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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
PITTSBURGH AREA OFFICE
PITTSBURGH REGIONAL BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES
COUNCIL
May 27, 2014


  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed:

    5-17-04

    Date Renewed:

    Last Renewal 5-21-14

    Alliance Overview:

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Pittsburgh Area Office and The Pittsburgh Building and Construction Trades Council aligned to provide Council members, including youth apprentice workers, with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help protect employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to the various hazards associated with the construction industry.

    Implementation Team Members

    • Richard Stanizzo - Business Rep., Pittsburgh Building and Construction Trades Council
    • Robert Carroll - Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS), OSHA Pittsburgh Area Office
    • Christopher Robinson - Area Director (AD), OSHA Pittsburgh Area Office
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  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • June 20, 2013 - Conference Call
    • August 9, 2013 - In-person - Dormont, PA
    • October 24, 2013 - In-person - Dormont, PA
    • January 30, 2014 - In-person - Dormont, PA
    • March 21, 2014 - In-person - Dormont, PA
    • May 21, 2013 - In-person - Dormont, PA

  3. Activities and Products

    Evaluation Period

    May 27, 2013 to May 27, 2014

    Alliance Activity

    May 28, 2013 - Greater Pennsylvania Regional Council of Carpenters - CAS met with Apprenticeship Coordinator/Training Director and Instructors. CAS presented/discussed information and provided handouts on fall protection and heat stress. The CAS provided information on fatality stat out of the Pittsburgh Area Office and reviewed information on the new hazard communication standard on the OSHA website. In addition, safety and health issues/concerns relating to OSHA standards/regulatory agenda and inspection activities/initiatives were discussed. (Approximately 900 apprentices and 9000 members)

    May 29, 2013 - Western Pennsylvania Operating Engineers Local 66 - CAS met with Apprenticeship Coordinator and Instructors. CAS presented/discussed information and provided handouts on fall protection and heat stress. The CAS provided information on fatality stat out of the Pittsburgh Area Office and reviewed information on the new hazard communication standard on the OSHA website. In addition, safety and health issues/concerns relating to OSHA standards/regulatory agenda and inspection activities/initiatives were discussed. (Approximately 203 apprentices and 7000 members)

    May 29, 2013 - IBEW Local 5 - CAS met with Apprenticeship Coordinator and Instructors. CAS presented/discussed information and provided handouts on fall protection and heat stress. The CAS provided information on fatality stat out of the Pittsburgh Area Office and reviewed information on the new hazard communication standard on the OSHA website. In addition, safety and health issues/concerns relating to OSHA standards/regulatory agenda and inspection activities/initiatives were discussed. (Approximately 450 apprentices and 3200 members)

    May 30, 2013 - Boilermakers Local 154 - CAS met with Apprenticeship Coordinator and Instructors. CAS presented/discussed information and provided handouts on fall protection and heat stress. The CAS provided information on fatality stat out of the Pittsburgh Area Office and reviewed information on the new hazard communication standard on the OSHA website. In addition, safety and health issues/concerns relating to OSHA standards/regulatory agenda and inspection activities/initiatives were discussed. (Approximately 450 apprentices and 1800 members)

    May 30, 2013 - Bricklayers and Allied Crafts Local 6 - CAS met with Apprenticeship Coordinator and Instructors. CAS presented/discussed information and provided handouts on fall protection and heat stress. The CAS provided information on fatality stat out of the Pittsburgh Area Office and reviewed information on the new hazard communication standard on the OSHA website. In addition, safety and health issues/concerns relating to OSHA standards/regulatory agenda and inspection activities/initiatives were discussed. (Approximately 100 apprentices and 3000 members)

    May 30, 2013 - Elevator Constructors Local 6 - CAS met with Business Manager/Apprenticeship Coordinator and Instructors. CAS presented/discussed information and provided handouts on fall protection and heat stress. The CAS provided information on fatality stat out of the Pittsburgh Area Office and reviewed information on the new hazard communication standard on the OSHA website. In addition, safety and health issues/concerns relating to OSHA standards/regulatory agenda and inspection activities/initiatives were discussed. (Approximately 16 apprentices and 277 members)

    May 31, 2013 - Ironworkers Local 3 - CAS met with Apprenticeship Coordinator and Instructors. CAS presented/discussed information and provided handouts on fall protection and heat stress. The CAS provided information on fatality stat out of the Pittsburgh Area Office and reviewed information on the new hazard communication standard on the OSHA website. In addition, safety and health issues/concerns relating to OSHA standards/regulatory agenda and inspection activities/initiatives were discussed. (Approximately 150 apprentices and 1200 members)

