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  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    October 17, 2007

    Alliance Overview

    The goal of this Alliance is to provide temporary staffing and employee leasing companies with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing deaths and serious injuries from falls, electrical, struck-by, caught-in, and other hazards related to manufacturing and construction work performed by temporary workers.

    Implementation Team Members

    Howard Eberts, OSHA
    Ken Springer, CBS
    Herman Bly, CBS
    Dana Parsons, Ohio BWC
    Ford Sledge, Ohio BWC
    Don Mullins, Ohio BWC
    Mike Marr, Ohio BWC
    Tom Erb, OSSA
    Greg Collins, On-Site Consultation

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    Alliance meetings were held at the Ohio BWC, and members actively participated at each meeting. Meeting roles (facilitator, minutes, etc.) are assigned on a rotating basis for each meeting and minutes are distributed with agendas for the next meeting.

    October 17, 2007: Alliance Signing and Meeting - Set ground rules and goals
    January 14, 2008: Alliance Meeting
    April 14, 2008: Alliance Meeting
    July 14, 2008: Alliance Meeting
    October 20, 2008: Alliance Meeting
    December 8, 2008: Alliance Meeting

  3. Activities and Products

    Evaluation Period

    This report covers October 17, 2007 to December 8, 2008.

    Alliance Activity

    • Training and Education

      The Ohio BWC scheduled and conducted training courses on "Employee Safety for Staffing Companies & Professional Employer Associations (PEOs)" on November 7, 2007, April 10 and September 4, 2008. Approximately ninety people attended these training sessions, and they were very successful. BWC has scheduled four more of these classes in 2009 throughout the State of Ohio.

    • Outreach and Communication

      The OSSA has promoted OSHA on its website and newsletters. The OSSA invited OSHA to present at their 2008 summer conference June 12-13 at Put In Bay, Ohio which was covered by the Toledo Area Office.

    • Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health

      During the course of the alliance, the Ohio BWC, OSSA, CBS, and On-Site Consultation have promoted the alliance, as well as safety and health issues during internal safety meetings and also at public conferences held with other organizations. The training course and other Temporary Worker Safety issues were also promoted at the Annual Ohio Safety Congress held in April, 2008.
    Alliance Products

    • Training and Education

      The Alliance members have worked together with the Ohio BWC's Communication Department to create a series of training videos / DVDs that will cover safety and health issues for temporary workers. Scripts were developed and video footage was shot at a variety of worksites throughout Ohio for seven different modules. These modules addressed General Safety & Health, Landscaping, Industrial Manufacturing, Food Service, Warehousing, Construction, and Office Safety. As of December 8, 2008, a draft version of the Office Safety video was completed, with a goal to get the entire package of videos completed by April, 2009.

    • Outreach and Communication

      OSHA's website and handouts were linked to OSSA's website.

    • Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health

      Same as above
  4. Results

    The Ohio BWC training courses developed for staffing companies and PEOs and the Temporary Worker Safety and Health videos in development that will be completed in 2009 are significant products that will help employers in Ohio improve safety and health for temporary workers. These courses and videos will be free to all employers in the State of Ohio, and they will be further promoted at the upcoming Ohio Safety Congress in April, 2009. The Alliance participants feel that this Alliance is also providing an effective means of communication to help further explore the safety and health issues faced by staffing companies and temporary employees.

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    The Alliance is scheduled to end on October 17, 2009.

    Report Prepared by: Howard Eberts, Compliance Assistance Specialist

    For additional information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 202-693-2340 or go to OSHA's website.