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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

September 13, 2017


  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed

      August 21, 2014

      Renewal Date:

      September 28, 2016

    2. Evaluation Period

      August 27, 2016 – September 13, 2017

    3. Overview

      The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Birmingham Area Office, and the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. – North Alabama Chapter (hereinafter referred to collectively as the ABC – North AL Chapter Alliance) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. Emphasis will be placed on effectively reducing and preventing exposure to hazards in the construction industry, such as falls, electrocution, struck-by and caught-in-between.

    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

    The CAS attends the ABC – North AL Chapter monthly Safety Committee meetings throughout the evaluation period to evaluate the effectiveness of the committee to communicate its safety message to members of the ABC – North AL Chapter.

    • August 2016
    • September 2016
    • October 2016
    • November 2016
    • December 2016
    • January 2017
    • February 2017
    • March 2017
    • April 2017
    • May 2017
    • June 2017
    • July 2017

    Note: 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: The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following goals related to 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 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.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Dissemination During this period, the ABC - North Alabama Chapter distributed a safety newsletter electronically to all ABC-North Alabama Chapter members. The newsletter featured a section focused on OSHA topics, including the OSHA Alliance. The newsletter was distributed on the following dates:
    • 10/11/2016
    • 01/09/2017
    • 04/19/2017
    • 07/12/2017.
    Heat Illness Prevention, Fall Prevention, Temporary Workers and Construction

    130 Companies

    Speech/Presentation During this period, the ABC-North Alabama Chapter began collaborating with the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Decatur, Alabama, Chapter. The group's efforts include conducting joint meetings focused on the following:
    • Addressing common hazards in the construction and the general industries
    • Managing Safety Risk
    Hazard Communications/ Chemicals, and Construction

    150 member companies

    Speech/Presentation During this period, the Alliance group featured a variety of presenters during its Safety Committee meeting including OSHA, Alabama SafeState Onsite Consultation Program and other local safety professionals. Heat Illness Prevention, Fall Prevention, and Temporary Workers

    11 Committee Members representing 130+companies

    Training and Education: The Participants will work together to achieve the following training and education goal:

    • 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.
    • 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
    Training During this period, the Alliance group conducted several safety training sessions for members and others. These training sessions focused on a variety of topics including OSHA National Emphasis Programs (NEP) and Regional Emphasis Programs (REP), as well as the following:
    • Landscaping Hazards
    • Trenching and Excavations
    • Temporary Workers
    • Workplace Violence
    • Silica
    • First Aid/ Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
    • Confined Spaces in Construction
    • Crane Certification Preparation
    Construction, Hazard Communication/Chemical, Small Business, Heat Illness Prevention, and Fall Prevention

    273+

    Training During this period, the ABC - North Alabama Chapter hosted two (2) OSHA 10-hour safety and health training courses on the following dates:
    • 02/25 through 26/2016
    • 05/05 through 06/2016
    Construction, Hazard Communication/Chemical, Small Business, Heat Illness Prevention, and Fall Prevention

    55

    Training During this period, the ABC - North Alabama Chapter hosted two (2) OSHA 30-hour safety and health training courses on the following dates:
    • 07/19/2016
    • 03/28/2017
    Construction, Hazard Communication/Chemical, Small Business, Heat Illness Prevention, and Fall Prevention

    45

    Outreach and Communication: The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

    • 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 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 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; and SHARP.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Other During this period, an ABC - North Alabama Chapter, member company was recognized with participation in the Alabama SafeState Onsite Consultation Program's Safety and Health Recognition Program (SHARP).Construction, Hazard Communication/Chemical, Small Business, Heat Illness Prevention and Fall Prevention

    1 employer, 150+ employees

    Speech/Presentation and Demonstration During this period, the Alliance group fully supported OSHA's National Safety Stand-down and its Heat Illness Prevention Campaign. The following companies and organizations also conducted events to support these campaigns:
    • Alabama SafeState onsite Consultation Program
    • Elk River Fall Protection
    • Brasfield & Gorrie
    Construction, Heat Illness Prevention and Fall Prevention

    280+

  5. Evaluations

      N/A

  6. Upcoming Milestones

    • The Alliance group will continue supporting outreach events such as the Labor Rights' Week, Workers' Memorial Day, and other events.
    • The ABC – North Alabama Chapter's Safety Committee will continue to conduct OSHA 10-hour and 30-hour safety and health training events.
    • The Alliance group will continue to collaborate with organizations such as the local chapters of the Associated General Contractors (AGC), American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), Tennessee Valley Training Center (TVTC), and in an effort to enhance the safety and health of workers in northern Alabama.

Report prepared by: James Cooley, Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS), Birmingham Area Office.

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