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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT

CHARLESTON AREA OFFICE (OSHA)
And
WEST VIRGINIA OSHA CONSULTATION
And
PROJECT BEST

April 12, 2017


  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed:

      January 3, 2008

    2. Evaluation Period

      February 21, 2016-February 5, 2017

    3. Overview:

      The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Charleston Area Office and Project BEST aligned to provide BEST members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to the hazards associated with highway construction and commercial building. This can include employees working in the power plant for scheduled outage maintenance and capital projects.

  2. Implementation Team Members:

    OSHA

    Prentice Cline - Area Director, Charleston Area Office
    Richard Jeffrey - Compliance Assistance Specialist, Charleston Area Office

    Alliance participant

    Ty Lolini - BEST Consultant
    Lisa Goodnight - Administrator Project BEST

    Implementation Team Meetings

    January 19, 2016
    February 16, 2016
    March15, 2016
    April 26, 2016
    May 17, 2016
    May 31, 2016
    August 23, 2016
    September 20, 2016
    October 18, 2016
    November 15, 2016
    January 17, 2017

    In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from both groups maintained regular contact, both person to person and telephonically, throughout the reporting period to monitor the Alliance's progress and results.

  3. Results

    Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives:
    • To share information on OSHA's National/Regional/Local Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process.
    • To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
    • To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on hazards associated with the heavy and highway construction industry to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
    • To encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by working with member contractors, subcontractors and the heavy and highway joint union apprenticeship committees to promote workplace safety through informational materials, discussions, meetings, organizational events, and training.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Meetings / Presentations Eight formal meetings with Board to discuss current safety topics, emphasis programs, OSHA outreach information and other relevant safety information Worker Rights
    Employer Rights and Responsibilities
    Fall Prevention
    Heat Stress
    Safety and Health Programs
    Recordkeeping
    Temporary Workers
    Hazard Communication

    120

    AD Cline, CAS Jeffrey, and RA Mendelson met with Ty Lolini, Safety Consultant for Project BEST to discuss the Alliance, industry issues, accomplishments, challenges, and OSHA initiatives. Worker Rights
    Employer Rights and Responsibilities
    Silica
    Workzone Safety
    Fall Prevention
    Heat Stress
    Young Workers
    Hazard Communication
    Recordkeeping

    1

    Dissemination Throughout the year weekly safety bulletins are generated and sent to members via email. Worker Rights
    Employer Rights and Responsibilities
    Silica
    Workzone Safety
    Fall Prevention
    Heat Stress
    Young Workers
    Hazard Communication
    Recordkeeping

    +5,000

    Training and Education:
    • To review or provide input on effective training and education programs for member contractors and others regarding hazards associated with the heavy and highway construction industry and to communicate such information to member employers and workers.
    • To review or provide input on effective training and education programs for heavy and highway construction employers and employees to promote an understanding of workers' rights, including the use of the OSHA complaint process, the responsibilities of employers, and to communicate such information to workers and employers.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Safety Committee Meeting Discussions Best safety committee meets monthly to ascertain training requirements and/or standards changes or additions. These meetings not only work on planning future training/educational events, they act as a forum to exchange safety and health technical information and best practices. Work zone Safety
    Safety and Health Programs
    Fall Prevention
    Heat Stress
    Hazard Communication
    Silica
    Recordkeeping

    180

    Training BEST's Consultant conducts both OSHA 10 and 30 hour classes for employees and employers. Six 10 hour and Six 30 hour classes were conducted. Focus Four training is conducted along with 10 and 30 hour classes.

    265

    CHAO CAS conducted two training sessions for Union BA's at safety committee meetings on how to file a proper OSHA complaint. Filing a complaint

    206

    BEST's consultant provided six formal training sessions to Best members on specific related safety standards. Enrollees were trained to take training back to employees Fall protection
    Confined space Recordkeeping
    Hazard communication along with GHS

    57 directly (+5000 potentially indirectly through secondary training)

    Twelve on-site training sessions were provided to employees and employers by BEST's safety consultant, Ty Lolini. Workzone Safety
    Fall Prevention
    Recordkeeping
    Safety and Health Programs
    Silica
    Worker Rights

    64

    Outreach and Communication:
    • To develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's and the BEST Web site) to employers and workers in the industry.
    • To speak, exhibit, or appear at BEST conferences, local meetings, or other applicable events.
    • To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding BEST good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the Participants.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Meetings / Presentations CHAO CAS attends monthly safety committee meetings and makes presentations on a variety of safety/health topics. Safety and Health Programs
    Fall Prevention
    Heat Stress
    Worker Rights
    Employer Rights and Responsibilities
    Recordkeeping
    Temporary Workers
    GHS
    Silica
    Work zone Safety
    Youth Workers

    180

    Dissemination Throughout this evaluation period, the CHAO CAS has e-mailed information to BEST's administrator who distributes the alerts to the Safety Committee via e-mail and to all member associates. Falls Stand-down
    Focus Four Initiative
    Silica
    Severe Injury Reporting Recordkeeping

    +5000

    Website Project BEST advertises their partnership with OSHA on their website (http://www.projectbest.com/Safety.aspx), including information about 10 and 30 hour training, and the OSHA website. General OSHA / Safety and Health information

    +5000

    Meetings Throughout this evaluation period CHAO CAS met with BEST's consultant informally on three occasions to discuss specific safety issues, in addition to fielding numerous phone calls throughout the year to discuss safety issues relevant with BEST members. Falls
    Multi-Employer Enforcement
    Silica

    2 directly and 96 via emails to safety committee

    TOTAL

    6,191+

  4. Evaluations

    The activities provided during this evaluation period were well received. The member representatives and the recipients of the safety and health outreach activities/communications found the information valuable in assisting them in promoting and improving their safety and health efforts at their heavy and highway construction jobsites.

    The individuals reached by the outreach activities/communication activities represent companies/unions with many employees/members that would be directly affected by the safety and health information provided. The working relationship between the Alliance Signatories and the feedback on the Alliance continues to be very positive.

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    The Alliance continues to look at future opportunities in providing information for affected parties. The Alliance Signatories will continue to work together to address the safety and health needs of the affected parties.

    Report Prepared by: Richard Jeffrey, CAS Charleston Area Office and Prentice Cline, Area Director

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