Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program << Back to Region V

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed: October, 2009

    Renewed    February, 2012        Expiration Date    February, 2014

    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 March, 2013.

  3. Activities and Products

    This report summarizes activities since the annual report of January, 2012.

    Alliance Activity.

    The foundation of the Alliance continues to be OSHA's participation in the OSHA 10- hour program established by Local 399. It should be noted that the number of OSHA 10-hour courses increased during the year, reaching a total of 327 members of Local 399.

    Alliance activities are anticipated to expand in the spring of 2013 to include an asbestos awareness session for members of Local 399 working in older commercial / retail buildings in the Chicago area in which asbestos is likely to be encountered. 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 In Attendance
    March 29, 2012 Chicago 30
    May 14, 2012 Chicago 35
    June 14, 2012 Chicago 35
    August 15, 2012 Chicago 35
    September 13, 2012 Chicago 35
    November 8, 2012 Chicago 40
    January 10, 2013 Chicago 40
    February 20, 2013 Chicago 40
    March 25, 2013 Chicago 37
    Total   327

    Each session included a Q / A session between Local 399 attendees and OSHA personnel. All the OSHA 10-hour courses include the required two-hour Introduction to OSHA module.

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

    Alliance Products.

    Through the Alliance, an awareness training session on asbestos in commercial / retail building has been developed. This session will review the OSHA requirements for building owners under 29 CFR 1910 and include a brief overview of the requirement found in 29 CFR 1926. This session is not designed to train or certify 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 2013.

    Report Prepared by: William Coulehan,

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