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  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed:

    5-17-04

    Date Renewed:

    Last Renewal 5-27-10 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 Szymanski – Area Director, OSHA Pittsburgh Area Office
    Robert Carroll – CAS, OSHA Pittsburgh Area Office
    Frank Librich – Assistant Area Director, OSHA Pittsburgh Area Office

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    May 27, 2010 In-person Dormont, PA
    July 8, 2010 In-person Dormont, PA
    August 13, 2010 In-person Dormont, PA
    December 6, 2010 Conference Call
    March 14, 2011 In-person Dormont, PA
    May 24, 2011 Conference Call


  3. Activities and Products

    Evaluation Period

    May 27, 2010 to May 27, 2011

    Alliance Activity

    May 27, 2010 – Alliance renewal signing meeting with discussion on upcoming concerns and needs.

    July 8, 2010 – Alliance meeting to discuss the Building Trades Councils participation in a Partnership agreement for UPMC East Hospital construction with P.J. Dick – Barton Malow, a Joint Venture.

    July 8, 2010 – CAS had a meeting with the Boilermakers Local #154 Apprenticeship Coordinator and instructors to discuss safety and health curricula, concerns and needs. Information/training was provided on the new expansion of the Introduction to OSHA for 10 and 30 Hour courses. CAS provided updated handouts on frequently cited standards and fatality statistics out of the Pittsburgh AO. A variety of questions were answered on OSHA policies/procedures and interpretations.

    July 8, 2010 – CAS had a meeting with the Sheet Metal Workers Local #12 Apprenticeship Coordinator and instructor to provide information/training on the new expansion of the Introduction to OSHA 10 and 30 hour courses.

    July 8, 2010 – CAS had a meeting with the District Council #57 IUPAT (Painters, Drywall, Glaziers, and Sign Painters) Apprenticeship Coordinator and instructor to provide information/training on the new expansion of the Introduction to OSHA 10 and 30 hour courses.

    July 9, 2010 - CAS had a meeting with the Ironworkers Local #3 Apprenticeship Coordinator and instructors to discuss safety and health curricula, concerns and needs. Information/training was provided on the new expansion of the Introduction to OSHA for 10 and 30 Hour courses. CAS provided updated handouts on frequently cited standards and fatality statistics out of the Pittsburgh AO. A variety of questions were answered on OSHA policies/procedures and interpretations.

    July 12, 2010 - CAS had a meeting with the Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local #37 Apprenticeship Coordinator/instructor to discuss safety and health curricula, concerns and needs. Information/training was provided on the new expansion of the Introduction to OSHA for 10 and 30 Hour courses. CAS provided updated handouts on frequently cited standards and fatality statistics out of the Pittsburgh AO. A variety of questions were answered on OSHA policies/procedures and interpretations.

    July 12, 2010 - CAS had a meeting with the Cement Masons Local #526 Apprenticeship Coordinator/instructor to discuss safety and health curricula, concerns and needs. Information/training was provided on the new expansion of the Introduction to OSHA for 10 and 30 Hour courses. CAS provided updated handouts on frequently cited standards and fatality statistics out of the Pittsburgh AO. A variety of questions were answered on OSHA policies/procedures and interpretations.

    July 13, 2010 - CAS had a meeting with the Plumbers Local #27 Apprenticeship Coordinator/instructor to discuss safety and health curricula, concerns and needs. Information/training was provided on the new expansion of the Introduction to OSHA for 10 and 30 Hour courses. CAS provided updated handouts on frequently cited standards and fatality statistics out of the Pittsburgh AO. A variety of questions were answered on OSHA policies/procedures and interpretations.

    July 13, 2010 - CAS had a meeting with the Greater Pennsylvania Regional Council of Carpenters Apprenticeship Coordinator and instructors to discuss safety and health curricula, concerns and needs. Information/training was provided on the new expansion of the Introduction to OSHA for 10 and 30 Hour courses. CAS provided updated handouts on frequently cited standards and fatality statistics out of the Pittsburgh AO. A variety of questions were answered on OSHA policies/procedures and interpretations.

