Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Concluded Regional Alliances - Region V


  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    July 19, 2007
     
    Alliance Overview

    The alliance will provide CIB/AGC members and others with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help protect employees, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to construction industry hazards related to falls, being crushed, electricity, and amputations.
     
    Implementation Team Members

    The Implementation Team Members included Brian Bothast, Peoria OSHA offices Compliance Assistance Specialist; Scott Larkin, Director of Labor Relations and Dennis Larson, Executive Vice President for Central Illinois Builders.

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    On October 5, 2009, Brian Bothast met with Scott Larkin of the Central Illinois Builders to develop a suitable action plan for the alliance. We agreed to arrange training sessions in December and to present at their annual conference. The CIB agreed to continue to participate as a co-sponsor for the Downstate Illinois Occupational Safety and Health Conference.
     
    On December 2, 2009, Brian Bothast participated in an implementation meeting with Scott Larkin and Dennis Larson. Brian addressed the basics of the partnership and both agreed to stay the course for the remainder of this year.

  3. Activities and Products

    Evaluation Period
     
    The evaluation period was from July 20, 2009 to July 20, 2010

    Alliance Activity
     
    On December 2, 2009, Brian Bothast (CAS) presented a two hour training session for the key managers on the OSHA recordkeeping requirements and preparing for emergencies at the office and in the field in Springfield, Illinois.

    On December 3, 2009, Brian Bothast (CAS) presented a two hour training session for the key managers on the OSHA recordkeeping requirements and preparing for emergencies at the office and in the field in Champaign, Illinois.
     
    On February 12, 2010, Brian Bothast (CAS) provided a training session addressing OSHA's regulatory agenda, effective safety and health programs, employee rights, national and local emphasis programs, personal protective equipment, respiratory protection, hexavalent chrome, hazard communication and global harmonization, and preparing for a pandemic flu at the Central Illinois Builders Safety Conference in Bloomington, Illinois. Brian also addressed a wide variety of shop hazards and answered a number of enforcement questions.

    Alliance Products

    In the training sessions, Brian provided participants with a recordkeeping help sheet listing all of the items that are not recordable on the OSHA 300 log and an emergency action plan checklist.

  4. Results

    1. Impact of the Alliance activities and products
       
      The Peoria Area OSHA Office was able to reach out to personnel with safety and health responsibility and decision makers at central Illinois construction companies at a time of the year when construction activity is diminished.

      The Central Illinois Builders group provided the publicity and facilities for the outreach session. OSHAs participation allowed the Agency to reach unionized workers to provide an understanding of the requirements and the methods to control hazards.

      The Central Illinois Builders participated as a co-sponsor of the Downstate Illinois Occupational Safety and Health Conference and several participated in the event.
       
      The presentation focused on ensuring participants gained an understanding of the OSHA recordkeeping requirements, the local and national emphasis programs, and a variety of safety and health topics.

    2. Activity and the number of individuals reached or trained.

    OSHA Training Sessions

    Date Topic Participants
    12/2/2009 Brian provided a training session for the key managers on the OSHA recordkeeping requirements and preparing for emergencies at the office and in the field in Springfield, Illinois. 5
    12/3/2009 Brian provided a training session for the key managers on the OSHA recordkeeping requirements and preparing for emergencies at the office and in the field in Champaign, Illinois. 11
    2/12/2010 Brian provided a training session addressing OSHA's regulatory agenda, effective safety and health programs, employee rights, national and local emphasis programs, personal protective equipment, respiratory protection, hexavalent chrome, hazard communication and global harmonization, preparing for a pandemic flu. Brian also addressed a wide variety of shop hazards and answered a number of enforcement questions. 35
    Total participation 51

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    On September 15, 2010, Brian met with the Safety and Health Committee and implementation team for the Central Illinois Builders and both parties agreed to not re-new the alliance at this time.

    Report prepared by: Brian Bothast

Exceptions for work-related injury or illness

1904.5(b)(2) You are not required to record injuries and illnesses if . . .
(i) At the time of the injury or illness, the employee was present in the work environment as a member of the general public rather than as an employee
(ii) The injury or illness involves signs or symptoms that surface at work but result solely from a non-work-related event or exposure that occurs outside the work environment.
(iii) The injury or illness results solely from voluntary participation in a wellness program or in a medical, fitness, or recreational activity such as blood donation, physical examination, flu shot, exercise class, racquetball, or baseball.
(iv) The injury or illness is solely the result of an employee eating, drinking, or preparing food or drink for personal consumption (whether bought on the employer's premises or brought in). For example, if the employee is injured by choking on a sandwich while in the employer's establishment, the case would not be considered work-related.
Note: If the employee is made ill by ingesting food contaminated by workplace contaminants (such as lead), or gets food poisoning from food supplied by the employer, the case would be considered work-related.
(v) The injury or illness is solely the result of an employee doing personal tasks (unrelated to their employment) at the establishment outside of the employee's assigned working hours.
(vi) The injury or illness is solely the result of personal grooming, self-medication for a non-work-related condition, or is intentionally self-inflicted.
(vii) The injury or illness is caused by a motor vehicle accident and occurs on a company parking lot or company access road while the employee is commuting to or from work.
(viii) The illness is the common cold or flu (Note: contagious diseases such as tuberculosis, brucellosis, hepatitis A, or plague are considered work-related if the employee is infected at work).
(ix) The illness is a mental illness. Mental illness will not be considered work-related unless the employee voluntarily provides the employer with an opinion from a physician or other licensed health care professional with appropriate training and experience (psychiatrist, psychologist, psychiatric nurse practitioner, etc.) stating that the employee has a mental illness that is work-related.

