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Columbus Area Office
Central Ohio Golf Course Superintendents Association (COGCSA) Alliance
May 4, 2009

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    March 8, 2008

    Date Renewed


    Alliance Overview

    OSHA and the COGCSA hereby form an Alliance to provide Superintendents and others within the industry information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help control hazards related to amputations, crushing injuries, chemicals, electrical and other hazards, with a special emphasis on equipment rollover and excavation / trenching hazards, and young workers.

    Implementation Team Members

    Howard Eberts - CAS
    Don Sutton - President
    Dave Gribler - Vice President
  2. Implementation Team Meetings
    January 24, 2008
    Pre-Alliance meeting and OSHA Update and safety training session for superintendents
    March 8, 2008
    Alliance signing and first team meeting - Training session for golf course maintenance workers
    July 21, 2008
    Team meeting - videotaping of Muirfield Country Club Golf Course workers for Temporary Worker Alliance
    February 3, 2009
    Team meeting - preparation for Ohio Turf Grass Foundation Conference
    February 18, 2009
    OSHA presentation / training at Ohio Turf Grass Foundation Conference - Superintendent's Panel
  3. Activities and Products

    Evaluation Period

    This report covers the time period of January 24, 2008 through March 8, 2009.

    >Alliance Activity

    Training and Education

    There were three primary safety and health training sessions held as a result of this Alliance. January 24, 2008 was a session for the Superintendents (managers); March 8, 2008 was a session for a number of maintenance workers from several different golf courses; and February 13, 2009 was a session for superintendents and other trade workers involved in golf course maintenance. Fatality data for the industry was presented, as well as the top ten standards cited in the industry.

    Outreach and Communication

    The Alliance was promoted on the COGCSA's webpage and newsletter. Access to OSHA compliance assistance materials and information was also provided through the webpage, association meetings, and the annual conference. The Alliance was also used in combination with the Ohio Temporary Worker Alliance and the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) to videotape safety and health maintenance activities at Muirfield Country Club.

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health

    The COGCSA's webpage reaches a national audience, as well as the Turf Grass Foundation Conference.

    Alliance Products

    Training and Education

    OSHA training sessions (listed above).

    Outreach and Communication

    Compliance assistance materials on website and Ohio BWC videotape (listed above).

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health

    Website and Turf Grass Foundation Conference reaches a national audience.

  4. Results

    The COGCSA Officers believe that the Alliance has been effective in providing outreach and assistance to a traditionally non-receptive audience as evidenced by the training sessions and open dialogues for communication that have been established. Association members are less tentative about asking OSHA for assistance.

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

    Number of Individuals Reached or Trained

    Superintendents' training session 40
    Maintenance employee training session 60
    Turf Grass Foundation Conference 120
    TOTAL 220
  5. Upcoming Milestones

    The COGCSA and OSHA plan to meet in May, 2009 to plan additional training sessions for golf course workers in summer, 2009. The COGCSA also plans to invite OSHA to be a keynote speaker at the 2010 Winter Ohio Turf Grass Foundation Conference. The Alliance is scheduled to terminate on March 8, 2010.

Report Prepared by: Howard Eberts - CAS, Columbus Area Office

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

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