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U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Tampa Area Office
5807 Breckenridge Parkway, Suite A
Tampa, FL 33610
(813) 626-1177; Fax (813) 626-7015

Tampa Area Office Annual Status Report
Tampa Area Safety Council (TASC) Alliance

May 22, 2009

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    March 13, 2008

    Alliance Overview

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Tampa Area Safety Council, Inc. (TASC) agreed to establish an Alliance to reduce and prevent employee exposure to workplace hazards in the warehousing and distribution industries by developing and sharing information, guidance, and training resources.

    Implementation Team Members

    The implementation Team consists of representatives from the OSHA Area Office in Tampa, FL, and the Tampa Area Safety Council, Inc.1 (TASC).

    Evaluation Period

    March 13, 2008 – March 13, 2009

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    Meeting – April 28, 2008 – met to discuss direction of alliance and participation of community safety professionals.
    Meeting – May 23, 2008 - first meeting of OSHA, TASC and community safety professionals to discuss the alliance and further community involvement.

    Meeting – June 27, 2008 - met at Kearney Construction to discuss availability of resources and implementation of safety and health initiatives to all industries that have warehousing and distribution functions

    Meeting – July 25, 2008 - met to discuss resource guide for community and purpose of a subset organization of the alliance for all industry safety professionals called the West Central Florida Safety Alliance (WCFSA.)

    Meeting – August 22, 2008 - met to discuss warehousing workshop outreach and training program and discussed a website for WCFSA where warehousing information could be shared.

    Meeting – September 26, 2008 - met at Saddle Creek Corporation for a tour of a warehousing and distribution operations and to hold WCFSA monthly meeting where its website was introduced.

    Meeting – October 24, 2008 - met at Safety Products, Inc., Expo to discuss warehousing workshop agenda for the upcoming year and reviewed new safety equipment/products. A presentation by 3M on the new FHWA requirements for retro-reflective vests, while working on roads, was also conducted.

    Meeting – November 21, 2008 – established warehouse and distribution workshop topics and dates.

    Meeting – January 23, 2009 – established what should be included on the website and Florida Workers’ Compensation representative gave presentation on their response to non-compliance employers.

    Meeting – February 20, 2009 - met at Lanier Upshaw Insurance, distributed flyers for warehousing and distribution outreach workshops and discussed who should be targeted. A presentation was conducted by Lanier Upshaw regarding business insurance, risk management and control of cost for employers.

    Meeting – March 13, 2009 – reviewed outreach program given that day to see if targeting, content or message needs to be altered.

  3. Events and Products

    Training and Education

    • During this period the TASC conducted a total of eighty-two classes addressing occupational safety and health issues cover by the Alliance, such as, fleet safety, forklift operator training, emergency preparedness, CPR, first aid, and safety management systems.
    • A combined total of sixteen OSHA 10 and 30-Hour safety and health training courses were conducted by the TASC, including three courses in Spanish.
    • The TASC also facilitated seventeen OTI safety and health training courses, which were conducted by the University of South Florida.
    • None
    Outreach and Communication

