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


  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed:

    August 31, 2007

    Renewal Date:

    February 15, 2011

    Overview:

    OSHA, Georgia Tech Research Institutes Occupational Safety and Health Division Consultation Program (GTRI) and the Southeastern Wood Producers 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:

    December 1, 2010, through March 30, 2012
  2. Implementation Team Meetings:

    Alliance meeting were conducted on the following dates:

    2/15/2011; 4/27/2011; 8/3/2011; 8/15/2011; 9/16/2011; 10/25/2011; 11/3/2011; and 11/16/2011

  3. Events and Products

    Training and Education

    Event

    Since implementing this agreement OSHA representatives in Georgia 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 Georgias Center for Forest Business. The programs 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 January 26, 2011, representatives from OSHA and SWPA led safety and health training sessions for SWPA members and others, in support of the Master Timber Harvester training course in Forsyth, Georgia.
    • On February 15, 2011, representatives from OSHA and SWPA led safety and health training sessions for SWPA members and others, in support of the Master Timber Harvester training course in Swainsboro, Georgia.
    • On April 27, 2011, representatives from OSHA and SWPA led safety and health training sessions for SWPA members and others, in support of the Master Timber Harvester training course in Waycross, Georgia.
    • On May 16, 2011, representatives from OSHA and SWPA led safety and health training sessions for SWPA members and others, in support of the Master Timber Harvester training course in Forsyth, Georgia.
    • On August 3, 2011, representatives from OSHA and SWPA led safety and health training sessions for SWPA members and others, in support of the Master Timber Harvester training course in Swainsboro, Georgia.
    • On August 15, 2011, representatives from OSHA and SWPA led safety and health training sessions for SWPA members and others, in support of the Master Timber Harvester training course in Tifton, Georgia.
    • On September 16, 2011, representatives from OSHA and SWPA led safety and health training sessions for SWPA members and others, in support of the Master Timber Harvester training course in Cordele, Georgia.
    • On October 25, 2011, representatives from OSHA and SWPA led safety and health training sessions for SWPA members and others, in support of the Master Timber Harvester training course in Cordele, Georgia.
    • On November 14, 2011, t representatives from OSHA and SWPA led safety and health training sessions for SWPA members and others, in support of the Master Timber Harvester training course in Forsyth, Georgia.
    • On November 16, 2011, representatives from OSHA and SWPA led safety and health training sessions for SWPA members, in support of the SWPA Continuing Logger Education (CLE) Program in Statesboro, Georgia
    Product

    • None

    Outreach and Communication

    Event

    • On February 15, 2011, the Alliance was renewed by OSHA, Georgia Tech, and the SWPA.
    • On November 2, 2011, representatives from OSHA supported a Master Timber Harvester Workshop conducted by the SWPA.
    • On November 3, 2011, representatives from OSHA supported a Master Timber Harvester Workshop conducted by the SWPA.
    • The SWPA continues to promote the Alliance through the SWPA’s quarterly publication, “Out of the Woods.”   The magazine is available online at the following web site - http://www.sewpa.com/swpamagazine.html.
    • The SWPA continues to promote the CLE events, supported by OSHA, on the organization’s CLE web page - http://www.swpa.ag/cle.html.
    • The SWPA continues to maintain links on its web site with the OSHA Logging Page and other regulatory resources - http://www.sewpa.com/caution_ahead.html.
    • 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/.

    Product

    • None

  4. Results

    Refer to the above information

  5. Upcoming Milestones in FY 2011-2012

      • The Alliance group will continue to support the SWPA Continuing Logger Education (CLE) Program.
      • The Alliance group 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.