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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

December 11, 2015


  1. Alliance Background

    A. Date Signed

    September 26, 2011

    Renewal Date

    November 15, 2013

    B. Evaluation Period:

    November 22, 2014 through November 30, 2015

    C. 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.

    D. Implementation Team Membership and Contributors

    The implementation team included representatives from the OSHA Atlanta-West Area Office and MUST Ministries.

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    Quarterly implementation team meetings were conducted during the following periods:

    • November, 2014
    • December, 2014
    • March, 2015.
  3. Results

    The following table summarizes the Alliance’s activities in support of the goals in the Alliance agreement.

    Raising Awareness of OSHA’s Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives:

    The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following goal related to raising awareness of OSHA’s rulemaking and enforcement initiatives:

    • To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A

    N/A


    Training and Education:

    The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following training and education goal:

    • To develop effective training and education programs for workers regarding prevalent hazards in the construction and manufacturing industries, such as falls, electrical and struck by hazards, and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Training In November 2014, the Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS) in the Atlanta-West Area Office and MUST Ministries volunteers (authorized trainers) provided an OSHA 10-hr General Industry and Forklift Safety (done by Sunbelt Rentals) 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. Around 60% 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%. Fall Prevention, Ergonomics, Hazard Communication/ Chemicals, Heat Illness Prevention and Temporary Workers 15 students
    Training In March 2015, the Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS) in the Atlanta-West Area Office and MUST Ministries volunteers (authorized trainers) provided an OSHA 10-hr Construction Industry and Flagger Certification (done by Gossett Consultants and National Safety Council) course to unemployed individuals looking for jobs at a local Goodwill. 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; hard hats and helmet shade cloth. Around 60% 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%. Construction, Fall Prevention, Ergonomics, Hazard Communication/ Chemicals, Heat Illness Prevention and Temporary Workers 5 students

    Outreach and Communication:

    The Participants intend to work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

    • To develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA’s and the MUST Ministries’ Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
    • To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding MUST Ministries’ good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Speech/Presentation and Other (Culture Change) In December 2014, a representative of MUST Ministries, a representative of the Georgia Utility Contractors Association (GUCA), a CSHO and the CAS (all are members of the MUST Ministries Alliance and Georgia Struck-by Alliance) participated in an outreach activity at Lockheed Elementary School. The coloring book “Safe Each Day” was read to school students. 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. Fall Prevention, Struck by, Hazard Communication/ Chemicals, Heat Illness Prevention and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 180 students
    Speech/Presentation and Other (Culture Change) During this period, the coloring book was translated into Spanish. Soon, copies of the new bilingual coloring book will be printed. MUST Ministries volunteers assisted with the translation of the coloring book. Fall Prevention, Struck by, Hazard Communication/ Chemicals, Heat Illness Prevention and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 180+ students
  4. Evaluation

    N/A

  5. Upcoming Milestones in FY 2016

    • The MUST Ministries Alliance group will continue to effectively promote safety and health.
    • The MUST Ministries Alliance group will continue to effectively promote OSHA initiatives and campaigns, such the heat illness prevention and residential fall prevention programs.
    • The MUST Ministries Alliance group will continue to effectively promote workplace safety and health rights.
    • In an effort to establish and promote a safety culture, the OSHA CAS and CSHOs will visit Title I elementary schools through the MUST Ministries Summer Reading Program (for low income kids). The newly translated coloring book “Safe Each Day” will be used as part of OSHA’s outreach efforts to reach hard-to-reach workers and communities.
    • The MUST Ministries Alliance group will continue to teach 10-hr OSHA Construction and General Industry courses.
    • The MUST Ministries Alliance group will 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

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