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  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed.

    October 16, 2009

    Date Renewed:


    Expiration Date:

    October, 2011

    Alliance Overview

    Primary goals of the alliance are to strengthen the relationship with the Operating Engineers - Local 399, participate in training sessions and work on special projects that are mutually beneficial to all participants.

    Implementation Team Members

    Mr. James Coates – Training Fund Administrator –International Union of Operating Engineers – Local 399

    Mr. William Coulehan - OSHA -– Calumet City Area Office

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    Implementation team meetings are conducted by meetings and e-mails regarding various projects and alliance activities. Last meeting was in September 2010.

  3. Activities and Products

    This report summaries activities since the signing of the alliance in October, 2009 and includes activities in the time frame immediately prior to the signing in 2009.

    Alliance Activity.
    The foundation of the alliance is OSHA’s participation in the OSHA 10 hour program established by Local 399. In 2010, alliance activities were expanded to include an asbestos awareness session for Local 399 members working in older commercial / retail buildings in the downtown area of Chicago in which asbestos is likely to be found. This presentation is scheduled for 2011. Local 399 has made its training facility and HVAC lab equipment available to train OSHA CSHOs if needed. Participation in the OSHA 10 hour courses were as follows:

    Date Location
    Reached or Trained
    In Attendance
    1/22/09 Chicago  45
    4/21/09 Chicago 48
    8/21/09 Chicago 46
    11/5/09 Chicago  45
    1/13/10 Chicago 42
    4/12/10 Chicago  40
    9/14/10 Chicago 45
    Total   311

    Each session included a Q / A session between Local 399 attendees and OSHA personnel. In 2010 the presentations during the OSHA 10 Hour course were updated to include the new required two-hour Introduction to OSHA module.

    In addition, Local 399 representatives contact OSHA with various questions on working conditions and the OSHA standards, and provided general assistance.

    Alliance Products

    Through the alliance, an awareness training session on asbestos in commercial /retail building is being developed. This session will review the OSHA requirements for building owners under 1910 and include a brief overview of removal techniques found in 1926. This session is not designed to train or rectify employees in asbestos removal or serve as the refresher training required by the standards.

  4. Results

    This alliance has been very successful in continuing the long-standing, strong relationship between OSHA and Local 399.

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    As mentioned, the asbestos awareness session for commercial buildings is scheduled for 2011.

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