Occupational Safety and Health Administration

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August 18, 2014

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed:

    June 19, 2012

    Alliance Overview:

    The alliance was developed to provide Polish contractors, builders and others in construction with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to safety and health hazards in construction, and understand the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). In particular, the Alliance focuses on, but not limited to, efforts to reach Polish speaking members of the PACBA through outreach on safety and health issues.

    Implementation Team Members

    Piotr Wyszkowski, President, PACBA.

    Mark Grzymala, Vice-President, PACBA.

    Adam J. Grabowski, Director of Education, PACBA.

    Emil Szotko, Compliance Officer, OSHA.

    Peter Kleczynski, Compliance Office, OSHA.

    Sukhvir Kaur, Assistant Area Director, OSHA.

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    November 21, 2013 - Meeting conducted at Copernicus Center in Chicago, IL.

    April 24, 2014- Meeting conducted at Copernicus Center in Chicago, IL.

    June 19, 2014- Meeting conducted at Copernicus Center in Chicago, IL.

  3. Activities and Products

    Evaluation Period

    This report covers the time period of June 19, 2013 to June 19, 2014.

    Alliance Activity and Products

    • Training and Education
      • September 12, 2013 – Scaffolding
      • November 21, 2013 – Electrical Hazards in Construction and Hazard Communication update
      • March 20, 2014 – Fall Protection
      • April 24, 2014 – OSHA Inspection Process and Respiratory Protection
      • June 19, 2014 – Heat Stress
    • Outreach and Communication
      • During the meetings, information is provided on ongoing OSHA campaigns such as fall in construction and heat related illnesses.
    • Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health
      • PACBA members know OSHA is available to them to answer questions.  Members call the Area Office requesting information and technical assistance.
      • PACBA members participated in the National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls in construction on June 3, 2014.
  4. Results

    The Alliance provides valuable technical information to the contractors:

    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    Electrical Hazards in Construction and Hazard Communication  78
    OSHA Inspection Process and Respiratory Protection 31
    Scaffolding 53
    Fall Protection 80
    National Fall Stand Down 25
    Heat Stress 15
    TOTAL 282
  5. Upcoming Milestones

    The Alliance will be renewed for another two years. During the next two years, the implementation team members plan on developing safety checklists in Polish specific to hazards in construction. The implementation team members and general members of the organization find the alliance a very useful tool in protecting the safety and health of contractors and their employees. It provides a forum for contractors to ask questions and get an understanding of OSHA requirements as well as their responsibilities under the OSH Act.

    The following topics are planned for the next year of the Alliance agreement:

    • Scaffolding
    • Electrical Hazards and Hazard Communication
    • Fall Protection
    • Trenching and Excavation
    • Heat related Illnesses

Report Prepared by: Sukhvir Kaur.

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

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