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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
May 8, 2008


I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

May 8, 2003

Dates Renewed

October 18, 2005

June 7, 2007

Evaluation Period

May 8, 2006 - May 7, 2007

Overview

Through the Alliance, OSHA and NAHB are providing members and others in the residential construction industry, including non-English and limited English speaking employees and trade contractors, with information, guidance, and access to training resources to help them protect employees' health and safety. In addition, the organizations are working together to address fall, electrical, struck-by, and caught in/between safety hazards.

Implementation Team Members

 
OSHA:  
   
Michael Buchet
Stew Burkhammer*
Earl Hicks

Lee Anne Jillings
Blair Lapres**
Jess McCluer***
Rob Swick****
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
DCSP, OOSA
   
NAHB:  
   
Kevin Cannon
Rob Matuga
Safety Specialist
Director, Labor, Safety & Health Regulatory Affairs

* Stew Burkhammer retired from OSHA on January 31, 2008.
** Blair Lapres was an OSHA summer intern May through August 2007.
*** Jess McCluer served as the Alliance Coordinator until May 25, 2007.
**** Rob Swick has served as the Alliance Coordinator since May 25, 2007.


II. Implementation Team Meetings
 
June 11, 2007
December 10, 2007
January 30, 2008
April 9, 2008
April 18, 2008
April 22, 2008
Implementation Team Meeting
Implementation Team Meeting
Alliance Program Construction Roundtable
Teen Summer Job Safety Campaign Planning Meeting
Teen Summer Job Safety Campaign Planning Meeting
Alliance Program Construction Roundtable Joint Fall Protection/Design for Safety Workgroup Meeting

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

Training and Education Goal
  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for the residential construction industry, including non-English and limited English speaking employees and trade contractors, regarding fall, electrical, struck-by and caught in/between safety hazards and to provide expertise in communicating such information, in English, Spanish and/or other languages, to employers and employees in the industry.

    OSHA Construction Outreach Training Programs for Residential Construction

    Through the OSHA and NAHB Alliance, NAHB is developing an OSHA 10 Hour Outreach Training Program for Residential Construction and a 30 Hour Outreach Training Program for Residential Construction. NAHB has shared preliminary draft outlines of the training programs with OSHA for review and feedback. When completed, the training programs will have modules which can be varied depending on the interests of the audience./li>
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 in English, Spanish and/or other languages (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's and NAHB's Web sites) to employers and employees in the residential construction industry.

    Products

    OSHA and NAHB Alliance Web page


    OSHA is continuing to update the OSHA and NAHB Alliance Web page that is posted on the Agency's Web site. It includes the OSHA and NAHB Alliance agreement, renewal agreements, news releases, activities and events and milestones and successes.

    OSHA's Residential Construction Industry Safety and Health Topics Page

    The following NAHB staff and members serve on the OSHA Residential Construction Industry Safety and Health Topics page's editorial board and provide expertise and feedback:

    • Rob Matuga, National Association of Home Builders (NAHB); Washington, DC

    • Connie Wilhelm, Home Builders Association of Central Arizona (HBACA), National Association of Home Builders (NAHB); Phoenix, AZ
    The Topics page, which was posted to the Agency's Web site in August 2004, is a product of the OSHA and NAHB Alliance.

    Publications and Newsletters

    Information and news releases on the OSHA and NAHB Alliance's activities appeared in numerous publications, including NAHB's Nation's Building News, ehSuite and OSHA's Alliance Quarterly Review. For more information regarding the articles, please see the "Alliance Program Reach" table.

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or NAHB's conferences, local meetings, or other events such as the NAHB International Builders Show.

    2007 International Builders Show, February 13-16, 2008, Orlando, Florida

    Veneta Chatmon, Exhibits and Meeting Specialist, Office of Communications, USDOL-OSHA, staffed the OSHA exhibit booth at the 2008 International Builders Show, February 13-16, 2008 in Orlando, Florida. During the event, OSHA provided the attendees with compliance assistance and cooperative program materials including the OSHA and NAHB Alliance Activities Summary. Over 92,000 building industry professionals attended the event.

  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding NAHB's best practices and effective approaches and publicize the benefits of implementing safety programs and best practices through outreach by NAHB and through OSHA- or NAHB-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures.