Complete list of all treatments considered first aid

1904.7(b)(5)(ii) "First aid" means the following
A Using a non-prescription medication at nonprescription strength (for medications available in both prescription and non-prescription form, a recommendation by a physician or other licensed health care professional to use a non-prescription medication at prescription strength is considered medical treatment for recordkeeping purposes)
B Administering tetanus immunizations (other immunizations, such as Hepatitis B vaccine or rabies vaccine, are considered medical treatment)
C Cleaning, flushing or soaking wounds on the surface of the skin;
D Using wound coverings such as bandages, Band-Aids, gauze pads, etc.; or using butterfly bandages or Steri-Strips (other wound closing devices such as sutures, staples, etc., are considered medical treatment);
E Using hot or cold therapy;
F Using any non-rigid means of support, such as elastic bandages, wraps, non-rigid back belts, etc. (devices with rigid stays or other systems designed to immobilize parts of the body are considered medical treatment for recordkeeping purposes)
G Using temporary immobilization devices while transporting an accident victim (e.g., splints, slings, neck collars, back boards, etc.)
H Drilling of a fingernail or toenail to relieve pressure, or draining fluid from a blister;
I Using eye patches
J Removing foreign bodies from the eye using only irrigation or a cotton swab
K Removing splinters or foreign material from areas other than the eye by irrigation, tweezers, cotton swabs or other simple means;
L Using finger guards;
M Using massages (physical therapy or chiropractic treatment are considered medical treatment for recordkeeping purposes); or
N Drinking fluids for relief of heat stress.

Emergency Action Checklist

Action Standard y/n
Are all exits unobstructed and is the path to an exit at least 28 inches wide at all points? 1910.36  
Are all exits marked by an exit sign with lettering that is at least 5 inches high and illuminated by a reliable light source? 1910.37(b)  
Are doors or passageways that are not an exit, but could be mistaken as an exit, marked as NOT AN EXIT, or its actual character? 1910.37(b)(5)  
Has the employer developed a written emergency action plan for emergencies such as fires or tornados? 1910.38(b)  
Does the plan include procedures for reporting a fire or other emergency? (i.e. manual pull box, public address, radio or telephone) 1910.38(c)(1)  
Does the employer provide a distinctive and recognizable alarm system capable of being perceived above ambient noise or light levels to alert employees of need for emergency action? 1910.165(b)  
Does the plan include procedures for emergency evacuation and exit route assignments? 1910.38(c)(2)  
Does the plan include procedures to be followed by employees who remain to operate critical plant operations before they evacuate? 1910.38(c)(3)  
Does the plan include procedures to account for all employees after evacuation? 1910.38(c)(4)  
Does the plan include procedures to be followed by employees performing rescue or medical duties? 1910.38(c)(5)  
Does the plan include the name of the person who may be contacted by employees who need more information about the plan? 1910.38(c)(6)  
Has an emergency response plan been developed and implemented to handle anticipated emergencies?
Emergency response is a response by employees from outside the immediate area to an uncontrolled release of a hazardous substance.
1910.120(q)(1)  
Do employees engaged in an emergency response to a hazardous substance, presenting a potential inhalation hazard, wear positive pressure self-contained breathing apparatus, until air monitoring indicates a decreased level of respiratory protection is adequate? 1910.120(q)(3)(iv)  
Is emergency care available at the worksite from a designated member of the workforce trained in first aid or a trained emergency service provider and available within 3-4 minutes? 1910.151(b)  
Is there an eye-wash that will provide a continuous flow of water to both eyes for at least 15 minutes within 50 feet or ten seconds of an area where corrosive liquids or materials are handled? 1910.151(c)  
When portable fire extinguishers are available for employee use, has the employer provided an (annual) educational program for each user on the general principles of fire extinguisher use and the hazards of incipient stage fire fighting or informed employees that they are not allowed to use the fire extinguishers and are required to evacuate? 1910.157(g)(1)  
Have all employees who are expected to respond to medical emergencies as part of their job responsibilities had the hepatitis B vaccination made available to them and been trained to understand how to use the PPE to protect against bloodborne diseases? 1910.1030  
Are employees trained in first aid and identified by the employer as responsible for rendering medical assistance as part of his/her job duties provided bloodborne pathogens training? 1910.1030(g)(2)  

Please take appropriate action to address any "no" response