Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Region IV


  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed:

    August 31, 2007

    Overview:

    OSHA, Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Occupational Safety and Health Division Consultation Program (GTRI) and the Southeastern Wood Producer’s Association (SWPA) formed 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:

    October 1, 2009, through November 30, 2010
     
  2. Implementation Team Meetings:

    Alliance meeting were conducted on the following dates:

    11/18/2009; 12/02/2009; 03/24/2010; 07/21/2010; 09/15/2010; and 10/15/2010

  3. Events and Products

    Training and Education

    Events

    Since implementing this agreement OSHA representatives in Georgia and Florida have participated in the Continuing Logger Education (CLE) courses conducted by the SWPA, as well as the Master Timber Harvester Program.

    The Master Timber Harvester (MTH) 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’s objective is to foster improvements in the professionalism of wood producers by focusing 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 November 4, 2009, an OSHA CAS provided safety and health training during the Master Timber Harvester training course in Forsyth, GA.
    • On November 18, 2009, OSHA supported the SWPA Continuing Logger Education (CLE) Program conducted in Claxton, GA.
    • On December 2, 2009, OSHA supported the SWPA Continuing Logger Education (CLE) Program conducted in Louisville, GA.
    • On March 24, 2010, OSHA supported the SWPA Continuing Logger Education (CLE) Program conducted in Swainsboro, GA.
    • On July 21, 2010, OSHA supported the SWPA Continuing Logger Education (CLE) Program conducted in Tifton, GA.
    • On September 15, 2010, OSHA supported the SWPA Continuing Logger Education (CLE) Program conducted in Washington, GA.
    • On October 15, 2010, OSHA supported the SWPA Continuing Logger Education (CLE) Program conducted in Calhoun, GA.
    • On November 10, 2010, an OSHA CAS provided safety and health training during the Master Timber Harvester training course in Forsyth, GA.

    Products

    • None

    Outreach and Communication

    Events

    • The SWPA has developed a link, on its web site to the OSHA Onsite Consultation Program’s ConNect web site, which was developed for the benefit of small businesses - https://secure.consultationconnection.com/.
    • The OSHA Alliance is promoted in the SWPA’s bi-monthly publication, “Out of the Woods.” The magazine is available online at the following web site - http://www.sewpa.com/swpamagazine.html.
    • The SWPA continued to promote the CLE events, which OSHA supports, on the organization’s CLE web page - http://www.swpa.ag/cle.html.
    • The SWPA continues to maintain links on its web site to the OSHA Logging Page and other regulatory resources - http://www.sewpa.com/caution_ahead.html.

    Products

    • None

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    Events

    • None

    Products

    • None

  4. Results

    Outreach Activities

  5. Date

    Event/Activity

    Workers Impacted

    November 4, 2009

    OSHA supported the Master Timber Harvester Training Session in Forsyth, GA.

    36

    November 18, 2009

    Continuing Logger Education (CLE) course in Claxton, GA

    22

    December 2, 2009

    Continuing Logger Education (CLE) course in Louisville, GA

    30

    March 24, 2010

    Continuing Logger Education (CLE) course in Swainsboro, GA.

    25

    July 21, 2010

    Continuing Logger Education (CLE) course in Tifton, GA.

    30

    September 15, 2010

    Continuing Logger Education (CLE) course in Washington, GA.

    32

    October 15, 2010

    Continuing Logger Education (CLE) course in Calhoun, GA.

    25

    November 10, 2010

    OSHA supported the Master Timber Harvester Training Session in Forsyth, GA.

    35

    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
    600


                                                                                                                             Total Impacted: 835

  6. Upcoming Milestones in FY 2008-2009

    • OSHA, Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Occupational Safety and Health Division Consultation Program (GTRI) and the Southeastern Wood Producer’s Association (SWPA) will renew the current Alliance agreement.
    • OSHA will continue to support the SWPA Continuing Logger Education (CLE) Program.
    • OSHA will continue to support the Master Timber Harvester Program.

    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.