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I. Alliance Background
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.
Multiple other informal meetings were held with both Ms. Munley and the OLA Board Members to assure we were on track with the progress of the alliance.
III. Activities and Products
This final report covers from November 2004 until the end of the alliance, April 2005.
This final report outlines the success that has been achieved during the 18 month time period. OSHA has opened the door to communicating with an industry that historically hasn’t seen very much interaction or enforcement activity 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.
IV. Upcoming Milestones
Since the Alliance was mutually agreed upon by both signatories to conclude, there are no upcoming milestones. However, the impact this alliance has made will hopefully be realized when enforcement begins its activities. At this time, it has not been decided whether a LEP on landscapers will be implemented.
In conclusion, the OLA was a wonderful organization to work with over the course of the 18 month agreement. They definitely have the best interest of their members in mind regarding improving the overall safety and health programs of the companies. This alliance provided those members with numerous educational sessions, training materials and a forum to discuss issues, particularly for an industry not very well versed in OSHA protocol and all that it encompasses.
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.