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:

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

    • West Central Florida Safety Alliance (WCFSA)*
    • Safety Products Inc.
    • Saddle Creek Corp.
    • Dale C. Rossman, Inc.
    • Tech Data
    • Lanier Upshaw Insurance
    • Goodwill Industries
    • University of South Florida Safety Florida Consultation Program.
    *The West Central Florida Safety Alliance (WCFSA) is a group of safety professionals, insurance risk consultants, human relations professionals, etc. that was developed through the TASC Alliance. The WCFSA holds monthly meetings with speakers to support and education the small business owner. The WCFSA also supports the TASC Alliance by making available training space and speakers.

    Evaluation Period

    March 13, 2012 - March 22, 2013

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    The group conducted Alliance implementation team meetings, in person and by telephone, on the following dates: April 24, 2012; June 15, 2012; September 21, 2012; December 14, 2012; January 14, 2013; and February 15, 2013.

  3. Events and Products

    Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives


    • On April 24, 2012, Tampa Area Office supported the TASC Alliance by conducting an OSHA Update Presentation for the group. Approximately, 97 members and non-members attended the event, which focused on the following:

      • OSHA Compliance
      • Respiratory Protection and Employers Programs
      • How Human Factors Analysis Can Improve Your Compliance with OSHA's Requirements
      • How to Survive an OSHA Inspection - What Does the OSHA Supervisor Expect?
      • Globally Harmonized System (GHS) and Hazard Communication
      • Fall Prevention Plans and Fall Protection Plans: What Are They and Can You Even Use Them?
      • Lockout/Tagout and Machine Guarding to Prevent Amputations Under OSHA's Emphasis Program

    • None
  4. Training and Education


    • During this period, the Alliance group, led by TASC, conducted a total of 62 safety and health classes, included 15 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: hoist crane safety; lead; bloodborne pathogens; confined space; arc flash; machine guarding; OSHA recordkeeping; hazwoper; fall protection; safety culture; forklift operator training; hazard communication; cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR); first aid; industrial hygiene; and emergency preparedness.

    • During this period, the Alliance group, led by TASC conducted a total of three OSHA 10-Hour safety and health courses for the general industry.

    • None.
    Outreach and Communication


    • On May 18, 2012, the Alliance group conducted a "Lunch and Learn" on hurricane preparedness and mitigation. The training was provided by a local meteorologist, insurance risk consultant and a business continuity expert. Approximately 20 members and non-members attended the event.

    • On August 17 and September 26, 2012, the OSHA Tampa Area Office, Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS) provided training on the revised Hazard Communication Standard. The training addressed changes to the standard, hazard classification, pictograms and producing shipping labels.

    • On March 22, 2013, the Alliance group, led by the OSHA CAS conducted training on "Creating a Safety Culture." The workshop examined an employer's current safety culture and offered recommendations to create a positive safety culture.

    • During this period, the TASC was promoted by the Alliance group at the following events:

      • On March 22, 2013, at the Professional Office Medical Managers Association Conference in Orlando, FL.
      • On March 28, 2012, at the Polyurea Development Association National Conference.
      • On June 5, 2012, at the Southwest Florida Air Conditioning meeting held in Ft. Myers, FL.
      • On July 11, 2012, at the Ambulatory Surgical Center Association Conference.
      • n July 12, 2012, at the Building Trades Instructors Annual Meeting.
      • On July 27, 2012, at the Florida JBT Food Tech Safety Meeting.
      • n August 28, 2012, at the National Reconnaissance Office Training Program.
      • On November 11, 2012, at the global Cold Chain National Conference.
      • On February 19, 2013, at the Florida Industrial and Mining Environmental, Health and Safety Conference in Kissimmee.

    • None
  5. Results

    The alliance has brought many community safety professionals together for open discussion on how to reduce occupational hazards, especially for small businesses that do not have the resources to employ safety and/or health professionals.

    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    Forklift Training 401
    First Aid/CPR/AED 435
    MOT, Struck-by prevention 207
    Confined Space 37
    Arc Flash, NFPA 70E 69
    10-hour OSHA 35
    OTI Courses 150
    Fall Protection 11
    Lead 11
    OSHA Update 97
    Bloodborne Pathogens 19
    Trenching/Excavations 5
    Lockout/Tagout 5
    Heat Hazard Campaign 200+
    Fall Hazard - Plan, Provide and Protect 200+
    Various HazCom Quick Cards 254
    TOTAL 2136+

  6. 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.

    • On April 25, 2013, the CAS is scheduled to conduct an OSHA Update for the Alliance group.

    • On October 18, 2013, the CAS is scheduled to conduct 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 OSHA.