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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT

THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
BIRMINGHAM and MOBILE, ALABAMA, AREA OFFICES
AND
THE ALABAMA TRUCKING ASSOCIATION
WORKERS COMPENSATION FUND

May 4, 2017


  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed:

    2. February 20, 2009

      Renewal Dates:

      • January 27, 2012
      • February 6, 2014
      • April 26, 2016

    3. Evaluation Period

      January 20, 2016 – May 4, 2017

    4. Overview

      The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Alabama Trucking Association Workers' Compensation Fund (ATAWCF) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. The Alliance formed 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 members, representing nearly 414 (Alabama and outside of Alabama) individually owned companies engaged in operations as a Motor Carrier, For-Hire/Private Carrier, Allied, Warehousing, Beer Distributors or Household Movers.

    5. Implementation Team Members

      OSHA

      James Cooley, Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS), Birmingham Area Office

      Alliance participant

      Kimble Coaker, CEO - ATAWCF
      Don Anchors, Director of Loss Control & Safety - ATAWCF

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    The implementation team included the OSHA Birmingham Area Office, Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS), James Cooley and the ATAWCF, Director of Loss Control & Safety, Don Anchors. Due to the AWAWCF distance between the OSHA Area Office and the ATAWCF the group's meetings are frequently conducted via the telephone. During this period, the group conducted teleconferences on the following dates:

    • 01/20/2016– Email with questions pertaining to Post-Accident Drug Screening.
    • 03/15/2017 – Emails with questions pertaining to the OSHA Alliance Report.
    • 04/13/2017 – Coordination emails pertaining to OSHA's Falls Stand Down.
    • 05/04/2017 - Coordination emails pertaining to OSHA's Safe & Sound meetings.
  3. Results

    The following table summarizes the Alliance's activities in support of the goals in the Alliance agreement.

    Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives: The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following goal related to raising awareness of OSHA's rulemaking and enforcement initiatives:

    • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions or stakeholder meetings on safety and health issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace to develop formal safety and health procedures to control hazards in the workplace.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached

    Other

    The Alliance group did not convene a forum, roundtable or stakeholder meeting during this period. However, a wide range of methods were utilized to effectively promote the Alliance. The methods included the following:
    • Safety Newsletter distributed to ATAWCF Members.
    • Email Blasts.
    • The Alliance was also spotlighted in marketing brochure and discussed during agency visits, new-prospect visit and fund member visits.
    Transportation and Small Business 414 Fund Members/employers

    Summary: The ATAWCF currently has 4 Loss Control Consultants that conduct numerous safety inspections, on-site safety meetings (drivers and management) along with one-on-one meetings with owners/executives to obtain commitment for safety initiative implementation. Claim analytics are presented and utilized where deemed appropriate to identify loss trends and demographics so that action plans/initiatives can be developed and implemented. Safety plans/initiatives include items such as: proper hiring procedures, safety policies/procedures, return to work, accident investigation, safety inspections and safety meetings. The group also conducts on-site hazard recognition surveys (shops, warehouses, manufacturing plants), as well as, safety meetings on topics the following: Safety forklift operation; Slip/trip/falls prevention; and Proper lifting techniques.

    Training and Education: The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

    • To develop effective training and education programs for ATAWCF employees, association members and other regarding the following hazards: musculoskeletal stressors; struck-by incidents; chemical exposures; electrical shocks and burns; welding hazards; moving parts of machinery; slips; trips; and falls.
    • To deliver or arrange for the delivery of courses, i.e., effective safety and health programs (management commitment and employee involvement, worksite analysis, hazard control and elimination, training), incident investigation, fall protection, hazard recognition, trend analysis.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached

    Training

    During this period, the Alliance group conducted forklift operator training. A total of 45 fund members/employers supported the training session, which focused on safe operation/operator certification. Transportation and Small Business 375 employees

    Training

    During this period, the Alliance group was provided training focused on compliance with OSHA standards. A total of 86 fund members/employers supported the training session, which focused on the following:
    • Personal Protective Equipment
    • Lock-out/Tagout
    • Hazard Communications
    • Bloodborne Pathogen
    • Means of egress
    Hazard Communication/Chemicals, Transportation and Small Business 450 employees

    Training

    During this period, the Alliance group conducted safe driving training. A total of 90 fund members/employers supported the training session, which focused on the following topics:
    • Slips/Falls Prevention
    • Positioning during securement
    • Safe Tarping
    • Distracted driving
    Fall Prevention, Hazard Communication/Chemicals, Transportation and Small Business 670 employees

    Summary: The ATAWCF continues to share information regarding OSHA's regulations and reporting/recording requirements. They also developed and distributed compliance assistance materials for not only trucking exposures, but also for mechanic shops, warehousing, and manufacturing facilities.

    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 provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's and the ATAWCF web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
    • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or ATAWCF conferences, local meetings or other safety events.
    • To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding the ATAWCF best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by the ATAWCF and through OSHA or ATAWCF developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures.
    • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on effective safety and health systems that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Other During this period, the Alliance group distributed Email Blast to fund members/employers, which focused on the following topics:
    • Prevention of falls from cabs/trailers
    • Safe lifting
    • Ergonomics
    • Forklift tarping device
    Transportation, Ergonomics, Fall Prevention, Hazard Communication/Chemicals and Small Business 414 fund members/employers
    Other During this period, the Alliance group revised its Certified Safety Program. A point weighted system implemented to increase accountability related to the enforcement of employer safety programs. Transportation, Ergonomics, Fall Prevention, Hazard Communication/Chemicals and Small Business 186 fund members/employers

    Summary: The ATAWCF continues to share information regarding OSHA's regulations and reporting/recording requirements. They also developed and distributed compliance assistance materials for not only trucking exposures, but also for mechanic shops, warehousing, and manufacturing facilities.

    The Birmingham Area Office's Compliance Assistance Specialist, working in conjunction with the Loss Control & Safety fund members, provides material and literature to help develop effective worker training and education programs for our Fund Members and for internal staff members.

  4. Evaluations

    With the hiring of the additional Loss Control staff, the ATAWCF is better able to work closer with Fund Members to conduct evaluations with emphasis on Safety & Health. When the Loss Control complete their evaluations at the site, they can return to the home office and complete reports to be sent to the individual Fund Member in a timelier manner, reducing the wait period. If here are questions in regard to both Safety and Health, the Director of Loss Control can contact the CAS who provides OSHA's Letters of Interpretations or regulatory guidance.

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    • The ATAWCF plans to conduct at least 3 Loss Control Seminars that will focus on accident prevention, hazard recognition and compliance assistance. We will be asking the OSHA Alliance Coordinator to attend and present/discuss specific safety material.
    • Offer Fund Members safety information and electronic assistance tools through OSHA's and ATAWCF website.
    • Work with Alliance on special projects to establish a steering committee that discusses/reviews specific trucking exposures such as fall protection and forklift operations.
    • Develop and implement wallet-size safety info card for drivers/workers to carry with them for easy access to best safety practices.
    • Partnering with Fund Members to provide training during OSHA's National Safety Stand-down for fall prevention.

Report prepared by: James S. Cooley, CAS, Birmingham Area Office, May 4, 2017.

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