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U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
And the
OSHA Sustainable Workforce Alliance
(Formerly Georgia Youth Alliance)

Alliance Annual Report
July 31, 2016


  1. Alliance Background:

    1. Date Signed:
    2. June 6, 2006

      Renewal Date:

      • US Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division Addendum to Alliance signed November 17, 2011
      • Renewed December 21, 2011
      • Georgia Advocacy of Concerned Beauty Professionals (GACBP) Addendum to Alliance signed January 29, 2013
      • Renewed September 22, 2014
      • Renewed November 5, 2015

    3. Evaluation Period:
    4. August 1, 2015, through July 31, 2016

    5. Overview:
    6. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), represented by the Atlanta-East, Atlanta-West, and Savannah Area Offices and OSHA Sustainable Workforce Alliance continue to recognize the value of maintaining a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. Specifically, the OSHA Sustainable Workforce Alliance is committed to providing members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of youth workers and educators in career/technical education programs throughout Georgia.

  2. Implementation Team Memberships and Contributors

    The implementation team included representatives from all of the Alliance participants. Implementation team meetings were conducted as scheduled on the following dates:

    • 9/17/2015
    • 10/13/2015
    • 11/05/2015
    • 2/29/2016
  3. Results

    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 career/technical education students and educators regarding safety and health hazards in the workplace, as well as worker rights and employer responsibilities regarding prevalent hazards in the construction and general industries, and to communicate such information to career-technical students, educators and administrators.
    • To deliver or arrange for the delivery of safety and health training course focusing on construction and general industry courses.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Training During this period, the Georgia Department of Economic Development effectively implemented a grant program to finance the participation of qualified teachers in the OSHA authorized instructor program (train-the-trainer). In support of this effort Georgia Tech has developed a discount program for all qualified candidates. Construction, Ergonomics, Fall Prevention, Hazard Communication/Chemicals, Heat Illness Prevention, Small Business and Young Workers

    3 applicants (at this time)

    Training On June 6, 2016, a member of the Alliance group supported MAGIC Summer Camp by conducting the Module 7 Construction Course Hazard Communication/ Chemicals, Ergonomics, Fall Prevention, Heat Illness Prevention and Young Workers

    15

    Training During this period, Alliance members, led by AGC Georgia, conducted an OSHA 30-hour course for Georgia Tech students in December 2015 Hazard Communication/ Chemicals, Ergonomics, Fall Prevention, Heat Illness Prevention and Young Workers

    25

    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 OSHA's Sustainable Workforce Alliance Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
    • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or OSHA's Sustainable Workforce Alliance conferences, local meetings, or other events, as well as the Associated General Contractors of Georgia - Adopt-a-School Program.
    • To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding the OSHA Sustainable Workforce Alliance good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.
    • To work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on the safety and health of youth workers 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, a member from the Alliance group attended the 68th Annual GACTE Summer Conference (Georgia Association for Career & Technical Education was conducted from July 12 thru 15, 2015.

    Young Workers

    100+

    Evaluation

    September 22, 2015, a member of the Alliance group reviewed the Fernbank LINKS Robotics Team's safety contract. Hazard Communication/Chemicals/ and Young Workers

    30 students

    Other

    During this period, the Georgia Tech – Southeast Center for Young Worker Safety and Health presented a poster during a safety and health conference, which highlighted the group's efforts in this area.

    Young Workers

    100+

    Other

    On November 5, 2015, the Georgia Youth Alliance was re-branded, its membership was expanded and it was renewed for a five-year term. The following organizations joined the Alliance:

    • Associated General Contractors of Georgia, Inc. (AGC Georgia)
    • Georgia Department of Education (GA DOE)
    • Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Workforce Division (WFD)
    • New South Construction Company

    Young Workers

    19 attendees

    Exhibit

    On March 17 thru 18, 2016, members of the Alliance group supported the CEFGA World of Construction in a variety of areas, including serving as volunteers, judges and exhibitors. Hazard Communication/ Chemicals, Ergonomics, Fall Prevention, Heat Illness Prevention and Young Workers

    6,988 total attendees/4,847 student attendees

    Presentation

    During this period, the AGC Georgia participated in several events, which introduced students to careers in the construction industry, the safety and health profession and promoted the Alliance:

    • Central Georgia Workforce Development Alliance – Annual careers in Construction Day
    • East Georgia Workforce Development – Annual Construction Skills Challenge
    • The Savannah-Chatham County Schools “Ready to Work” jobs fair
    Construction and Young Workers

    300+

    Presentation

    During this period, several AGC of Georgia members hosted high school students at their worksite's, in an effort to introduce young workers to the construction industry, as well as workplace safety and health.

    • In Pooler, Georgia, Elkins Construction hosted students from Statesboro High School Construction Academy
    • Holder Construction hosted student from the Spalding County High School Construction Program at a facility currently under construction on the campus of Georgia State University
    • Holder Construction hosted student from Osborne High School at the State Farm Construction Project Site, which is also a participant in the OSHA Partnership Program
    • R. W. Allen, LLC hosted students from in its office in support of a National Job Shadow event. The company also hosted students from Hephzibah High School in the field.
    • Parrish Construction hosted a construction student from Atlanta’s Public School (APS) - Alonzo A. Crim Open Campus.
    • In conjunction with the CEFGA World of Construction event, Batson-Cook Company hosted students from South Paulding High School, Hardaway High school and Westside High School at a worksite in metro Atlanta.
    Construction, Hazard Communication/Chemicals, Young Workers, Small Business and Ergonomics

    60+

    Speech/Presentation

    During this period the Alliance group conducted the following outreach at schools across the State:

    • On December 2015, a representative from Swofford Construction, Inc. visited New Hope Elementary School in locust Grove, Georgia.
    • Representatives from the MetroPower and AGC Georgia visited with students from Hutchings College & Career Academy in Bibb County, Georgia.
    • In February 2016, a representative from the Marchese Construction, LLC, visited Ebenezer Middle School in Rincon, Georgia.
    • On April 14, 2016, a representative from the Alliance group participated in the Annual Career Day at Redan High School in DeKalb County, Georgia.
    Construction, Hazard Communication/Chemicals, Young Workers, Small Business and Ergonomics

    250+

  4. Evaluations

    None

  5. Upcoming Milestones for 2016 - 2017

    • The Alliance group will continue to participate in the Georgia Career & Technical Education (GACTE) Conference in July 2016.
    • During this period, the Alliance group will print and distribute the general industry safety and health handbook developed for Youth and Temp Workers.
    • The Alliance group will continue to promote the web-based safety and health training developed by Georgia Tech – Southeast Center for Young Worker Safety and Health, especially to FIRST robotics participants throughout Georgia.
    • The Alliance group will continue to participate in the Trade and Industrial Educators of Georgia (TIEGA) Conference in January 2017.
    • The Alliance group will continue to participate in the Construction CareerExpo led by the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA) scheduled for March 2017. This event includes exhibitors, demonstrations, hands-on activities and the Skills USA competitions.

Report prepared by Tom Bosley, Regional Alliance Coordinator

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