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Southeastern Wood Producers Association Alliance - Annual and Close-out Report
March 12, 2013

  1. Alliance Background
  2. Date Signed

    August 31, 2007

    Renewal Date

    February 15, 2011

    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

    March 30, 2012, through February 28, 2013

  3. Implementation Team Meetings
  4. During this period, the Alliance implementation meetings were properly conducted by telephone, as well as in person during outreach events.

  5. Events and Products
  6. 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 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 in Georgia:

    • On September 12 and 13, 2012, 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 Washington, Georgia.
    • On September 19 and 20, 2012, 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 McRae, Georgia.
    • On October 10 and 11, 2012, 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 Moultrie, Georgia.
    • On October 24 and 25, 2012, 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 Calhoun, Georgia.
    • On November 28 and 29, 2012, 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.
    • On December 4 and 5, 2012, 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 Waycross, Georgia.
    • On December 19 and 20, 2012, 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 Macon, Georgia.

    Product

    • None

    Outreach and Communication

    Event

    • The SWPA continues to promote the Alliance through the SWPA's quarterly publication, "Out of the Woods." Each of the quarterly issues published during the past year featured article or factsheet focused on a workplace safety and health topic. 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 continues to provide 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
  7. Results
  8. Refer to the above information

  9. Upcoming Milestones in FY 2013
    • None

    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.

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