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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
And the
The Department of the Navy, Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE)
And
The International Association of Machinist and Aerospace
Workers (IAMAW), American Federation of Government
Employees (AFGE), and National Association of Aeronautical
Examiners (NAAE) unions Alliance

December 8, 2016


  1. Alliance Background

    A. Date Signed

    December 4, 2013

    Renewal Date

    November 30, 2016

    B. Evaluation Period

    December 5, 2015 through December 8, 2016

    C. Overview:

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Area Office in Raleigh, North Carolina (Raleigh Area Office), the Department of the Navy – Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE), the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW), the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), and the National Association of Aeronautical Examiners (NAAE) unions formed an Alliance to provide union members 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 prevalent aircraft maintenance hazards and heat illnesses, as well as hazards unique to the Navy aircraft maintenance environment.

    D. Implementation Team Members:

    OSHA

    Kim Morton, Occupational Safety and Health, Area Director, Raleigh NC

    Alliance participant

    Luc Desilets, Safety Director, FRCE
    Wilbert K. Woods, President, IAW&AW Local 2297
    Robert J. Fudala, President, IAW&AW Local 1859
    Terry W. Holton Jr., President, NAAE Local 2
    Dabney M. Linwood, President, AFGE Local 451
    Douglas R. Ohman Vice President, AFGE Local 2016

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • December 10, 2015 (Planning Implementation of Safety goals and expectations)
    • April 8, 2016 (Planning Next NC FFSHC Meeting)

    In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from both groups 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.

    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 encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by appointing both management and non-management representatives to the North Carolina Field Federal Safety and Health Council (FFSHC).
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Other/ Planning Session During this period, the Alliance group conducted a planning session regarding the implementation of its safety goals, as well as its expectations for the year. Construction; Fall Protection; Heat Illness Prevention; and Hazardous Communications/ Chemicals 7
    Briefing During this period, the Alliance group for conducted a presentation regarding it safety goals, as well as its expectations at the following events:
    • Safety Management System Steering Committee Meeting
    • Command Briefing
    Construction; Fall Protection; Heat Illness Prevention; and Hazardous Communications/ Chemicals 29
    Other/ Planning Session During this period, the Fall Protection Working Group and the Alliance group implemented the use of the NORCO fittings as fall protection to work on aircraft. The majority of the work can now be accomplished using scissor lifts. Construction; Fall Protection; Heat Illness Prevention; and Hazardous Communications/ Chemicals 5

    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 employers and employees regarding prevalent workplace hazards in the aircraft maintenance industry and communicating such information to employers and employees.
    • To develop effective training and education programs for employers and employees regarding the prevention of heat-related illnesses in the workplace and communicating such information to employers and employees.
    • To deliver or arrange for the delivery of safety and health training focused on prevalent workplace hazards in the aircraft maintenance industry.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Training On December 7, 2015, representatives from the Alliance group attended the North Carolina Field Federal Safety and Health (NC-FFSHC). The meeting was focused on current Safety and Health Management Guidelines, recently provided by OSHA. Fall Prevention 8
    Training On April 6, 2016, representatives from the Alliance group supported the OSHA Region 4 Landscaping Safety Stand-down. Small Business; Fall Protection; Heat Illness Prevention; and Hazardous Communications/ Chemicals 800
    NCFFSC meeting On May 5, 2016, representatives from the Alliance group attended the North Carolina Field Federal Safety and Health (NC-FFSHC). The group conducted a Fall Prevention Stand-Down event. Small Business; Fall Protection; Heat Illness Prevention; and Hazardous Communications/ Chemicals 15

    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 FRCE’s Web sites) to employers and employees, as well as others in the industry.
    • To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding the FRCE’s good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the Participants.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Speech/ Presentation On October 17, 2016, representatives from the Alliance group attended the North Carolina Field Federal Safety and Health (NC-FFSHC). Members of the local Safety and Health Council also attended the event. The group exchange ideas and information about occupational safety and health issues in the federal government. Small Business; Fall Protection; Heat Illness Prevention; and Hazardous Communications/ Chemicals 12
    Monthly SMS brief During this period, the Alliance group was represented at the Safety Management System Steering Committee Meeting. The monthly meeting focused on Aircraft Fall Protection. Small Business; Fall Protection; Heat Illness Prevention; and Hazardous Communications/ Chemicals 33
    Working Group During this period, the Alliance group was represented at the following Work group meeting:
    • Head and Hand Injury Prevention
    • Fall Protection/Fall Prevention
    • Heat Injury/Prevention
    • U.S. Navy – Fleet Readiness Center Alliance (FRCE) – Safety Day 2016
    Small Business; Fall Protection; Heat Illness Prevention; and Hazardous Communications/ Chemicals; Ergonomics 3,715
  4. Evaluation

    N/A

  5. Upcoming Milestones in FY 2017

    • During this period, the Alliance group will continue to promote OSHA’s Fall Prevention and Heat Illness Prevention Campaigns.
    • During this period, the Alliance group will continue to disseminate safety and health material utilizing the following resources: Safety New Flash; Safety meetings, SMS Steering Committee meetings; Safety work groups; Daily Shop Safety Briefs; Safety Posters; Annual Safety Stand-downs; as well as Weekly Safety News and other tools
    • During this period, the Alliance group will continue to attend and support the following safety and health focused events: Construction Roundtable; North Carolina – FFSHC meetings; and North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week

Report Prepared by: Kimberly Morton, Area Director - Raleigh Area Office

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