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I. Alliance Background
March 2, 2006
During the three-year alliance, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Residential Construction Employers Council (RCEC), the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters (Carpenters), and the state of Illinois Onsite Safety and Health Consultation Service will provide residential contractors in the state of Illinois with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to safety and health hazards found in residential construction.
The alliance will also promote and encourage participation in OSHA's cooperative programs. These include compliance assistance, safety and health consultation programs, the Voluntary Protection Programs and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
Implementation Team Members.
Nancy Quick, CAS, Aurora; Lou Couper, Executive Vice President, Residential Construction Employers Council; Thomas Kavicky, Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters; David Kramer, Program Manager, Onsite Consultation, IL DCEO.
II. Implementation Team Meetings
The Implementation Team Members held one (1) meeting during the year and email and phone contact was maintained throughout the year.
III. Activities and Products
This report covers March 2, 2007 to March 2, 2008.
OSHA participated in the RCEC "Hot Topics" seminar in February 2008. OSHA speaks at this conference so participants can hear the latest information and learn about the newest OSHA initiatives. The training sessions provided information on safety-related issues relevant to residential construction work. The plenary session included presentations on the "top ten" cited violations, OSHA Emphasis Programs related to residential construction, and the new Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) standard. This year, a "Q&A" session was scheduled to address concerns and issues with the members. It is helpful to have these sessions in a non-adversarial environment, in that members concerns are addressed and OSHA hears about those issues.
The Aurora Area Office also wrote an article on OSHA's Emphasis Programs which will be published in the RCEC newsletter that is sent to their members.
This Alliance provided valuable technical information to residential contractors.
V. Upcoming Milestones
The Alliance Partners will continue to meet to address emerging issues and develop strategies to address those concerns, especially in the area of fall protection on residential construction sites. OSHA will continue to provide an update and training at the annual "Hot Topics" seminar held each year in February.
Report Prepared by: Nancy M. Quick, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Aurora Area Office.