ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
CHARLESTON AREA OFFICE
April 4, 2013
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 resigned in February 2013 and Project BEST hired Tyrone Lollini to replace Mr. Beissel as their consultant. Mr. Lollini brings over two decades of safety experience in private industry to Project BEST. Lisa Goodnight, Administrator for Project BEST maintain, tracks and manages the safety education classes taught by Project BEST. Other members include Prentice Cline, CHAO Area Director, Carla Campbell, OSHA Consultation Administrator, and Richard Jeffrey, CHAO CAS.
Implementation Team Meetings
The CHAO CAS met with Project BEST Representative, Robert Beissel, and Project BEST’s Administrator, Lisa Goodnight, on two separate occasions to review BEST’s goals and discuss the Alliance’s objectives on training issues. In addition, CHAO CAS attended, addressed and participated in Project BEST’s Safety Committee Meetings and Board of Directors meetings concerning the Alliance and new OSHA policies that affect both employees and employers. Other subjects discussed included the new residential fall protection directive, BEST’s proactive training on the new crane standard, the need for contractor safety program enhancements, and CAS’s participation on the WV Joint Labor Union/Management Apprenticeship Training and Advisory Committee (JLUMATAC), BEST’s newly written Safety Management Program, Global Hazard Standard and the Organization’s new emphasis. Discussions included using BEST’s newsletter and web site to distribute new information regarding safety and health issues in construction.
Activities and Products
February 2, 2012 to February 21, 2013
- Training and Education
The Project BEST Alliance continues to promote and assist its member contractors with the initiation and maintenance or pro-active safety and health intervention programs based on OSHA’s 1989 Safety and Health Management Guideline. The issuance and discussions of these Voluntary Guidelines with participating member 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 provided 34 site visits during this evaluation period providing consultation and training visits to both labor and management at the jobsite.
- The "10 and 30 Hour Construction Outreach Training Program" provided training to 148 participants during this evaluation period.
- Outreach and Communication
- OSHA representation and attendance to BEST’s monthly safety committee meetings and BEST’s Board of Directors meetings.
- During safety meetings OSHA made presentations on heat stress, construction statistics, residential fall protection updates, most frequently cited standards in construction and good safety program elements and GHS.
- Project BEST continues to provide 10 and 30 hour OSHA Construction Classes to contractor and union employees.
- Alliance Products
- Formal classroom training and education provided to bargaining unit and non-bargaining employees.
- Continued development and use of 17 training program areas developed by BEST and its Consultant.
- Continued use and development of the 17 safety and health publications developed by BEST. The newest developments were two publications to enhance safety programs for contractors and unions. Safety Management Programs and Safety and Health Education Training Procedures.
- Project BEST supports the local Area Office by inclusion of brief articles written by the CHAO CAS for their weekly safety message through the Ohio Valley Construction Employer Council’s weekly bulletin. Articles included, Heat Stress and Fall Protection.
- Training and Education
- BEST continues to use the Fall Protection Program developed and used over the last couple of years and has also developed a total of 17 publications, of which several have been developed during the tenure of the alliance agreement.
- 148 participants were formally trained in BEST’s programs.
- Ongoing training provided to supervisors and employees on Drug-Free Workplace.
- Ongoing OSHA 10 and 30 hour training provided.
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained Training provided on 17 of training session subjects 148 Eight Safety Committee Meetings 300 TOTAL 448
There have not been any critical issues in the implementation of the safety programs.
Last year the CHAO of OSHA and Project BEST’s Board of Directors mutually agreed to renew the Alliance for a period of two years, extending the agreement to 2014. The CHAO and Project BEST were pleased with the cooperation and working relationship to bring Project BEST Member’s employees access to training in addition to their apprenticeship training.
The renewed effort and emphasis on contractor’s safety management programs is on the highest priority for the Organization. In addition, the consultant has noted a rise by employees to either ignore or forget common safety measures and proper use of equipment (i.e. placement and proper use of ladders) although training had been provided during the course of their training and working career. BEST’s Safety Committee addressed this at the last meeting and will be ongoing.
The new consultant, Project BEST and OSHA CHAO CAS have agreed to work on a "Consultation Audit Safety and Health Program" for the upcoming year ending in February 2014.
Report Prepared by:
Richard C Jeffrey, CAS CHAO
Lisa Goodnight, Administrator, Project BEST
Ty Lollini,The McKeen Group, Project BEST Safety Consultant