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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
CHARLESTON AREA OFFICE
PROJECT BEST
APRIL 10, 2010

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed: 01/03/08

    Alliance Overview.

    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.

     
  2. 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.

     
  3. Events and Products

    Evaluation Period

    January 3, 2009 to January 2, 2010.

    Alliance Activity
     
    • Training and Education
       
      • Events

        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 for members.
         
      • 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 participating contractors.
         
      • Ongoing safety and health training provided with emphasis on fall protection.
         
      • 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.
         

      Alliance Products

      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.

       

  4. Results
     
    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    Ongoing 10 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
    Weekly safety bulletins Distributed to 400 members
    “10 Construction Outreach Training Program” 800 employees


    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 agreement.

     
  5. Upcoming Milestones

    Project Best intends to maintain the Alliance and has signed the renewal for a two-year extension.

    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.