Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Region IV


I. Alliance Background

Date Signed:


September 21, 2004

Overview:

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Georgia Institute of Technology Safety, Health, and Environmental Technology Division (Georgia Tech) and American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Trench Safety Task Force Alliance is focused on reducing and preventing exposure to trenching and excavation hazards.

II. Implementation Team Membership and Contributors:

Metro Atlanta Area - Representatives from OSHA, ASSE and Georgia Tech conducted all required quarterly meeting by teleconferencing, formal meetings and training sessions on the following dates: 10/22/04, 01/20/05, 03/17/05 and 6/17/05.

Savannah Area - Representatives from the ASSE, as well as OSHAs Regional and Savannah Area Offices held a meeting on 1/10/05 and discussed the trenching alliance. Meetings were also held on 2/15/05, 2/21/05, 3/4/05, 3/14/05, 4/4/05, 4/11/05, 5/3/05 and 5/9/05. On 5/27/05, the Savannah Area Agreement Addendum was signed.

Evaluation Period:

September 21, 2004, through November 14, 2005

III. Events and Products

Training and Education

Events
  • OSHA Savannah Area Office and the Savannah Chapter - ASSE held meetings on 6/23/05, 7/6/05, 7/11/05, 8/3/05, 8/8/05, 9/7/05, 9/12/05, 10/5/05, 10/11/05, 11/2/05 and 11/8/05 to discuss the development of training and education sessions, as well as trenching team membership.
  • Alliance member, Georgia Tech, conducted the OTI - 3010 Course, Excavation, Trenching and Soil Mechanics, December 14 17, 2005.
  • Alliance member, Georgia Tech, conducted the OTI - 3010 Course, Excavation, Trenching and Soil Mechanics, September 27 29, 2005.
  • Alliance members, OSHA and ASSE Trench Task Force, participated in the OTI - 502 Course, Construction Update, conducted by Georgia Tech
  • OSHA Representatives participated in a formal training session on trenching and excavation for students at Georgia Tech, in the School of Architecture. During their presentation the Alliance with the ASSE was addressed.
Products
  • Article about the training program implemented by the Gwinnett County Fire Department at the Atlantic Skanska F. Wayne Hill Water Resources Center expansion project.
Outreach and Communication

Events
  • The ASSE issued a News Release about the Task Force: ASSE News Release 041116
  • Metro-Atlanta OSHA representative conducted a presentation on the Alliance during the October 2004 Georgia Safety, Health and Environmental Conference.
  • Metro-Atlanta OSHA representative conducted a presentation on the Alliance for OSHA Savannah Area Office and the Savannah Chapter - ASSE in January 2005. On 5/27/05, the Savannah Area agreement addendum was signed.
  • Metro-Atlanta OSHA representative conducted a presentation on the Alliance during the Association of General Contractors (AGC) Georgia Chapter, Annual Super Friday event in March 2005. This event serves as a Safety Conference, Tradeshow, and Superintendent Awards Luncheon.
  • The Alliance was promoted in an article contained in the March 2005 issue of the Residential Construction Publication, Blueprint of Georgia.
  • The Alliance was promoted in an article contained in the April 2005 Region IV E-newsletter.
  • Metro-Atlanta OSHA representative conduct approximately 25 construction industry presentation, which addressed the OSHA/ASSE Trenching Alliance.
  • Metro-Atlanta OSHA representative promoted the Alliance during the September 28, 2005, International Construction and Utility Equipment Expo (ICUEE) conference in Louisville, Kentucky.
Products
  • Developed the Trench Safety Best Practices Factsheet for distribution to employers and employees in the construction industry
  • Translated the Trench Safety Best Practices Factsheet for distribution to Hispanic employers and employees in the construction industry
  • The group developed an archive of excavation sites photographs for the public to view
  • Established a website to share information and enhance communications
IV. Results

Refer to the Training and Education events above

V. Upcoming Milestones in FY 2006
  • Outreach training in Brunswick, GA is scheduled for 12/2/05 to provide training on trenching to ASSE members and contractors.
  • Outreach training in Savannah, GA is being coordinated and will be conducted in FY 2006.
  • Metro-Atlanta is tentatively planning to conduct approximately 5 formal trenching and excavation training sessions in FY 2006.
  • Metro-Atlanta will continue its successful promotion of the Alliance through effective outreach efforts in FY 2006.