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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
and the
American Allied Safety Council (AASC)

November 21, 2017


  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed

      September 22, 2016

    2. Evaluation Period

      September 22, 2016 – November 22, 2017

    3. Overview

      OSHA, TekSolv, Southwestern Illinois Building Trades, and the Council of Owners and Construction Associates established a collaborative relationship known as the American Allied Safety Council (AASC). The AASC is administered through TekSolv which facilitates occupational health, training, and safety services to COCA Owner/User and Construction Associate/Contractor membership – which; in turn, employ skilled trades through the Southwestern Illinois Building & Construction Trades Council. The AASC provides the following benefits:

      • Quality and consistent training resulting in a safer regional workforce.
      • Meets various recordkeeping requirements for contractors and is fully auditable and accessible to stakeholders.
      • Creates a "regionally qualified worker" by eliminating repetitive training and other pre-entry requirements.
      • Cost effective training for contractors which translate to cost savings for facility owners.
      • Contractor onboarding process which is streamlined resulting in "badge ready" and "tool ready" workforce.

      The AASC program represented through the Southwestern Illinois Building & Construction Trades Council includes the following collective bargaining units:

      • International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers
      • International Brotherhood of Boilermakers
      • International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers
      • United Brotherhood of Carpenters
      • International Glaziers
      • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
      • International Union of Elevator Constructors
      • International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Iron Workers
      • Laborers' International Union of North America
      • International Union of Operating Engineers
      • Operative Plasterers' and Cement Masons' International Union
      • Painters and Allied trades International Union
      • United Association of Plumbers, Sprinkler Fitters, Pipe Fitters, Welders, and Steam Fitters
      • United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers, and Allied Workers
      • Sheet Metal Workers International Association
      • International Brotherhood of Teamsters

      COCA Construction Associate/Contractor members include various construction companies, design and engineering firms, equipment and materials suppliers, and firms which provide other services necessary to insure safe and well-managed construction projects in the Owner/Users COCA facilities. These sites are represented by the major industrial and utility firms located in southwestern Illinois who procure significant construction and maintenance services.

    4. Implementation Team Members

      OSHA

      Aaron Priddy, Area Director – Fairview Heights Area Office
      Dustin Miller, Compliance Assistance Specialist – Fairview Heights Area Office

      Alliance Participant

      Adam Micun, Vice President – TekSolv
      Tamara Walker, Operations Manager AASC – TekSolv
      Raymond Wesley, Executive Director – COCA
      Dale Stewart, Executive Secretary/Treasurer – Southwestern Illinois Building & Construction Trades Council

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • January 12, 2017
    • April 12, 2017
    • July 12, 2017
    • October 11, 2017
    • In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from each group maintained regular contact and correspondence 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.
    (See 'Appendix – Results Table Key' on page 8 for explanation of Activity Type and OSHA Areas of Emphasis)

    Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives. Goal - To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
    Activity TypeActivity Name/SummaryOSHA Areas of Emphasis SupportedNumber Reached
    Alliance Product Video implementation. In conjunction with AASC, video content with a direct message from FHAO AD to Pre-Cert Orientation trainees developed. Construction, Fall Prevention, Hazard Communication/Chemicals, Heat Illness Prevention, Oil and Gas, Small Business (see Training & Education Below)
    Alliance Product Content implementation into Pre-Cert Orientation including Agency background, mission, employee workplace rights, jurisdiction, and purpose of AASC Alliance. Construction, Fall Prevention, Hazard Communication/Chemicals, Heat Illness Prevention, Oil and Gas, Small Business (see Training & Education Below)
    Dissemination In the 4th quarter of CY 17, first AASC Alliance newsletter distributed to stakeholders and other affected parties. Agriculture, Construction, Ergonomics, Fall Prevention, Hazard Communication/Chemicals, health Care, Heat Illness Prevention, Oil and Gas, Small Business

    2,000

    Training and Education. Goal - To develop and deliver effective training and education programs for industrial contractor, skilled trades, and other personnel regarding hazards in the industrial and utility sectors while promoting understanding of workers' rights and responsibilities of employers.
    Activity TypeActivity Name/SummaryOSHA Areas of Emphasis SupportedNumber Reached
    Training Pre-Cert Orientation training attendees CY 2016. Construction, Fall Prevention, Hazard Communication/Chemicals, Heat Illness Prevention, Oil and Gas, Small Business

    10,000

    Training Pre-Cert Orientation training attendees YTD 11/2017. Construction, Fall Prevention, Hazard Communication/Chemicals, Heat Illness Prevention, Oil and Gas, Small Business

    8,000

    Speech/Presentation International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) introduction to southern Illinois professional health and safety community at SIOSH Day event. Fall Prevention

