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

Tampa Area Office Annual Status Report
United Safety Council (USC) Alliance

July 2, 2009

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    May 6, 2008

    Alliance Overview

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the United Safety Council, Inc. (USC) agreed to establish an Alliance to reduce and prevent employee exposure to workplace hazards associated with disasters by developing and sharing information, guidance, and training resources on emergency preparedness and effective response.

    Implementation Team Members

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

    Evaluation Period

    May 6, 2008 - May 22, 2009

     
  2. Implementation Team Meetings
     
    Date Method (i.e., Telephone, In-Person) Action
    June 6, 2008 Met to discuss direction of alliance and participation of community safety professionals Meeting
    July 16, 2008 Met to discuss bringing the University of Florida’s “Worker Safety Training for Hurricane Reconstruction” to USC for the construction community. Meeting
    July 29, 2008 Discussed conducting another “Worker Safety Training for Hurricane Reconstruction” course, at the University of Florida, due to the high response for the first course. Telephone
    October 6, 2008 Discussed changes within the USC. Telephone
    December 2, 2008 Met with new USC representative. Discussed the alliance goals and future outreach activity. Meeting
    February 25, 2009 Conducted follow-up meeting focused on outreach event and future workplace violence training. Meeting
    March 18, 2009 Discussed future workplace violence prevention training programs. Meeting
    April 6, 2009 Discussed conducting a combustible dust training course. Telephone
    April 10, 2009 Conducted a detailed reviewed of the planned outreach program. Meeting
    May 22, 2009 Reviewed the group’s outreach activities this year and events planned for next year. Meeting
     
  3. Events and Products

    Training and Education

    Events
     
    • During this period the USC conducted a total of fifty-nine classes addressing occupational safety and health issues cover by the Alliance, such as, workplace violence, emergency preparedness, CPR, first aid, AED and safety management systems.
       
    • The USC also facilitated nine OTI safety and health training courses, which were conducted by the University of South Florida.
    Products
     
    • None
    Outreach and Communication

    Events
     
    • On August 8, 2008, the University of Florida coordinated with the USC Alliance to host a “Worker Safety Training for Hurricane Preparation and Reconstruction” at the USC,
       
    • On August 26, 2008, a second University of Florida “Worker Safety Training for Hurricane Preparation and Reconstruction” was held at the USC.
       
    • On February 25, 2009, the USC held the first of a two part series on Workplace Violence. The presentation gave general information on what exactly is workplace violence and general prevention guidance. Participants were provided with the NIOSH DVD “Violence on the Job.”
       
    • March 20, 2009, the USC hosted a four hour training on “Mishap Prevention and Investigations.” The training covered tools and techniques used to perform a comprehensive accident investigation.
       
    • April 10, 2009, conducted the second part of the Workplace Violence two part series. Participants were provided with OSHA publication “Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Health Care and Social Service Workers”, NIOSH DVDs “Violence on the Job” and “Working with Stress” and sample prevention plans from various state OSHA programs.
       
    • The USC Alliance was promoted during several OSHA outreach presentations conducted throughout Central Florida. The Alliance 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.
    Products
     
    • None
    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    Events
     
    • On June 10, 2008, the Alliance was promoted during a presentation to the Professional Association of Health Care Management in Springhill, FL.
       
    • On June 19-21, 2008, the Alliance and “Worker Safety Training for Hurricane Preparation and Reconstruction” program was promoted during the statewide Florida Roofing, Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Conference.
       
    • July 31-August 2, 2008, the Alliance and “Worker Safety Training for Hurricane Preparation and Reconstruction” program was promoted during the regional Southeast Building Conference.
       
    • On January 16, 2009, the Alliance was promoted during the USC Safety Awards in Orlando, FL where representatives from national and international companies attended.
       
    • February 17-19, 2009, the Alliance was promoted during the national Common Ground Alliance Conference.
       
    • On March 5, 2009, the Alliance was promoted during the Alliance for Central Florida Safety “Safety Day” event in Orlando, FL.
       
    • April 15, 2009, the Alliance was promoted during a presentation to Physician Office Managers Association of America meeting in Orlando, FL.
    Products
     
    • None
       
  4. Results
     
    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    Workplace Violence 70
    First Aid/CPR/AED 536
    Safety and health management 46
    Mishap Investigations 18
    Emergency planning 74
    OTI Courses 173
    Region IV Struck-by CD 37
    Small Business Handbook 73
    Forklift Inspection Checklists 34
    National Photo Archive CD 200
    OSHA Publication CD 48
    Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for an Influenza Pandemic 150
    How to Plan for Workplace Emergencies and Evacuations 74
    Region IV Construction Toolbox 200
    Region IV MAD IV Fall Protection Toolbox 75
    Various OSHA Quick Cards and Fact Sheets 500
    TOTAL 2308

     
  5. Upcoming Milestones
     
    • 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 USC Alliance in the Central Florida Area
    • Continue and expand safety and health training for workers focused all types of 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 Events in the Orlando Area
     
    • July 17, 2009 - Hurricane Safety Hazards - Three hour workshop on safety and health hazards after a hurricane.
    • July 21, 2009 - Combustible Dust - Eight hour training of controlling combustible dust given by Georgia Tech grant.
    • August 14, 2009 - Ergonomic Risk Awareness - Free Lunch and Learn.
    • October 2, 2009 - Safety and Health Management Workshop.
    • December 4, 2009 - Pandemic Flu - Workshop.
       
    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.