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

I. Alliance Background:

Date Signed

August 18, 2005


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Safety Council (NSC), Broward County, Dade County, Palm Beach County, Southwest Chapters agreed to establish an Alliance to reduce and prevent employee exposure to workplace hazards in the construction and general industries, by developing effective safety and health tools (i.e., Safety and Health Management Systems, Fleet Safety Programs, Warehousing Safety, as well as First Aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) Programs).

II. Implementation Team Members

The Fort Lauderdale OSHA Area Office and the National Safety Council, South Florida Chapter.



Evaluation Period

August 18, 2006 – August 18, 2007

Implementation Team Meetings

Representatives from OSHA and the NSC participated in the following Alliance meeting: October 30, 2007; March 28, 2007; April 25, 2007; and May 11, 2007

III. Events and Products

Training and Education


  • During this period the NSC created the Forklift Training Institute, with the primary goal to implement standards of training/education regarding OSHA's Powered Industrial Truck standard. Both classroom and practical (on the equipment) are elements of the program.
  • During this period the group conducted a total of 67 classes addressing occupational safety and health issues. These classes included the following - forklift operator training, MOT training at different levels, CPR and First Aid, Confined Spaces, Recordkeeping, and OSHA OTI classes
  • On April 25, 2007, a training course was conducted by the group entitled “Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene”
  • The NSC provided 20 employers in the South Florida area with training on the OSHA Construction Focus Four.
  • The NSC provided 11 employers in the South Florida area with training on Emergency Planning.
  • During this period the NSC has continued to expand its safety and health course offerings for the Hispanic Community. The safety and health course conducted in Spanish by the NSC now include:
    • OSHA Outreach 10 & 30 hour Construction
    • OSHA Outreach 10 & 30 hour General Industry
    • Construction: Confined Space, Trenching/Excavation, Fall Protection, Scaffolding & Rigging
    • First Aid/CPR/AED


  • None

Outreach and Communications


  • During this period the group continued to distribute safety & health outreach material, developed by OSHA Region IV. This outreach material included the Struck-By, Photo and Falls CDs. The group also distributed the Tool Box Review Booklet in both paper and electronic form.


  • None

Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health


  • On May 11, 2007, the NSC conducted a meeting with new Area Director for the Ft. Lauderdale Area Office, Darlene Fossum. During the meeting the group discussed ways to have an impact in the warehousing industry, as it relates to forklift safety.


  • None

IV. Results

The following table list several but not all safety and health courses provided by the NSC.

Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
Work Zone Safety 538
First Aid/ CPR 755
OSHA 30 hr. 68
Fleet Safety ( Defensive Driving) 159
Forklift Safety 318
Confined Space 61
TOTAL 1,899

V. Upcoming Milestones

  • Renew the Alliance between OSHA and the NSC.
  • Continue to work together on development of a system designed to decrease the number of Warehouse/Distribution related injuries & fatalities involving Powered Industrial Trucks.
  • The Safety Council will implement new levels of vocational and professional certificated programs, designed to provide required education/training to coincide with various stages of an employee's level of responsibility.
  • Promote the OSHA Outreach 30 Hour General Industry & Construction programs and integrate into our NSC SFC certificated platform.
  • Continue to promote effective Safety and Health Management Systems.