    Events

    "How to Build a House" Seminar


    Building on its successes from the previous year, NAHB delivered the Association's one day "How to Build a House" Seminar, that was developed through the OSHA and NAHB Alliance. The seminar was held November 1, 2007 in Laurel, Maryland. During the seminar, Edwin G. Foulke, Assistant Secretary, OSHA-USDOL, gave a presentation titled "OSHA Update." Moreover, NAHB members and staff instructed 31 Maryland Occupational Safety and Health representatives on the makeup, structure and components of the home building industry. Following the classroom instruction, residential construction building techniques were highlighted for the seminar participants during worksite tours of a NIV Homes housing development under construction in Laurel, Maryland.

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

    Events

    OSHA Challenge Webinar for Alliance Program Participants, April 10, 2008


    On April 10, 2008, Rob Matuga, NAHB, joined with other Alliance Program participants and attended the Office of Partnership and Recognition's OSHA Challenge Webinar. The Webinar provided information regarding OSHA Challenge, including an overview the resources available to Challenge Program participants, examples of participant successes, and how to become an OSHA Challenge participant. In addition, Webinar attendees were provided the Webinar's slides and the OSHA Challenge Participant Tracking Status (OCPTS) spreadsheet for General Industry and the OCPTS for the Construction Industry. The OCPTS spreadsheet is a tool that is used by Challenge Administrators to monitor the progress of the Program participants' development of a safety and health management system.

  • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects such as fall, electrical, struck-by and caught in/between safety hazards that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

    Teen Summer Job Safety Campaign: Build a Safe Work Foundation

    NAHB along with Alliance Program participants, SkillsUSA and the Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc., joined the United States Secretary of Labor, Elaine L. Chao, and Assistant Secretary Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. at the Teen Summer Job Safety Campaign national kick-off event for the OSHA 2008 Teen Summer Job Safety Campaign on April 21, 2007 at the Rockefeller Plaza, Manhattan, New York. Sponsored by OSHA, the Teen Summer Job Safety Campaign is a multi-year project to increase awareness about workplace hazards and provide information about the hazards to young workers and their parents. The focus of the 2008 Campaign is residential building construction.

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

    NAHB representatives worked with more than 50 other Alliance Program participants to support 2008 NAOSH Week that was held May 4-10. 2008 NAOSH Week is sponsored by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), another Alliance Program participant. The theme of the 2008 event was "Safety is Good Business." In addition, Kevin Cannon, NAHB, attended the 2008 NAOSH Week kick-off ceremony on May 5, 2008 at the Department of Labor in Washington, DC.

  • Encourage NAHB's state and local associations and members to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues, including fall, electrical, struck-by and caught in/between safety hazards.

    OSHA and NAHB Regional, Area Office and State Plan State Alliances

    The following OSHA Area Office and NAHB Chapter Alliances were signed during the current reporting period:

    • OSHA Region VII, Wichita, Kansas Area Office (OSHA); Kansas Department of Labor OSHA 21(d) Consultation Project (Consultation) and NAHB's Topeka Home Builders Association (THBA), signed September 19, 2007. Through the Alliance, OSHA, Consultation and THBA are working to provide THBA members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to fall, struck by, caught in or between, and electrical hazards.

    • OHSA Region V, Columbus, Ohio Area Office (OSHA), and the Central Ohio Homebuilders Safety Alliance (COHSA), signed and Alliance on December 11, 2008. Signatories of the Alliance are:

      • M/I Homes
      • Beazer Homes
      • Maronda Homes
      • Bob Webb Homes
      • Rockford Homes
      • Dominion Homes
      • Romanelli & Hughes Building Company
      • Homewood Corporation
      • Westport Homes of Ohio
      Through the Alliance, OSHA and COHSA are working together to provide home builders and others within the residential construction and homebuilding industry information, guidance, and access to training resources in both English and Spanish that will help control hazards related to fall, struck-by, crushed-by, electrical and other hazards in the workplace.

    • OSHA Region I, Springfield, Massachusetts Area Office (OSHA), and the Home Builders Association of Western Massachusetts (HBAWM), signed March 10, 2008. Through the Alliance, OSHA and HBAWM are working together to provide HBAWM members and others with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to falls, struck-by, caught-in or between, and electrical hazards in the construction industry.
    In addition, the following OSHA Area Office and NAHB Chapter Alliances continued to operate during the current reporting period:

    • OSHA Region VII, Omaha, Nebraska Area Office (OSHA), the Metro Omaha Builders Association (MOBA), and Nebraska Workforce Development's OSHA Consultation Program (Consultation), signed February 15, 2007. Through the Alliance, OSHA, Consultation and MOBA are working to provide MOBA's members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to fall hazards, electrocution hazards, and other hazards associated with the residential construction industry.

