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Annual Alliance Report

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
and
Project BEST

June 28, 2016


  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed:

      June 27, 2014

    2. Evaluation Period

      June 2015 – June 2016

    3. Overview:

      The purpose of this Alliance is to establish a collaborative relationship with Project BEST members with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by addressing hazards associated with construction activities, and understand their rights and responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).

    4. Implementation Team Members:

      OSHA

      Deborah Zubaty
      Area Director, Columbus OSHA
      Melissa Linton
      Compliance Assistance Specialist, Columbus OSHA

      Alliance participant

      Ty Lollini
      Project BEST
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • September 15, 2015
    • November 17, 2015
    • December 11, 2015

    In addition to these meetings, the Alliance coordinators from both groups maintained regular contact throughout the reporting period to monitor the Alliance’s progress and results.

  3. Results

    The following table summarizes the Alliance’s activities in support of the goals in the Alliance agreement.

    Raising Awareness of OSHA’s Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives:
    • To share information on OSHA’s National/Regional/Local Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and provide opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process.
    • To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers and encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health.

    Activity Type

    Activity Name/Summary

    OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported

    Number Reached

    Dissemination CAS and Project BEST safety consultant disseminated OSHA publications at the monthly meetings Small Business,
    Falls,
    Construction
    250
    Dissemination Project BEST disseminated weekly electronic safety bulletins on various safety and health topics. Small Business,
    Construction,
    Falls
    250
    Other CAS presented updates about OSHA initiatives, NEPs, LEPs, or standards at the monthly safety committee meetings held in Wheeling, WV. Heat, Falls,
    Temporary Workers,
    Construction
    225

    Training and Education:
    • To develop effective training and education programs for the different trades represented by Project BEST regarding the “focus four” hazards of falls, struck-by, caught-in and electrical.
    • To develop effective training and education programs for the different trades represented by Project BEST to promote understanding of workers’ rights, including the use of the OSHA complaint process, and the responsibilities of employers and to communicate such information to workers and employers.

    Activity Type

    Activity Name/Summary

    OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported

    Number Reached

    Dissemination Project BEST disseminated weekly safety bulletins and toolbox talks on various safety and health topics. Small Business,
    Construction,
    Falls
    250
    Training Project BEST safety campaign message was “everyone goes home safe at the end of the day.” Safety committee meetings focused on this safety message and included accident investigation, supervisor leadership, and fall prevention. Small Business,
    Construction,
    Falls
    250
    Other CAS presented updates about OSHA initiatives, NEPs, LEPs, or standards at the monthly safety committee meetings held in Wheeling, WV. Heat, Falls,
    Construction
    225

    Outreach and Communication:
    • To develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA’s and the Project BEST websites) to employers and workers in the industry.
    • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or Project BEST’s conferences, apprenticeship training programs, and monthly meetings.
    • To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding Project BEST’s good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.

    Activity Type

    Activity Name/Summary

    OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported

    Number Reached

    Dissemination CAS and Project BEST safety consultant disseminated OSHA publications at the monthly meetings. Small Business,
    Construction,
    Falls
    250
    Dissemination Project BEST disseminated weekly electronic safety bulletins on various safety and health topics. Small Business,
    Construction,
    Falls
    250
    Other CAS presented updates about OSHA initiatives, NEPs, LEPs, or standards at the monthly safety committee meetings held in Wheeling, WV. Heat, Falls,
    Construction
    225

    TOTAL 975
  4. Evaluations

    Project BEST continues to work with OSHA to disseminate safety and health information to the different trades within the construction industry. Working with Project BEST has provided the Columbus OSHA area office an avenue to reach out to employers, unions and workers in Eastern Ohio.

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    The Alliance partners plan on renewing this Alliance.

Report prepared by: Melissa Linton, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Columbus Area Office, June 28, 2016

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