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  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed:

    October 27, 2009

    Alliance Overview

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE) Suncoast Chapter 81 formed the AFE Alliance to provide employees with guidance and access to training resources. The AFE Alliance is also focused on reducing and preventing exposure to asbestos, demolition hazards, and other indoor air quality related hazards.

    Implementation Team Members

    Members include the Tampa Area OSHA Office and the Association for Facilities Engineering, Suncoast Chapter 81.

    Evaluation Period

    October 27, 2009 October 31, 2010
     
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    The Alliance implementation team conducted meetings in-person and by telephone on the following dates:
    • December 2, 2009; January 21, 2010; March 1, 2010; March 18, 2010; May 3, 2010; May 21, 2010; July 2, 2010; October 5, 2010; and October 16, 2010
  3. Events and Products

    Training and Education

    Events

    • During this period, the Alliance group conducted a total of two training sessions, which focused on the following:
      • Legionella Safety for Facilities Engineers
      • Best Practices of Controlling Legionella during Cooling Tower Maintenance.
    Products

    • None

    Outreach and Communication

    Events

    • On March 18, 2010, the Alliance group began conducting a series of workshops focused on facility engineering, maintenance and repair. The program was titled "Renovations and Demolition Asbestos Safety and the New Lead Rule. What all Facilities Professionals Should Know!" The presentation discussed asbestos exposures, asbestos exposure routes and mechanisms, management of asbestos in building systems, in-house activities versus asbestos consultant/contractor activities and non-building related asbestos exposures. The presentation also included an overview on the OSHA Asbestos and Lead Standards. The following outreach material was also distributed to participants:
      • OSHA publication number 3096, "Asbestos Standard for the Construction Industry"
      • The OSHA National Photo Archive CD
      • The OSHA Region IV Publication CD
      • OSHA Quick Cards for Lead in the Construction Industry
    • On April 29, 2010, the Alliance group conducted a two-hour presentation at the 2010 Florida Building & Facility Maintenance Show held in Tampa, Florida. The presentation, conducted by an AFE representative, focused on the prevention of Legionella and an effective treatment strategy, once it has been identified. The 2010 Florida Building & Facility Maintenance Show was free to the public and the event was effectively promoted by Alliance group.
    • During this period, the Alliance group distributed the following safety & health outreach material:
      • The OSHA National Photo Archive CD
      • The Region IV Struck-by CDs
      • The Region IV Construction Tool Box Reviews Booklet
      • OSHA Quick Cards for Pandemic Flu and other subjects
      • The OSHA Small Business Handbook

    Products

    • None

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    Events

    • During October 31 - November 2, 2009, the Alliance was promoted during the Hispanic Colleges and University Association National Conference held in Orlando, FL.
    • On January 28, 2010, the Alliance was promoted during the KPA National Conference for Safety Engineers held in Orlando, FL.
    • During March 20 -23, 2010, the Alliance was promoted during the American Foundry Society National Conference in Orlando, FL, which was attended by representatives from several national and international companies.
    • During April 28 and 29, 2010, the Alliance was promoted at the 2010 Florida Building & Facility Maintenance Show held in Tampa.

    Products

    • None

  4. Results

    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)

    Number of Individuals Reached or Trained

     Renovations and Demolition –Asbestos Safety and the New Lead Rule. What all Facilities Professionals Should Know!” 

    45

     2010 Florida Building & Facility Maintenance Show  - Legionella

    60

     Bacteria and Mold

    30

     Electrical Safety

    30

     National Photo Archive CD

    30

     OSHA Publication CD

    30

     Region IV Construction Toolbox

    70

     Various OSHA Quick Cards and Fact  Sheets

    100+

    TOTAL

    395+


  5. Upcoming Milestones

    • Renew the OSHA Alliance agreement in October 2011.
    • Continue to effectively promote the Alliance throughout the central Florida area.
    • Continue conducting monthly Alliance implementation group meetings.
    • The Alliance group will participate in the Florida Building & Facility Maintenance Show on April 27, 2011.

    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.