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U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Tampa Area Office
5807 Breckenridge Parkway, Suite A
Tampa, FL 33610
(813) 626-1177; Fax (813) 626-7015

Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., Florida Gulf Coast Chapter Alliance Annual Status Report

August 7, 2009

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    June 12, 2008

    Alliance Overview

    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 resources.

    Implementation Team Members

    Tampa Area OSHA Area Office and the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., Florida Gulf Coast Chapter
    Contributors

    ABC’s Florida Gulf Coast Chapter Safety Steering Committee comprised of community safety professionals from local companies1.

    Evaluation Period

    June 12, 2008 – June 24, 2009

     
  2. 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 Alliance sub-committee.

    Meeting – October 14, 2008 – monthly safety committee meeting and formed Alliance sub-committee.

    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 outreach events.

    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.

     
  3. Activities and Products

    Training and Education

    Events
     
    • 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+ years.
    Products
     
    • None
    Outreach and Communication

    Events
     
    • 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.
    Products
     
    • None
    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    Events
     
    • 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 companies attended.
       
    • 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 areas.
    Products
     
    • None
       
  4. Results
     
    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    OSHA 10 Hour Course 73
    OSHA 30 Hour Course 22
    Safety and health management 45
    Fall Protection 53
    Fall Protection in Spanish 22
    Emergency planning 31
    Small Business Handbook 53
    Region IV Construction Toolbox 300
    Region IV MAD IV Fall Protection Toolbox 200
    Various OSHA Quick Cards and Fact Sheets 250
     National Photo Archive CD 130
     OSHA Publication CD 44
    Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for an Influenza Pandemic 50
    How to Plan for Workplace Emergencies and Evacuations 31
    Estimated Total 1,304

     
  5. Upcoming Milestones
     
    • 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.
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    • Continued to work with community safety professionals to ensure the effective delivery of safety and health outreach services to employers that need assistance.
       
    Report prepared by: Joan M. Spencer, Compliance Assistance Specialist

    For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 202-693-2340 or go to OSHA's webpage.
     
Footnote
  1. 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.