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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
and the
Suncoast Utility Contractors Association (SUCA) Alliance
July 31, 2018


  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed

      April 17, 2015

    2. Evaluation Period

      November 1, 2016 – July 31, 2018

    3. Alliance Overview and Goals

      The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Suncoast Utility Contractors Association, Inc. (SUCA) agreed to establish an Alliance to reduce and prevent exposure to hazards during trenching and excavation procedures, confined space entry and other imminent dangers in the underground utility construction industry. Additionally, the group's goal is to develop and share information, guidance, as well as training resources.

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    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:

    • December 21, 2016; March 1, 2017; May 24, 2017; June 26, 2017; July 18, 2017; September 5, 2017; October 3, 2017; October 26, 2017; November 1, 2017 (* confined space); December 14, 2017; January 18, 2018 (*silica); February 7, 2018; March 21, 2018; May 9, 2018; and July 17, 2018
  3. Results of Alliance Activities in Support of Agreement Goals

    Dissemination: Alliance Program participant shared information on OSHA-developed or OSHA Alliance Program-developed tools and resources, OSHA standards/rulemakings, enforcement, or outreach campaigns.

    Dissemination Type Date Description Emphasis Area(s)* Number Reached (numeric value) Additional Information (Optional)
    Email Blast (mass marketing email, which is broadcast throughout the local community) 5/24/17 Information was distributed regarding the following: OSHA's 2017 Safe & Sound Campaign; and the Alliance group's free training on - The Business Case for Safety and Health: Safety as an Investment to Reduce Risk & Protect the Bottom Line.Safety & Health Program, Safe + Sound Week, Construction, Small Business and Trenching

    500

    None

    Email Blast

    2/1/2018 Shared information regarding OSHA's new 2018 Outreach Training Program requirements with members of the Alliance group. Construction, Small Business and Trenching

    500

    None

    Email Blast

    5/23/18 Shared information with the Alliance group regarding OSHA and NUCA's Trenching Safety Initiative, which included a Trench Stand-down. Construction, Small Business and Trenching

    500

    None

    Email Blast

    Monthly Shared information with the Alliance group regarding the Tampa Bay Excavation Taskforce meeting. The goal of the Taskforce to improve trench safety and to protect utility workers. Construction, Small Business and Trenching

    500

    None

    Outreach Events and Training for non-OSHA Staff: Alliance Program participant or OSHA participation in events, which includes speeches/presentations, exhibits, roundtables, conferences, informational webinars or other meetings or training in support of the Alliance or an OSHA initiative.

    Activity Type Date Event Name Representative Name(s) and Affiliation(s) Title Of Presentation (if applicable) City State Emphasis Area(s)* Number Reached (numeric value)
    Speech, Presentation and Exhibit 4/12/17 SUCA Career Day Event Joan Spencer, OSHA Tampa Area Office, Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS) Fall Prevention in Construction Tampa FL Fall Prevention, Construction and Young Workers

    600

    Speech and Presentation 11/1/17 Tampa Bay Excavation Taskforce meeting Wayne Jensen, Stahl Insurance; Mike Schultz, Vogel Bros.; and Joan Spencer, CAS Confined Space Programs Implemented Tampa FL Construction Small Business, Trenching

    45

    Speech and Presentation 1/18/18 Alliance Outreach Joan Spencer, CAS OSHA Update Tampa FL Construction Silica, Small Business, Trenching

    50

    Speech, Presentation and Exhibit 4/18/18 SUCA Career Day Event Joan Spencer, CAS Fall Prevention in Construction Tampa FL Fall Prevention, Construction and Young Workers

    600

Report prepared by: Joan M. Spencer, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Tampa Area Office, July 20, 2018

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