    • On March 13, 2008, an OSHA presentation, focused on warehousing and distribution safety hazards, was conducted a TASC meeting at Pepin Distribution, Inc.
    • On September 16, 2008, the University of Florida coordinated with the TASC and ABC Alliances to host a Hurricane Preparation and Reconstruction Training Program.
    • On March 13, 2009, the TASC conducted the first of a series of workshops focused on the importance of safety and health during warehousing and distribution activities. The presentations specifically covered the following areas: a review of power industrial vehicle safety; manual material handing; hazard communication; fire safety; and first aid storage systems. Participants were provided a packet of outreach material, which included OSHA Ergonomic Guidelines for Grocery Stores, Warehousing Pocket Guide, OSHA Region IV Struck-by CD, Small Business Handbook, Forklift Checklists, National Photo Archive CD and OSHA Publication CD.
    • The TASC Alliance was promoted during several OSHA outreach presentations conducted throughout Central Florida. The Alliance group also assisted in the distribution of safety & health outreach material such as the Region IV Photo and Struck-by CDs, Tool Box Reviews, MAD IV Roofing and Carpentry Toolbox Reviews and OSHA Quick Cards.
    • None
    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    • On March 18, 2008, the Alliance was promoted during a presentation during the Motor Air Cargo National Conference in Orlando, FL.
    • On April 16, 2008, the Alliance was promoted during a presentation to Covanta, Inc., a national “waste to energy” company.
    • On July 23, 2008, the Alliance was promoted during a presentation to Sherwin Williams, Inc., a national paint manufacturing and distribution company.
    • On July 30, 2008, the Alliance was promoted during a presentation to the Florida Rental Association in Orlando, FL.
    • On February 11, 2009, a representative from the Alliance met with representatives of the Polk County Community Corporate College, which supports national logistic organization, to discuss the possibility of incorporating the alliance focus into their Supply Chain Management Courses.
    • On February 25, 2009, the Alliance was promoted during a presentation to the Plastic Recycling national conference in Orlando, FL.
    • None
  4. Results
    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    Forklift Training 124
    First Aid/CPR/AED 573
    Safety and health management 46
    MOT, Struck-by prevention 214
    Emergency planning 71
    10-hour OSHA 110
    30-hour OSHA 33
    OTI Courses 203
    Training in Spanish 35
    OSHA Update 2008 39
    OSHA Update 2009 49
    Warehousing Hazard Review 34
    OSHA Ergonomic Guidelines for Grocery Stores 34
    Warehousing Pocket Guide 73
    Region IV Struck-by CD 52
    Small Business Handbook 105
    Forklift Inspection Checklists 34
    National Photo Archive CD 300
    OSHA Publication CD 63
    Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for an Influenza Pandemic 250
    How to Plan for Workplace Emergencies and Evacuations 65
    Principal Emergency Response and Preparedness 100
    Region IV Construction Toolbox 300
    Region IV MAD IV Fall Protection Toolbox 150
    Various OSHA Quick Cards and Fact Sheets 1000
    TOTAL 2250

  5. Upcoming Milestones
    • Develop a Resource Guide and Website
    • Continue to partner with University of South Florida OTI Ed Center
    • Continue to encourage small businesses in Central Florida to develop and implement effective Safety and Health Management Systems (SHMS)
    • Continue to promote the TASC Alliance in the Central Florida Area
    • Continue to provide safety and health training for workers focused on the safe operation of forklifts, motor vehicle safety and emergency preparedness
    • Continued to work with community safety professionals to ensure the effective delivery of safety and health outreach services to employers that need assistance.
    Planned Warehousing Workshops in Tampa Area
    • June 19, 2009—Safety and Health Managements Systems—Three hour Workshop to Develop or Improve Your Safety and Health Program
    • September 23, 2009—Fleet Safety—Your Plan Should Apply to All Persons Operating Mobile Equipment Including Passenger Cars to Heavy Equipment.
    • December 3, 2009—Manual Material Handling and Proper Storage—Ergonomic Issues and Tools to Assess
    Planned Warehousing Workshops in Ft. Myers Area
    • June 23, 2009 — Two classes of Warehousing and Distribution Hazards and How to Control
    • August 27, 2009 - Safety and Health Managements Systems—Three hour Workshop to Develop or Improve Your Safety and Health Program
    • October 14, 2009—Fleet Safety—Your Plan Should Apply to All Persons Operating Mobile Equipment Including Passenger Cars to Heavy Equipment.
    Report prepared by Joan M. Spencer, Compliance Assistance Specialist

    For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 202-693-2340 or go to OSHA's webpage.


1. Tampa Area Safety Council, Inc., members - Community safety professional from local companies and government, such as, American Safety Professionals, Comcar Industries, Safe Workplace Inc., Wallace, Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, Saddle Creek Corp., Carpenter Contractors of America, Modero Medical, Kearney Construction, WG Mills Construction, CMSI MacDill AFB, OnCore Risk Management Services, Safety Products, Inc., Lanier Upshaw Insurance, Suncoast Safety Council and University of South Florida SafetyFlorida Consultation Program.