March 8, 2008
OSHA and the COGCSA formed 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
This report covers the time period of March 9, 2009 through March 8, 2010.
There were two primary safety and health training sessions held as a result of this Alliance. December 12, 2009 was the 2010 Winter Ohio Turf Grass Foundation Conference. OSHA participated in a regulatory panel session for the Superintendents (managers) as well as other turf grass and landscaping employers and employees; March 1, 2010 was a session for 70 superintendents and maintenance workers from several different golf courses. An OSHA enforcement update and fatality data for the industry was presented, as well as the top ten standards cited in the industry.
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. These videos were translated to Spanish and released in March, 2010.
The COGCSA's webpage reaches a national audience, as well as the Turf Grass Foundation Conference. The training videos were promoted and distributed at the DOL National Latino Summit in Houston, TX in April, 2010.
OSHA training sessions and videos (listed above).
Compliance assistance materials on website and Ohio BWC videos (listed above).
Website and Turf Grass Foundation Conference reaches a national audience.
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||
|Turf Grass Foundation Conference||
The Alliance was terminated on March 8, 2010. There are no plans to renew, although OSHA will continue to support the COGCSA for safety and health promotion as resources allow.
Report Prepared by: Howard Eberts - CAS, Columbus Area Office
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