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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT

Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the
National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC)
September 23, 2015


  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed

      August 21, 2013

    2. Evaluation Period

      August 21, 2014 - August 20, 2015

    3. Overview

      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.

    4. Implementation Team Members

      OSHA

      *Christina Morgan

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

      *Morgan Seuberling

      Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, OOSA, DCSP

      **Courtney Murray

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

      **Lolita Oliver

      Occupational Safety and Health Specialist, OCS, 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

      Alliance Committee, NAWIC

      Schelle Wood

      Alliance Committee Chair/Worker Representative, NAWIC

      Lorie Lythgoe

      Alliance Committee Worker Representative, NAWIC

      Diana Greener

      Alliance Committee, NAWIC

      Julie Lovelace

      Alliance Committee, 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

      * 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.

  2. 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.

  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 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

    (See above.)
    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
  4. Upcoming Milestones

    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.

 

Activity Types:

  • 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:

  • Agriculture
  • Asian American/Pacific Islander Workers
  • Construction
  • Ergonomics
  • Fall Prevention
  • Hazard Communication/Chemicals
  • Health Care
  • Heat Illness Prevention
  • Hispanic/Latino Workers
  • Maritime
  • Oil and Gas
  • Small Business
  • Temporary Workers
  • Transportation
  • Young Workers

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