ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the
National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC)
September 23, 2015
August 21, 2013
August 21, 2014 - August 20, 2015
The OSHA and NAWIC Alliance focuses on providing NAWIC'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, and with a focus on female construction workers with unique needs.
Implementation Team Members
Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs
Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, OOSA, DCSP
Occupational Safety and Health Specialist, Office of Construction Services (OCS), Directorate of Construction (DOC)
Occupational Safety and Health Specialist, OCS, DOC
Occupational Safety and Health Specialist, OCS, DOC
Area Director, Region II, Albany Area Office
Senior Compliance Officer, Region II, Albany Area Office
Alliance Committee, NAWIC
Alliance Committee Chair/Worker Representative, NAWIC
Alliance Committee Worker Representative, NAWIC
Alliance Committee, NAWIC
Alliance Committee, NAWIC
Civil Rights Center (CRC)
Chief, Office of Compliance Assistance and Planning, CRC, Department of Labor (DOL)
Women's Bureau (WB)
Social Science Adviser, Office of Policy and Programs, WB, DOL
* Morgan Seuberling served on the Alliance Implementation Team until April 3, 2015 and was replaced by Christina Morgan on April 6, 2015.
**Courtney Murray served on the Alliance Implementation Team until August 11, 2015 and was replaced by Lolita Oliver on August 12, 2015.
Implementation Team Meetings
- November 20, 2014
- February 4, 2015
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.
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 30, 2014
NAWIC Representatives attended the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable meeting in Washington, D.C. During the meeting, Alliance Program participants discussed products developed through the Roundtable. The breakout teams identified potential projects and resources to address safety and health hazards in the construction industry in order to support the campaigns.
Construction, Fall Prevention Not Applicable Event OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable Meeting, Department of Labor, March 19, 2015, Washington, DC
Construction, Fall Prevention 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 NAWIC Alliance Implementation Team have not completed work on programs or projects to address this goal. Not applicable 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 Dissemination 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.
Construction, Fall Prevention, Heat Illness Prevention 434 Dissemination 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.
Construction 464 Dissemination Support OSHA's Outreach Campaign on New Reporting Requirements effective 1/1/15
NAWIC published articles in the January (PDF) and February (PDF) 2015 issues of the NAWIC Connection E-Newsletter highlighting the changes to OSHA's reporting requirements.
Recordkeeping / Reporting 7,400 Dissemination Support OSHA's Outreach Campaign on Fall Prevention
NAWIC supported the initiative as follows:
- NAWIC published an article in the August 2014 issue (PDF) of the NAWIC Connection E-Newsletter entitled "Support OSHA's 2014 National Outreach Campaign Focusing on Heat Illness Prevention"
- NAWIC published an article in the March 2015 issue (PDF) of the NAWIC Connection E-newsletter entitled "Falls are the Leading Cause of Death in Construction." The article contained has information on OSHA's initiative and provided a link to OSHA's "Stop Falls Stand-down" website.
- NAWIC promoted OSHA's National Safety Stand-Down in its May 2015 issue (PDF) of the NAWIC Connection E-newsletter.
- NAWIC published an article in the June 2015 issue (PDF) of the NAWIC Connection E-newsletter entitled "National Safety Stand-Down reaches millions of workers." The article linked to OSHA's "Stop Falls Stand-down" website
Fall Prevention 14,800 Dissemination Support OSHA's Outreach Campaign on Heat Illness Prevention
- NAWIC published an article in the June 2015 issue (PDF) of the NAWIC Connection E-Newsletter entitled "The NAWIC/OSHA Alliance seeks to prevent heat illness with revised heat safety tool app and promotion of ‘Don't Fry Day'."
- NAWIC linked to the DOL Blog's 6/1/15 entry, "Are you Ready for Summer?" (PDF) (which includes links to OSHA's Heat App and other resources) from its Facebook page on 6/10/15.