    July 16, 2010 - CAS had a meeting with the Western Pennsylvania Operating Engineers Apprenticeship Coordinator and instructors to discuss safety and health curricula, concerns and needs. Information/training was provided on the new expansion of the Introduction to OSHA for 10 and 30 Hour courses. CAS provided updated handouts on frequently cited standards and fatality statistics out of the Pittsburgh AO. A variety of questions were answered on OSHA policies/procedures and interpretations.

    July 16, 2010 - CAS had a meeting with the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local #9 Apprenticeship Coordinator/instructor and union officers to discuss safety and health curricula, concerns and needs. Information/training was provided on the new expansion of the Introduction to OSHA for 10 and 30 Hour courses. CAS provided updated handouts on frequently cited standards and fatality statistics out of the Pittsburgh AO. A variety of questions were answered on OSHA policies/procedures and interpretations.

    July 19, 2010 - CAS had a meeting with the District Council #57 IUPAT (Painters, Drywall, Glaziers, and Sign Painters) Apprenticeship Coordinator and instructors to discuss safety and health curricula, concerns and needs. CAS provided updated handouts on frequently cited standards and fatality statistics out of the Pittsburgh AO. A variety of questions were answered on OSHA policies/procedures and interpretations.

    July 19, 2010 - CAS had a meeting with the Sprinkle Fitters Local #542 Business Manager to discuss safety and health curricula, concerns and needs. Information/training was provided on the new expansion of the Introduction to OSHA for 10 and 30 Hour courses. CAS provided updated handouts on frequently cited standards and fatality statistics out of the Pittsburgh AO. A variety of questions were answered on OSHA policies/procedures and interpretations.

    July 20, 2010 – CAS had a meeting with the Insulators & Asbestos Workers Local #2 Apprenticeship Coordinator and instructors to discuss safety and health curricula, concerns and needs. Information/training was provided on the new expansion of the Introduction to OSHA for 10 and 30 Hour courses. CAS provided updated handouts on frequently cited standards and fatality statistics out of the Pittsburgh AO. A variety of questions were answered on OSHA policies/procedures and interpretations.

    July 21, 2010 - CAS had a meeting with the Plasterers Local #31 Apprenticeship Coordinator/Business Manager/instructor to discuss safety and health curricula, concerns and needs. Information/training was provided on the new expansion of the Introduction to OSHA for 10 and 30 Hour courses. CAS provided updated handouts on frequently cited standards and fatality statistics out of the Pittsburgh AO. A variety of questions were answered on OSHA policies/procedures and interpretations.

    July 21, 2010 - CAS had a meeting with the IBEW Local #5 Apprenticeship Coordinator to discuss safety and health curricula, concerns and needs. Information/training was provided on the new expansion of the Introduction to OSHA for 10 and 30 Hour courses. CAS provided updated handouts on frequently cited standards and fatality statistics out of the Pittsburgh AO. A variety of questions were answered on OSHA policies/procedures and interpretations.

    July 26, 2010 - CAS had a meeting with the Sheet Metal Workers Local #12 Apprenticeship Coordinator and instructors to discuss safety and health curricula, concerns and needs. CAS provided updated handouts on frequently cited standards and fatality statistics out of the Pittsburgh AO. A variety of questions were answered on OSHA policies/procedures and interpretations.

    July 26, 2010 - CAS had a meeting with the Laborers District Council of Western Pennsylvania Apprenticeship Coordinator and instructors to discuss safety and health curricula, concerns and needs. Information/training was provided on the new expansion of the Introduction to OSHA for 10 and 30 Hour courses. CAS provided updated handouts on frequently cited standards and fatality statistics out of the Pittsburgh AO. A variety of questions were answered on OSHA policies/procedures and interpretations.

    August 4, 2010 - The Pittsburgh Area OSHA Office, P.J. Dick-Barton Malow, a Joint Venture and the Building Trades Council signed a Partnership agreement for the construction of the UPMC East Hospital construction project.

