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


  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 22, 2009 – June 30, 2010
     
  2. II. Implementation Team Meetings

    Meetings were conducted in-person and by phone on the following dates: August 25, 2009; September 29, 2009; October 2, 2009; October 23, 2009; November 30, 2009; December 4, 2009; January 5, 2010; March 5, 2010; April 30, 2010; and June 24, 2010.  

  3. Events and Products

    Training and Education

    Events

    • During this period, the USC Alliance group conducted a total of 47 classes, which were focused on the following topics: workplace violence; emergency preparedness; cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR); automated external defibrillators (AED); first aid; and safety and health management systems (SHMS).
    • During this period, the USC Alliance group facilitated 39 OTI safety and health training courses, which were conducted by the University of South Florida.

    Products

    • None

    Outreach and Communication

    Events

    • On July 17, 2009, the USC Alliance group conducted a Hurricane Safety Refresher Workshop for both members and non-members.
    • On August 25, 2009, a representative from the OSHA Tampa Area Office conducted an OSHA Update presentation during the USC Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS) Program.
    • On October 23, 2009, in conjunction with the Alliance for Central Florida Safety, an OSHA representative conducted a presentation on recent workplace violence cases.
    • On January 22, 2010, OSHA participated in the USC Safety Awards Banquet and promoted the Alliance and other cooperative efforts available to the employment community.
    • On February 26, 2010, the USC Alliance group conducted a Fire Safety Workshop, which was open to both members and non-members.
    • On March 5, 2010, USC hosted OSHA’s three-hour Workplace Violence Workshop, which was open to the public. Participants were provided with the following OSHA publications:
      • Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Health Care and Social Service Workers
      • NIOSH DVD “Violence on the Job
      • Sample Prevention Plans from various State Plan Programs.
    • On April 30, 2010, OSHA conducted a three-hour Emergency Plan Writing Workshop, which was open to the public.
    • On June 24, 2010, OSHA provided a three-hour workshop on Heat Injury Prevention Programs.
    • The USC Alliance was promoted during several OSHA outreach presentations conducted throughout Central Florida. The Alliance also assisted in the distribution of safety and health outreach material such as the Region IV Photo and Resource 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 Health1

    Events

    • August 24, 2009, the Alliance was promoted during the Florida Parks and Recreation Conference in Orlando, Florida. This event included representatives from national supply companies.
    • On September 11, 2009, the USC Alliance was promoted during the Employer Compliance Assistance Forum: Understanding DOL Rules and Regulations held in Orlando, FL.
    • October 31 - November 2, 2009, the USC Alliance was promoted during the Hispanic Colleges and University Association National Conference, which was conducted in Orlando, FL.
    • On January 28, 2010, the USC Alliance was promoted during the KPA National Conference for Safety Engineers, which was conducted in Orlando, FL.
    • On March 20 -23, 2010, the USC Alliance was promoted during the American Foundry Society National Conference in Orlando, FL. This event was attended by representatives from several national and international companies.
    • On March 31, 2010, the USC Alliance was promoted during the American Society of Safety Engineers local meeting whose members represent many national and international aerospace companies.

    Products

    • None

  4. Results

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

    Number Reached or Trained

     Workplace Violence

     80

     First Aid/CPR/AED

     248

     Safety and health management

     46

     Mishap Investigations

     6

     Emergency planning

     52

     OTI Courses

     77

    Heat Stress Fact Sheet and Quick Cards

     72

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

     33

    Principal Emergency Response and Preparedness - Requirements and Guidelines

     35

     National Photo Archive CD

     125

     OSHA Publication CD

     125

    Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for an Influenza Pandemic

     30

    How to Plan for Workplace Emergencies and Evacuations

     35

     Region IV Construction Toolbox

     125

     Region IV MAD IV Fall Protection Toolbox

     55

     Various OSHA Quick Cards and Fact  Sheets

     200

    TOTAL

     1344


  5. Upcoming Milestones

    • The USC Alliance group will continue to partner with University of South Florida OTI Education Center.
    • The USC Alliance group will 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.
    • Continue to work with community safety professionals to ensure the effective delivery of safety and health outreach services to employers that need assistance.

    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.



    1The United Safety Council Alliance was promoted during several OSHA outreach presentations conducted throughout Central Florida. During each presentations the benefits of working cooperatively with OSHA was shared with a national audience. Alliance members also discussed the achievements of the group, such as providing effective safety and health training to worker in all industries.