- NAWIC published an article in the August 2015 issue (PDF) of the NAWIC Connection E-Newsletter entitled "OSHA heat app surpasses 200K downloads."
Heat Illness Prevention 7,400 Dissemination Promote OSHA publications and resources:
- NAWIC promoted OSHA QuickTakes in its February 2015 issue (PDF) of the NAWIC Connection E-Newsletter
- NAWIC promoted the OSHA/NIOSH Hazard Alert: "Worker Exposure to Silica during Countertop Manufacturing, Finishing and Installation" in its April 2015 issue of the NAWIC Connection E-Newsletter.
- NAWIC promoted OSHA's revised "It's the Law" poster in the June 2015 issue (PDF) of the NAWIC Connection E-Newsletter
- NAWIC promoted OSHA's on-site consultation services in the June 2015 issue (PDF) of the NAWIC Connection E-Newsletter.
- NAWIC promoted OSHA PPE requirements in the July 2015 issue (PDF) of the NAWIC Connection E-Newsletter.
11,100 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 Exhibit NAWIC 2014 Annual Meeting and Education Conference;
Indianapolis, IN; September 3-6, 2014
OSHA materials were distributed at an exhibit booth.
Construction, Fall Prevention, Heat Illness Prevention 348 TOTAL 41,946
OSHA and NAWIC Alliance Implementation Team will continue to collaborate in promoting the health and safety of women working in the construction industry. For example, NAWIC plans to finalize two fact sheets-one for employers and one for workers- on worksite restroom access for women in construction. Once completed, this document will be posted on both OSHA and NAWIC's alliance webpages and distributed to members and their workers through NAWIC's e-newsletters and social media platforms.
In the forthcoming year, NAWIC/OSHA will shift the focus of alliance to pursue relevant outreach opportunities to provide education and raise awareness of the issues women face in construction (e.g., through webinars, forums, and trainings.) NAWIC may also put forth additional products, as appropriate, with the support of other OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable (APCR) participants. NAWIC will also continue to participate in the APCR and contribute to the development of Roundtable products as appropriate.
Lastly, OSHA and NAWIC will collaborate in outreach regarding OSHA publications, initiatives, and events which promote worker health and safety in the construction industry. To this end, NAWIC will provide OSHA with an Alliance exhibit and opportunities for speaking engagements during their Annual Meeting and Education Conference.
Report prepared by: Christina Morgan, Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances; September 23, 2015.
- Alliance Product: Products (e.g., fact sheets, videos, toolbox talks) developed by Alliance participants as part of the Alliance. These are not OSHA products.
- Dissemination: An Alliance participant sends OSHA information, Alliance products, or other safety and health information to its stakeholders. This includes information sent by email or social media (Facebook, Twitter), and information included in newsletters and other publications. It also includes hits on the Alliance participant's or OSHA's Web page.
- Evaluation: Any efforts by the Alliance participant to evaluate the effectiveness of an Alliance activity or the Alliance as a whole.
- Event: Participation in events such as the Construction Roundtable and NAOSH Week.
- Exhibit: OSHA exhibits at events sponsored by the Alliance participant.
- OSHA Product Review: Review of an OSHA product by an Alliance participant. For example, an Alliance participant may provide technical comments on an OSHA eTool or publication. The review itself is considered the Alliance activity.
- Speech/Presentation: Speeches or presentation by OSHA staff at events sponsored by the Alliance participant.
- Training: This includes best practice seminars or other training that Alliance participants provide for OSHA staff. It also includes training for workers/employers/others by Alliance participants.
- Other: Use this if an activity does not fit into one of the other categories.
OSHA Areas of Emphasis:
- Asian American/Pacific Islander Workers
- Fall Prevention
- Hazard Communication/Chemicals
- Health Care
- Heat Illness Prevention
- Hispanic/Latino Workers
- Oil and Gas
- Small Business
- Temporary Workers
- Young Workers
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