Occupational Safety and Health Administration

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The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
And the
Great Lakes Construction Association (GLCA)
June 11, 2018

  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed

      April 11, 2017

    2. Evaluation Period

      April 11, 2017 – April 11, 2018

    3. Overview

      The alliance was developed to use collective expertise in order to help advance a culture of accident prevention while sharing information, guidance, best practices, access to training resources and technical knowledge that will help protect employees' safety and health. In particular, the Alliance focuses on, but not limited to, efforts to reach members of the GLCA through outreach on safety and health issues.

    4. Implementation Team Members

      Steve Thelen – President, Great Lakes Construction Association
      Tim Marabella – Executive Vice President, Great Lakes Construction Association
      Fred Rodheim - Chairman Safety Committee, Great Lakes Construction Association
      Scott Johnson, Co-Chair of the Safety Committee, Great Lakes Construction Association
      Pete Olson – President, Lake County Building and Construction Trades Council Affiliated with Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO
      Larry Joswiak, Team Leader, OSHA
      Gary Weil, Compliance Officer, OSHA

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    April 11, 2017– Signing of the OSHA/GLCA/LCBT Alliance
    April 25, 2017 – Safety Committee Meeting – GLCA Office Libertyville, IL
    May 12, 2017 Abbott Abbvie & GLCA Fall Stand Down
    May 31, 2017 – Safety Committee Meeting – GLCA Office Libertyville, IL.
    June 20, 2017 – Safety Committee Meeting – GLCA Office Libertyville, IL.
    July 18, 2017 – Safety Committee Meeting – GLCA Office Libertyville, IL.
    September 19, 2017 – Safety Committee Meeting – GLCA Office Libertyville, IL.
    October 25, 2017 - GLCA/OSHA/Abbott Joint Safety Day, North Chicago, IL.
    November 29, 2017 - Safety Committee Meeting – GLCA Office Libertyville, IL.
    February 22, 2018 – Annual Award Ceremony- Grayslake, IL.
    March 14, 2018 - Safety Committee Meeting – GLCA Office Libertyville, IL.

  3. Activities and Products

    Alliance Activity.

    • Training and Education
      • Joint Safety Day, October 25, 2017
      • OSHA 10 & 30-hour courses
      • First Aid Training/CPR
      • Silica Hazard Awareness Training
      • Excavation Hazard Awareness Training
    • Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health
      • Continually update webpage to highlight safety services

    Alliance Products

    • Training and Education
      • Great Lakes Construction Safety and Health Program. Program has been tailored to specific company needs when requested.
      • Joint Safety Day topic was Construction Law & Documentation
        Personal & Criminal Liability/OSHA Compliance.
      • Tool Box Talks resources for members.
      • Continually updating webpage to highlight safety resources.
      • On-Line library for safety and health issues. Library has been updated with DVDs in multiple languages for members use.
    • Outreach and Communication
      • Joint Safety Day.
      • An OSHA Update was provided at majority of the safety committee meetings.
      • OSHA participated in GLCA sponsored OSHA 10 and 30 hour courses. OSHA presented during Safety Stand-Down & Safety Day.
      • Safety Awards Program
    • Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health
      • GLCA members know OSHA is available to them to answer questions. Members frequently call the Area Office requesting information and technical assistance.
      • GLCA issues a monthly newsletter that contains safety articles.
  4. Results

    The Abbott Laboratories-GLCA-OSHA Safety Day is providing an opportunity to expand our safety message by attracting non-member contractors to the free training program that is subsidized by Abbott and GLCA. The safety day also provides and opportunity for OSHA Compliance Officers to attend the training.

    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    Joint Safety Day
    Construction Law
    Documentation/Personal &
    Criminal Liability &
    OSHA Compliance
    OSHA 10 Hour76
    OSHA 30 Hour10
    Excavation Hazzard Awareness Training27
  5. Upcoming Milestones

    The Alliance was renewed for another two years. Both implementation team members and general members of the organization find the alliance a useful tool in protecting the safety and health of contractors in Lake County Illinois.

    Going forward there are several items on the agenda including:

    • The 2018 Safety Day is scheduled for October 2018 with the topic OSHA Region V fatality statistics, Chicago North Area Office fatalities and accidents, OSHA regulatory update, Case Studies presented by OSHA on Hazzard Awareness
    • Continue to evaluate safety award criteria.
    • Update website to highlight all safety services available.
    • OSHA staff to continue participating in GLCA sponsored 10 and/or 30 hour courses.

Report Prepared by: Larry Joswiak

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