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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 (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 Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) 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. Lisa Goodnight, Administrator for Project BEST maintains, tracks and manages the safety education classes taught by Project BEST. Other members include Prentice Cline, Charleston Area Office (CHAO) Area Director, Jennifer Burgess, OSHA Consultation Administrator, and Richard Jeffrey, CHAO Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS).
  2. Project BEST and OSHA Meeting Dates:

    • January 18, 2011
    • February 15, 2011
    • March 15, 2011
    • August 16, 2011
    • September 20, 2011
    • November 15, 2011
    • December 7, 2011
    • January 21, 2012
  3. 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 and the Organization's new emphasis.
  4. Activities and Products

    Evaluation Period.

    January 3, 2011 to January 2, 2012

    Alliance Activity.

    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 19189 Safety and Health Management Guideline.  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 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 42 site visits during this evaluation period providing consultation and training visits to both labor and management at the jobsite.
    • The "10 Construction Outreach Training Program" provided training to 251 employees during this evaluation period.
    • Consultant continues to provide the OSHA 10 and 30 hour course for members.
    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 the four elements of a good pro-active safety and health intervention program.
    • Project BEST continues to provide 10 and 30 hour OSHA Construction Classes to contractor and union employees.
    • BEST continues to provide training on the individual safety program subjects developed during the last evaluation period.
    Alliance Products.

    • Formal classroom training and education provided to bargaining unit members and supervisors.
    • Continued development and use of 16 training program areas developed by BEST and its Consultant. 
    • Continued use and development of the 15 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, Residential Housing Enforcement changes, and Fall Protection.
  5. Results

    A. Impact of the Alliance activities and products during the reporting period.

    • Consultant, Robert Beissel, developed a new safety management program for BEST's union and contractor members.
    • Project BEST's 2012 emphasis is on helping its members with pro-active safety management programs and training on the programs. 
    • BEST continues to use the Fall Protection Program developed and used over the last couple of years and has developed a total of 15 publications, of which several have been developed during the tenure of the alliance agreement.
    • 251 employees were formally trained in BEST's programs.
    • Consultant made 42 site visits providing ongoing support on construction safety and health.
    • Ongoing training provided to supervisors and employees on Drug-Free Workplace.
    • Ongoing OSHA 10 and 30 hour training provided.
    B. Activities and the number of individuals reached or trained during the reporting period.

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

    Number of Individuals Reached or Trained

    Training provided on 16 of training session subjects


    Eight  Safety Committee Meetings


    10-hour training


    30-hour training








  6. Upcoming Milestones

    The CHAO of OSHA and Project BEST's Board of Directors have mutually agreed to renew the Alliance for a period of two years, extending the agreement to 2014.  Both parties agree the Alliance has made for safer workers, safer working environments, and enhanced safety awareness.
    Project BEST and OSHA agree the Organization and Alliance has responded to new and/or changes in OSHA Standards and other safety subjects at the forefront. 
    A renewed effort and emphasis on contractor's safety management programs is on the highest priority for the Organization.  In addition, through 42 site visits, the consultant has noted an increase by employees to either ignore or forget common safety measures such as proper use of equipment (i.e. placement and proper use of ladders) although training had been provided during the course of their working careers. On January 21, 2012, BEST's Safety Committee met and addressed this specific issue along with the issue of company safety programs.  Following careful review of the information presented to the committee by the consultant and subsequent discussions, the safety committee has committed to addressing these issues vigorously at the nest two monthly meetings.  The committee recognizes and agrees that non-compliance of basic safety work rules by employees was a breakdown in the individual company's safety program and the non-compliance issue should be resolved through the safety programs and on the job safety talks.     

    Report Prepared by:    Richard C Jeffrey, CAS CHAO
                                     Lisa Goodnight, Administrator, Project BEST
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