    August 18, 2010 - CAS had a meeting with the Steamfitters Local #449 Apprenticeship Coordinator and instructor to discuss safety and health curricula, concerns and needs. Information/training was provided on the new expansion of the Introduction to OSHA for 10 and 30 Hour courses. CAS provided updated handouts on frequently cited standards and fatality statistics out of the Pittsburgh AO. A variety of questions were answered on OSHA policies/procedures and interpretations.

    August 27, 2010 – As a result of the cross-training venue in the Alliance four OSHA representatives (CAS and CSHOs) from the Pittsburgh Area Office received training at the IBEW apprenticeship school on electrical work/safety.

    October 7, 2010 – A meeting was held at the Greater Pennsylvania Council of Carpenters Apprenticeship School with the CAS, and representatives from the Carpenters, Pile Drivers, Operating Engineers, Master Builders Association, and the Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania. This was an information meeting to discuss provisions in the new crane standard.

    October 15, 2010 – CAS had an information meeting with the Ironworkers Local #3 Apprenticeship coordinator and instructors on provisions in the new crane standard.

    November 3, 2010 - As a result of the cross-training venue in the Alliance three OSHA representatives (CAS and CSHOs) from the Pittsburgh Area Office received training at the Ironworkers apprenticeship school on steel erection. The Ironworkers apprentices and Operating Engineers apprentices conducted hands on training by disassembling and reassembling a two story structural steel mock building. In addition, the CAS presented OSHA policy/procedure information to include the complaint process and worker rights.

    November 10, 2010 – The CAS and AAD-Safety, met with the Ironworkers Local #3 Apprenticeship Coordinator and a Safety Director from a member company of the Ironworkers Employers Association (IWEA) to discuss provisions of the new crane standard.

    January 14, 2011 – As part of an OSHA 30 Hour course for the Ironworker Local #3 apprentices, the CAS passed out handouts and presented information on worker rights. In addition, the CAS answered a variety of questions on OSHA policies/procedures and standards.

    January 21, 2011 - As part of an OSHA 30 Hour course for the Ironworker Local #3 apprentices, the CAS passed out handouts and presented information on worker rights. In addition, the CAS answered a variety of questions on OSHA policies/procedures and standards.

    January 28, 2011 - As part of an OSHA 30 Hour course for the Ironworker Local #3 apprentices, the CAS passed out handouts and presented information on worker rights. In addition, the CAS answered a variety of questions on OSHA policies/procedures and standards.

    April 7, 2011 - CAS met with Western Pennsylvania Operating Engineers Apprenticeship Coordinator, Crane Instructor, Business Agent, and Special Pipeline Representative. Various safety and health concerns were discussed relating to OSHA construction standards and policies.

    April 12, 2011 - CAS staffed an information booth on Career Day at the Forbes Road Career and Technology Center (Event sponsored by CAWP). The primary purpose of the event was to raise the awareness of high school students to the career paths available to them. The focus of the event was to promote careers related to highway and bridge design, construction, maintenance and construction safety. The apprenticeship coordinators and instructors from the following Pittsburgh Building Trades Unions participated in the event: Laborers Local #1058, Ironworkers Local #3, Operating Engineers Local #66, Cement Masons Local #526, Bricklayers/Allied Craftworkers Local #9 and Carpenters District Council. The CAS visited the various hands-on demonstrations by the Unions to promote OSHA and safety relating to highway and bridge construction and maintenance work.

    April 21, 2011 - The CAS attended the Ironworkers Local #3 Outstanding Apprenticeship Competition and Annual Contractors/Construction Professionals Open House event. The CAS provided updated OSHA information and answered numerous questions relating to OSHA construction standards throughout the event day. Various Business Agents 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. In addition, the OSHA staff that received cross-training from the IBEW and Ironworkers found the training to be excellent and extremely valuable in assisting them in the field. 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 20,000 members. The information exchanged with the Building Trades Council would eventually have the potential to affect the entire membership, that being approximately 20,000 members. The working relationship between the Alliance Signatories and the feedback on the Alliance has been extremely positive.