    • Michigan Occupational Safety & Health Administration (MIOSHA) and Michigan Association of Home Builders (MAHB), signed April 17, 2006. Through the Alliance, MIOSHA and MAHB are working to with the 35 local homebuilders associations throughout Michigan to promote MIOSHA CET Division safety and health hazard surveys and to endorse and support safety and health training opportunities with emphasis on fall protection, excavation, and other critical areas through the local associations to the MAHB membership.

    • Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) and the Maryland Home Builders Safety Alliance (MHBSA), signed March 10, 2006. Through the Alliance, MOSH and MHBSA are working to reduce injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in the residential building trades.
Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health Goal
  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on issues including: fall, electrical, struck-by and caught in/between safety hazards in the residential construction industry, to help forge innovative solutions and provide input on safety and health issues.

    OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable and Joint Meeting of the Fall Protection and Design for Safety Workgroups

    On January 30, 2008, Kevin Cannon, NAHB and Rob Matuga, NAHB joined representatives from 13 construction-related Alliances and participated in the second Alliance Program Construction Roundtable at Department of Labor in Washington, DC. During the Roundtable, the organizations:

    • Shared information regarding their Alliance-related activities
    • Received updates on OSHA's construction-related activities
    • Identified potential Fall Protection and Design for Safety (DFS) and Workgroup projects to help address safety and health in the construction industry
    In addition, Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA, thanked the Alliance Program participants for their commitment to develop construction-related safety and health outreach products and provided information on the Agency's 2008 Teen Summer Job Safety Campaign. Steven F. Witt, then-Director, Directorate of Construction, USDOL-OSHA, provided an update on the issues that the Directorate is addressing, including proposed rules focusing on cranes and derricks and confined spaces.

    As an outcome of the Construction Roundtable, the DFS and Fall Protection Workgroups met on April 22, 2008 to discuss common construction-related interests and project ideas developed during the Roundtable meeting, such as conducting a national public awareness campaign focusing on construction safety.
B. Executive Summary

On June 7, 2007, OSHA and NAHB renewed their Alliance to continue to work together to develop compliance assistance products and resources to help protect residential construction industry workers from safety hazards such as, fall, electrical, struck-by, and caught in/between safety hazards.

For example, NAHB presented the "How to Build a House" Seminar, that was developed by NAHB through the OSHA and NAHB Alliance. The seminar was held November 1, 2007 in Laurel, Maryland. During the seminar, Edwin G. Foulke, Assistant Secretary, OSHA-USDOL, presented an "OSHA Update." Moreover, NAHB members and staff instructed 31 Maryland Occupational Safety and Health representatives on the makeup, structure and components of the home building industry. Following the classroom instruction, residential construction building techniques were highlighted for the seminar participants during worksite tours of a NIV Homes housing development under construction in Laurel, Maryland.

In addition, OSHA and NAHB representatives provided their expertise and information through a number of different avenues. For example:
  • NAHB members are continuing to serve on the editorial board for the OSHA Residential Construction Industry Safety and Health Topics page, which is a product of the OSHA and NAHB Alliance.

  • February 13-17, 2007, Veneta Chatmon, Exhibits and Meeting Specialist, Office of Communications, USDOL-OSHA, staffed the OSHA exhibit booth, at the 2007 International Builders Show in Orlando, Florida.

  • NAHB representatives participated in the Alliance Program Construction Roundtable meeting on January 30, 2008; and the Joint meeting of the Fall Protection and Design for Safety Work Groups on April 22, 2008.

  • NAHB partnered with other Alliance Program participants to promote the OSHA 2008 Teen Summer Job Safety Campaign: Build a Safe Work Foundation and joined the United States Secretary of Labor, Elaine L. Chao, and Assistant Secretary, Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., at the national kick-off event on April 21, 2007 at the Rockefeller Plaza, Manhattan, New York.

