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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Birmingham Area Office, 950 22nd Street North, Suite 1050
Birmingham, AL 35203
And the
Associated Builders and Contractors of Alabama, Inc. –
North Alabama Chapter
August 20th, 2015


  1. Alliance Background
    1. Date Signed

      August 21, 2014

    2. Evaluation Period

      August 21, 2014 – August 20, 2015

    3. Overview

      The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. – North Alabama Chapter (hereinafter referred to collectively as the ABC – North AL Chapter Alliance) is focused on reducing and preventing exposure to the following construction industry hazards: falls; electrocution; struck-by; and caught-in-between. Emphasis has also been placed on effectively communicating with hard-to-reach groups, such as small businesses.

    4. Implementation Team Members

      OSHA

      Ramona Morris
      Area Director, Birmingham Area Office
      James Cooley
      Compliance Assistance Specialist, Birmingham Area Office

      Alliance participant

      Tiffany Brightwell
      President, Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. North Alabama Chapter
      Tyce Hudson
      Chairman of the Board, Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. North Alabama Chapter
  2. Implementation Team Meetings
    • April 16, 2014
    • June 18, 2014
    • July 16, 2014

     

    The CAS attended the ABC – North AL Chapter monthly Safety Committee meetings to ensure that the committee effectively communicated its safety message to members of the ABC – North AL Chapter. In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from both groups maintained regular contact throughout the reporting period to monitor the Alliance’s progress and results.

  3. Results

    The following table summarizes the Alliance’s activities in support of the goals in the Alliance agreement.

  4. This table is best viewed on tablets, notebooks or desktop computer screens.
    Raising Awareness of OSHA’s Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives: To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Alliance Product

    Safety Newsletters were distributed to ABC member companies. These newsletters always discuss OSHA topics and promoted the Alliance. Newsletter were distributed on the following dates: 10/8/14; 12/30/14; 4/8/15; and 6/29/15

    Heat, Falls, Temporary Workers, Cranes and Derricks in Const. 130 Companies
    OSHA Product Review

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    Dissemination

    See Alliance Product above

    See Alliance Product above

    See Alliance Product above

    Other

    One of the companies within ABC – North AL Chapter has entered into the Onsite Consultation Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) during this review period

    Heat, Falls, Struck-by, Temporary Workers

    1 company, 230 employees

    Raising Awareness of OSHA’s Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives: To encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by sharing information on best practices as agreed upon by OSHA and the ABC – North AL Chapter. (Not Addressed)

    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.

    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    REP

    Landscaping Hazards

    Hearing, Tip/Rollover

    12

    NEP Trenching and Excavations Cave-In

    26

    NEP Temporary Workers Amputations

    13

    NEP Workplace Violence  

    12

     

    Training and Education: To develop effective training and education programs for ABC – North AL Chapter members and others regarding the prevention of fall, electrocution, struck-by and caught-in-between related hazards, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.

    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Training Trenching and Excavation Training Cave-In

    32

    Training Scaffolding in Construction Falls/Collapse

    28

    Training OSHA 10-hour construction safety and health training courses were conducted on the following dates: 12/4/14 thru 12/5/14; 7/11/15 thru 7/12/15; and 7/23/15 thru 7/24/15. Falls, Struck-by, Caught-In-Between, Electrical

    174

    Training OSHA 30-hour construction safety and health training courses were conducted on the following dates: 02/17/15 thru 02/20/15. Falls, Struck-by, Caught-In-Between, Electrical

    74

     

    Training and Education: To deliver or arrange for the delivery of safety and health training focused on the prevention of fall, electrocution, struck-by and caught-in-between related hazards.

    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Confined Spaces in Construction

    The ABC – North AL Chapter will be hosting training presented by UA Safe State, OSHA’s consultation group.

     

    130 Companies

    Cranes and Derricks in Construction The ABC – North AL Chapter and the Birmingham CAS prepared a presentation on Cranes and Derricks in Construction. Tip/Roll Over, Falls, Struck-by

    31

    Outreach and Communication: To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or ABC – North AL Chapter’s conferences, local meetings, or other events, such as the quarterly safety summit meetings held by the ABC – North AL Chapter.

    • 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 ABC – North AL Chapter’s Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
    • To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding the ABC – North AL Chapter good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.
    • Promote and encourage ABC – North AL Chapter member’s participation in cooperative programs such as compliance assistance and VPP.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Speech/Presentation

    During each Safety Committee meeting, topics related to safety are presented by various members as well as keynote speaker presentations from OFCCP, EEOC, Wage Hour and OSHA are presented.

    Heat Campaign, Falls Campaign, Temporary Workers, Wage & Hour

    130 Companies

     
    TOTAL    

    832

  5. Evaluations
    • The Alliance focused on training and outreach opportunities between the Alliance members. The Alliance has enabled OSHA to connect with hard-to-reach workers who have the potential to be exposed to serious workplace hazards. The relationship fostered by this Alliance has benefitted the efforts of OSHA and the ABC – North AL Chapter in promoting worker safety and health.
  6. Upcoming Milestones FY 2016
    • As part of the Alliance, Federal OSHA intends to participate and deliver training presentations at events during Labor Rights' Week, Workers' Memorial Day, and other outreach events.
    • The Safety Committee plans to continue outreach activities such as OSHA 10 and 30-hour, quarterly speaker events hosted by ABC – North AL Chapter, and provide speakers at the ABC – North AL Chapter meetings.

Report prepared by: James Cooley, CAS, Birmingham Area Office, 08/20/2015.

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