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Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Delaware OSHA Consultation/Delaware Department of Labor
Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. Delaware Chapter

  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed:

      June 15, 2016

    2. Evaluation Period:

      June 15, 2016 – June 15, 2017

    3. Overview:

      The Alliance was formed to provide ABC members and others with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers. Specifically, the agreement aims to reduce and prevent exposures to safety and health hazards at construction sites as well as educate ABC members and others on the worker rights and employer responsibilities required under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

      The purpose of this annual report is to provide an assessment of all activities that each of the partners have conducted to support the alliance goals.

    4. Implementation Team Members:


      Erin Patterson, OSHA Area Director

      Alliance participants

      ABC President – Ed Capodanno
      ABC Safety, Health &smp; Wellness Committee Chair – Marie Wright
      Delaware OSHA Consultation - Project Director – Traci Fraley

  2. Implementation Team Meetings/Activities

    • June 15, 2016
    • December 14, 2016
    • March 8, 2017
    • April 12, 2017

    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:

    • To share information on OSHA's National/Regional/Local Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process
    • To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
    • To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings at the OSHA and ABC DE annual meeting and/or the Fall Prevention Stand Down to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
    • To encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by promoting the value of injury and illness prevention programs.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Dissemination - ABC Newsletter Focus Four Article Focus Four 431
    Dissemination - ABC Newsletter Heat Stress Article Heat 431
    Dissemination - ABC Newsletter Fall Prevention Article Falls 431
    OSHA Product Review OSHA Consultation Article OSHA Consultation 431
    Dissemination Safety Tweets (weekly) OSHA 100
    Exhibit Safety Exhibit @ ABC January 2017 Networking Event Construction 125
    Dissemination & OSHA Product Review - ABC Newsletter & Website Safety Page OSHA Focus Four Campaign (January - May 2017) Focus Four 431
    Dissemination - ABC Newsletter Monthly safety articles provided by safety committee members appear at least monthly in the newsletter Safety, Health & Wellness 431
    Dissemination & OSHA Product Review - ABC Newsletter & Website Safety Page OSHA Safe and Sound Week (June 12 - 18, 2017) Value of Safety & Health Program 431
    Dissemination OSHA Small Entity Compliance Guide provided by OSHA Office Compliance 431

    Training and Education:

    • To develop and/or deliver effective training and education programs for ABC DE members, their workers and others within the construction industry focusing on reducing and preventing exposure to falls, electrical, caught-in or between, and struck-by and any other relevant safety and health hazards, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
    • To develop and/or deliver effective training and education programs for ABC members, their workers and other to promote understanding of workers' rights, including the use of the OSHA complaint process, and the responsibilities of employers and to communicate such information to workers and employers.
    • To educate stakeholders and encourage the voluntary use of the free, confidential onsite consultation services provided by Delaware OSHA Consultation.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Training OSHA 10-hour training classes Construction 97
    Speech/Presentation OSHA Update and MOSH Update Construction 22
    Event OSHA National Safety Stand Down to Prevent Falls Event (2016 - 60+ and 2017 -75 adults & 30 students and 6 teachers) Construction 171
    Event OSHA Update and OSHA Consultation Review of Services at Lunch and Learn Construction 75
    Training Evaluating your Safety Program & The Value of STEP Construction 14
    Training Adult CPR & First Aid First Aid 167
    Training OSHA Recordkeeping Recordkeeping 6
    Training Silica update presentation provided by OSHA Office Silica 56

    Outreach and Communication:

    • 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 and ABC DE's Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
    • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or ABC DE conferences, local meetings, and the National Safety Stand-Down to prevent Falls in Construction events.
    • To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding best practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the Participants.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Dissemination - Vocational Schools Developed safety flyers for 8 vocational schools in conjunction with instructors and ABC Careers in Construction Committee. Construction 415
    Speech/Presentation Conducted safety presentation at the ACE Mentor Program OSHA Focused Four 15
    Speech/Presentation OSHA Lunch and Learn Event OSHA 75
    Speech/Presentation/Event/Training/Exhibit OSHA National Safety Stand Down to Prevent Falls Event Construction 171
    Dissemination Safety Information published on ABC Website Safety Page Construction 431
    Dissemination - Newsletter and ABC Website Safety Page OSHA Focus Four Campaign (January - May 2017) Focus Four 431
    Dissemination-Newsletter OSHA Safe & Sound Week (June 12 - 18, 2017) Value of Safety & Health Program 431
    Speech/Presentation Safety Professionals and ABC Careers in Construction members visit vocational schools to discuss the importance of safety. Construction and Safety 415
    Dissemination/Speech/Presentation/Event The Value of ABC STEP Safety & Health 10
    TOTAL  7,100
  4. Evaluations

    The first year of the Alliance activities provided during this evaluation period were well received. The member representatives and the recipients of the safety and health outreach activities/communications found the information valuable in assisting them in promoting and improving their safety and health efforts at their construction jobsites. ABC Delaware has provided significant support in the field of occupational safety and health during the alliance period, and won awards from their national chapter for generating the most participation in their organization's safety and health recognition program.

    The individuals reached by the outreach activities/communication activities represent companies with many employees/members that would be directly affected by the safety and health information provided. The working relationship between all of the Alliance Signatories and the feedback on the Alliance continues to be very positive.

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    The Alliance continues to look at future opportunities in providing information for affected parties in the upcoming year. The Alliance Signatories will continue to work together to address the safety and health needs of the affected parties through the revision and implementation of their work plan, including the support of OSHA events, and dissemination and development of safety and health information, and training/education of their members and others within the construction industry. The Participants will also work to continue to encourage their members to request the use of Delaware OSHA Consultation services.

    Report prepared by: Erin G. Patterson, Area Director, Wilmington Area Office.

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