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


I. Alliance Background

Date Signed: The Sunshine Safety Council, Inc Alliance was signed on December 11, 2003.

Overview: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Sunshine Safety Council, Inc formed an Alliance to provide the Sunshine Safety Council, Inc. members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help protect employees’ health and safety by implementing work zone safety and control programs and effective safety and health management systems.

II. Implementation Team Meetings

Representatives from OSHA and the Sunshine Safety Council, Inc., conducted all required quarterly meetings by teleconferencing, formal meetings and training sessions on following dates: 01/14/04, 02/18/04, 03/25/04, 0818/04, 08/26/04, 02/15/05, 7/7/05 and 12/12/05

This annual status report for the Sunshine Safety Council, Inc. Alliance initiated by the OSHA Area Office in Jacksonville, Florida, was completed on January 25, 2006. The milestones and accomplishments achieved through this Alliance are listed below:

Evaluation Period:

December 11, 2004 through December 9, 2005

III. Events and Products

Training and Education

Events

  • The Safety Council trained 623 employees and supervisors on work zone safety through training programs that they developed.
     
  • OSHA provided work zone awareness training:

    • January 19th for the U.S. Corps of Engineers Safety Training
    • February 9th for the North Florida Turf Equipment Technicians Association monthly meeting.
    • February 15th at the American Society of Safety Engineers monthly meeting and also for the student chapter at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
    • May 25th, June 22nd, July 26th, August 24th, September 19th, October 24th, and November 28th at the First Coast Technical Institute.
    • December 8th during the OSHA 510 course held at the Sunshine Safety Council, Inc.
    • December 12th during the OSHA 500 course held at the Sunshine Safety Council, Inc.

Products

  • The Sunshine Safety Council, Inc. expanded a cooperative agreement with the International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA) to provide work zone related training to persons needing the IMSA certification.
     
  • Work zone safety information was incorporated into the Advanced Safety Management (ASM) and Principles of Safety Management (PSM) courses where applicable. The courses included Corporate Driving & Fleet Safety, Traffic Mishap Investigation, Incident Reporting & Investigation and How to Develop a Safety Program.
     
  • The Sunshine Safety Council, Inc. provided work zone information and “talking points” to the Council’s staff of traffic safety instructors for incorporation into their presentations to driver improvement students. Through October, this information was made available to approximately 7000 drivers.
     
  • Sunshine Safety Council received Florida Department of Transportation approval for an 8-hour Intermediate Management of Traffic (MOT) Refresher course.
     
  • Sunshine Safety Council partnered with other Florida Safety Councils to provide the MOT Refresher course throughout the state.

Outreach and Communications

Events

  • The Sunshine Safety Council, Inc. participated in IMSA’s State Conference with handout materials.

  • OSHA provided information about the Alliance at the Florida Workers Compensation Conference in Orlando in August 2005.

  • The Sunshine Safety Council, Inc. displays “Zelda” (a mannequin) in proper work zone apparel in the window display to communicate work zone safety to pedestrians and drivers.

Products:

IV. Results

Refer to the goals achieved for more information about the alliance results in the area of education and training, as well as the outreach and communication.

The Sunshine Safety Council, Inc. has had limited success in their outreach and training programs in the Ft. Pierce, FL area. Their office in Ft. Pierce is no longer in operation. As a result, they have requested that we not renew the alliance with the Ft Lauderdale Area Office.

  • OSHA and the Sunshine Safety Council plan to renew the Alliance agreement.
     
  • OSHA will provide training at the upcoming extended lunch-and-learn session on OSHA’s VPP program.
     
  • The Jacksonville Area Office will continue to provide to the Council on a monthly basis copies of citations that were issued to employers with worksites in the Council’s area (Volusia, Flagler and Putnam counties). This information will eventually be published in their newsletter.
     
  • The Sunshine Safety Council, Inc. and the Jacksonville Area Office are looking into ways that they can provide training and outreach for fleet safety. The main focus of this would be awareness for employees to wear their seatbelts when driving for their employers.