    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)

    Number of Individuals Reached or Trained

    Boilermakers Local #154 Apprenticeship Coordinator/Instructors Meeting Provided training handout information for apprentices  7/8/10

    320

    Sheet Metal Workers Local #12 Apprenticeship Coordinator/Instructors Meeting Provided training handout information for apprentices  7/8/10

    140

    District Council #57 IUPAT Apprenticeship Coordinator/Instructors Meeting Provided training handout information for apprentices  7/8/10 229
    Ironwokers Local #3 Apprenticeship Coordinator/Instructors Meeting Provided training handout information for apprentices  7/9/10 207
    Roofers, Waterproofers, and Allied Craft Workers Apprenticeship Coordinator/Instructor Meeting Provided training handout information for apprentices  7/12/10 58
    Cement Masons Local #526 Apprenticeship Coordinator/instructor Meeting Provided training handout information for apprentices  7/12/10 25
    Plumbers Local #27 Apprenticeship Coordinator/instructor Meeting Provided training handout information for apprentices  7/13/10 80
    Greater Pennsylvania Regional Council of Carpenters Apprenticeship Coordinator/instructors Meeting Provided training handout information for apprentices  7/13/10 959
    Western PA Operating Engineers Apprenticeship Coordinator/Instructors Meeting Provided training handout information for apprentices.  7/16/10 180
    Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local #9 Apprenticeship Coordinator/instructor Meeting Provided training handout information for apprentices  7/16/10 100
    District Council #57 IUPAT Apprenticeship Coordinator/Instructor Meeting Provided training handout information for apprentices  7/19/10 229
    Sprinkler Fitters Local #542 Business Manager/instructor Meeting Provided training handout information for apprentices.  7/20/10 151
    Insulators & Asbestos Workers  Local #2 Apprenticeship Coordinator/instructor Meeting Provided training handout information for apprentices  7/20/10 102
    Plasterers Local #31 Business Manager/Apprenticeship Coordinator Meeting Provided training handout information for apprentices.                             7/21/10 151
    IBEW Local #5 - Apprenticeship Coordinator/instructor Meeting Provided training handout information for apprentices  7/21/10 400
    Sheet Metal Workers Local #12 Apprenticeship Coordinator/Instructors Meeting Provided training handout information for apprentices  7/26/10 140
    Laborers District Council of Western PA - Apprenticeship Coordinator/Instructors Meeting Provided training handout information for apprentices  7/26/10 75
    Signed Partnership with OSHA and P.J. Dick-Barton Malow, a Joint Venture for UPMC East Hospital Construction Project             8/4/10 300
    Steamfitters Local #449 Apprenticeship Coordinator/Instructors Meeting Provided training handout information for apprentices  8/18/10 140
    Cross-Training OSHA Reps at IBEW Apprenticeship School            8/27/10 8
    Meeting new crane standard – Carpenters, Pile Drivers, Operators, CAWP, and MBA Reps         10/7/10 10
    Meeting new crane standard – Ironworkers Local #3 Apprenticeship Coordinator and instructors 10/15/10 6
    Cross-Training OSHA Reps, Ironworker apprentices, and Operating Engineer apprentices at Ironworker Apprenticeship School                                                                                             11/3/10   20
    Meeting new crane standard – Ironworker Local #3 and Ironworkers Employers reps 11/10/10 4
    Ironworkers Local #3 as part of an OSHA 30 hr – CAS presented information/training on worker rights and OSHA policies       1/14/11 12
    Ironworkers Local #3 as part of an OSHA 30 hr – CAS presented information/training on worker rights and OSHA policies       1/21/11 11
    Ironworkers Local #3 as part of an OSHA 30 hr – CAS presented information/training on worker rights and OSHA policies       1/28/11 11

     Career Day/fair at the Forbes Road Career and Technology Center 4/12/11

    1200

    Ironworkers Local #3 Annual Outstanding Apprenticeship Competition and Construction Professional Day                    4/21/11 200

    TOTAL

    5,468


  5. Upcoming Milestones

    As a result of the positive working relationship between the Alliance signatories, an Alliance Renewal Agreement was signed on May 27, 2010. 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.