Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Region IIII

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed: 01/03/2008

    Date Renewed: 03/10/2010

    Alliance Overview.

    The purpose of the Alliance is to provide Project BEST (Ohio Valley Construction Labor-Management Council, Upper Ohio Valley Building & Construction Trades Council (UOVBCT) and Ohio Valley Construction Employers Council Inc. (OVCEC, INC), 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 17 years. Previously, he held the position as a compliance officer 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. In addition, Lisa Goodnight, Project BEST’s Administrator, works closely with Mr. Beissel and Project BEST’s Board of Directors and BEST’s Safety Committee to coordinate track and implement BEST’s Partnership’s goals. She serves on BEST’s safety committee, coordinates the program, helps with preparation of OSHA materials for their various training program and tracks the number of employees trained. Other members include Prentice Cline, CHAO Area Director, Jennifer Burgess, OSHA Consultation Administrator, and Richard Jeffrey, CHAO CAS.
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    In addition to several annual phone calls, CAS met with Project BEST Representative Robert Beissel on 3 occasions to review BEST’s goals and discuss the Alliance’s objectives on training issues. In addition, CAS attended and addressed BEST’s Board of Directors concerning the Alliance and new OSHA policies that affect both employees and employers. Other subjects presented at BEST’s safety committee meetings included the new crane standard and CAS’s participation on the WV Joint Labor Union/Management Apprenticeship Training and Advisory Committee (JLUMATAC). WVJLUMATAC has input into every construction trade apprenticeship program in West Virginia of which many belong to Project BEST.
  3. Activities and Products

    Evaluation Period.

    January 3, 2010 to January 2, 2011

    Alliance Activity.

    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. Project BEST now requires all contractor members to have a safety and health program based on the 4 elements identified in OSHA’s 1989 Management Guidelines. BEST recognizes new member’s safety program from other associations if they include the 4 elements. BEST’s safety coordinator works with companies that require additional help. Alliance member believe the issuance, discussions and requirement 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 Board of Directors (labor organizations and contractor representatives) meet monthly with safety and health training issues always on the agenda.
    • BEST’s safety consultant provides two weekly safety consultations with both labor and management members.
    • BEST’s safety consultant provides monthly field safety compliance audits for members (2 per month).
    • Trafffic control Technician Training was implemented at the end of the rating period.
    • Signal Qualification Training has been implemented during the rating period and 32 employees have completed the course.
    • Excavation Safety & Heath training continues.
    • BEST has implemented training on the Motor Vehicle Uniform Traffic Code.
    • BEST continues to provide fall protection materials to employers and employees and assists in any training when requested.
    • Quarterly face to face meetings with the Charleston Area Office and/or the office’s compliance assistance specialist

    Outreach and Communication

    • Wheeling Park High School. As part of BEST’s outreach relationship with the school, Wheeling Park’s program was advertised in BEST’s weekly bulletin and to members in attendance at BEST’s January Board of Directors meeting. During February of 2011, anyone affiliated with BEST had an open invitation to go to the school and shadow a class.
    • 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.
    • BEST continues to reach out to employers and employees regarding their Fall Hazard Survey Report which is a 28 page training document for members.
    • Last year, members of BEST reached out to the area vocational/technical school s to provide safety related training for their construction courses. The effort was a result of local newspapers illustrating students working on a school project and exposed to fall hazards. This was noted by BEST members and a training outreach was conducted by members.

    Alliance Products.

    • Curriculums were developed for training programs that reach out to members and their employees’. In addition to the “Fall Hazard Survey Report” completed and modified in 2010, BEST has developed and implemented other training courses. They include training and education on Scaffold Use, Excavation Safety, Signal Person Qualification, Traffic Control, and Drug Free Workplace.
    • BEST continues to provide OSHA 10 and 30 hour training courses for members.
    • CAS’s attendance to BEST safety meetings and Board meetings with input on standard updates, case law and abatement help.
    • Through WV Joint Labor Union/Management Apprenticeship Training and Advisory Committee (WVJUMATAC), CAS has been involved with communication on training in that WVJLUMATAC advises all Certified Apprenticeship Programs of which BEST’s employers and unions are part of.

  4. Results

    A. The Alliance is meeting its purpose to provide safety/health education and training to its members and their employees. The training programs provided are directed towards the 4 construction hazards and are either updated or new ones developed as OSHA Standards change. This is illustrated with the additional development of the signal qualification class and aerial lift classes where struck by and caught in between hazards are related to cranes and material movement. The 10 and 30 hour OSHA classes continue to be provided to employees and supervisors through Robert Beissel of BEST. New programs are implemented as needs arise, as OSHA standards or directives change and resources are available.


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

    Number of Individuals Reached or Trained

    Training OSHA 10 hour


    Training OSHA 30 hour


    Drug Free Workplace Training


    Scaffold Use Training


    Excavation S & H/MUTCD Part VI


    Aerial Lift Safety Training


    Signal Person Qualifications Class Option 1


    Traffic Control Technician Training


    Weekly safety bulletins

    Distributed to 400 members

    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 resources and logistics to provide the training to all of the employees covered by the agreement. As example, with the additions of specific training classes, the resource time of Mr. Beissel does not permit weekly on-site job visits as in the past. They are now limited to 2 per month. Weekly office consultations with both labor and management continue.
  5. Upcoming Milestones

    Project Best intends to maintain the Alliance and has signed the renewal for a two-year extension that expires March 2, 2012.

    Report Prepared by: Richard C. Jeffrey, CAS, Charleston Area Office, Lisa Goodnight, Project Administrator and Robert Beissel, Hazard Recognition Services on contract with Project BEST.