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ALLIANCE REPORT

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
and the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP)

April 14, 2016

I. Alliance Background

  1. Date Signed

    October 2, 2008

  2. Dates Renewed

    November 26, 2013

  3. Evaluation Period

    October 2, 2011 – October 1, 2015

  4. Overview

    The OSHA and NALP Alliance focuses on providing NALP members and others, including youth, low-literacy level, and non-English speaking workers, with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to manual material handling and slip, trip and fall hazards; and addressing motor vehicle safety issues, and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

  5. Implementation Team Members

    OSHA

    Todd Briggs Program Analyst, OOSA, DCSP
    Christian Wojnar Program Analyst, OSBA, DCSP

    NALP

    Shaine AndersonVice President of Membership and Services, NALP
    Karen BarnettDirector of Certification
    Craig ClarkChair, Henry Dunn, Inc., NALP Safety and Risk Management Committee, Chair
    Jeff Graham, CLP LaPorte & Associates, Inc., NALP Safety and Risk Management Committee, Chair
    Glenn H. Jacobsen NALP President (Jacobsen Landscape Design & Construction, Inc.)
    Pamela MooreMembership and Safety Coordinator, NALP

II. Implementation Team Meetings

  • January 19, 2012
  • May 17, 2012
  • September 11, 2012
  • January 24, 2013
  • May 21, 2013
  • September 19, 2013
  • February 6, 2014
  • June 25, 2014
  • October 3, 2014
  • March 25, 2015

In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from both groups maintained regular contact throughout the evaluation period to monitor the Alliance’s progress and results.

III. Results

The following table summarizes the Alliance’s activities in support of the goals in the Alliance agreements for the evaluation period of this report.

 

Outreach and Communication: Develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to communicate such information to employers and workers in the industry.

Activity Type

Activity Name/Summary

OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported

Number Reached

Products Developed in 2011

  • Interior Plantscaping Ladder Safety Card* (Spanish translation 2011, December). Describes general safety tips and best practices to help prevent injuries when using ladders to maintain plants that are above shoulder level in plantscaping.

Falls/ Landscaping/General Industry/
Young Workers/
Hispanic/
Latino Workers

Not Available

Products Developed in 2012

Landscaping/General Industry/
Young Workers

Not Available

Products Developed in 2013

  • Interior Plantscaping General Safety Tips Card* (Spanish translation 2013, March). Describes general safety tips to help prevent injuries during interior plantscaping activities.
  • Leaving a Job Site in the Middle of a Landscape Design/Build Installation Project*
  • (Spanish translation 2013, March). Provides safety tips for leaving a job site, including information related to site access and security, slipping/tripping hazards, and equipment and materials.

  • Preventing Injuries to your Eyes and Ears in Landscaping Card* (Spanish Translation 2013, January).  Describes general safety tips to help prevent injuries to eyes and ears during landscaping operations.
  • Preventing Repetitive Motion Injuries in Interior Plantscaping Safety Tips Card (English* 2013, September; Spanish* translation 2013, October). Provides general safety information on how interior plantscaping workers can prevent and reduce the severity of repetitive motion injuries.
  • Roadside Safety Tips Card (English* 2013, September; Spanish* translation 2013, November). Provides general safety information on how to work next to motor vehicle traffic during landscaping projects, including the use worker safety apparel and temporary traffic safety barriers.

Landscaping/General Industry/
Ergonomics/
Young Workers/
Hispanic/
Latino Workers

Not Available

Products Developed in 2015

  • Mobile Device Distractions in the Workplace Fact Sheet (English* 2015, March; Spanish* translation 2015, May). Focuses on mobile device distractions in the workplace.
  • Mower and Hedge Trimmer Safety Tips Card (English* 2015, March; Spanish* translation 2015, May). Focuses on lawn mower and hedge trimmer safe work practices.
  • Securing Equipment Safely for Transport Safety Tips Card (English* 2015, March; Spanish* translation 2015, May). Focuses on properly securing landscape equipment safe for transport.

Landscaping/General Industry/
Young Workers/
Hispanic/
Latino Workers

Not Available

Outreach and Communication: Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or NALP's conferences, local meetings, or other events to achieve safety hazard awareness.

Event/
Dissemination

Landscapes Annual Conference (formerly Green Industry Conference)
Representatives from KY OSHA staffed an Alliance Program exhibit booth, disseminated information, and answered questions at the following events:

  • October 23–25, 2013, Louisville, KY
  • October 24–26, 2014, Louisville, KY
  • October 19-21, 2015, Louisville, KY

Falls/Heat/
Hispanic/
Latino Workers

600

Event/
Dissemination

PLANET Student Career Days
Representatives from OSHA staffed an Alliance Program exhibit booth at the PLANET Student Career Days, which featured landscaping-related competitive events and a job career fair. NC OSHA maintained an Alliance Program exhibit booth, disseminated information, and answered questions at the following events:

  • North Carolina State University,  March 12-15, 2015, Raleigh, NC
  • Colorado State University,  March 21-22, 2014, Fort Collins, CO

Falls/Heat/
Hispanic/
Latino Workers

400

Outreach and Communication: Raise Awareness of relevant OSHA rulemakings, enforcement initiatives, and outreach campaigns as appropriate.

Dissemination

OSHA’s Prevention of Falls Campaign

  • NALP has supported the Agency’s national outreach campaign since 2014. NALP promoted the campaign on its Website and in publications, and helped to disseminate safety and health outreach materials focusing on the prevention of falls in construction.

Construction/
Hispanic/
Latino Workers

Not Available

Dissemination

OSHA’s Prevention of Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers

  • NALP has supported the Agency’s national outreach campaign since 2014. NALP promoted the campaign on its Website and in publications, and helped to disseminate safety and health outreach materials focusing on the prevention of heat illness in outdoor workers.

Heat/
Construction/Hispanic/
Latino Workers

Not Available

Dissemination

North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week

  • NALP supported North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week each year during the evaluation period.

 

Not Available

 

TOTAL

 

 

1,000 reached, plus other unknown reached through additional outreach.

IV. Upcoming Milestones

In the upcoming year, OSHA and NALP plan to undertake several additional projects through the Alliance to provide NALP members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to manual material handling and slip, trip and fall hazards; and addressing motor vehicle safety issues. For example, NALP will continue to support OSHA’s national outreach campaigns focusing on the prevention of heat illness in outdoor workers; and the prevention of falls in construction, including support for National Safety Stand-Down-Week- May 2-6, 2016. Through the Alliance, NALP will develop Safety Tips Cards focusing on the transportation of chemicals, and the safe fueling of landscaping vehicles. NALP will also develop a 10-hour training course for workers focusing on the safety and health issues in the landscaping industry. Lastly, NALP will provide OSHA staff with an Alliance exhibit at the Landscapes 2016 conference on October 19-21, in Louisville, Kentucky.

Report prepared by: Todd Briggs, Program Analyst, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, April 14, 2016.


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