  • NAHB, along with more than 50 other Alliance Program participants supported 2008 NAOSH Week. In addition, an NAHB representative attended the kick-off ceremony on May 5, 2008 at the Department of Labor in Washington, DC.
C. Alliance Program Reach 
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
OSHA and NAHB Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site 86,322
OSHA Residential Construction Safety and Health Topics page 98,001
June 8, 2007: OSHA Renews Alliance with National Association of Home Builders, OSHA News Release 69 News Agencies
June 8, 2007: OSHA Renews Alliance with National Association of Home Builders, ehsSuite Data Not Available
June 12, 2007: OSHA Renews Alliance with NAHB, ThomasNet - Industrial NewsRoom Data Not Available
June 13, 2007: OSHA Renews Alliance with NAHB, Construction Digital News Data Not Available
June 14, 2007: Home Builders, Nurses Renew OSHA Alliances, BNA Occupational Safety and Health Reporter Data Not Available
June 15, 2007: Alliance Program News, QuickTakes 55,226
June 18, 2007: NAHB Extends OSHA Alliance for Two More Years, Nation's Building News Online Data Not Available
June 2007: Teen Employee Safety Campaign Focuses on Youth Safety at Construction Worksites, Alliance Quarterly Review 300
July 2, 2007: HBI English Training Part of Industry Alliance with OSHA, Nation's Building News Online Data Not Available
July 9, 2007: OSHA Making Surprise -Swept Up in Safety' Visits in South, Nation's Building News Online Data Not Available
August 2007: Mastering the Safety Message, Colorado Construction Data Not Available
September 2007: Mastering the Safety Message, Midwest Construction Data Not Available
October 19, 2007: Home Builders Continue Historic OSHA Alliance to Improve Worksite Safety, National Association of Home Builders - News Data Not Available
October 19, 2007: OSHA Renews Alliance with National Association of Home Builders, Topix.Net News Alerts Data Not Available
October 20, 2007: Home Builders Continue Historic OSHA Alliance to Improve Worksite Safety, Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders - News Data Not Available
October 24, 2007: Builders Cement Working Alliance with OSHA, Nation's Building News Data Not Available
October 27, 2007: OSHA, Home Builders Renew Alliance, BNA Daily Labor Report Data Not Available
October 27, 2007: OSHA, Home Builders Renew Alliance, BNA Occupational Safety and Health Reporter Data Not Available
November 5, 2007: NAHB Helps OSHA Understand Home Building, Safety Hazards, Nation's Building News Data Not Available
December 2007: Seminar Focuses on Residential Worksite Safety, Alliance Quarterly Review 300
December 12, 2007: U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA forms safety and health Alliance with Central Ohio Homebuilders to protect thousands in construction industry, OSHA Region 5 News Release 69 News Agencies
January 2008: The Value of Safety Programs, Occupational Safety and Health Magazine Data Not Available
February 2008: ASSE: Safety Programs Make Good Business Sense, Occupational Hazards Data Not Available
March 2008: Second Alliance Program Construction Roundtable highlights construction-related Products, Alliance Quarterly Review 300
March 26, 2008: U.S. Labor Department's OSHA and Home Builders of Western Mass. join to enhance safety for employees in region's residential construction industry, OSHA Region 5 News Release 69 News Agencies
TOTAL 240,449

IV. Upcoming Milestones

In the upcoming year, OSHA and NAHB will continue to work together through the Alliance to address construction-related safety and health hazards, including fall, electrical, struck-by, and caught in/between safety hazards and promote safety in the residential construction industry. The OSHA and NAHB Alliance plans to hold another "How to Build a House" seminar in Tennessee by the spring of 2009. In addition, NAHB will complete drafts of the OSHA 10 and 30 Hour Outreach Training Programs for Residential Construction.

NAHB representatives also will continue to participate on the Alliance Program Construction Roundtable's Fall Protection workgroup and Design for Safety workgroup and provide feedback on products that are developed by the groups. In addition, NAHB staff and members will continue to serve on OSHA's Residential Construction Industry Safety and Health Topics page's editorial board.

Further, NAHB will invite OSHA to have an exhibit booth at the 2009 International Builder's Show, January 20-23, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Finally, NAHB will promote the activities of the OSHA and NAHB Alliance through publishing articles in its weekly e-newsletter, Nation's Building News and updating its Web site to include a specific section to promote the OSHA and NAHB Alliance.


Report prepared by: Rob Swick, DCSP-OOSA, May 8, 2008.