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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, 2015 - August 20, 2016

    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.

    4. Implementation Team Members

      OSHA

      Christina Morgan

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

      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

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • August 26, 2015
    • August 8, 2016

    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 NAWIC representatives participated in the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable meetings on September 10, 2015 and March 24, 2016 and participated in the “Reaching Small Construction Contractors" and "New Employee Orientation" Workgroups. Construction, Small Business

    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
      The OSHA and NAWIC Alliance Implementation Team did not complete 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
    Product Through the alliance, NAWIC developed a fact sheet entitled “Portable Toilet and Sanitation Best Practices for Women in Construction.” The publication alerts workers to OSHA requirements for toilets at construction jobsites and provides employer best practices. (January 2016) Construction

    Distributed 425 copies at 8 Spring Forum events throughout the country.

    Dissemination NAWIC publicized the availability of the “Portable Toilet and Sanitation Best Practices for Women in Construction” fact sheet via:
    • Posting a link to the product on the NAWIC site
    • Promoting the product in the February 2016 issue of The Connection.
    Construction

    Webpage views: 478

    February 2016 Connection circulation: 3,500

    Dissemination NAWIC supported OSHA’s Outreach Campaign on Fall Prevention by:
    • Publishing articles about common causes of injuries and illnesses, including falls, in the August/September 2015 NAWIC Image.
    • Promoting the 2016 Fall Stand-Down on the NAWIC alliance webpage, including links to the poster
    • Publicizing the Stand-Down in the March, April, and May 2016 issues of The Connection.
    Fall Prevention, Construction

    August/September 2015 Image circulation: 5,000

    March 2016 Connection circulation: 3,500

    April 2016 Connection circulation: 3,500

    May 2016 Connection circulation: 3,500

    Dissemination NAWIC supported OSHA’s Outreach Campaign on Heat Illness prevention by:
    • Posting links to OSHA heat illness prevention resources on NAWIC’s alliance webpage.
    • Promoting awareness in the June 2016 issue of The Connection.
    Heat Illness Prevention

    June 2016 Connection circulation: 4,000

    Dissemination NAWIC disseminated information regarding OSHA activities by:
    • Promoting awareness of OSHA’s Confined Space in Construction standard in the October 2015 issue of The Connection.
    • Promoting awareness of a September 28, 2015 letter of interpretation concerning 1910.403 in the November 2015 issue of The Connection.
    • Promoting awareness of OSHA’s Enforcement Weighting Initiative in the November 2015 issue of The Connection.
    • Promoting awareness of OSHA’s draft Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines via a piece in the January 2016 issue of The Connection.
    • Promoting awareness of OSHA’s silica standard in the May 2016 issue of The Connection.
    • Promoting awareness of OSHA’s revised recordkeeping requirements in the July 2016 issue of The Connection.
    • Promoting awareness of OSHA’s increased citation penalties in the August 2016 issue of The Connection.
    Construction, Safety and Health Programs

    October 2015 Connection circulation: 3,000

    November 2015 Connection circulation: 3,000

    January 2016 Connection circulation: 3,500

    May 2016 Connection circulation: 3,500

    July 2016 Connection circulation: 4,500

    August 2016 Connection circulation: 4,500

    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 Annual Meeting and Education Conference; Nashville, TN (September 2-5, 2015): Bill Cochran, Region IV Area Director staffed an exhibit booth at this event. Construction

    150 booth visitors

    Exhibit Kathi Dobson gave presentations at the October 2015 NAWIC North Central Annual Planning Meeting entitled “Avoiding OSHA Pitfalls” and “Best Practices in Accident Investigation.” Construction

    62 participants

    Exhibit NAWIC’s Maine chapter hosted the OSHA Augusta Area Office’s Construction Safety & Health Roundtable at their Construction Showcase of Maine on April 14, 2016. The Roundtable featured a presentation entitled “The importance of job site safety inspections: Ways to do it.” Construction

    35 participants


    TOTAL    

    46,150

  4. Upcoming Milestones

    The OSHA and NAWIC Alliance Implementation Team will continue to collaborate in promoting the health and safety of women working in the construction industry by raising awareness of the issues women face in construction. NAWIC will also continue to promote awareness of OSHA standards and rulemakings, enforcement initiatives, and outreach campaigns, including the Fall Prevention and Heat Illness campaigns, and will participate in the Alliance Program Construction Roundtable.

    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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