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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 and Close-out Report
Tampa Area Safety Council (TASC) Alliance
October 30, 2015


  1. Alliance Background
    1. Date Signed

      March 13, 2008

      Date Renewed
      April 24, 2013

    2. Evaluation Period and Closing date

      July 1, 2014–October 30, 2015

    3. 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.

    4. Implementation Team Members

      The implementation team consists of representatives from the OSHA Area Office in Tampa, FL, 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)*
      • Safety Products Inc.
      • Saddle Creek Corp.
      • Tech Data
      • Lanier Upshaw Insurance
      • Popeye’s
      • 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.

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    The group conducted Alliance implementation team meetings, in person, by telephone, and through e-mail correspondence on the following dates:

    • July, 21, 2014
    • August 26, 2015
    • September 29, 2014
    • November 12, 2014
    • January12, 2015
    • December 17, 2014
    • March 3, 2015
    • April 30, 2015
    • May 6, 2015
    • June 22, 2015
    • July 21, 2015
    • August 26, 2015
    • September 29, 2015
    • October 21, 2015

    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.

  3. Results

    The following table summarizes the Alliance’s activities in support of the goals in the Alliance agreement.

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    Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives: Facilitate the Tampa Area Office by updating members and non-members of the Council on emphasis programs and enforcement activity.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Dissemination The Region IV E-Newsletter was distributed to the Alliance group. The E-Newsletter featured OSHA updates, articles focused on hazard prevention, as well as safety and health information (focus on the following topics: OSHA compliance; struck-by hazards; and amputation prevention). Heat, Fall Prevention, Temporary Workers, Construction, and Hazard Communication.

    1500+

    Speech/Presentation OSHA's Proposed Walking and Working surfaces Standard Fall Prevention and Small Businesses

    30

    Speech/Presentation During the period the Alliance group hosted an OSHA Update, which addressed the following topics: Inspection Stats; Emphasis Programs; Proposed Standards; Noise and Hearing Protection; Electrical Safety; New Reporting Requirements; Interesting Enforcement Cases; Interesting 11(c) Whistleblower Cases; and Workplace Violence. Small Businesses

    105

    Training and Education: OSHA and TASC will work together to provide expertise and develop training and education programs for employees and employers in the warehousing and distribution industries regarding safety and health management systems and struck-by prevention programs, emergency planning, as well as fleet safety programs, first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) programs, and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industries. TASC will deliver or arrange for the delivery of certified training courses and other courses. TASC will work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop workplace safety and health curricula on the topics listed above for hard-to-reach groups, such as, non-English speaking workers.
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Training Confined Spaces Small Businesses

    51

    Training First Aid/CPR/AED Small Businesses

    273

    Training Forklift Small Businesses

    286

    Training MOT Small Businesses

    340

    Training Respirators Small Businesses

    8

    Training Arc Flash - NFPA 70E Small Businesses

    118

    Training Lead Small Businesses

    39

    Training Fall Protection Small Businesses

    57

    Training HazWoper Small Businesses

    16

    Training Bloodborne Small Businesses

    10

    Training Certified Occupational Safety Specialist Small Businesses

    18

    Training OSHA 29 CFR 1910 Standards for the General Industry -10 Hour Small Businesses

    26

    Training During the period the Alliance group hosted events, which supported the OSHA National Fall Prevention Stand-down. The University of South Florida (USF), OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Center conducted two free courses for local workers. These courses included hands-on demonstrations, as well as training on the proper use of the conventional means of fall protection. Fall Prevention and Small Businesses

    67

    Training OSHA 29 CFR 1926 Standards for Construction – 10 Hour Small Businesses and Construction

    9

    Outreach and Communication: OSHA and TASC will work together to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's and the TASC's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industries. Each partner will speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or TASC's events such as educational awareness seminars, local meetings, and the annual TASC Board Meeting. Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding TASC best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by the TASC and through OSHA- or TASC-developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Speech/Presentation Presentation on the Training Requirement of the OSHA Standards for General Industry Small Businesses, Construction

    35

    Speech/Presentation Monthly meeting with a guest speaker on the topic of hurricane safety. Small Businesses and Construction

    55

    Speech/Presentation Monthly meeting with a guest speaker on the topic of lockout/tagout (LOTO). Small Businesses and Construction

    19

    Speech/Presentation Monthly meeting with a guest speaker on the topic of continuity plans. Small Businesses and Construction

    13

    Speech/Presentation Monthly meeting with a guest speaker on the topic of industrial trucks. Small Businesses, Construction and Transportation

    10

    Speech/Presentation Monthly meeting with a guest speaker on the topic of fall protection. Small Businesses, Construction and Fall Prevention

    10

    Speech/Presentation Monthly meeting with a guest speaker on the topic of respiratory protection. Small Businesses and Construction

    13

    Event Participated in the 2nd Annual “Safety Now” event conducted by the West Central Florida Safety Alliance. This event was focused on Behavioral-based Safety and it was highlighted by the following presentations: Awareness matters right; Culture lives through language, is safety culture any different; Designing out error provocative environments and liability issues in implementing standards; What’s going on with OSHA; as well as Pitfalls and perils of incentives. Small Businesses, Construction, Hispanic/Latino Workers and Healthcare

    100

    Other Promoted the Alliance at other National conferences and/or to Nation-wide companies throughout the evaluation period. Construction, Small Businesses, Asian American/Pacific Islander Workers and Healthcare

    1000+

  5. Evaluations

    N/A

  6. Upcoming Milestones
    • During this period, the Tampa Area Safety Council (TASC) and the United Safety Council merged. The resulting organization is known as the United Safety Council. Therefore, the TASC Alliance is now concluded.
  7. Report prepared by Joan M. Spencer, Compliance Assistance Specialist

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