Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Concluded Regional Alliances - Region IV


  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed:


    August 31, 2007

    Overview:

    OSHA, Georgia Tech Research Institutes Occupational Safety and Health Division Consultation Program (GTRI) and SWPA hereby form an Alliance to provide members and others in the logging industry with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to struck-by hazards, amputations and overhead power lines.

    Implementation Team Membership:
    Members consist of OSHA, GTRI and SWPA

    Contributor(s): University of South Florida Onsite Consultation Program

    Evaluation Period:
    August 31, 2007, through August 31, 2008

  2. Implementation Team Meetings:

    These meeting were conducted as scheduled on the following dates:

    August 17, 2007; November 29, 2007; December 20, 2007; April 17, 2008; and June 4, 2008

  3. Events and Products

    Training and Education

    Events

    Following the implementation of the agreement OSHA representatives in Georgia and Florida participated in several of the Continuing Logger Education (CLE) courses conducted by the SWPA. Below is a list of the courses supported by OSHA:
    • On October 4, 2007, an OSHA CAS provided safety and health training during a CLE session in Palatka, Florida
       
    • On October 25, 2007, an OSHA CAS provided safety and health training during a CLE session in Lake City, Florida
       
    • On November 8, 2007, an OSHA CAS provided safety and health training during a CLE session in Winter Haven, Florida
       
    • On November 29, 2007, an OSHA CAS conducted an 8-hour training course on logging safety in McRae, GA
       
    • On December 12, 2007, an OSHA CAS provided safety and health training during a CLE session in Hilliard, Florida
       
    • On December 20, 2007, an OSHA CAS conducted an 8-hour training course on logging safety in Mansfield, GA
       
    • On March 20, 2008, an OSHA CAS conducted an 8-hour training course on logging safety in Waycross, GA
       
    • On August 28.2008, an OSHA CAS conducted a training session on the OSHA logging standards in Waycross, GA
    Products

    • None
    Outreach and Communication

    Events
    • During this period, members of the Alliance participated in several Master Timber Harvester (MTH) training sessions conducted by the Georgia Forestry Commission. These sessions included events in Jasper, GA; Swainsboro, GA; and Tifton, GA.

      The Master Timber Harvester Program is administered by the Georgia Forestry Commission as a logger education program through the University of Georgias Center for Forest Business. The program objective is to foster improvement in the professionalism of wood producers and it includes a focus on the environment, business and safety.

      To learn more about the MTH Program visit the Master Timber Harvester Workshop.
       
    • OSHA promoted the SWPA Alliance in the October 2007 edition of the Region IV e-News.
       
    • The Alliance agreement with promoted in the January/February 2008 issue of the SWPAs bi-monthly publication, "Out of the Woods." This magazine featured a statement for the SWPA Executive Director, Tommy Carroll, supporting the agreement. It included a reprint of the article from the OSHA Region IV e-News, safety alert messages and a calendar of upcoming CLE events.
       
    • The SWPA promoted the CLE events, which included OSHA, on the organizations CLE Web page.
       
    • During this period the SWPA established a link on its Web site to the OSHA Logging e-tool.
       
    • During this period the SWPA established a link on its Web site to the University of South Florida (USF) Onsite Consultation Programs Web site.
    Products

    • None.
    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    Events

    • OSHA representatives participated in the SWPA Annual Meeting in Macon, GA. The event was conducted August 16 18, 2007.
    Products

    • None
  4. Results

    Outreach Activities
    Date Event/Activity Workers Impacted
    October 4, 2007 Safety and Health training provided during CLE session in Palatka, FL 30
    October 25, 2007 Safety and Health training provided during CLE session in Lake City, FL 28
    November 8, 2007 Safety and Health training provided during CLE session in Winter Haven, FL 12
    November 29, 2007 Safety and Health training provided during CLE session in McRae, GA 23
    December 12, 2007 Safety and Health training provided during CLE session in Hilliard, FL 46
    March 20, 2008 Safety and Health training provided during CLE session in Mansfield, GA 26
    June 4, 2008 Safety and Health training provided during CLE session in Waycross, GA 8
    August 28, 2008 Safety and Health training provided during CLE session in Waycross, GA 38
    August 2007 -2008 OSHA support three Master Timber Harvester Training Session, sponsored by the Georgia Forestry Commission 211
    October 2007 Article promoting the SWPA Alliance was printed in the OSHA Region IV e-News Distribution
    6,300
    January/February 2008 The January/February 2008 edition of the SWPAs Bi-monthly Publication, Out of the Woods, featured an article about the Alliance Distribution
    600
     
    Total Impacted: 7,322

  5. Upcoming Milestones in FY 2008-2009

    • OSHA will continue to support the SWPA Continuing Logger Education (CLE) Program.
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    • Members of the group will continue to effectively promote the Alliance agreement.
       
    • OSHA will continue to support the Master Timber Harvester Program.