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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT
IDAHO TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT
30 September 2008


  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    Original: 7 July 2005
    Renewal: 9 September 2008

    Overview

    The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and the Boise Area Office (BAO) entered into an alliance whereby a collaborative relationship was established to provide ITD employees and employees of their contractors with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety. Special emphasis is placed on work zone hazards.

    Implementation Team Members

    Cheryl Rost, ITD Safety and Risk Manager, and Bill Bankhead, Compliance Assistance Manager, BAO

    Evaluation Period

    20 August 2007 through 15 September 2008

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • 3 Apr 08: Meeting between Cheryl Rost and Bill Bankhead
    • 6 Nov 2007: The CAS attended the ITD's District Safety Coordinators meeting in Wallace, Idaho to discuss the Alliance and other areas of mutual interest.
    • Various meetings, telephone calls, and emails throughout the evaluation period with Stakeholders, the ITD Safety and Risk Manager, and other representatives from the ITD.
  3. Events and Products

    Training and Education

    • Events

      • 25 Sep 2007: A work zone safety stakeholder meeting was held in the BAO which included ITD representatives. The group developed a plan to hold a series of free 10-hour construction safety classes across the state that emphasized work zone safety issues. The classes were open to ITD employees and their contractors.
      • 3 Dec 2007: An OSHA 10-hour Construction class was conducted by an ITD OSHA certified trainer and the Safety Director for Connecting Idaho Partners (CIP). Connecting Idaho Partners is a private entity contracted by ITD to administer several large construction projects in the State.
      • 6 Dec 2007: The ITD Safety and Risk Manager attended the Annual OSHA Construction Partnership Meeting.
      • 15 Jan 2008: An ITD Engineer gave a presentation titled, "ITD Insights" at the Safety Fest of the Great Northwest. The Safety Fest of the Great Northwest is an annual event which includes a week of safety and health training in a variety of topics that is free and open to all. The BAO is one of the primary sponsors of this event.
      • 15 Jan 2008: Work zone Flagger training conducted by Specialty Consulting and Construction Supply during the Safety Fest of the Great Northwest. Numerous ITD personnel attended this 4-hour block of training.
      • 16 Jan 2008: Fleet Safety training conducted by Zurich Insurance during the Safety Fest of the Great Northwest. Several ITD Managers attended this training.
      • 16 Jan 2008: A representative from the Idaho Technology Transfer (T2) Center which is an ITD contractor gave an Introduction to Traffic Control presentation at the Safety Fest of the Great Northwest.
      • 12 Mar 2008: An OSHA 10-hour Construction class with work zone emphasis was conducted by an ITD OSHA certified trainer, the Safety Director for Connecting Idaho Partners (CIP) and the CAS in North Idaho for ITD and private sector employees.
      • 27 Mar 2008: An OSHA 10-hour Construction class with work zone emphasis was conducted by an ITD OSHA certified trainer and the Safety Director for Connecting Idaho Partners (CIP) in Lewiston for ITD and private sector employees.
    • Products

      None

    Outreach and Communication

    • Events

      • Throughout the evaluation period the CAS has worked closely with the CIP Safety Director to coordinate and conduct training, create and exploit various outreach opportunities, and disseminate information on safety and health issues that are pertinent to the highway construction industry.
      • The CAS has also disseminated information – hazard alerts, service bulletins, lessons learned from fatalities, articles on recent crane accidents, and the OSHA Quarterly Newsletter - to the ITD Safety and Risk Manager as well as other OSHA stakeholders. For example, we received an email from the ITD Safety and Risk Manager that discussed the recent accidental death of a Flagger who was struck in a highway construction work zone. We disseminated the email to our stakeholders and over 400 Quarterly Newsletter subscribers.
      • The CAS attends ITD Pre-Construction meetings when his schedule permits.
    • Products

      None

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    • Events

      None

    • Products

      None

  4. Results

    This Alliance has opened the doors for a better flow of communications between the ITD and OSHA. Various ITD managers have called for clarification of standards and coordinated mutual training opportunities.

    The various training opportunities listed in paragraph III above have furthered the knowledge and capabilities of ITD employees to better recognize safety and health hazards, determine when to remove all employees from possible hazardous situations, and discuss those safety issues and abatement options with their own employees as well as contractors.

    Another positive result of the OSHA 10-hour Construction training sessions is lashing up ITD and private sector employees in a classroom environment. Each participant has the opportunity to increase their network and cross talk with other employees in the highway construction industry. These sessions create a more open atmosphere both in the classroom and on the job.

    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    Conferences Approximately 500
    Training Approximately 250
    TOTAL 310
  5. Upcoming Milestones

    • ITD is working to develop a training program in which contracted employees on each of their job sites receive appropriate safety and health training. This project is in the conception phase.
    • Connecting Idaho Partners (CIP) is attempting to establish an Alliance with OSHA pending ITD's concurrence.
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