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OSHA Region X and Mechanical Contractors Association/
United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters
ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
April 16, 2007


  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    November 3, 2004

    Date Renewed

    February 28, 2006

    Overview

    To promote discussions on workplace safety and health, the Mechanical Contractors Association (MCA), United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA) and OSHA's Seattle office will share information, convene forums on injury and illness trends and develop models OSHA can incorporate as industry recommendations.

    Implementation Team Members

    Mark Gauger - MCA
    Steve Gossman - OSHA
    Dale Cavanaugh - OSHA
    Jim Moss - UA Local 32
    Phil Wells - UA Local 36

    Contributors

    N/A

    Evaluation Period

    December 31, 2005 - April 15, 2007

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    Planning meetings were held on January 31, 2006, June 28, 2006, and October 25, 2006, at the MCA office to discuss and set goals for the alliance.

  3. Events and Products

    Training and Education

    Events

    • We are working on a project to identify the most serious airborne hazards during field welding. We have met several times to discuss and plan this activity. OSHA contacted NIOSH and got them involved in the project. NIOSH conducted a literature search and provided several documents on welding hazards to OSHA. We provided copies of these to the MCA safety committee members. Our intent was to identify welding processes and conditions where the welding fumes are the hardest to control and to perform monitoring. In July, NIOSH visited several MCA member work sites and collected air samples during field welding operations. The NIOSH report is expected in April. Based on this information, MCA will develop procedures and training materials to better protect employees from welding fume exposures.

    Products

    • OSHA provides an OSHA Newsletter to the Safety Committee that will be posted on MCA's website starting in May.

    Outreach and Communication

    Events

    • OSHA participates in the MCA's safety steering committee meetings.

    Products

    • Products were not developed and were not part of this alliance.

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    Events

    • N/A

    Products

    • Products were not developed and were not part of this alliance.
  4. Results

    OSHA's interaction with MCA and UA Locals 26 and 32 has led to better and more frequent communication between the partners which leads to better understanding of the standards and safer work sites.

  5. Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    Participate in Safety Steering Committee Meetings18
    Newsletter distribution350
    TOTAL368
  6. Upcoming Milestones

    We plan on doing a second set of welding fume monitoring and develop best practices for outdoor field welding and conducting training on the best practices.

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