Annual Alliance Report
Toledo Area Office
Greater Toledo Underground Damage Prevention Council
June 22, 2010
- Alliance Background
June 13, 2008
June 13, 2010
OSHA and the Greater Toledo Underground Damage Prevention Council (GTDPC) formed an Alliance to provide GTDPC members and others in the excavation industry with information, guidance, and access to training resources that would help protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing deaths and serious injuries from cave-in, electrocution, fire, road work-zones, and other hazards related to excavation work. The Alliance had a special focus on reviewing current standards for excavations near underground utilities, and how these standards align with current Common Ground Alliance Best Practices.
Implementation Team Members
- Charles Shelton
- CAS - OSHA Toledo Area Office
- Rick Bishop
- Chair - The Greater Toledo Underground Damage Prevention Council
- Jennifer Reams
- Vice - The Greater Toledo Underground Damage Prevention Council
Implementation Team Meetings
July 9, 2009 Team meeting at GTDPC
September 10, 2009 Team meeting at GTDPC
Activities and Products
This report covers the time period of June 15, 2009 through June 13, 2010
- Training and Education
Several training sessions were conducted as a result of this Alliance:
On July 9, 2009, Charles Shelton presented an OSHA Update presentation to Alliance stakeholders.
On March 31, 2010, CSHO Darin Von Lehmden conducted a presentation to an ODOT construction safety class in Findlay, Ohio.
On April 22, 2010, CSHO Von Lehmden conducted a presentation to members of Local 18, Operating Engineers, in Cygnet, Ohio.
- Outreach and Communication
In addition to the training sessions mentioned above, publications and sample trench and excavation checklists were available to members of the Alliance and others involved in trenching and excavation work in Northwest Ohio.
- Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health
Three stakeholder meetings were attended by OSHA during this reporting period (July 9, 2009, August 13, 2009 and September 10, 2009). An OSHA representative was present during each of these meetings, available to answer questions and provide technical assistance to the stakeholders on OSHA-related regulatory items.
- Outreach and Communication
Compliance assistance materials were handed out along with providing general information about OSHA and the programs available for both employees and employers.
The information shared was beneficial throughout the past year. Even though the GTDPC is a new organization, it has been productive in improving working conditions for employees. Contractors, vendors, and homeowners alike have benefited from the information distributed through the Alliance.
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained GTDPC Meetings 36 Local 18 Operators Training 40 ODOT Training 30 Total 106
We believe the Alliance has been successful and served the parties well in developing relationships and a better understand of the issues faced by both the labor force and the government. However, the Alliance was allowed to expire on June 13, 2010.
Report Prepared by: Chad Positano - CAS, Toledo Area Office
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