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U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Atlanta West Area Office
1995 North Park Place Suite 525 Atlanta, GA 30339
(678) 903-7301

Atlanta West Area Office Status Report MUST Ministries Alliance
November 29, 2013

  1. Alliance Background
  2. Date Signed:

    September 26, 2011

    Renewal Date:

    November 15, 2013

    Overview:

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Atlanta-West Area Office and MUST Ministries Alliance is focused on providing MUST Ministries clients and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers. Emphasis will be placed on effectively communicating with hard-to reach groups, such as the socio-economically disadvantaged workers and at-risk youth.

    Evaluation Period:

    September 27, 2012 through November 18, 2013

  3. Implementation Team Memberships and Contributors
  4. The implementation team included representatives from the OSHA Atlanta-West Area Office and MUST Ministries. Quarterly implementation team meetings were conducted during the following periods: September, 2012; November, 2012; April, 2013; July, 2013 and September, 2013.

  5. Events and Products
  6. Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives

    Events

    • In April, 2013, the CAS in the Atlanta-West Area Office was interviewed by the communications/marketing department of MUST Ministries to promote the importance of this Alliance, as well as OSHA's mission. This video interview has been promoted through social media by MUST Ministries.

    • In September, 2013, the CAS in the Atlanta-West Area Office and a representative of MUST Ministries joined worked with the Georgia Tech Research Institute - Onsite Consultative Service to promote OSHA's Temporary Worker Initiative by conducting a free half-day seminar on November 15, 2013.

    Products

    • None

    Training and Education

    Events

    • In October 2012, the Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS) in the Atlanta-West Area Office and MUST Ministries volunteers (authorized trainers) provided an OSHA 10-hr General Industry course to unemployed individuals looking for jobs. Additionally, through donations from MUST Ministries and local employers, students that successfully completed the training session were provided with the following equipment: composite toe boots; reflective vest; gloves; eye protection; ear plugs; and helmet shade cloth. A total of 11 students participated in this training program.

    • In April 2013, the CAS in the Atlanta-West Area Office and MUST Ministries volunteers (authorized trainers) provided an OSHA 10-hr Construction Industry course and Flagger certification to unemployed individuals looking for jobs. Additionally, through donations from MUST Ministries and local employers, students that successfully completed the training session were provided with the following equipment: composite toe boots; gloves; eye protection; and ear plugs. A total of 15 students participated in this training program.

    • During this period, a total of 26 students received safety and health training through the OSHA 10-hr courses for the General and Construction Industries and Flagger certification. Additionally, 66% of these students were later successfully placed in full-time job by MUST Ministries after receiving this training. By comparison, according to MUST Ministries, its other programs have an employment placement rate of 42%.

    Products

    • None

    Outreach and Communication

    Events

    • In November 2012, a representative of MUST Ministries participated in an outreach meeting with the OSHA Atlanta-West Area Office CAS and Region IV Alliance Coordinator. During this meeting the group discussed the expansion of the MUST Ministries Alliance, as well as the benefits of providing outreach visits to Title I elementary schools. The group decided to develop a coloring book to target 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders. The CAS in the Atlanta-West Area Office, a MUST Ministries representative and a local elementary teacher developed the story line for the coloring book. The coloring book address general safety hazards, PPE, training, fall protection, heat illnesses and struck-by hazards such as seat belt use, texting while driving, Georgia Move-Over Law and highway construction work zone hazards. In April, 2013 the CAS in the Atlanta-West Area Office joined forces with the Georgia Struck-by Alliance. Lamar Advertising, a member of the Georgia Struck-by Alliance, designed the coloring book. In September, 2013 OSHA Region IV printed 8,000 copies of the coloring book.

    Products

    • During this period, a coloring book titled "Safe Each Day" was developed and distributed throughout region IV. The coloring book was developed by the MUST Alliance group in collaboration with Lamar Advertising, which is an active member of the Georgia Struck-by Alliance group.

  7. Results
    • A success story from a student who took the OSHA 10-hr General Industry course at MUST Ministries (story written by Beth Ray from MUST Ministries): Bert is a 50-something male with a high school education, no felonies and no mental illness or addiction, but he couldn't find work. He had always worked labor jobs, but after his last job, the economy crashed. He finally lost everything. He had nowhere to go, and came to the Elizabeth Inn last year. With encouragement from the MUST team, he attended the 10-Hour Industrial Safety program, an alliance between MUST Ministries and OSHA. He proudly received his OSHA certification and a new pair of safety shoes at the course completion. When his certification card arrived in the mail, he went to a recruitment event at an area food manufacturer. Card in hand, Bert stood among the many seeking an opportunity for employment. By chance, the recruiter came out and walked down the line, saw his OSHA card and pulled him from the line. He was hired making minimum wage, but was thankful for the opportunity. Recently, a new food manufacturer opened in the area. Bert applied, again OSHA card in hand. He was hired this time making $12 per hour. He has been there about a month, and was excited to come back to the Elizabeth Inn and share that he has now purchased a car! Bert says it is the OSHA card that gets the jobs for him. While that may help, the OSHA card gives him confidence and a marketable skill that sets him apart. He also had the PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) that he may not have been able to provide for himself. Thanks to MUST Ministries and the donors who support it, Bert's training certification and safety shoes helped launched a new, prosperous career. These life-changing stories are a meaningful part of the MUST legacy.
  8. Upcoming Milestones in FY 2014
    • Continue to effectively promote safety and health through the MUST Ministries Alliance.

    • Continue to effectively promote OSHA initiatives and campaigns, such the Heat Illness Prevention and Residential Fall Protection through the MUST Ministries Alliance.

    • Continue to effectively promote workplace safety and health rights through the MUST Ministries Alliance.

    • CAS and CSHOs will visit Title I elementary schools in support of the MUST Ministries Summer Reading Program for low income kids. The newly produced coloring book "Safe Each Day" will be used as part of OSHA's outreach efforts to reach hard-to-reach workers and communities.

    • Continue to teach 10-hr OSHA Construction and General Industry courses at MUST Ministries, Goodwill and other sites.

    • Schedule seminars for Temp Agencies and Host Employers as part of OSHA's Temporary Worker Initiative Training.

Report prepared by: Marilyn M. Velez, Atlanta West Area Office - CAS

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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