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  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed.

    Renewed September 18, 2009 (Two year agreement)

    Alliance Overview:

    The Northwest Ohio Carpenters Alliance provides union leaders and others in the construction industry with information and guidance that will help protect the health and safety of their members.

    Goals of the Alliance include:

      Training and Education

      • Continue the development of training and education programs based on best practices for working safely in the construction industry and give recognition to the members for taking said training. Share information on best practices, as jointly determined by OSHA and Northwest Ohio Carpenters and their employers through jointly developed training programs and materials. Promote their implementation through print or electronic media, at conferences, or by other means of outreach.
      • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of educational courses specific to the construction industry.

      Outreach and Communication

      • Provide OSHA with access to Northwest Ohio Carpenters newsletters, meetings, and other resources as the means to disseminate information and guidance on workplace safety and health issues.
      • Speak, exhibit, or appear at conferences, local meetings, or other events.
      • Continue liaison contact between Northwest Ohio Carpenters and OSHA to answer compliance questions, discuss current jobsite findings, and current violation trends.
      • Cross-train OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals on the Northwest Ohio Carpenters best practices or effective approaches.

      Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

      • Increase others' awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever Northwest Ohio Carpenters leaders address groups.
      • On a quarterly basis, convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings to discuss safety and health issues and topics of importance to both OSHA and the Northwest Ohio Carpenters.

  2. Implementation Team Members and Meetings

    Carpenters

    Ron Rothenbuhler, Executive Regional Director

    Dan Morey, Business Representative

    Douglas Zink, Business Representative

    Mike Ball, Training Coordinator

    OSHA

    Jule Hovi, Area Director

    Chad Positano, Compliance Assistance Specialist

    Dan Steffen, Compliance Safety and Health Officer

    Darin Von Lehmden, Compliance Safety and Health Officer

    Contacts/Meetings

    In July 2010, a telephone conference was held between Dan Morey and Chad Positano to discuss aspects of the casino project where Carpenter Union members were working.

    In October, 2010, a telephone conference was held between Dan Morey and Chad Positano to discuss recent developments of OSHA and of the Carpenters Union.

    In February, 2011 CSHO Dan Steffen provided technical assistance via telephone to Dan Morey related to trenching and excavation hazards at a local worksite where many members of the Carpenters Union were working. A subsequent inspection was initiated.

    On March 1, 2011, Chad Positano provided assistance over the telephone related to questions regarding supervisory responsibilities by Carpenter Union members, in relation to OSHA compliance.

    A meeting was held in person on March 29, 2010. In attendance were Ron Rothenbuhler, Dan Morey, Doug Zink, Mike Ball, and Chad Positano. OSHA shared information on the new residential construction directive, and items on the most recent regulatory agenda. The Carpenters Union discussed challenges facing their industry, and updated OSHA on the progress of several large products occurring in Northwest Ohio where there members were employed.

  3. Activities and Products

    Evaluation Period

    March 11, 2010 - April 22, 2011

    Alliance Activity

    Outreach and Communication

    • OSHA/Carpenter Liaison CSHOs received several calls throughout the year from Business Agents with various safety and health questions and referrals for unsafe activity.
    Alliance Products

    • Due to time constraints and various other conflicts, no OSHA staff members could attend the Carpenters' training courses this year.
    • The Carpenters' leadership has continued to be in a state of transition. Mr. Dan Morey, Business Agent has been named the new liaison for the alliance on behalf of the Carpenters Union.
    • Discussions were held with the implementation team to encourage members of the Carpenters Union to be diligent in their responsibilities to follow contractor and OSHA safety and health requirements, especially given the difficult economic climate and relatively high unemployment of its membership.
  4. Results

    • Open communication continues between the Northwest Ohio Carpenters and the Toledo OSHA office.
    • The Toledo OSHA office has provided the Northwest Ohio Carpenters Union technical assistance, including outreach for the Residential Construction Directive being rescinded this fiscal year.
  5. Upcoming Milestones

    The OSHA/Northwest Ohio Carpenters Alliance implementation team has discussed activities for the upcoming year:
    • OSHA has agreed to assist in the OSHA 30-hour training program courses offered at the Carpenter's Union training center.
    • A representative of the Carpenters will conduct a scaffold and residential construction training presentation for the Toledo area office, to assist in OSHA staff in learning of materials and methods used in residential construction practices.

    Report Prepared by: Jule A. Hovi, Area Director

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