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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
CHARLESTON AREA OFFICE
APRIL 10, 2010
- Alliance Background
Date Signed: 01/03/08
The purpose of the Alliance is to provide Project BEST (Upper Ohio Valley
Construction) Contractors and members with information, guidance, and access to
training resources that will help them protect employees’ health and safety,
particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to OSHA’s four focus hazards.
Implementation Team Members.
Robert Beissel (Hazard Recognition Services, Inc.) has been under contract with
Project BEST, Inc. for 16 years and was previously with OSHA. He is under a 40
hours weekly contract to provide training and other professional safety and
health related services to Project BEST members and their employees. Other
members include Jeffrey Funke, CHAO Area Director, Jennifer Burgess, OSHA
Consultation Administrator, and Richard Jeffrey, CHAO CAS.
- Implementation Team Meetings
CAS met with Project BEST representative Robert Beissel on 2 occasions while
reviewing the new “Fall Protection Safety Program” and other safety training
related matters. In addition, CAS met and participated with Project BEST’s Board
of Directors on February 2009, October 20, 2009 and December 2, 2009.
Subsequently, it was agreed that CAS would meet with Board 3 times a year and
with Mr. Beissel at least quarterly.
- Events and Products
January 3, 2009 to January 2, 2010.
- Training and Education
The Project BEST Alliance continues to promote and assist its member
contractors with the initiation and maintenance of pro-active safety and
health intervention programs based on OSHA’s 1989 Safety and Health
Management Guidelines. The issuance and discussions of these Voluntary
Guidelines with participating members is a primary course of action for the
prevention of accidents. Approximately 6,000 trades’ personnel and
approximately 400 contractors are affected.
- Project BEST’s Board of Directors (contractor representatives and labor
organization representatives) met monthly and safety performance was always
a priority on the agenda. BEST continues preparing and distributing weekly
safety bulletins via mailing to approximately 400 members.
- BEST’s safety consultant provided daily to weekly safety consultation
with both labor and management members.
- BEST’s safety consultant provided weekly field safety compliance audits
- The “10 Construction Outreach Training Program” provided training to 800
employees during this rating.
- Quarterly face to face meetings with the Charleston Area Office and/or
the office’s compliance assistance specialist.
- Outreach and Communication
- OSHA representation and attendance to three Advisory Board meetings.
- OSHA representation and attendance to annual recognition banquet.
- OSHA representation and attendance to one training session.
- Poject BEST’s safety consultant, Robert Beissel, along with a joint
effort between both labor and management (contractors, union employees and
BEST staff) have taken an assertive pro-active role in training the
vocational and technical instructors in Marshall, Brooke, Ohio and Hancock
counties of West Virginia. In addition, students in the construction studies
courses received safety and health training via BEST’s Robert Beisel and
- Ongoing safety and health training provided with emphasis on fall
- Ongoing 10 hour OSHA training class for employees.
- Ongoing 30 hour training for contractors and their representatives.
Project BEST, through “Hazard Recognition Services, Inc., provides ongoing
safety education and training for over 400 members representing the Upper
Ohio Valley Construction Employers Council and contractors signatory to the
collective bargaining agreements in the 30 Hour Construction Outreach
Training Program. This training includes the fall protection program
developed fiscal ’08 and implemented this evaluation period.
Last year a major project was the development of a new fall protection safety
program. The program is a 28 page document with the addition of a Fall Hazard
Survey Report checklist for employees and employers. The document was
distributed to all construction companies and unions that are members of BEST.
During this fiscal year, BEST implemented and provided specific training to
reach members. The training is ongoing to reach both employees and
contractors. The new program has also been taken to the public education
facilities (construction vocational) via Mr. Robert Beissel, safety consultant
for BEST, a staff member and contractor volunteers.
A sixteen page fall protection guide was developed by Hazard Recognition
Services and is given to BEST members and employees.
|Type of Activity (Conference,
Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc)
||Number of Individuals Reached or
training and 30 hour training
65 employees trained during year in the OSHA 10 hour Construction Course and
61 employer representatives were trained in the OSHA 30 Hour course
Distributed to 400 members
Construction Outreach Training Program”
There have not been any critical issues in the implementation of the safety
programs, training provided and annual evaluations. The only minor issue is the
logistics to provide the training to all of the employees covered by the
- Upcoming Milestones
Project Best intends to maintain the Alliance and has signed the renewal for a
Report Prepared by: Richard C. Jeffrey, CAS, Charleston Area Office
For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at
202-693-2340 or go to OSHA.