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March 21, 2016

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed: 01/03/2008

    Date Renewed: 6/16/2014

    Alliance Overview:

    The purpose of the Alliance is to provide Project BEST (Building Efficiency by Striving Together) and its 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:

    Lisa Goodnight, Administrator for Project BEST, maintains tracks and manages the safety education classes taught by Project BEST. Project BEST’s safety consultant, Tyrone Lollini, continues to work for BEST and has been instrumental in raising the safety culture of the Association, In addition he has brought new ideas and improvement in programs offered by BEST. Other members include Joe Miller, Construction Trades Co-Chairman of Project BEST and Co-Chairman of BEST’s Safety Committee, Tom Cerra, Co-Chairman of Project BEST and BEST’s Safety Committee, Prentice Cline, Charleston Area Office (CHAO) Area Director, Carla Campbell, OSHA Consultation Administrator, and Richard Jeffrey, CHAO Compliances Assistance Specialist (CAS).

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    Project BEST and the Charleston Area Office maintain close relations and continue to meet monthly for Project BEST’s Safety Committee Meetings and Board of Director’s meetings. In addition there are separate meetings with Ty Lollini and other BEST members for special projects, answering technical questions, interpreting OSHA policies, and to discuss BEST’s Alliance objectives on training issues. This does not include informal telecommunications between Mr. Lollini and CHAO’s Compliance Assistance Specialist. A work team has been in place to discuss the Directive changes to form a work plan.

  3. Activities and Products

    February 21, 2015 thru February 21, 2016

    Alliance Activity.

    • Training and Education

      The Project BEST Alliance continues to promote and assist its member contractors and unions with the initiation and maintenance of 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 members is a primary course of action for the prevention of accidents and to address the Focus Four Hazards in construction. Formal safety training programs, with specific topics, and OSHA 10-hour and 30-hour courses, complement the goal of reducing injuries and are run annually. Approximately 6,000 trades’ personnel and approximately 400 contractors are affected.

      For the 2015-2016 year, Project BEST implemented a new Campaign, Everyone Goes Home Safe at the End of Day Campaign, to address the goal of continued safety intervention through hi-value training and better conveyance of safety information to its direct and indirect members. BEST continues to provide OSHA 10 and 30 hour safety training programs. In addition, renewed efforts have been implemented to reinforce all safety training and to advise members of accidents and National fatality trends. BEST continues to support contractors through safety materials and bulletins being developed and given to contractors and unions. For this evaluation period, last year’s new safety inspection checklist was updated and disseminated. BEST continues to support the CHAO and disseminate information on OSHA Campaigns and other safety/health topics through monthly safety bulletins. During this evaluation period, BEST helped promote and disseminate information on the various campaigns including the National Fall Prevention Stand down. BEST has added weekly safety bulletins to further enhance safety communication. This came out of the Safe/14 campaign. During this evaluation period, Ty Lolini developed a program to be used by the Center for Construction Research and Training, “Eight Worksheets to Strengthen Jobsite Safety Climate”.

      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 30 site visits during this evaluation period providing consultation and training visits to both labor and management at the jobsite. Twelve were formal audits based on BEST’s new Consultation Audit Safety and Health Program.
      • The “10 and 30 Hour Construction Outreach Training Program” provided training to 134 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 BEST’s safety committee meetings, OSHA made presentations or was involved in discussions on heat stress, construction statistics, residential fall protection updates, most frequently cited standards in construction, safety program elements, oil and gas, tree trimming, OSHA’s Fall Prevention Stand-Down, competent person, youth, temporary workers and the new Global Harmonized System (GHS).
      • Project BEST continues to provide 10 and 30 hour OSHA Construction Classes to contractor and union employees.
      • Project BEST’s consultant works directly with CHAO and requests input on BEST’s program ideas and review of new or enhance documents for training and communication.

    • Alliance Products

      • Formal classroom training and education provided to bargaining unit and non-bargaining employees.
      • Continued development and use of 18 training program areas developed by BEST and its Consultant. During last evaluation period, one new program, Work Zone Safety, was added and has been implemented during the evaluation period. BEST’s previous steel erection guide was improved and revised and is now called, Contractor Guide to Steele Erection. Added this year was a new confined space training program, Permit Required Confined Space.
      • New training publication introduced. Conducting the Tailgate Safety Meeting. It’s a 15 page document with general information ranging from various toolbox safety topics to a sign-in sheet. Subjects include preparation, timing, resources, how to conduct effective tailgate safety meetings and suggestions for various visual aids. Employers and employees will receive training on the publication.
      • Project BEST supports the local Area Office by inclusion of brief articles written by the CHAO CAS for their monthly and now weekly safety messaging. 50 new safety bulletins were developed during this evaluation period. Articles on Heat Stress, Fall Protection, Youth Workers Training, and OSHA’s Fall Protection Stand-down continue to be distributed.
      • As part of the Everyone Goes Home Safely Campaign, BEST continues to provide weekly as well as monthly and quarterly safety bulletins being sent to contractors and trades unions.
      • Safety and health inspection checklist developed for supervisors and lead persons.
      • BEST continues the Safety and Health Program Consultation Audit which was implemented in 2013. A minimum of one audit of a contractor is performed each month with contractor receiving a copy.
  4. Results

    • BEST continues to use the Fall Protection Program developed and used over the last couple of years and has to date developed a total of 18 safety training programs (written programs) of which several have been developed during the tenure of the alliance agreement. New Permit Required Confined Program written and distributed along with formal training.
    • 187 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.
    • Safety & Health Program Consultation Audits were performed.
    • The Charleston Area Office’s CAS attended and provided 8 presentations on OSHA emphasis programs and campaigns to BEST’s safety committee and BEST’s Board of directors.

    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    Training provided on BEST’s training programs 187
    Safety and Health Program Consultation Audit 30
    OSHA 10 and 30 hour training 134
    OSHA presentations at BEST Safety Committee meetings 200
    Formal training to Board Members by CAS 8
    TOTAL 559

    There have not been any critical issues in the implementation of the safety programs.

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    The Charleston Area Office and Project BEST’s Board of Directors mutually agreed to renew the Alliance for a period of four years, extending the agreement to 2020. BEST’s safety committee has been advised of Directive changes affecting both the annual evaluations and renewals. A work plan has been created and will be implemented for this coming evaluation period. The CHAO and Project BEST are pleased with the cooperation and working relationship to bring Project BEST Member’s employees access to training. A renewal is presently being developed.

    Contractor safety and health management programs and enhanced training continue to be the highest priority for the Organization. Project BEST’s training programs continue to be reviewed and improved as noted by new pamphlets used and distributed to employers and employees as related to the 10/30 hour OSHA classes and weekly safety bulletins. Fifty new safety bulletins were developed and distributed during this evaluation period.

    Project BEST's consultant completed and implemented the new safety inspection checklist and it has been fully implemented this evaluation period. Employers and unions were provided copies. The safety committee believes this will be an enhancement for employers, supervisors, employees and jobsite competent persons.

Report Prepared by:

Richard C Jeffrey, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Charleston Area Office

Lisa Goodnight, Administrator, Project BEST

Ty Lollini,The McKeen Group, Project BEST Safety Consultant

For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 202-693-2340 or go to www.osha.gov.

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