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AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING AN ALLIANCE
between
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
PHILADELPHIA AREA OFFICE
and the
ROOFING CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION
and the
UNITED UNION OF ROOFERS, WATERPROOFERS AND ALLIED WORKERS, LOCAL #30

  1. Alliance Background

    Signed ~ April 17, 2008

    Overview:


    The OSHA Philadelphia Area Office, the Roofing Contractors Association and Roofers Local #30 Alliance goals are to provide training and education programs geared towards the roofing industry to provide the Roofing Contactors Association Members as well as the Roofers Local #30 members and representatives with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to fall, electrical and other roofing industry hazards and addressing various other safety & health issues which arise during the performance of roofing work activity.

    Implementation Team Members

    OSHA Alliance Committee


    Albert D’Imperio - Dept of Labor OSHA- Area Director OSHA PHAO
    James Touey – Dept of Labor OSHA- CAS OSHA PHAO
    Richard Harvey - Roofing Contractors Association Executive Director
    Thomas Belcher – Belcher Roofing - Roofing Contractors Association Safety Committee Member
    John Dietz- Dietz Roofing- Roofing Contractors Association Safety Committee Member
    Mike O’Malley – Business Manager – Roofer’s Local #30
    John McGoldrick – Apprenticeship Coordinator – Roofer’s Local #30
    Ed Donnelly – Apprenticeship Instructor – Roofer’s Local #30

    Contributors

    The Roofing Contractors Association represents approximately 50 signatory small to mid-sized commercial roofing contractors who have participated directly or indirectly in the outreach breakout sessions.

    Evaluation Period

    the evaluation covers the time frame of April 17, 2008 through April 17, 2009.

     
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    Initial Implementation Meeting held at the Roofing Contractor’s Association facility located in Philadelphia, PA on May 28, 2008. A schedule of meetings and outreach sessions were discussed.

    Second Alliance Implementation Meeting was conducted at the Contractor’s Association facility on July 8, 2009. Discussions were held pertaining to OSHA representatives attending and supporting Roofer’s Local #30, OSHA 10 Hour 1st year Apprenticeships Training Session.

     
  3. Events and Products

    Training and Education
    • July 8, 2009, 2008, Initial Alliance Meetings- OSHA’ Philadelphia Area Office Compliance Assistance Specialist provided an introductory outreach session. Session topics included Understanding Cooperative Programs and the Alliance Agreement in addition to RF Hazards in Roofing Operations and Control Methods.
    • Since the inception of the Alliance, the RCA and Roofers Local 30 have certified 325 Journeymen and new apprentices under OSHA's 10 Hour Construction Safety Outreach program. Additionally another 55-60 Local 30 Journeymen and Union Representatives have successfully completed OSHA's 30 Hour Safety Program and 10 persons have been OSHA 500 certified and can now conduct the 10 and 30 Hour certification training courses in-house for their union signatory employers.
       
    Outreach and Communication
    • The Roofing Contractors Association reports out quarterly to their affected members utilizing minutes from the labor/management safety committee to keep them up to date with the intatives of the Alliance.
    • On November 13, 2008, a joint Alliance Member outreach training session was provided for members of the Alliance. Roofer’s Local #30’s Business Manager introduced the training session and provided the audience with a strong statement of support for the Alliance goals. OSHA followed with a presentation covering; an Introduction to OSHA, Fall Protection Requirements for Roofing Operations and National & Local Most Frequently Cited Standards in the Roofing Industry. The session concluded with the Executive Director of the Roofing Contractors Association promoting the importance to the Association’s contractors to develop and implement effective Safety & Health Management Plans. The outreach session was attended by approximately fifty representatives for the Roofing, Contractors Association including owners/principals, estimators, supervisors & foreman as well as approximately twenty Roofer’s Local #30 Business Agents and stewards.
       
    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health
    • The Roofing Contractors Association promoted the local Alliance at the industries National Roofing Contractors Association annual convention held in February 2008 in Las Vegas, NV.
       
    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    Initial Alliance Meeting/Outreach Session July 8, 2009 10 Roofing Contractor Company Principles and Roofer’s Local #30 representatives
    Alliance Members Outreach Session November 19, 2008 50
    Alliance Meeting/Outreach Session May 28, 2009 10 Roofing Contractor Company Principles and Roofer’s Local #30 representatives
    OSHA 10, 30 and 500 Courses 395 Apprentices, Foreman and Union Instructors
    TOTAL 4 465

     
  4. Results

    The Alliance had a good first year. The implementation team has continued to be enthusiastic about the potential of the individual contractors to advance in OSHA’s Cooperative Program arena. The Alliance will continue to take steps towards helping these small employers to develop and promote safety programs suitable for the size of their businesses.

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    In the upcoming year the Alliance intends to conduct an additional Outreach Seminar with focus on OSHA’s Focus Four Hazards, Recordkeeping Requirements, Understanding the OSHA inspection process and promoting Cooperative Programs. Also, OSHA will make every effort to reach Roofer’s Local #30 Apprenticeship Training Sessions to support the Alliance.

    One Roofing Contractor Associate members is in the processes of pursuing a Partnership with OSHA’s Philadelphia Area Office with the intent of eventually entering into OSHA VPP Program.

    OSHA’s Philadelphia Area Office recommends the continuation of this Alliance.