Occupational Safety and Health Administration

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

June 23, 2017

  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed

      July 12, 2016

    2. Evaluation Period

      June 2016 – July 2017

    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:


      Melissa Linton, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Columbus Area Office

      Alliance participant

      Ty Lollini – Safety Consultant, Project BEST
      Lisa Goodnight, Administrator, Project BEST

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • December 6, 2016
    • February 9, 2017
    • May 16, 2017

    In addition to these formal 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.
    • To encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health.

    Activity Type

    Activity Name/Summary

    OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported

    Number Reached

    Dissemination Project BEST disseminated OSHA information on current initiatives such as the National Fall Prevention Safety Stand Down and Safe +Sound Week through the weekly member bulletins. Falls, Small Business, Construction 1000
    Other CAS presented updates about OSHA initiatives, NEPs, LEPs, or standards at the monthly safety meetings. Topics this year included information on the Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs in Construction, Recordkeeping update, and the Respirable Crystalline Silica rule. Heat, Falls, Construction 500

    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 OSHA information on traffic control, hazard identification and assessment, fall protection, and OSHA citations through the weekly member bulletins/toolbox talks. Falls, Small Business, Construction 6000

    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, OSHA's and the Project BEST websites and Project BEST's weekly safety and health bulletins) 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 safety committee 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

    Event Project BEST Breakfast Awards- CAS attended the annual awards event for Project BEST contractors and projects. Small Business, Construction


    Event OSHA Safety Day was attended by the Project BEST safety consultant. Information from the event was shared with Project BEST members. Small Business, Construction


    Other Project BEST's consultant works directly with the Columbus Compliance Assistance Specialist and requests input on Project BEST's weekly safety bulletins that include OSHA fatality statistics, campaigns, and initiatives. The weekly bulletins include a safety brief/toolbox talk and information on upcoming OSHA 10-hour and 30-hour construction classes offered by Project BEST. Small Business, Construction, Fall Prevention


    TOTAL 8400
  4. Evaluations

    During the annual report evaluation period, Project BEST mostly communicated through phone calls and email. Even, though there was less in-person meetings, members of Project BEST contacted the Columbus Area Office with safety and health questions and complaints. In-person meetings will be emphasized with the upcoming evaluation period.

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    Project BEST has a new executive directive. Additionally, the organization is currently in the process of hiring a new safety consultant and re-evaluating its safety services to their members.

Report prepared by: Melissa Linton, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Columbus Area Office, June 22, 2017

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