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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
CLEVELAND AREA OFFICE
CONSTRUCTION SAFETY COUNCIL OF NORTHEAST OHIO ALLIANCE
AUGUST 26, 2009


  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed:

    June 6, 2007

    Date Renewed:

    N/A

    Alliance Overview

    OSHA and the CSCNEO formed an alliance to provide the members of the CEA and others with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help them to protect employee's health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to safety and health hazards in the construction industry, which includes falls, electrical hazards, struck bys and caught betweens.

    Implementation Team Members

    Rob Medlock
    AD - Cleveland Area Office
    Steve Kinn
    Manager - Construction Safety Council of Northeast Ohio
    Wes Hohl
    Project Manager - Ohio Onsite Consultation Program
    Julie Weis
    CAS - OSHA Cleveland Area Office
    Walter Visage
    AAD - OSHA Cleveland Area Office
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    The implementation Team met several times to discuss the possibilities of an alliance. Discussions were also held many times via phone conference regarding the planned activities. All face to face meetings were held at the CEA office in Valley View, Ohio and the in OSHA Area Office, Cleveland, Ohio.

  3. Activities and Products

    Evaluation Period

    The Alliance covers the period between 6 June 2008 and 5 June 2009.

    Alliance Activity

    • Training and Education
      • Numerous outreach sessions were conducted locally for companies in the construction industry. Sessions included OSHA policies and procedures, multiple OSHA 10 and 30 Hour trainings, a OSHA 500 course, safety and health management and the hexavalent chromium standard. (Note: the OSHA 10, 30 and 500 courses were taught by CEA representatives.)
    • Outreach and Communication
      • The CSCNEO through the Construction Employers Association (CEA) was instrumental in the development of a Construction Management Course for students of the Cleveland Public School system. Students received training, experience and guidance on the managerial concepts of the construction career field. As well, the students also received OSHA 10 Hour cards. The CEA also assisted in providing training for the Polaris Alliance. Steve Kinn and Wayne Creasap, taught the electrical courses for the OSHA 10 Hour course.
    • Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health
      • The CSCNEO through the CEA have taken monies from the Department of Labor's Harwood Grant program and have develop program to assist construction companies in further developing their safety and health programs, which directly adds to the protection of workers on jobsite.

    The list below contains contributors to the success of the alliance, but are not apart of the implementation team:

    Wayne Creasap   Director of Safety Education, Construction Employers Association

    Steve Kinn   Asst. Director of Safety Education, Construction Employers Association

    Julie Weis   CAS, Cleveland Area Office

    Eric Peterson   CAS, Cleveland Area Office

    Alliance Products

    • Training and Education
      • OSHA 30 Hour Courses and cards have been provided to employees of construction companies.
      • OSHA 500 Courses have been provided to various company safety managers and representatives of OSHA.
      • CSCNEO runs a drug-free workplace program which educates workers on the hazards associated with the use of drugs in the workplace. The CSCNEO educates workers on the Ohio laws that cover the drug-free workplace program.
      • CSCNEO has provided training to construction companies on the Federal Highway Act. They have specifically covered the use of high visibility clothing on worksites.
      • Training on NFPA 70E has also been provided to member companies.
    • Outreach and Communication
      • The CSCNEO through the CEA continues to operate a website that lists different links to various other governmental and industrial websites.
      • Handouts, pamphlets, Code of Federal Regulations and other products have been provided to employees training at the CEA.
      • The CSCNEO through the CEA has placed two OSHA links on their website, thereby encouraging visitors to become involved in learning more about how to improve safety and health in the workplace, furthering company safety programs and reducing employee workplace exposures.
      • Monthly the CSCNEO hosts a training luncheon for all member companies. These meetings offer member companies the opportunity to enhance there safety and health knowledge and obtain CEU's for advanced certifications.
    • Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health
      • The CSCNEO and their member companies are intricately involved with a network of other national associations, partnerships, and other related groups which impact how the construction industry is operated and regulated.

