U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Savannah Area Office
450 Mall Boulevard, Suite J
Savannah, GA 31406
(912) 652-4393; Fax (912) 652-4329
(Atlanta-East, Atlanta-West, Jacksonville and Tampa Area Offices)
Southeastern Wood Producers Association
Alliance - Annual Report
October 30, 2009
- Alliance Background
August 31, 2007
OSHA, Georgia Tech Research Institute's 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
University of South Florida Onsite Consultation Program
September 1, 2008, through September 30, 2009
- Implementation Team Meetings
These meeting were conducted as scheduled on the following dates:
October 29, 2009; February 12, 2009; and June 26, 2009
- Events and Products
Training and Education
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, as well as the Master Timber Harvester Program.
The Master Timber Harvester Program is administered by the Georgia Forestry Commission as a logger education program through the University of Georgia's 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 following Web site - http://ga-mth.forestry.uga.edu/h/intro.html.
Below is a list of the courses supported by OSHA and the SWPA Alliance group:
- On September 10, 2008, an OSHA CAS provided safety and health training during the Master Timber Harvester training course in Tifton, GA.
- On October 29, 2008, an OSHA CAS provided safety and health training during a CLE session in McRae, GA.
- On November 6, 2008, an OSHA CAS provided safety and health training during the Master Timber Harvester training course in Forsyth, GA.
- On December 4, 2008, an OSHA CAS provided safety and health training during the Master Timber Harvester training course in Greensboro, GA.
- On March 25, 2009, an OSHA CAS provided safety and health training during the Master Timber Harvester training course in Swainsboro, GA.
Outreach and Communication
- November 16 - 17, 2008, OSHA representatives exhibited at the forest-based products expo - "From Forest to Finished Products Conference and Seminar." The 2-day event was conducted in Crawford and Athens, GA.
- During this period the SWPA conducted a program focused on liability, strategic planning and compliance with safety and health rules. SWPA's goal is to help employers reduce liability costs and workplace injury rates. OSHA information was presented to 32 attendees in Florida. Six additional workshops modeling this material have been scheduled to be completed through December 2009.
- During FY 2009 the SWPA coordinated 4-workshops for Alliance participants, which focused on compliance issues including requirements administered by the US DOL-Wage and Hour Division.
- The OSHA-SWPA Alliance was recognized with the Secretary's Exceptional Achievement Award for its performance in FY2008.
- The Alliance is promoted in the SWPA's bi-monthly publication, "Out of the Woods." A special feature on the Alliance was included in the November/December 2008 issue of the magazine. The magazine is available online at the following Web site - http://www.swpa.ag/pdf/swpa1oow.pdf.
- The SWPA continued to promote the CLE events, which included OSHA, on the organization's CLE Web page. You can view this page at the following site - http://www.swpa.ag/cle.html.
- The SWPA continues to maintain links on its Web site to the OSHA Logging e-tool and the University of South Florida (USF) Onsite Consultation Program's Web site.
Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health
- OSHA representatives participated in SWPA's 2009 Annual Meeting at Lake Blackshear Resort in Cordele, Georgia June 26-27, 2009. The event was highlighted in both the SWPA's bi-monthly publication and a national publication "Southern Loggin' Times."
September 10, 2008 OSHA supported the Master Timber Harvester Training Session in Tifton, GA.
October 29, 2008 Safety and Health training provided during CLE session in McRae, GA
November 6, 2008 OSHA supported the Master Timber Harvester Training Session in Forsyth, GA.
December 4, 2008 OSHA supported the Master Timber Harvester Training Session in Greensboro, GA.
March 25, 2009 OSHA supported the Master Timber Harvester Training Session in Swainsboro, GA.
June 26-27, 2009 OSHA representatives participated in SWPA's 2009 Annual Meeting at Lake Blackshear Resort in Cordele, GA.
November 16 - 17, 2008 OSHA exhibited at the forest-based products Expo in Crawford and Athens, GA.
FY 2009 The SWPA coordinated 4 - Workshops, which included the US DOL-Wage and Hour Division.
January/February 2008 The January/February 2008 edition of the SWPA's Bi-monthly Publication, "Out of the Woods," featured an article about the Alliance Distribution
Total Impacted: 1,143
- Upcoming Milestones in FY 2008-2009
- OSHA will continue to support the SWPA Continuing Logger Education (CLE) Program. - September 30, 2009, in Thomasville, GA
- Members of the group will continue to effectively promote the Alliance agreement.
- OSHA will continue to support the Master Timber Harvester Program. - September 10, 2009, in Tifton, GA - November 12, 2009, in Valdosta, GA
Report Prepared by: Thomas Bosley, Regional Alliance Coordinator
For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 202-693-2340 or go to OSHA's website.Back to Top