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Occupational Safety and Health Administration
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Exposure Modeling Alliance

Alliance Annual/Close-out Report
July 15, 2016


  1. Alliance Background

    A. Date Signed:

    April 15, 2014

    B. Evaluation Period:

    April 16, 2015, through May 2, 2016

    C. 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.

    D. Implementation Team Membership and Contributors

    OSHA

    Atlanta Regional Office

    Alliance Participants

    Georgia Tech; Brasfield & Gorrie; the Georgia Local Section – AIHA; and Georgia Chapter – ASSE

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    Implementation team meetings/communications were conducted as scheduled on the following dates:

    June 15, 2015; November 4, 2015; and May 2, 2016

    In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from each group maintained regular contact throughout the reporting period to monitor the Alliance's progress and results.

  3. Results

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

  4. 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:

    • To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on silica to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    None
     
    Training and Education:

    The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goal:

    • To develop effective training and education programs for the construction industry regarding silica and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
    • To deliver or arrange for the delivery of a course focused on effective sampling and monitoring for silica.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    None
     
    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 develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA’s and the Exposure Modeling Alliance Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
    • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or Exposure Modeling Alliance conferences, local meetings, or other outreach events.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Speech/ Presentation On February 4, 2016, the Georgia Local Section – AIHA Winter Meeting was conducted. A wide range of topics were addressed during the meeting included a Crystalline Silica Regulatory and Analytical Update by Ed Stuber, with SGS Galson Labs. Hazard Communications/ Chemical; Ergonomics; and Small Business 25
    Speech/ Presentation On April 1, 2016, Georgia Tech On-site Consultation Program supported the Alliance by conducting a Silica Presentation for the AGC Georgia, Safety Committee Meeting. Hazard Communications/ Chemical; Ergonomics; and Small Business 25
     
  5. Evaluation

    N/A

  6. Upcoming Milestones in FY 2016 - FY 2017

    • This Alliance was officially concluded on May 2, 2016.

Report prepared by: Tom Bosley, Region IV Alliance Coordinator

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