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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 Annual/Close-out Status Report
MUST Ministries Alliance

December 1, 2016


  1. Alliance Background

    A. Date Signed

    September 26, 2011

    Renewal Date

    November 15, 2013

    February 22, 2016

    B. Evaluation Period

    December 1, 2015 through December 1, 2016

    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:

    • January, 2016
    • February, 2016
    • June, 2016
  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 January 2016, the Atlanta-West Area Office - Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS) and authorized trainers volunteering with MUST Ministries conducted an OSHA 10-hour safety and health for general industry. Additionally, Sunbelt Rentals conducted a Forklift Safety course. Both courses were provided to unemployed individuals looking for general industry jobs. MUST Ministries also coordinated with local employers and obtained donated personal protective equipment (PPE) for each student that successfully completed the training sessions. The list of donated PPE includes the following items: composite toe boots; reflective vest; gloves; eye protection; ear plugs; and helmet shade cloth. According to MUST Ministries, approximately 60% of these students were later successfully placed in full-time jobs, compared with 42% of students in similar programs that do not feature the OSHA 10-hour course. Fall Prevention, Ergonomics, Hazard Communication/ Chemicals, Heat Illness Prevention and Temporary Workers 13 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
    Other On June 14, 2016, a representative from the Alliance group participated in the “Safety & Health Resources for the Construction Industry,” which was conducted at the Georgia Tech Conference Center. The event was developed and implemented by several members of the OSHA Strategic Partnership Program community in Georgia. Approximately 60 employers and employee representatives attended the event, which featured a diverse group of presenters, exhibitors and vendors. Fall Prevention, Ergonomics, Hazard Communication/ Chemicals, Heat Illness Prevention and Temporary Workers Impacted 100+
    Dissemination During this period, the Alliance group continued to distribute the safety and health coloring book throughout the metro Atlanta. Copies of the coloring book were also shared throughout the agency. Fall Prevention, Hazard Communication/ Chemicals, and Heat Illness Prevention 1,000+
  4. Evaluation

    N/A

  5. Upcoming Milestones in FY 2017

    • This Alliance has effectively accomplished many of the groups established goals; therefore, the decision has been made to conclude this agreement on December 1, 2016.

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

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