U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Fort Lauderdale Area Office
8040 Peters Road, Suite H-100
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33324
(954) 424-0242; Fax (954) 424-3073
National Safety Council (NSC) SOUTH FLORIDA – THE SAFETY CENTER (Formerly the
NSC - Broward County, Dade County, Palm Beach County, Southwest Chapters
Annual Alliance Report
May 28, 2009
- Alliance Background
August 18, 2005 and Renewed on May 2, 2008
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).
Implementation Team Members
The Fort Lauderdale OSHA Area Office and the National Safety Council, South
May 2, 2008, to May 19, 2009
- Implementation Team Meetings
Representatives from OSHA and the NSC participated in the following Alliance
meetings: October 1, 2007; February 27, 2008; May 2, 2008 (Alliance renewed);
September 16, 2008; and March 12, 2009.
- Activities and Products
Training and Education
- Launched Safety Council University, on on-line learning platform designed
to reach small business and those organizations that desire to standardize
training processes and subsequent tracking mechanisms.
- Continued to expand the Forklift Training Institute, with the primary goal
to implement standards of training/education regarding OSHA’s Powered
Industrial Truck standard.
- The NSC conducted a total of 52 classes addressing occupational safety and
health such as forklift operator training, MOT training at different levels,
CPR and First Aid, Confined Spaces, Recordkeeping, and OSHA OTI classes.
Outreach and Communication
- The group continued to distribute safety & health outreach material
developed by OSHA Region IV, such as the Struck-By, Photo and Falls CDs along
with the Tool Box Review Booklet. These are provided in paper and electronic
Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health
- The NSC conducted free training on OSHA Subpart S (Electrical Safety) to
22 employers in the South Florida area, through a Susan Harwood grant.
- The NSC conducted a series of breakfast meetings for NSC-members and
Non-Members on a variety of safety and health topics.
- The outreach activities have reached employees exposed to hazards that have
resulted in many of the fatalities in South Florida. Continued training in these
areas insures the success of reducing injuries and fatalities related to
forklifts, struck-by and other construction and general industry related
- During this period the NSC discontinued the offering of the OSHA 500 & 501
Courses. The NSC is now placing more emphasis providing the OSHA 30-hour
Outreach Course. Additionally, the NSC has continued to expand its course
offerings to the Hispanic Community, which include the following:
- 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
- This chapter of NSC has undergone reorganization and a shift in direction.
They have presently separated occupational safety & health from their defensive
driving and other activities.
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution,
Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
- Upcoming Milestones
Report Prepared by: Vergie Y. Bain, CAS
- Develop a South Florida Task Force to work with the OSHA Ft. Lauderdale
Office on development of a system designed to decrease the number of
Warehouse/Distribution related injuries & fatalities involving Powered
- 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.
- Increase participation in the OSHA Outreach 30-hour course, to assure that
supervisors are knowledgeable of their responsibilities in protecting
employees from exposures to hazards.
- Continue to conduct monthly breakfast sessions on safety and health topics
for NSC-members and non-members, especially area small business owners.
For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at
202-693-2340 or go to