    May 31, 2013 - Sheet Metal Workers Local 12 - CAS met with Apprenticeship Coordinator and Instructors. CAS presented/discussed information and provided handouts on fall protection and heat stress. The CAS provided information on fatality stat out of the Pittsburgh Area Office and reviewed information on the new hazard communication standard on the OSHA website. In addition, safety and health issues/concerns relating to OSHA standards/regulatory agenda and inspection activities/initiatives were discussed. (Approximately 140 apprentices and 800 members)

    May 31, 2013 - Laborers District Council of Western Pennsylvania - CAS met with Apprenticeship Coordinator, Training Director and Instructors. CAS presented/discussed information and provided handouts on fall protection and heat stress. The CAS provided information on fatality stat out of the Pittsburgh Area Office and reviewed information on the new hazard communication standard on the OSHA website. In addition, safety and health issues/concerns relating to OSHA standards/regulatory agenda and inspection activities/initiatives were discussed. (Approximately 55 apprentices and 8000 members)

    June 4, 2013 - Sprinkler Fitters Local 542 - CAS met with Business Manager/Apprenticeship Coordinator. CAS presented/discussed information and provided handouts on fall protection and heat stress. The CAS provided information on fatality stat out of the Pittsburgh Area Office and reviewed information on the new hazard communication standard on the OSHA website. In addition, safety and health issues/concerns relating to OSHA standards/regulatory agenda and inspection activities/initiatives were discussed. (Approximately 12 apprentices and 132 members)

    June 4, 2013 - IUPAT District Council 57 - CAS met with Apprenticeship Coordinator and Instructors. CAS presented/discussed information and provided handouts on fall protection and heat stress. The CAS provided information on fatality stat out of the Pittsburgh Area Office and reviewed information on the new hazard communication standard on the OSHA website. In addition, safety and health issues/concerns relating to OSHA standards/regulatory agenda and inspection activities/initiatives were discussed. (Approximately 186 apprentices and 1660 members)

    June 5, 2013 - Plasterers Local 31 - CAS met with Business Manager/Apprenticeship Coordinator. CAS presented/discussed information and provided handouts on fall protection and heat stress. The CAS provided information on fatality stat out of the Pittsburgh Area Office and reviewed information on the new hazard communication standard on the OSHA website. In addition, safety and health issues/concerns relating to OSHA standards/regulatory agenda and inspection activities/initiatives were discussed. (Approximately 6 apprentices and 235 members)

    June 5, 2013 - Cement Masons Local 526 - CAS met with Apprenticeship Coordinator/Instructor. CAS presented/discussed information and provided handouts on fall protection and heat stress. The CAS provided information on fatality stat out of the Pittsburgh Area Office and reviewed information on the new hazard communication standard on the OSHA website. In addition, safety and health issues/concerns relating to OSHA standards/regulatory agenda and inspection activities/initiatives were discussed. (Approximately 32 apprentices and 450 members)

    June 5, 2013 - United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers, and Allied Workers Local 37 - CAS met with Apprenticeship Coordinator/Instructor. CAS presented/discussed information and provided handouts on fall protection and heat stress. The CAS provided information on fatality stat out of the Pittsburgh Area Office and reviewed information on the new hazard communication standard on the OSHA website. In addition, safety and health issues/concerns relating to OSHA standards/regulatory agenda and inspection activities/initiatives were discussed. (Approximately 50 apprentices and 230 members)

    June 6, 2013 - Asbestos Workers/Insulators Local 2 - CAS met with Apprenticeship Coordinator/Instructor and Business Manager. CAS presented/discussed information and provided handouts on fall protection and heat stress. The CAS provided information on fatality stat out of the Pittsburgh Area Office and reviewed information on the new hazard communication standard on the OSHA website. In addition, safety and health issues/concerns relating to OSHA standards/regulatory agenda and inspection activities/initiatives were discussed. (Approximately 92 apprentices and 500 members)

    June 6, 2013 - Plumbers Local 27 - CAS met with Apprenticeship Coordinator/Instructor. CAS presented/discussed information and provided handouts on fall protection and heat stress. The CAS provided information on fatality stat out of the Pittsburgh Area Office and reviewed information on the new hazard communication standard on the OSHA website. In addition, safety and health issues/concerns relating to OSHA standards/regulatory agenda and inspection activities/initiatives were discussed. (Approximately 50 apprentices and 550 members)

    June 6, 2013 - Steamfitters Local 449 - CAS met with Apprenticeship Coordinator/Director of Training. CAS presented/discussed information and provided handouts on fall protection and heat stress. The CAS provided information on fatality stat out of the Pittsburgh Area Office and reviewed information on the new hazard communication standard on the OSHA website. In addition, safety and health issues/concerns relating to OSHA standards/regulatory agenda and inspection activities/initiatives were discussed. (Approximately 170 apprentices and 1000 members)

    June 28, 2013 - Fall Protection Training Course - A half day fall protection training event was sponsored by P.J. Dick Corporation through the PNC Tower Construction Project OSHA Partnership. The Pittsburgh Regional Building and Construction Trades Council signed in support of the agreement. The Council represents approximately three hundred and fifty trades’ workers on this job. Attendees include site representatives, Apprenticeship Coordinators and Apprenticeship Instructors.

