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I. Alliance Background
Date Signed: October 15, 2003
To provide OLA members with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees’ health and safety while performing landscaping activities.
Implementation Team Members.
Sandy Munley-Executive Director OLA
II. Implementation Team Meetings
Numerous meetings between OLA and OSHA were held prior to the signing of the Alliance. On February 2, 2004, talked with S. Munley regarding presentations on the OLA Expo, March 8th talked with S. Munley on possibility of upcoming session for hands on training for workers. This did not materialize due to the extremely busy spring and summer seasons for landscapers. The session was postponed until November 2004. CAS visited OLA and provided landscaping brochure to hand out to members.
III. Activities and Products
This report covers one year’s worth of activities, from October 15, 2003-October 15, 2004
This first year of the Alliance has been productive from a number of standpoints. OSHA has opened the door to communicating with an industry that historically hasn’t seen very much interaction with safety and health. There have been positive responses from the OLA members regarding the helpfulness of the monthly articles in the “Growing Concern” publication as well as opening the lines of communication during their annual conference and expo.
V. Upcoming Milestones
On November 18, the Cleveland OSHA office will be participating in OLA's annual meeting which will be based almost entirely on safety and health issues. The group will be divided into two separate sections, one for owners/managers and the other for foremen/laborers. One will be focused on written safety and health programs and the other will be a hands on session with training given by OSHA on typical types of landscaping machinery and other hazards found in the industry.
On February 16 and 17, 2005, their annual expo and conference will be in Cleveland where CAS, Julie Weis will participate, speak, and have an OSHA booth set up with applicable handouts for attendees. In 2004, there were approximately 1,500 individuals who attended this professional landscape products show.
We will continue to provide monthly articles to OLA’s "Growing Concern" publication that include a variety of safety and health topics.
We anticipate a renewal of this Alliance that is set to conclude in April 2005.
Report Prepared by: Julie Weis
For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 202-693-2340 or go to www.osha.gov.