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ANNUAL REGIONAL ALLIANCE REPORT
September 21, 2009

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed.

    August 1, 2008

    Alliance Overview.

    The purpose of this alliance is to provide information guidance and access to training resources that will help protect employee’s safety and health. In particular, reducing and preventing exposure to the most commonly identified general industry, construction and agriculture hazards for the landscape industry.

    Implementation Team Members.

    Scott Grams, President, Ilinois Landscape Contractors Association
    • Nancy Hauter, Compliance Assistance Specialist, OSHA (Until June 1, 2009)

       
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    August 1, 2008 – Alliance renewal signing
    June 11, 2009 – Conference call regarding alliance

      
  3. Activities and Products

    Evaluation Period.

    August 1, 2007 to August 1, 2009

    Alliance Activity.

    • Training and Education
    • Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health
    • Outreach and Communication

    Alliance Products.

    • Training and Education
    • Outreach and Communication
    •  Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health

    OSHA has the following written articles for the Illinois Landscape Contractor Magazine:
     
    Month Title of Article Author
    September 2008 Miscellaneous OSHA Update Nancy Hauter - CAS
    November 2008 Tree Trimming Safety Nancy Hauter - CAS
    December 2008 Protect Working Teens from Injuries During Landscaping Activities Angie Loftus - Team Leader
    February 2009 Fall Protection for Landscaping Green Roof Nancy Hauter - CAS
    April 2009 Ladder Safety Nancy Hauter - CAS
    June 2009 How To Effectively Communicate Safety to Your Latino Workers Meta Levin – Construction Safety Council (OSHA Grant)
    August 2009 Principles of Safety Management Angie Loftus – Team Leader

    In addition to the articles, OSHA has provided information on Heat Stroke Toolbox Talk materials (June 25, 2009) as a result of a heat related fatality on June 23, 2009. This tool was shared with all the landscapers to remind them of the dangers of excessive heat.

    Finally, in December 2008, OSHA issued an urgent safety alert for scissor lift failure. This alert was sent to all members of the association.

     
  4. Results

    1. The alliance products have had a positive impact on the landscape community. The quality of the articles and the topic continue to grow in an effort to provide OSHA guidance where most needed.
       
      Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
      Monthy Magazine subscribers 6000
      ILCA Hispanic Business 25
      TOTAL 6025
       
  5. Upcoming Milestones

    Unfortunately some of the goals of the alliance such as sharing best practices have not come into fruition. OSHA was not invited to attend Field Days or any other event. Due to the absence of a Compliance Assistance Specialist we will be unable to renew the alliance. However, we will be more than willing to assist the Association in any way possible to further safety and health in the industry.


    Report Prepared by: Diane Turek, Area Director

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