    The list below contains contributors to the success of the alliance, but are not apart of the implementation team:

    Wayne Creasap   Director of Safety Education, Construction Employers Association

    Steve Kinn   Asst. Director of Safety Education, Construction Employers Association

    Jim Brown   Contractor, Construction Employers Association

    Julie Weis   CAS, Cleveland Area Office

    Eric Peterson   CAS, Cleveland Area Office

    Sharon Danann   CSHO, CIH, Cleveland Area Office

    Phil Soroki   Ullman Electric

    Kevin Quinn   Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation

    Dan Foucek   Training Manager, Mechanical Contractors Association

    Sherwood Kelly   Senior Vice President, Willis Construction Practice

    Wolfgang Branner   Regional Manager, Hilti North America

    Scott Turner   Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation

    David Loughner Quinn   Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation

    Timothy Fiorilli   Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation

  4. Results

    The CSCNEO has done a great job of educating member companies on the prevention of workplace hazards, OSHA regulation and methods for creating and maintaining safety and health programs. This alliance has been instrumental in furthering the relationship between OSHA and the construction industry of Northeast Ohio.

    This report outlines the successful activities that have been accomplished during the second year of this alliance. The organizers of this alliance have been able to reach over 140 Companies with a total of 10.6 million man hours with approximately 9,772 employees. The impact of this alliance has resulted in the CEA and OSHA forming a partnership for the Northeast Ohio area. This alliance has made an impact with construction workers by educating them in the principles of safety and health, thereby creating a safer and healthier working environment in Ohio.

    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    Sept 4, 2008 - Meeting regarding future partnership 6
    Sept 17-18, 2008 - OSHA 500 Course 25
    Oct 3, 2008 - 30 Hour Course 10
    Oct 15, 2008 - 10 Hour Course, E. Peterson assisted  
    Oct 14, 2008 - Monthly Meeting and partnership signed 180
    Oct 24, 2008 - Assisted at Polaris 10 Hour Course 38
    Nov, 3, 2008 - Assisted at Polaris 10 Hour Course 35
    Nov 6, 2008 - 10 Hour Course E. Peterson assisted 25
    Nov 11, 2008 - 10 Hour Course E. Peterson assisted 22
    Jan 6, 2009 - 30 Hour Course, E. Peterson assisted 12
    Feb 5, 2009 - 10 and 30 Hour Course Mixed 24
    Feb 10, 2009 - Meeting with CEA to discuss partnership 6
    Feb 13, 2009 - Assisted CSCNEO to teach OSHA 10 Hour course to Cleveland City School students in Construction Management Course, E. Peterson assisted 16
    Mar 6, 2009 - 10 and 30 Hour Course Mixed, E. Peterson assisted 26
    Mar 11, 2009 - 10 and 30 Hour Course Mixed, E. Peterson assisted 30
    Apr 8, 2009 - Crane Seminar Sip Awards / Truck giveaway 180
    Jul 31, 2009 - OSHA Provided training on Safety and Health management, E. Peterson assisted 10
       
    TOTAL 645

    The great relationship with CSCNEO has been instrumental in the development of this alliance and the CSCNEO partnership. As a result of the Partnership, this Alliance will terminate as scheduled. As well, that same relationship has moved both organizations forward in helping to educate owners and workers about safety in the construction trades, change the culture from reactive industry to a proactive industry and to disseminate information regarding current and upcoming changes in OSHA regulation.

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    The CSCNEO will continue to sponsor monthly meetings with the membership, and provide the OSHA 10 and 30 Hour courses along with the OSHA 500 course. CSCNEO will also continue with their Substance Abuse and First Aid/CPR classes and planned for the 2009-2010 year includes an electrical safety seminar and a silica/Portland Cement seminar. As always the CSCNEO will work to further develop the safety and health programs of member companies and will offer direct and onsite consultation in matters regarding the safety and health of workers at the jobsite.

Report Prepared by: Eric Peterson

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

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