    September 5, 2013 - Laborers District Council of Western Pennsylvania - CAS and AD visited the Apprenticeship School and met with the Director of Training and Instructors. The new AD was introduced, future cross-training was discussed, a tour of the facility was conducted for the new AD, and the OSHA representatives held a question/answer session with one of the training classes.

    October 24, 2013 - Apprenticeship Information Committee Meeting - CAS presented information on OSHA’s focus for the upcoming fiscal year. Presentation included Temporary/Vulnerable Workers - worker rights, Regulatory Agenda, Silica proposed rule, HCS, Falls, Heat Stress, and Oil & Gas Industry efforts. Information also was also discussed on 30 hour OSHA training.

    February 6, 2014 - Ironworkers Local #3 - CAS and AD presented an OSHA update at the Ironworkers Apprenticeship School as part of an OSHA 30 hour. All current and national and local initiatives were addressed along with local fatality statistics. In addition, the AD and CAS participated in a Scaffold Training Class and answered numerous technical questions.

    March 21, 2014 - Business Manager signed a pledge of support on the Mascaro Construction IS3 Construction Project Partnership. The Council represents the union trades’ workers on the project.

    April 8 - 10, 2014 - Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Convention - The Department of Labor had an information booth staffed with OSHA and Wage & Hour personnel. Various representatives from the Council stopped by the booth and asked questions and discussed concerns.

    April 25, 2014 - Ironworkers Local 3 - The CAS attended the Annual Outstanding Apprentice Competition and Contractor/Construction Professionals Open House. CAS provided updated OSHA information and answered numerous questions relating to OSHA policies/procedures/standards. Information on the fall stand down and heat stress were discussed.

    April 28, 2014 - Workers’ Memorial Day - Allegheny County Labor Council, AFL-CIO - CAS attended the Workers' Memorial Day Service held in Market Square, Pittsburgh PA. The Business Manager of the Pittsburgh Regional Building and Construction Trades Council along with representatives from the Trades’ Unions were in attendance.

    May 9, 2014 - Carpenters District Council - CAS and AD attended the Annual Design Build & Carpenter Competition. CAS and AD provided updated OSHA information and answered numerous questions relating to OSHA construction standards/policies/procedures throughout the day event.

    May 21, 2014 - Signed Alliance Renewal Agreement.

    Throughout this evaluation period, the CAS has e-mailed the safety alerts on product defects relating to Guardian Protection self retracting lines, MSA fall protection products with Yoke snap hooks, and a Genie Boom Lift series.

    Various Business Agents/Field Representatives and Apprenticeship Coordinators/Instructors call monthly for discussion and guidance on construction standards and OSHA policy/procedure information.

  4. Results

    The training and outreach communication information provided was well received. The member union representatives of the council found the information to be valuable in assisting them in their efforts of promoting and providing safety and health training to their members in reducing and preventing exposure to the various hazards associated with the construction industry.

    Apprenticeship Coordinators, Instructors, Business Agents and members who have called throughout the year indicated the information received from the Pittsburgh Area Office was very helpful in interpreting OSHA’s policies and standards as they related to their current construction activities. The Council represents approximately 21,000 members. The information exchanged with the Building Trades Council would eventually have the potential to affect the entire membership, that being approximately 21,000 members. The working relationship between the Alliance Signatories and the feedback on the Alliance has been extremely positive, as evidenced by the recent Alliance Renewal.

