Jess McCluer, during the conference.

Camille Villanova, Occupational Safety and Health Specialist will instruct an OSHA 10-Hour Construction course that will be held during the conference and is currently working with the organization to determine the topics to address during the course.

MCAA has expressed interest in working with OSHA to draft articles, for future issues of Masonry, that promote OSHA's Consultation program. In addition, MCAA will encourage chapters to contact their nearest OSHA Regional/Area office in order to arrange for Compliance Assistance Specialists to make presentations at chapter meetings about OSHA's compliance assistance programs, including the Consultation program.

OSHA and MCAA will develop a wall bracing safety pocket card for both employers and employees. The card will be similar to the Fall Protection Tip Sheets that are being developed by the Alliance Program's Fall Protection workgroup.

Finally, through the Alliance Program, MCAA has expressed interest in working with OSHA to develop a masonry best practices seminar for OSHA staff, including Compliance Safety and Health Officers.


Report prepared by: Jess McCluer, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, May 6, 2005