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


  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed:

    March 13, 2008

    Date Renewed:

    February 7, 2011

    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 and Contributors:

    Members include the Tampa Area OSHA Area Office and the Tampa Area Safety Council, Inc. (TASC). Contributors to the Alliance include community safety professional from local companies and government, such as the following:

    • West Central Florida Safety Alliance
    • Safety Products Inc.
    • Saddle Creek Corp.
    • HUGS, Inc.
    • Dale C. Rossman, Inc.
    • Tech Data
    • Summit Holdings
    • Lanier Upshaw Insurance
    • Goodwill Industries
    • University of South Florida Safety Florida Consultation Program.

    Evaluation Period

    March 13, 2011 – March 13, 2012

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    Members include the Tampa Area OSHA Area Office and the Tampa Area Safety Council, Inc. (TASC). The group conducted Alliance implementation team meetings on the following dates: March 18, 2011; March 30, 2011; April 15, 2011; May 6, 2011; June 17, 2012; June 28, 2011; August 19, 2011; September 16, 2011; November 18, 2011; January 20, 2012; and February 17 2012.

  3. Events and Products

    Training and Education

    Events

    • During this period, the Alliance group, led by TASC, conducted a total of 62 safety and health classes, including 7 courses conducted cooperatively with the University of South Florida (USF) OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Center. These courses focused on the following safety and health topics: respiratory protection; lead; bloodborne pathogens; confined space; fire safety; trenching and excavations; fall protection; fleet safety; forklift operator training emergency preparedness; CPR; first aid; incident investigations; workplace violence; and ergonomics.
    • During this period, the Alliance group, led by TASC, conducted a total of three OSHA 10-Hour courses, including one course in Spanish.

    Products

    • None
    Outreach and Communication

    Events

    • On March 18, 2011, in support of the Alliance, the OSHA Tampa Area Office Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS) provided safety and health training focused on the prevention of ergonomic related injuries during material handling operations.
    • On March 30, 2011, the CAS conducted an OSHA Update presentation for the TASC Alliance group focused on the following: injury and illness prevention programs; required training under the OSHA standards; indoor environmental quality; the crane and derrick standard; and the function of the (11C) investigator. Approximately 85 members and non-members attended the event.
    • The CAS conducted three presentations focused on the revised directive for fall protection in residential construction for the TASC Alliance group. Topics addressed included changes to the directive, and types of fall protection available for the residential builder. During these events several construction safety and health equipment vendors also conducted presentations on personal fall protection systems. These events were conducted on the following dates:
      • May 6, 2011
      • June 28, 2011
      • June 29, 2011

    • On September 16, 2011, the CAS conducted a workshop on workplace violence. The workshop covered workplace violence statistics, risk factors, measures to take to prevent workplace violence and components of a workplace violence protection plan. The attendees were provided with a copy of OSHA’s publications "Workplace Violence: Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Health Care and Social Service Workers", "Workplace Violence: Recommendations for Workplace Violence Prevention Programs in Late-Night Retail Establishments" and NIOSH video "Violence on the Job."
    • On December 9, 2011, the CAS conducted a workshop on the incident investigation process. Topics addressed during the workshop included the following: direct and indirect incident causes; how to get to the root cause; how and what photographs should be taken; and what incidents need to be investigated.
    • On February 17, 2012, a representative from Honeywell Safety Products conducted a workshop on hearing conservation for the TASC Alliance group. Topics addressed during the workshop included the following: how hearing happens; means of providing protection; noise reduction ratings; and hearing protection fit testing.

    Products

    • The Alliance, with WCFSA, developed a Website, WCFSA.org, where meeting notes, future outreaches and resources can be found.
    • To assist in reaching out to small businesses and other contacts, through the course of the team members’ work duties, the team developed a business card for the West Central Florida Safety Alliance that directs the holder to its website. The website posts all information of upcoming outreaches of all Tampa Area Office’s Alliances. Those who visit the website can be added to a mailing list for future outreach events and WCFSA meetings.

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    Events

    During this period, the Alliance was effectively promoted during the following events:

    • April 12, 2011, the Alliance was promoted during the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations annual conference held in Tampa, FL, which was attended by representatives from several national PEOs.
    • On May 25, 2011, at the Cape Canaveral Chapter of American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) meeting.
    • On July 14, 2011, during a meeting with several instructors from the building trades unions.
    • On July 28, 2011, during the Florida Energy Pipeline Association conference
    • During the White House Hispanic Community Action Summit held September 9th and 10th of 2011, in Orlando, the alliance was promoted. Many of the attendees were from Hispanic organizations that are located in Florida and throughout the country.
    • On October 8, 2011, during the Sear’s Corporation Safety Fair at the Kmart’s in Orlando Florida.
    • On November 7, 2011, during the Goodwill Industries corporate safety and health meeting.
    • February 3. 2012, the alliance was promoted with contacts at the White House Hispanic Community Action Summit held in Tampa, FL. Many of the attendees were from Hispanic organizations that are located in Florida and throughout the country.

    Products

    • None
  4. Results

    Type of Activity
    (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)

    Number of Individuals Reached or Trained

    Forklift Training

    327

    First Aid/CPR/AED

    235

    MOT, Struck-by prevention

    148

    Confined Space

    58

    Fire Safety Classes

    26

    10-hour OSHA

    34

    OTI Courses

    93

    Fall Protection

    34

    Respirator

    56

    Lead

    3

    Workplace Violence

    4

    OSHA Update

    85

    Bloodborne Pathogens

    22

    Trenching/Excavations

    9

    Lockout/Tagout

    4

    Region IV Struck-by CD

    28

    Workplace Violence: Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Health Care and Social Service Workers

    29

    Workplace Violence: Recommendations for Workplace Violence Prevention Programs in Late-Night Retail Establishments

    29

    NIOSH video - Violence on the Job

    29

    Ergonomics for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders - Guidelines for Shipyards

    32

    Ergonomics: Guidelines for Retail Grocery Stores - Ergonomics for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders

    32

    Small Business Handbook

    61

    Job Hazard Analysis Guide

    28

    Residential Fall Directive and Fact Sheets

    246

    Region IV Construction Toolbox

    82

    Various OSHA Quick Cards and Fact Sheets

    400+

    TOTAL

    2134+


  5. Upcoming Milestones

    • Continue to promote occupational safety and health in the Central Florida Area.
    • Continue to partner with University of South Florida OTI Ed center to host OSHA courses.
    • Continue to promote worker safety in the operation of forklifts, motor vehicles, and emergency preparedness. The group will also continue to promote the need for effective safety and health management systems, especially among the Central Florida Small Business community.
    • Continue to work with community safety professionals through the West Central Florida Safety Alliance (WCFSA) to develop and deliver outreach programs and products to companies that most need help. The group will also conduct training with the WCFSA for members and non-members focused on the following: heat stress prevention; arc flash; hazard communication; as well as other topics.
    • On August 17, 2012, conduct a 2-hour presentation on the revised Hazard Communication Standard.

    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 www.osha.gov.