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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT

Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the
National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC)
August 22, 2014


  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed

      August 21, 2013

    2. Evaluation Period

      August 21, 2013 – August 20, 2014

    3. Overview

      The OSHA and NAWIC Alliance focuses on providing the organization's members and others, with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to ergonomic hazards, sanitation hazards, and issues related to personal protective equipment selection in the industry, with the focus on a subset of construction workers with unique needs.

    4. Implementation Team Members

      OSHA

      Morgan Seuberling

      Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs

      Courtney Murray

      Occupational Safety and Health Specialist, Office of Construction Services (OCS), Directorate of Construction (DOC)

      Danezza Quintero

      Occupational Safety and Health Specialist, OCS, DOC

      Kimberly Castillon

      Area Director, Region II, Albany Area Office

      Lisa DeLugo

      Senior Compliance Officer, Region II, Albany Area Office

      NAWIC

      Kathleen Dobson

      Alberici Constructors, Inc.; Alliance Task Force Chair, NAWIC

      Terri Piasecki

      Peak Safety & Supply; National Safety & Health Awareness Committee Chair, NAWIC

      Mina Jazzo

      Robert R. McGill Air Conditioning, Inc.; National Safety & Health Awareness Committee Vice-Chair, NAWIC

      Schelle Wood

      Dolphin Sheet Metal; Worker Representative, NAWIC

      Pat Stagno

      Powerskills for Life, LLC; Worker Representative, NAWIC

      Leah Curran

      Tri-supply and Equipment; Safety and Health Committee Co-Chair, NAWIC

      Civil Rights Center (CRC)

      Roger Ocampo

      Chief, Office of Compliance Assistance and Planning, CRC, Department of Labor (DOL)

      Women's Bureau (WB)

      Jane Walstedt

      Social Science Adviser, Office of Policy and Programs, WB, DOL

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • November 6, 2013
    • March 12, 2014
    • June 18, 2014

    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.

  3. Results

    The following table summarizes the Alliance's activities in support of the goals in the Alliance agreement.

    Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives Goal: To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on construction industry hazards and issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Initiative Supported Number Reached
    Event OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable Meeting, Department of Labor, September 12, 2013, Washington, DC
    Representatives from the NAWIC Alliance attended the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable meeting in Washington, D.C. During the meeting, Alliance Program participants discussed products developed through the Roundtable, including resources for OSHA's initiatives such as Falls in Construction. The breakout teams identified potential projects and resources to address safety and health hazards in the construction industry in order to support the campaigns
    Falls in Construction Data Not Applicable
    Event OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable Meeting, Department of Labor, March 20, 2014, Washington, DC
    Representatives from the NAWIC Alliance attended the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable meeting in Washington, D.C. During the meeting, Alliance Program participants discussed products developed through the Roundtable, including resources for OSHA's National Stand-down on Fall Prevention in Construction. The breakout teams identified potential projects and resources to address safety and health hazards in the construction industry in order to support the campaigns.
    Falls in Construction Data Not Applicable
    Training and Education Goal: To develop effective training and education programs for women in the construction industry regarding ergonomics and sanitation hazards and the selection of PPE, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Initiative Supported Number Reached
      During the reporting period, the OSHA and AWEA Alliance Implementation Team have not completed work on programs or projects to address this goal.    
    Outreach and Communication Goal 1: To develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's and the NAWIC's Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Initiative Supported Number Reached
    Product NAWIC and OSHA Alliance Web Page
    NAWIC maintains the NAWIC and OSHA Alliance Web page on its Website. Information includes the Alliance agreement and links to OSHA resources. In addition, the page features links to resources developed through the APCR, and OSHA initiatives such as Fall Protection in Construction and Heat Illness Prevention.
    Fall Protection in Construction and Heat Illness Prevention Data Not Available
    Product OSHA and NAWIC Alliance Web Page
    OSHA maintains the OSHA and NAWIC Alliance Web page that is posted on the OSHA Website. The page includes the Alliance agreement, goals of the Alliance, and information on activities and events.
      1,116 Page Views
    Other NAWIC Support for OSHA's 2013 National Outreach Campaign Focusing on the Heat Illness Prevention, The theme was "Water. Rest. Shade."
    NAWIC supported the initiative as follows:
    • NAWIC posted OSHA's logo on heat stress prevention and linked to OSHA's Heat Illness Prevention in Outdoor Workers web page.
    • NAWIC sent an email blast on the 2014 Heat Illness Prevention initiative to members. The information in the newsletter email blast was included on the Alliance Web page.
      3,600
    Other NAWIC Support for OSHA's 2013 National Outreach Campaign Focusing on the Prevention of Falls in Construction. The theme was "Plan. Provide. Train."
    NAWIC supported the initiative as follows:
    • NAWIC published an article in the November 2013 issue of The Image entitled "Construction? There is an App for That." Article included links to the ladder safety app.
    • NAWIC included the OSHA logo for Prevention of Falls in Construction and linked to the OSHA website.
      3,600
    Other Construction Blueprints
    • NAWIC published an article entitled "OSHA Signs Alliance to Protect Safety & Health of Female Construction Workers" in the November 2013 issue.
      Not Available
    Other BLR®—Business and Legal Resources Newsletter
    • NAWIC published an article entitled "Women at Work: Women at Risk-safety and health challenges, plus solutions you need to know" in the March 10, 2014 issue of the BLR OSHA Compliance Advisor.
      Not Available
    Outreach and Communication Goal 2: To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or NAWIC's conferences, local meetings, or other events.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Initiative Supported Number Reached
    Speaker NAWIC Region I Annual Planning Conference, November 2, 2013, Bristol, Connecticut

    Speaker:
    Leona May, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Region I, Bridgeport, Connecticut Area Office, USDOL-OSHA.

    Presentation:
    Globally Harmonized System (GHS).
    Hazard Communication 25
    TOTAL     8,341
  4. Upcoming Milestones

    In the upcoming year, the OSHA and NAWIC Alliance Implementation Team is planning a number of activities to provide information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to ergonomic hazards, sanitation hazards, and issues related to personal protective equipment selection in the construction industry for workers with unique needs.

    For example, NAWIC will complete their two fact sheets [one quick information sheet for employees and one more extensive guidance document for employers] and a training program focusing on sanitation issues for women in construction. Once finalized, the resources will be added to the NAWIC and OSHA Alliance-related Web page on the NAWIC Web site. OSHA will link the resources to the OSHA and NAWIC Web page, the Alliance Program Participants Developed Products Web page, and other appropriate locations on the Agency Web site.

    NAWIC will investigate appropriate venues for the dissemination of their Alliance-developed products to ensure that the NAWIC resources are distributed to members and their workers. NAWIC will also participate in the evaluation of the impact of their Alliance-developed products and provide the results to OSHA.

    Finally, NAWIC will continue to participate in the Alliance Program Construction Roundtable, when scheduled, and contribute to the development of Construction Workplace Design Solutions and resources. For completing their outreach goals, NAWIC will provide OSHA with an Alliance exhibit and opportunities for speakers during their Annual Conference.

    Report prepared by: Morgan Seuberling, Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, August 22, 2014.

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