    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    May 28, 2013 - Greater Pennsylvania Regional Council of Carpenters - CAS met with Apprenticeship Coordinator/Training Director and Instructors. CAS presented/discussed information and provided handouts on fall protection and heat stress. The CAS provided information on fatality stat out of the Pittsburgh Area Office and reviewed information on the new hazard communication standard on the OSHA website. In addition, safety and health issues/concerns relating to OSHA standards/regulatory agenda and inspection activities/initiatives were discussed. 900 apprentices
    9000 total members
    May 29, 2013 - Western Pennsylvania Operating Engineers Local 66 - CAS met with Apprenticeship Coordinator and Instructors. CAS presented/discussed information and provided handouts on fall protection and heat stress. The CAS provided information on fatality stat out of the Pittsburgh Area Office and reviewed information on the new hazard communication standard on the OSHA website. In addition, safety and health issues/concerns relating to OSHA standards/regulatory agenda and inspection activities/initiatives were discussed. 203 apprentices
    7000 total members
    May 29, 2013 - IBEW Local 5 - CAS met with Apprenticeship Coordinator and Instructors. CAS presented/discussed information and provided handouts on fall protection and heat stress. The CAS provided information on fatality stat out of the Pittsburgh Area Office and reviewed information on the new hazard communication standard on the OSHA website. In addition, safety and health issues/concerns relating to OSHA standards/regulatory agenda and inspection activities/initiatives were discussed. 450 apprentices
    3200 total members
    May 30, 2013 - Boilermakers Local 154 - CAS met with Apprenticeship Coordinator and Instructors. CAS presented/discussed information and provided handouts on fall protection and heat stress. The CAS provided information on fatality stat out of the Pittsburgh Area Office and reviewed information on the new hazard communication standard on the OSHA website. In addition, safety and health issues/concerns relating to OSHA standards/regulatory agenda and inspection activities/initiatives were discussed. 450 apprentices
    1800 total members
    May 30, 2013 - Bricklayers and Allied Crafts Local 6 - CAS met with Apprenticeship Coordinator and Instructors. CAS presented/discussed information and provided handouts on fall protection and heat stress. The CAS provided information on fatality stat out of the Pittsburgh Area Office and reviewed information on the new hazard communication standard on the OSHA website. In addition, safety and health issues/concerns relating to OSHA standards/regulatory agenda and inspection activities/initiatives were discussed. 100 apprentices
    3000 total members
    May 30, 2013 - Elevator Constructors Local 6 - CAS met with Business Manager/Apprenticeship Coordinator and Instructors. CAS presented/discussed information and provided handouts on fall protection and heat stress. The CAS provided information on fatality stat out of the Pittsburgh Area Office and reviewed information on the new hazard communication standard on the OSHA website. In addition, safety and health issues/concerns relating to OSHA standards/regulatory agenda and inspection activities/initiatives were discussed. 16 apprentices
    277 total members
    May 31, 2013 - Ironworkers Local 3 - CAS met with Apprenticeship Coordinator and Instructors. CAS presented/discussed information and provided handouts on fall protection and heat stress. The CAS provided information on fatality stat out of the Pittsburgh Area Office and reviewed information on the new hazard communication standard on the OSHA website. In addition, safety and health issues/concerns relating to OSHA standards/regulatory agenda and inspection activities/initiatives were discussed. 150 apprentices
    1200 total members
    May 31, 2013 - Sheet Metal Workers Local 12 - CAS met with Apprenticeship Coordinator and Instructors. CAS presented/discussed information and provided handouts on fall protection and heat stress. The CAS provided information on fatality stat out of the Pittsburgh Area Office and reviewed information on the new hazard communication standard on the OSHA website. In addition, safety and health issues/concerns relating to OSHA standards/regulatory agenda and inspection activities/initiatives were discussed. 140 apprentices
    800 total members
    May 31, 2013 - Laborers District Council of Western Pennsylvania - CAS met with Apprenticeship Coordinator, Training Director and Instructors. CAS presented/discussed information and provided handouts on fall protection and heat stress. The CAS provided information on fatality stat out of the Pittsburgh Area Office and reviewed information on the new hazard communication standard on the OSHA website. In addition, safety and health issues/concerns relating to OSHA standards/regulatory agenda and inspection activities/initiatives were discussed. 55 apprentices
    8000 total members
    June 4, 2013 - Sprinkler Fitters Local 542 - CAS met with Business Manager/Apprenticeship Coordinator. CAS presented/discussed information and provided handouts on fall protection and heat stress. The CAS provided information on fatality stat out of the Pittsburgh Area Office and reviewed information on the new hazard communication standard on the OSHA website. In addition, safety and health issues/concerns relating to OSHA standards/regulatory agenda and inspection activities/initiatives were discussed. 12 apprentices
    132 total members
