- Alliance Background
June 12, 2008
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Associated
Builders and Contractors, Inc., Florida Gulf Coast Chapter (ABC Florida Gulf
Coast Chapter) agreed to establish an Alliance to reduce and prevent employee
exposure to health and safety hazards, such as, falls, trenching and excavation,
scaffolds, confined space, struck-by, chemical and electrical hazards in
construction by developing and sharing information, guidance, and training
Implementation Team Members
Tampa Area OSHA Area Office and the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.,
Florida Gulf Coast Chapter
ABC’s Florida Gulf Coast Chapter Safety Steering Committee comprised of
community safety professionals from local companies1.
June 12, 2008 – June 24, 2009
- Implementation Team Meetings
The group conducted implementation team meetings to track and share information
on activities as follows:
Telephone Meeting – July 29, 2008 – discussed bringing the University of
Florida’s “Worker Safety Training for Hurricane Reconstruction” as a joint
presentation with the Tampa Area Safety Council Alliance.
Meeting – August 12, 2008 – met to discuss direction of alliance and
participation of ABC Safety Committee and community safety professionals.
Meeting – September 9, 2008 – monthly safety committee meeting and discussed
Meeting – October 14, 2008 – monthly safety committee meeting and formed
Meeting – November 11, 2008 – monthly safety committee meeting and alliance
sub-committee planned special meeting.
Meeting – November 14, 2008 – alliance sub-committee met to discuss future
Meeting – December 9, 2008 - monthly safety committee meeting and discussed with
safety committee planned events
Meeting – February 10, 2009 – monthly safety committee meeting spoke of a safety
expo for 2009, planned for another sub-committee meeting.
Meeting – February 26, 2009 – sub-committee met to confirmed dates and training
topics for future events.
Meeting – March 10, 2009 - monthly safety committee meeting. Gave dates of
events, solicit volunteers to give presentations and discussed what would be
covered in the first presentation – Focus Four.
Meeting – April 14, 2009 – monthly safety committee meeting and discuss success
of training program given that morning.
Meeting – May 12, 2009 – monthly safety committee meeting and discussed content
of June’s training program.
Meeting – June 24, 2009 – discussed success of recent training and compiled
annual report data.
- Activities and Products
Training and Education
- During this period the ABC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter conducted a total of
fifteen classes addressing occupational safety and health issues cover by the
Alliance, such as, emergency preparedness, fall protection, trenching,
scaffolding and struck by hazards.
- Several trainings were conducted for individual companies covering the
Focus Four hazards.
- The ABC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter conducted a total of ten OSHA 10 or
30-Hour Courses during this period.
- The ABC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter conducted one fall protection class in
Spanish during this period.
- Three hundred workers attended apprenticeship program. First level
apprentice receive 10-hour OSHA card. Ages of apprentice range from 18 to 50+
Outreach and Communication
- September 16, 2008 – the ABC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter hosted the
University of Florida’s “Worker Safety Training for Hurricane Reconstruction”
for a joint presentation with the Tampa Area Safety Council Alliance.
- April 14, 2009 – the Alliance group conducted the first of a series of
workshops for construction activities. Presentation covered a review of the
benefits of safety and health management systems, focus four hazards for
construction, and how to implement pre-qualification requirements for the
general contractor and sub-contractor Packets containing Tool Box Reviews for
Construction, Region IV’s Fall Protection Tool Box for Roofing and Carpentry,
Safety and Health Management Systems Fact Sheet, Work Zone Traffic Safety Fact
Sheet, National Photo Archive CD, OSHA Publication CD and various OSHA
Quickcards covering safe driving practices, work zone traffic, trenching
safety, personal protective equipment for construction, top for construction
hazards, portable ladder safety and fall protection.
- June 24, 2009, the Alliance group conducted the second part of the
construction series was given. It was a two hour workshop on safety pays,
insurance experience modification and risk assessments in construction.
Participants were provided with sample of calculations, OSHA publication
“Small Business Handbook”, National Photo Archive CD, OSHA Publication CD and
various OSHA Quickcards covering trenching safety, personal protective
equipment for construction, top for construction hazards, portable ladder
safety and fall protection.
- The ABC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter Alliance was promoted during several
OSHA outreach presentations conducted throughout Central Florida.
- The Alliance assisted in the distribution of safety & health outreach
material such as the Region IV Photo and Struck-by CDs, Tool Box Reviews, MAD
IV Roofing and Carpentry Toolbox Reviews and OSHA Quick Cards.
Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health
- June 19-21, 2008, the Alliance and “Worker Safety Training for Hurricane
Preparation and Reconstruction” program was promoted during the statewide
Florida Roofing, Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Conference.
- July 31-August 2, 2008, the Alliance and “Worker Safety Training for
Hurricane Preparation and Reconstruction” program was promoted during the
regional Southeast Building Conference.
- On January 27, 2009, the Alliance was promoted during the Sarasota County
Roofing Association monthly meeting where representatives from national supply
- February 17-19, 2009, the Alliance was promoted during the national Common
Ground Alliance Conference.
- On March 5, 2009, the Alliance was promoted during the Alliance for
Central Florida Safety “Safety Day” event in Orlando, FL.
- March 15-19, 2009, the Alliance was promoted during the International
Foundation Congress and Equipment Expo in Orlando, FL where representatives
from both national and international companies attended.
- The Alliance was promoted during all University of South Florida OSHA
Training Institute construction courses conducted in the Orlando and Tampa
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution,
Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
OSHA 10 Hour Course
OSHA 30 Hour Course
Safety and health management
Fall Protection in Spanish
Small Business Handbook
Region IV Construction Toolbox
Region IV MAD IV Fall Protection Toolbox
Various OSHA Quick Cards and Fact Sheets
National Photo Archive CD
OSHA Publication CD
Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for an Influenza Pandemic
How to Plan for Workplace Emergencies and Evacuations
- Upcoming Milestones
Report prepared by: Joan M. Spencer, Compliance Assistance Specialist
- August 20, 2009 – Young and Hispanic Worker Safety in Construction - Three
hour training workshop on safety and health hazards after a hurricane.
- October 27, 2009 - Safety and Health Management System Workshop
- Continue to partner with University of South Florida OTI Ed Center.
- Continue to encourage small businesses in Central Florida to develop and
implement effective Safety and Health Management Systems (SHMS).
- Continue to promote the ABC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter Alliance in the
West Central Florida Area
- Continue and expand safety and health training for construction workers.
- Continued to work with community safety professionals to ensure the
effective delivery of safety and health outreach services to employers that
For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at
202-693-2340 or go to
Airite Air Conditioning, Inc.; McEnany Roofing, Inc.; J.O. Delotto and Sons, Inc.; DooleyMack Constructors, inc.; BCH Mechanical, Inc.; Peter Brown Construction, Inc.; M.E. Wilson Company
Insurance, Advanced Masonry Systems, Inc.; Bouchard Insurance, Diversified Construction Safety, Inc. and KHS & S Contractors, Inc.