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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

July 18, 2014


  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    March 13, 2008

    Date Renewed

    April 24, 2013

    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

    Contributors to the Alliance include community safety professional from local companies and government, such as the following:

    • West Central Florida Safety Alliance (WCFSA)1
    • 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.

    Evaluation Period

    March 22, 2013 - June 30, 2014

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    The team conducted Alliance implementation meetings, in person, by e-mail and by telephone, on the following dates: May 17. 2013; July 19, 2013; August 16, 2013; October 17, 2013; November 15, 2013; February 21, 2014; March 21, 2014; April 11, 2014; and May 23, 2014.

  3. Events and Products

    Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives

    Events

    • On April 25, 2013, the OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS) from the 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
    • On January 15, 2014, the TASC Alliance group supported the West Central Florida Safety Alliance in its first annual Safety Day event. Approximately 80 safety professionals attended the event. The event was focused on Behavioral-Based Safety with presentations covering the following:
      • The Costs of Accidents;
      • Safe Technology - 21st Century Safety; and
      • Reaching Results
    • On April 30, 2014, the OSHA CAS from the Tampa Area Office supported the TASC Alliance by conducting an OSHA Update Presentation for the group. Approximately, 84 members and non-members attended the event, which focused on the following:
      • OSHA compliance
      • Total worker health to prevent worker injury and illness
      • Site-Specific Targeting: What is it and how do keep out of the line of sight?
      • Scaffold Violation are low hanging fruit
      • Confined space entry: An example of the don't
      • OSHA's Most Frequently Cited Standards: Where companies go wrong
      • Accident investigations: What OSHA does, and what can be learned
      • Is that injury recordable? What's new with recordkeeping

    Products

    • None

    Training and Education

    Events

    • During this period, the Alliance group, led by TASC, conducted a total of 51 safety and health classes, included 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: lead; bloodborne pathogens; confined space; arc flash; forklift operator training; hazard communication; fall protection; cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR); first aid; and safety issues under EEOC regulations.
    • 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 and construction.

    Products

    • None

    Outreach and Communication

    Events

    • On June 21, 2013, the Alliance group was provided information on the prevention of heat related illnesses by a local electrolyte vendor. Approximately 20 members and non-members attended the event.
    • On July 19, 2013, representatives from EEOC and Goodwill Industries gave a presentation to the Alliance on “EEOC Issues and Post-Offer Physicals.” Approximately 30 attendees participated in this event.
    • On August 16, 2013, the Alliance group, led by a Goodwill Industries representative was provided a presentation on “Introducing Safe Concepts to New Employees.”
    • Sept 20, 2013, the Alliance group was provided a presentation on Whistleblower Protection by an 11(©) Investigator from the OSHA Tampa Area Office.
    • On October 18, 2013, the Alliance group was provided a presentation on distracted driving. Approximately15 members and non-members attended the meeting.
    • On November 15, 2013, the Alliance group was provided a presentation on respiratory protection. The presentation addressed the following: respirator selection; fit testing; medical testing; and maintenance.
    • On February 21, 2014, the Alliance group was provided a presentation on Safety through Design by a representative from NIOSH.
    • On May 23, 2014, the Alliance group was provided a presentation on Hurricane Preparedness and Business Emergency Planning. Approximately 60 members and non-members attended the event.
    • One June 3, 2014, the Alliance group supported OSHA's National Fall Prevention Stand-down.” Members of the Alliance conducted fall protection demonstrations, as well as demonstrating the proper method to erect scaffolding.
    • During this period, the TASC Alliance was promoted by the Alliance group at the following events:
      • On April 17, 2013, at the Central Florida Federal Field Safety and Health Council held at Kennedy Space Center, FL.
      • On April 23 at 2013, at the Tampa Area Safety Council OSHA Update held in Tampa, FL.
      • On May 16, 2013, at the annual meeting of the Construction Licensees Official Association of Florida held in Lake Mary, FL.
      • On July 17, 2013, at the annual conference of the Florida Association of Ambulatory Surgical Centers held in Orlando, FL.
      • On August 1, 2013, at the annual conference of the Florida Energy Pipeline Association held in Sarasota, FL.
      • On September 19, 2013, at the annual conference of the Physician's Office Managers Association of America held in Orlando, FL.
      • On November 14, 2013, at the Leading Age Annual Conference held in Orlando, FL.
      • On February 4, 2014, at the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America conference in Orlando, FL.
      • On February 26, 2014 at the Central Florida Federal Field Safety and Health Council held at Kennedy Space Center, FL.
      • On April 30 at 2014, at the Tampa Area Safety Council OSHA Update held in Tampa, FL.

    Products

    • None

  4. 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 163
    First Aid/CPR/AED 96
    MOT, Struck-by prevention 95
    Confined Space 22
    Arc Flash, NFPA 70E 69
    10-hour OSHA 37
    OTI Courses 77
    Fall Protection 80
    Lead 12
    OSHA Update 84
    Bloodborne Pathogens 96
    Heat Hazard Campaign 200+
    Fall Hazard - Plan, Provide and Protect 200+
    Various HazCom Quick Cards 90
    TOTAL 1321+
  5. Upcoming Milestones

    • In 2015, the Alliance group will continue to effectively promote occupational safety and health in the Central Florida Area at events such as the West Central Florida Safety Alliance Safety Day.
    • In 2015, the Alliance group will continue to partner with University of South Florida OTI Ed Center to host OSHA courses.
    • In 2015, the Alliance group will 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.
    • In 2015, the Alliance group will 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 September 19, 2014, a representative from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will conduct a program for the Alliance group, which addresses EEOC issues and related safety requirements.

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.


1 The West Central Florida Safety Alliance (WCFSA) is a group of safety professionals, insurance risk consultants, human relations professionals, and other that developed from the TASC Alliance. The WCFSA conduct monthly meetings with speakers to support and education small business owners. The WCFSA also support the TASC Alliance by providing training space and speakers.

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