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Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Atlanta-East Area Office
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Exposure Modeling Alliance - Annual Report
June 19, 2015


  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed:

    April 15, 2014

    Overview

    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), represented by the Atlanta Regional Office, the Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Occupational Safety and Health Division (Georgia Tech) and Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC, (Brasfield & Gorrie), the Georgia Local Section – American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), Georgia Chapter – American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) (henceforth referred to as the Exposure Modeling Alliance) formed an Alliance to provide employees in the construction industry and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to the hazard of silica.

  2. Implementation Team Membership and Contributors

    The implementation team included representatives from all of the Alliance participants, as well as the US DOL – Wage and Hour Division (WHD). Implementation team meetings were conducted as scheduled on the following dates: 8/13/2014; 9/23/2014; 11/12/2014; 1/7/2015; 1/21/2015; 2/20/2015; and 3/20/2015.

    Evaluation Period:

    April 15, 2014, through April 15, 2015

  3. Events and Products

    Training and Education

    Events

    • During this period, the following safety and health training events were conducted by the Alliance group:
      • On August 16, 2014, members of the Alliance group provided safety and health focused on silica to 75 workers. The training session was conducted at the Lowe’s Home Center in Chamblee, Georgia.
      • On September 29, 2014, members of the Alliance group conducted a construction safety and health training session focused on silica. The training session was conducted at Georgia Tech. A total of 30 workers attended the training course.

    Products

    • During this period, the group conducted several brainstorming sessions, led by Susan Arnold, regarding ways to increase the effectiveness of the construction modeling/application tool.

    Outreach and Communication

    Events

    • During this period, representatives from the Alliance group promoted the Alliance at the following events:
      • On August 21, 2014, during the Associated General Contractors of Georgia, Inc. (AGC Georgia) Safety Committee Meeting. A total of 38 employers and workers attended the meeting.
      • On September 2, 2014, during a panel presentation on silica conducted at the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Region VI, Professional Development Conference (PDC). A total of 30 employers and workers attended the meeting.
    • During this period, representatives from the Alliance group effectively collaborated with the following organization, which are also concerned with the health and safety of workers:
      • Region IV – GACBP Alliance

    Products

    • None

  4. Results

    • Refer to the information provided above
  5. Upcoming Milestones for 2015 - 2016

    • The Alliance group will continue its efforts to develop an effective training and education programs for Exposure Modeling Alliance members and others regarding their potential exposure to hazardous products. Emphasis will be placed on effectively communicating these issues to hard-to-reach groups, such as small businesses and youth workers.
    • The Alliance group will continue to conduct effective outreach regarding the potential hazards associated with silica.
    • The Alliance group will continue effectively promote the Alliance at conferences, local meetings, or other events.

Report prepared by: Tom Bosley, Region Alliance Coordinator

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

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