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Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Region V

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed:

    October 16, 2009

    Expiration Date:

    October, 2011


    February, 2012

    Alliance Overview

    Primary goals of the alliance are to strengthen the relationship with the Operating Engineers - Local 399, participate in training sessions and work on special projects that are mutually beneficial to all participants.

    Implementation Team Members

    Mr. James Coates – Training Fund Administrator – International Union of Operating Engineers – Local 399
    Mr. William Coulehan - OSHA -– Calumet City Area Office

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    Implementation team meeting are conducted by meetings and e-mails regarding various projects and alliance activities. Last meeting was in November 2011.

  3. Activities and Products

    This report summaries activities since the annual report of January 2011.

    Alliance Activity

    The foundation of the alliance continues to be OSHA’s participation in the OSHA 10 hour program established by Local 399. Alliance activities are anticipated to expand in 2012 to include an asbestos awareness session for Local 399 members working in older commercial / retail buildings in the downtown area of Chicago in which asbestos is likely to be found. Local 399 has made its training facility and HVAC lab equipment available to train OSHA CSHOs if needed.

    Participation in the OSHA 10 hour courses were as follows:

    Date Location In Attendance
    1/11/11 Chicago  50
    4/7/11 Chicago  50
    5/23/11 Chicago  40
    8/17/11 Chicago  30
    11/17/11 Chicago  40
    Total   210

    Each session included a Q / A session between Local 399 attendees and OSHA personnel. In 2010 the presentations during the OSHA 10 Hour course were updated to include the new required two-hour Introduction to OSHA module.

    In addition, Local 399 representatives contact OSHA with various questions on working conditions and the OSHA standards, general assistance is provided as needed. An attendee at one of the 10 Hour sessions requested an OSHA presentation for approximately fifty attendees at a managers meeting for a national property management company.

    Alliance Products

    Through the alliance, an awareness training session on asbestos in commercial / retail building has been developed. This session will review the OSHA requirements for building owners under 1910 and include a brief overview of removal techniques found in 29 CFR 1926. This session is not designed to train or rectify employees in asbestos removal or serve as the refresher training required by the standards.

  4. Results

    This alliance has been very successful in continuing the long-standing, strong relationship between OSHA and Local 399.

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    As mentioned, the asbestos awareness session for commercial buildings is scheduled for 2012.

Report Prepared by: William Coulehan,

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