    June 4, 2013 - IUPAT District Council 57 - CAS met with Apprenticeship Coordinator and Instructors. CAS presented/discussed information and provided handouts on fall protection and heat stress. The CAS provided information on fatality stat out of the Pittsburgh Area Office and reviewed information on the new hazard communication standard on the OSHA website. In addition, safety and health issues/concerns relating to OSHA standards/regulatory agenda and inspection activities/initiatives were discussed. 186 apprentices
    1600 total members
    June 5, 2013 - Plasterers Local 31 - CAS met with Business Manager/Apprenticeship Coordinator. CAS presented/discussed information and provided handouts on fall protection and heat stress. The CAS provided information on fatality stat out of the Pittsburgh Area Office and reviewed information on the new hazard communication standard on the OSHA website. In addition, safety and health issues/concerns relating to OSHA standards/regulatory agenda and inspection activities/initiatives were discussed. 6 apprentices
    235 total members
    June 5, 2013 - Cement Masons Local 526 - CAS met with Apprenticeship Coordinator/Instructor. CAS presented/discussed information and provided handouts on fall protection and heat stress. The CAS provided information on fatality stat out of the Pittsburgh Area Office and reviewed information on the new hazard communication standard on the OSHA website. In addition, safety and health issues/concerns relating to OSHA standards/regulatory agenda and inspection activities/initiatives were discussed. 32 apprentices
    450 total members
    June 5, 2013 - United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers, and Allied Workers Local 37 - CAS met with Apprenticeship Coordinator/Instructor. CAS presented/discussed information and provided handouts on fall protection and heat stress. The CAS provided information on fatality stat out of the Pittsburgh Area Office and reviewed information on the new hazard communication standard on the OSHA website. In addition, safety and health issues/concerns relating to OSHA standards/regulatory agenda and inspection activities/initiatives were discussed. 50 apprentices
    230 total members
    June 6, 2013 - Asbestos Workers/Insulators Local 2 - CAS met with Apprenticeship Coordinator/Instructor and Business Manager. CAS presented/discussed information and provided handouts on fall protection and heat stress. The CAS provided information on fatality stat out of the Pittsburgh Area Office and reviewed information on the new hazard communication standard on the OSHA website. In addition, safety and health issues/concerns relating to OSHA standards/regulatory agenda and inspection activities/initiatives were discussed. 92 apprentices
    500 total members
    June 6, 2013 - Plumbers Local 27 - CAS met with Apprenticeship Coordinator/Instructor. CAS presented/discussed information and provided handouts on fall protection and heat stress. The CAS provided information on fatality stat out of the Pittsburgh Area Office and reviewed information on the new hazard communication standard on the OSHA website. In addition, safety and health issues/concerns relating to OSHA standards/regulatory agenda and inspection activities/initiatives were discussed. 50 apprentices
    550 total members
    June 6, 2013 - Steamfitters Local 449 - CAS met with Apprenticeship Coordinator/Director of Training. CAS presented/discussed information and provided handouts on fall protection and heat stress. The CAS provided information on fatality stat out of the Pittsburgh Area Office and reviewed information on the new hazard communication standard on the OSHA website. In addition, safety and health issues/concerns relating to OSHA standards/regulatory agenda and inspection activities/initiatives were discussed. 170 apprentices
    1000 total members
    June 28, 2013 - Fall Protection Training Course - A half day fall protection training event was sponsored by P.J. Dick Corporation through the PNC Tower Construction Project OSHA Partnership. 35
    October 24, 2013 - Apprenticeship Information Committee Meeting 20
    (Council represents Approx. 21,000 members)
    February 6, 2014 - Ironworkers Local #3 - CAS and AD presented an OSHA update at the Ironworkers Apprenticeship School as part of an OSHA 30 hour. All current and national and local initiatives were addressed along with local fatality statistics. In addition, the AD and CAS participated in a Scaffold Training Class and answered numerous technical questions. 15
    March 21, 2014 - Business Manager signed a pledge of support on the Mascaro Construction IS3 Construction Project Partnership. The Council represents the union trades’ workers on the project. 150
    April 8 - 10, 2014 - Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Convention - The Department of Labor had an information booth staffed with OSHA and Wage & Hour personnel. 500
    April 25, 2014 - Ironworkers Local 3 - The CAS attended the Annual Outstanding Apprentice Competition and Contractor/Construction Professionals Open House. 200
    April 28, 2014 - Workers’ Memorial Day - Allegheny County Labor Council, AFL-CIO 200
    May 9, 2014 - Carpenters District Council - Annual Design Build & Carpenter Competition. 1000
    TOTAL 21,000 (Approximately) total members represented by Council
  5. Upcoming Milestones

    The Alliance is continually looking into future opportunities in providing information for affected parties. The Alliance signatories will continue to work to address the safety and health needs of the affected parties.

Report Prepared by: Bob Carroll, CAS Pittsburgh Area Office

For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 202-693-2340 or go to www.osha.gov.

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