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  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    October 17, 2007

    Alliance Overview

    The goal of this Alliance was 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, Staffmart
    Christopher McKinney, Staffmart
    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.) were assigned on a rotating basis for each meeting and minutes were distributed with agendas for the next meeting.

    December 14, 2009:Alliance Meeting
    March 16, 2010: Alliance Meeting
     
  3. Activities and Products

    Evaluation Period

    This report covers December 8, 2009 to June 8, 2010.

    Alliance Activity

    • Training and Education

      The Ohio BWC scheduled and conducted four training courses on "Employee Safety for Staffing Companies & Professional Employer Associations (PEOs)" in 2009 throughout the State of Ohio. Approximately one hundred people attended these training sessions, and they were very successful, although attendance has started to fall off somewhat. BWC has scheduled two more of these classes in 2010 throughout the State of Ohio.

    • Outreach and Communication

      The OSSA has promoted OSHA on its website and newsletters. OSSA also presented the videos at their annual conference in June, 2009. OSHA and BWC have issued press releases in 2009 and 2010 to promote the video training courses, as well as the Spanish translation. OSHA and BWC promoted the video at the Ohio Safety Congress in April, 2010. The Spanish version of the DVD was shared by OSHA at the Department of Labor National Latino Summit in Houston, Texas in April, 2010, as well as at the Chicago Interfaith meeting in June, 2010. This Alliance was highlighted by a Success Story published by OSHA's National Office in 2010. (See copy of Alliance Success Story below.)

    • Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health
    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 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. The videos were completed, and a link appears on the BWC website to download them.

      Hard copies of the DVD are also free to all requestors. As of January, 2010, all the video scripts were translated into Spanish and recorded. The Spanish versions of each video were completed and distributed in April, 2010.

    • Outreach and Communication

      OSHA's website and handouts were linked to OSSA's website. OSHA and BWC both issued press releases to promote the release of the safety videos.


    • Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health

      The Alliance discussed OSHA enforcement issues related to temporary workers, and as a result, Staffmart sent a letter on September 16, 2009 requesting interpretation of several issues that will have national implications.

  4. Results

    The Ohio BWC training courses developed for staffing companies and PEOs and the Temporary Worker Safety and Health videos that were completed in 2009 are significant products that will help employers in Ohio improve safety and health for temporary workers. These courses and videos are free to all employers in the State of Ohio, and they will be further promoted at the upcoming Ohio Safety Congress in April, 2010. The scripts for the videos have been translated and recorded in Spanish and were completed for distribution in April, 2010. 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 was initially scheduled to end on October 17, 2009. However, the Alliance was extended to finish the training videos in Spanish. The Spanish translation was completed in April, 2010, and a success story was published in June, 2010. The Alliance has officially concluded as of June 8, 2010.

    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.

  6. Copy of Alliance Success Story

    Ohio Alliance Develops Videos and DVDs for Temporary Workers

    The Alliance among the Ohio On-site Consultation Program, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (Ohio BWC), CBS Personnel Holdings, Inc., and Ohio Staffing and Search Association-the Temporary Workers Alliance-was signed on October 17, 2007. The goal of the Alliance is to provide companies whose business is temporary staffing and employee leasing with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect workers' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing deaths and serious injuries from falls, electrical, struck-by, caught-in, and other hazards related to work performed by temporary workers.

    This Alliance was initiated as a result of the large number and cost of injuries to temporary employees in Ohio. According to the Ohio BWC, some of the highest numbers of injury claims from 2005-2008 were from service companies that provide temporary staffing. The costs of the injuries to temporary workers each year strain the finances of these companies. Lack of knowledge and training in workplace safety is a key reason that workers are hurt on the job.

    To meet the training and education goals of the Alliance, the Ohio BWC developed a training course, "Employee Safety for Staffing Companies & Professional Employer Associations," and presented it four times in 2009 throughout Ohio. Approximately 100 people attended these training sessions; Ohio BWC has scheduled two more to be held in 2010. Members of the Alliance also initiated discussions about the training course and other temporary worker safety issues at the April 2009 Annual Ohio Safety Congress. During 2009, the translation and recording of all of the video scripts into Spanish was begun.

    At the April 2010 Annual Ohio Safety Congress, Jordan Barab, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health gave the keynote address. In it, he promoted the Alliance and the safety training videos and announced the completion of the Spanish version. The availability of the Spanish version of the DVDs was announced and promoted at the Department of Labor National Latino Summit in Houston, Texas in April 2010.

    Members of the Alliance worked with the Ohio BWC to create a series of training videos and DVDs. that contain discussions of safety and health issues for temporary workers. (The product is a series of safety videos that are available in DVD or streaming video from the BWC website.) They developed scripts and shot video footage at a variety of worksites throughout Ohio for seven modules. The main module provides initial safety training for all temporary workers; the remaining six modules focus on issues specific to the construction, food service, industry/manufacturing, landscaping, offices, and warehouse environments.

    All of the videos are posted on and can be downloaded from the Columbus, Ohio Web page on the OSHA Web site and can be linked to from the Ohio BWC Web site. These courses and videos are free to all employers in the State of Ohio. Members of the Alliance have promoted them again at the Ohio Safety Congress held in April 2010. Hard copies of the DVD are free to all requestors from the Region V, Columbus, Ohio Area Office. As of end of May 2010, 100 copies have been reproduced and distributed.

    "Working together to share best practices and to develop and present safety and health training to temporary workers were the main goals of this alliance," said Deborah Zubaty, OSHA Region V Area Director in the Columbus Area Office. "This video should help temporary staffing companies provide an initial awareness of safety and health training to their temporary workers before working in a new environment."

    "In addition to our safety training classes, we know that this video will be an excellent asset to the safety and health management systems of all staffing service companies," said Dr. Ibraheem Tarawneh, Superintendent of the BWC Division of Safety & Hygiene. "Providing temporary workers with the knowledge and ability to anticipate, identify and eliminate work-related hazards will bring us closer to eliminating job related injuries."

    For more information about this success story, contact James Dillard.

    As of June 2010