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ANNUAL AREA OFFICE ALLIANCE REPORT
International Union of Operating Engineers
Local 399
March, 2015


  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed: October, 2009

    Renewed   March, 2014

    Expiration Date   March, 2016

    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. James Martineck
    OSHA – Calumet City Area Office
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    Meetings were held with Team Members:

    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 March, 2014.

    Alliance Activity

    The foundation of the Alliance continues to be OSHA’s participation in the OSHA 10- hour program established by Local 399.

    Alliance activities are anticipated to continue in the spring of 2015 during which four to five OSHA 10 hour presentations will be conducted.

    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 was presented in June of 2013. Local 399 continues to make 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 24, 2014Chicago40
    June 26, 2014Chicago40
    October 29, 2014Chicago43
       
    TOTAL 123

    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 buildings was developed and presented in FY 2013. This session reviewed the OSHA requirements for building owners under 29 CFR 1910 and included a brief overview of the requirements found in 29 CFR 1926. This session was 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, OSHA will continue to conduct the All About OSHA sessions for the OSHA 10 hour courses held by Local 399.

  6. Report Prepared by: James Martineck

    For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 202-693-2340 or go to www.osha.gov.

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