Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Concluded Regional Alliances - Region IV


  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 AFE Suncoast Chapter 81.

    Evaluation Period

    November 1, 2010 April 13, 2012

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    The Alliance implementation team conducted meetings in-person and by telephone on the following dates: December 31, 2010; March 3, 2011; May 9, 2011; June 14, 2011; June 17, 2011; June 29, 2011; September 12, 2011; September 27, 2011; and November 8, 2011.

  3. Events and Products

    Training and Education


    Events

    • During this period, the Alliance group, led by the AFE Suncoast Chapter 81 conducted ten trainings addressing occupational safety and health issues covered by the Alliance, such as indoor air quality, elevator maintenance and safety, HVAC maintenance, arc flash and compressor safety.
    Products

    • None
    Outreach and Communication

    Events


    • On March 8, 2011, the Alliance group, led by the AFE Suncoast Chapter 81 provided a panel of speakers that reviewed several new and innovative approaches to solving and preventing common facility issues. The panel included Healthcare Directors, HVAC experts and Service providers.

    • On April 27 and 28, 2011, the Alliance group provided four speakers to the Florida Buildings and Maintenance Trade Show. Topics included the following: Legionella Bacteria: The Basics of Occurrences, Testing, and Control; Arc Flash Today and Tomorrow; Energy Management for Compressed Air Systems; and What Drives Pump Efficiency. The AFE Suncoast Chapter 81 shared their booth with OSHA and numerous publications were given to participants.

    • On August 9, 2011, the Alliance group conducted an outreach presentation on indoor air quality, as well as indoor air quality evaluation methods. The subject attracted several new attendees to the group.

    • On August 11, 2011, the Alliance group distributed e-mail announcements regarding the OSHA heat stress campaign and OSHA's heat stress training information to their members and non-members. This distribution effort reached over 350 building managers and engineers throughout the Tampa Bay and Central Florida areas.

    • During this period, the Alliance group distributed safety and health outreach material, such as the Region IV Photo, the Resource CD, the Toolbox Review Booklet, as well as OSHA Quickcards.
    Products

    • None
    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    Events


    • During January 12-14, 2011, the Alliance was promoted during the National Association of Home Builders Conference in Orlando, FL, that was attended by representatives from several national and international companies.

    • On February 11, 2011, the Alliance was promoted during the Technology Maintenance Council Conference in Tampa, FL, that was attended by representatives from several national and international trucking companies.

    • On March 4, 2011, the Alliance was promoted during the Central Florida Federal Safety and Health Council Kick-off meeting at Kennedy Space Center where many national companies were represented.

    • On April 12, 2011, the Alliance was promoted during the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (PEO) annual conference held in Tampa, FL, which was attended by representatives from several national PEOs.
    Products

    • None
  4. Results

    The alliance has brought many community engineering/maintenance professionals together for open discussion on how to reduce occupational hazards, especially small businesses, that do not have the resources to employ safety and/or health professionals.

    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number Reached or Trained
    Confined Space 50
    Safety and health management 50
    The OSHA Small Business Handbook 25
    National Photo Archive CD 150
    OSHA Publication CD 200
    Region IV Struck-by CD 100
    Trench Rescue CD 50
    Region IV Construction Toolbox 200
    Various OSHA Quick Cards and Fact Sheets 250+
    TOTAL 1075+

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    • Renew the OSHA Alliance agreement in FY 2012.

    • Continue to effectively promote the Alliance agreement.

    • Continue to effectively support outreach event focused on the prevention of indoor air quality hazards.

    • Continue to provide employees and employers with effectively safety and health training focused on the prevention of indoor air quality hazards.
    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.