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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Ft. Lauderdale Area Office
1000 South Pine Island Road, Suite 100
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33324
(954) 424-0242; Fax (954) 424-3073
And the
Safety Alliance For Excellence (SAFE)
March 24, 2017


  1. Alliance Background
    1. Date Signed:
    2. March 8, 2013;

      Renewal Date:

      March 11, 2015

    3. Evaluation Period
    4. March 11, 2016 through March 11, 2017

    5. Overview:
    6. OSHA and SAFE formed an alliance to provide SAFE members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, by reducing and preventing exposures in the construction industry related to the four leading causes of fatalities; Falls, Electrical, Struck-By and Caught-In-Between and understanding the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).

    7. Implementation Team Members
    8. OSHA

      Condell Eastmond – Area Director
      Vergie Bain – Compliance Assistance Specialist

      Alliance participant
      David Wessin

  2. Implementation Team Meetings
  3. During this period, the Implementation Team met on a monthly basis in conjunction with the group's monthly meetings. The group meets on the first Wednesday of each month.

    April 2016; May 2016; June 2016; July 2016; August 2016; September 2016; October 2016; November 2016; December 2016; January 2017; February 2017; and March 2017.

    In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from both groups maintained regular contact throughout the reporting period to monitor the Alliance's progress and results.

  4. Results
  5. 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 OSHA's National/Regional/Local Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process.
    • To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
    • To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on fall protection, electrical hazards, struck-by and caught-in-between hazards to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
    • To encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by partnering and mentoring trade contractors.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached/Attended
    Other/Host Webpage During this period, the Alliance group hosted the registration page for the OSHA Regional Landscaping Stand-down on its Webpage. Construction 5,000
    Other/ Proclamation During this period, the Alliance group was recognized with a proclamation from the City of Miami, Florida, which also designated March as Safety Month. Construction, and Small Business 100
    Dissemination During this period, the Alliance group assisted in the distribution and dissemination of OSHA outreach materials in support of the following OSHA outreach campaigns: Landscaping Stand-down; Fall Prevention Stand-down; and Heat Illness Prevention Stand-down. Construction, Fall Prevention, Heat Illness Prevention, Hispanic Worker, and Small Business 5,000

    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 the construction industry regarding fall protection, electrical hazards, struck-by and caught-in-between hazards and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
    • To develop effective training and education programs for the construction industry to promote understanding of workers' rights, including the use of the OSHA complaint process, and the responsibilities of employers and to communicate such information to workers and employers.
    • To deliver or arrange for the delivery of fall protection, electrical hazards, struck-by and caught-in-between hazards courses.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached/Attended
    Training During this period, the Alliance group offered OSHA 10-hour and 30-hour outreach training courses online through a partnership with the University of South Florida OSHA Training Institute Education Center. Construction, Ergonomics, Hazard Communication/ Chemical, Heat Illness Prevention, and Fall Prevention 1,000

    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 SAFE's Web sites) to employers and workers in the construction industry.
    • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or SAFE's conferences, local meetings, or other co-sponsored events.
    • To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding SAFE's good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the Participants.
    • To work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects related to the construction industry that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached/Attended
    Speech/Presentation During this period, OSHA's Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS) in the Ft. Lauderdale Area Office conducted a presentation on OSHA's new silica standard for construction. Construction 5,000/80
    Speech/Presentation During this period, OSHA's CAS along with University of South Florida (USF) SafetyFlorida Onsite Consultation Program conducted a presentation on the new silica standard for construction, including methods of sampling and controls Construction and Small Business 2,000/100
    Speech/Presentation During this period, Jose Morales, Field Marketing Coordinator for DeWalt Tools, conducted a presentation for the Alliance group entitled "Silica and DeWalt Tools - Solutions for the New OSHA Silica Standards." Construction and Small Business 2,000/65
    Speech/Presentation During this period, James Stanley, (formerly of OSHA), conducted a presentation on "How to Prepare for an OSHA Inspection" and the" Ramifications of Multi-Employer Worksites." Construction and Small Business 80
    Speech/Presentation During this period, Josh Higgins, an attorney with Kelley Kronenberg, conducted a presentation on the new MOU (memorandum of understanding) between OSHA and US Justice Department regarding criminal prosecutions for safety violations. Construction and Small Business 100
    Speech/Presentation During this period, the CAS conducted a landscaping safety presentation for the Alliance group in support of the OSHA Regional Landscaping Stand-down. The OSHA Region IV Landscaping Safety Stand-down was conducted April 6 through 8, 2016. Construction and Small Business 60/2000
    Speech/Presentation During this period, OSHA representatives attended a safe digging seminar, which addressed excavation and trenching safety. Construction 100
    Speech/Presentation During this period, Whitney Qualls, with the University of Miami, conducted a presentation for the Alliance group focused on the Zika Virus and workplace exposure to mosquito. Construction 5000/75
    Speech/Presentation During this period, Pat Natalizio, Branch Manager with Certex, conducted a presentation for the Alliance group entitled "Inspection and Replacement Criteria for Slings." Construction 100
    Speech/Presentation During this period, a representative with Engineered Edge Protection System by RAPID EPS conducted a presentation on the benefits of fall prevention. Construction, Fall Prevention, 5000/60
    Speech/Presentation During this period, Margie Vrable, with Master Lock, conducted a presentation on changes to the lockout/tagout standard. Small Business 50
    Speech/Presentation During this period, Condell Eastman, the Area Director in the OSHA Ft. Lauderdale Area Office, conducted an OSHA update presentations about the Alliance group. Construction/Small Business 200
    Speech/Presentation During this period, Richard Thompson, Technical Coordinator for NCCCO (the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators) conducted an update presentation regarding the OSHA crane standard. Construction 2000/60
    Speech/Presentation During this period, Tony Dotto, Vice President of Crane Tech, conducted a presentation on mobile and cranes ground bearing capacities for the Alliance group. Construction, Small Business 75
    Speech/Presentation During this period, Bob Berry, Safety Director with Sims Crane, conducted a presentation on new "Cranes in Construction" course, OTI-2055. Construction 50
  6. Evaluation
  7. N/A

  8. Upcoming Milestones in FY 2017
    • OSHA and SAFE will renew the alliance for five years and continue to promote occupational safety and health in the South Florida area.
    • The Alliance group will continue to provide SAFE members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources related to the four leading causes of fatalities.
    • Continue to support the Region 4's campaign focusing on Landscapers.
    • Continue to support the OSHA National Campaigns focused on Fall and Heat Illness Prevention.
    • SAFE will host the Region 4 Heat Illness Prevention registration website.
    • The Alliance group will continue to partner with OSHA, the University of South Florida (USF) – Safety Florida Onsite Consultation program, as well as the USF OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Center to provide training for workers a wide range of topics including the following: fall prevention; electrical safety; struck-by and caught-in-between; as well as understanding the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).

Report Prepared by: Vergie Bain, Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS), Ft. Lauderdale Area Office

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