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


  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed.

    February 20, 2009

    Overview

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Alabama Trucking Association Workers Compensation (ATAWCF) Alliance is focused on reducing and preventing exposure to hazards on the highway, at pick-up and delivery points, as well as maintenance shops for ATAWCF workers and others.

  2. Implementation Team Membership:

    Representatives from OSHA and the ATAWCF conducted meetings at the following locations on these dates:

    • Montgomery, AL. January 27, 2011
    • Birmingham, AL. February 1, 2011
    • Mobile, AL. February 10, 2011
    • Dothan, AL. February 17, 2011
    Evaluation Period

    March 19, 2010, thru July 18, 2011

  3. Events and Products

    Training and Education

    The Alabama Trucking Association Workers' Compensation Fund represents 372 Transportation & Trucking companies in Alabama. Currently they employ four full-time safety engineers to conduct unannounced safety inspections, safety seminars, and onsite safety meetings for member companies. Since 2009, the ATAWCF has averaged 96 onsite safety meetings a year for their members. These safety meetings focus on the following topics: accident prevention; prevention of heat-related illnesses; bloodborne pathogens; proper lifting techniques; as well as slips, trips and falls.

    During this period, the Alliance group conducted the following seminars, which were focused on accident prevention and compliance assistance:

    Seminar dates for 2010
    Decatur, AL, July 15, 2010
    Montgomery, AL. July 29, 2010
    Mobile, AL, August 5, 2010
    Dothan, AL, August 12, 2010
    Birmingham, AL, August 19, 2010

    Seminar dates for 2011
    Montgomery, AL, January 27, 2011
    Birmingham, AL, February 1, 2011
    Mobile, AL, February 10, 2011
    Dothan, AL, February 17, 2011

    Product
    • None
    Outreach and Communication

    Events


    • During this period, the OSHA Fact Sheet regarding "Whistleblower Protection for Truck Drivers" was distributed to ATAWCF members and others.

    • During this period, the Alliance group developed and released 19 new safety posters for members. The posters are focused on various topics including the following: fall protection; best practices for lifting; driver health; loading and unloading safety; as well as slip, trips and falls.

    • During this period, the ATAWCF implemented a joint effort with the Washington Department of Labor and the University of Michigan to produce training programs. The specific focus is the reduction of accidents and injuries involving fall from heights, during the installation of tarps on flatbed trailers.

    • During this period, the Alliance group conducted a review of the ATAWCF's certified safety program.
    Product
    • None
    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    Events


    • During this period, the Alliance group promoted the ATAWCF Alliance during a meeting with the Chairperson of the American Trucking Association and the organization was invited to join the Alliance.
    Product
    • None
  4. Results
    • Refer to the items listed above
  5. Upcoming Milestones in FY 2011 - 2012

    • Renew the Alliance
    • Continue effective outreach to workers in the industry
    • Develop safety information for maintenance and administrative areas
    Report Prepared by: James S. Cooley, CAS, Birmingham Area Office

    For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 202-693-2340 or go to OSHA.