    150

    Speech/Presentation OSHA representative guest speaker at AASC Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS) classes throughout evaluation period. Agriculture, Construction, Ergonomics, Fall Prevention, Hazard Communication/Chemicals, health Care, Heat Illness Prevention, Oil and Gas, Small Business, Temporary Workers, Young Workers

    75

    Other AASC provide training facilities for internal off-site OSHA staff training (1) Lockout/Tagout inspection procedures and (2) Conflict Resolution. NA

    25

    Outreach and Communication. Goal - Promote awareness and support of OSHA's Fall Prevention campaign throughout southern Illinois and develop forums through which safety and health information may be shared with workers, employers, and industry safety and health professionals.
    Activity TypeActivity Name/SummaryOSHA Areas of Emphasis SupportedNumber Reached
    Dissemination
    Speech/Presentation
    2017 Fall Stand Down. OSHA, AASC, COCA membership, and bargaining units within the Southwestern Illinois Building & Construction Trades Council disseminate publications, coordinate tool box talks, and provide speeches at formal events. Construction, Fall Prevention

    7,000

    Exhibit AASC exhibit at SIOSH Day. Agriculture, Construction, Ergonomics, Fall Prevention, Hazard Communication/Chemicals, health Care, Heat Illness Prevention, Oil and Gas, Small Business

    150

    Event OSHA, AASC, COCA planning committee for SIOSH/SAFETYCON Day event. Agriculture, Construction, Ergonomics, Fall Prevention, Hazard Communication/Chemicals, health Care, Heat Illness Prevention, Oil and Gas, Small Business

    300

    Total Number Reached - All Activities

    27,700

  4. Evaluations

    AASC Steering Committee Quarterly Meetings include tri-partite representatives from COCA Associate/Contractor membership, COCA Owner/Users facility representatives, various bargaining unit representatives made up from the Southwestern Illinois Building & Construction Trades Council, and OSHA – with formal agendas covering topics such as: AASC utilization statistics, current initiatives, updates, etc. Input, feedback, and evaluations are propagated through this mechanism.

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    The following items represent major planned activities, products, and issues that the Alliance plans to work on during the next reporting period:

    • Continued aforementioned support and participation of Fall Stand Down events.
    • Continued aforementioned planning and coordination of the annual SIOSH/SAFETYCON Day event.
    • Continued aforementioned provision of OSHA guest speakers at AASC Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS) and OSHA 30 hour classes.
    • Continued aforementioned development and distribution of an AASC Alliance newsletter.
    • AASC tri-partite committee to review applications and select organizations in both construction and general industry sectors to be awarded the Governor's Awards for Contributions in Safety and Health.
    • Develop an Alliance "Work Plan" in the first quarter of CY 2018.
    • Inclusion of an OSHA representative to the AASC's Education Committee in an advisory capacity.
    • Implementation of "Lunch and Learns" – informal meetings among COCA stakeholders facilitated through the AASC and OSHA to disseminate and discuss various health and safety topics.
    • Implementation of data driven feedback/evaluation mechanisms regarding Alliance generated products and services.
    • Afford opportunities for OSHA staff to attend International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) aerial equipment training classes.

Report Prepared By

Dustin Miller, CAS
Fairview Heights Area Office

Appendix – Results Table Key

    Activity Types:

  • Alliance Product: Products (e.g., fact sheets, videos, toolbox talks) developed by Alliance participants as part of the Alliance. These are not OSHA products.
  • Dissemination: An Alliance participant sends OSHA information, Alliance products, or other safety and health information to its stakeholders. This includes information sent by email or social media (Facebook, Twitter), and information included in newsletters and other publications. It also includes hits on the Alliance participant's or OSHA's Web page.
  • Evaluation: Any efforts by the Alliance participant to evaluate the effectiveness of an Alliance activity or the Alliance as a whole.
  • Event: Participation in events such as the Construction Roundtable and NAOSH Week.
  • Exhibit: OSHA exhibits at events sponsored by the Alliance participant.
  • OSHA Product Review: Review of an OSHA product by an Alliance participant. For example, an Alliance participant may provide technical comments on an OSHA eTool or publication. The review itself is considered the Alliance activity.
  • Speech/Presentation: Speeches or presentation by OSHA staff at events sponsored by the Alliance participant.
  • Training: This includes best practice seminars or other training that Alliance participants provide for OSHA staff. It also includes training for workers/employers/others by Alliance participants.
  • Other: Use this if an activity does not fit into one of the other categories.
  • OSHA Areas of Emphasis:

  • Agriculture
  • Asian American/Pacific Islander Workers
  • Construction
  • Ergonomics
  • Fall Prevention
  • Hazard Communication/Chemicals
  • Health Care
  • Heat Illness Prevention
  • Hispanic/Latino Workers
  • Maritime
  • Oil and Gas
  • Small Business
  • Temporary Workers
  • Transportation
  • Young Workers
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