ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Rio Grande Valley Chapter - AGC
March 15, 2019
March 15, 2017
March 15, 2018 – March 14, 2019
Through the Alliance, OSHA and Rio Grande Valley Chapter – AGC will work together to reduce injuries and fatalities due to the focus four hazards in construction. The path to this goal will include providing information and guidance to improve safety and health programs and increased awareness of the hazards.
Implementation Team Members
Marianne McGee, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Corpus Christi Area Office
Perry Vaughn, Executive Director of the Rio Grande Valley Chapter - AGC
Implementation Team Meetings
- April 12, 2018
- June 13, 2018
- August 29, 2018
- November 7, 2018
- March 5, 2019
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.
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: Share information on OSHA's National/Regional/Local Emphasis Programs, regulatory agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process. Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached Event June 13, 2018 CAS discussed the status proposed rule changes to the crane operator qualification standard as well as the National Emphasis Program on trenching and excavation Construction, trenching
Dissemination June 15, 2018 CAS forwarded the OSHA PSA on trenching hazards Construction, trenching
Meeting March 5, 2019 CAS McGee and AAD Ramos attended the signing ceremony for the alliance renewal and quarterly committee meeting. Discussed the trenching emphasis, multi-employer issues and the upcoming fall stand down Construction, trenching, fall
Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives: Share information on OSHA laws such as falls, struck-by, caught-in or between and health illness. Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached Dissemination April 11, 2018 Forwarded resources for the upcoming fall stand down Construction, Fall Prevention
Dissemination August 29, 2018 Forwarded the link to the new silica in construction frequently asked questions and additional resources Construction, Silica
Training and Education: Develop effective training and education programs for construction and industrial contractors regarding falls, electrocution, struck-by, caught-in or between and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers. Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached Dissemination Distributed Region 3's Toolbox Talks on struck-by hazards, fall hazards, and caught-in/between hazards. Construction
Outreach and Communication: Speak, exhibit at appear on OSHA, AGC conferences, local meetings, or other safety training events. Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached Event May 9-10, 2018 AAD Ramos-Morales spoke at 8 fall stand down events for AGC members Construction, falls
Speech/Presentation November 7, 2018 - CAS attended quarterly safety committee meeting. Topics discussed included the top 10 construction violations, an OSHA update, and the incentive/drug testing memorandum Construction
Speech/Presentation August 29, 2018 - CAS attended the quarterly safety committee. Topics discussed included a lookback at the severe injuries reported, the new silica Q&A's, the use of drones, heat stress, leading edge work, the upcoming OSHA Construction conference, and the status of the multi-employer issue. Construction, heat illness prevention, fall prevention
Speech/Presentation June 13, 2018 - CAS attended the quarterly safety committee meeting. Topics discussed included the Region 3 Focus Four information, the trench safety stand down, and crane operator qualification. Construction, trenching
Speech/Presentation April 12, 2018 - CAS attended the quarterly safety committee meeting. Topics included the upcoming fall stand down and the trench stand down Construction, trenching, fall prevention
Speech/Presentation CAS conducted a seminar on the reporting and recording requirements. Recordkeeping
Outreach and Communication: Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding Rio Grande Valley Chapter- AGC good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures developed by the participants. Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached Dissemination Shared the quarterly compliance assistance resources with the AGC membership Construction
Dissemination April 10, 2018 - shared information from the National Safety Council on distracted driving Construction
Dissemination August 31, 2018 - Forwarded information on the amputation stand down WebEx Construction
Dissemination January 11, 2019 - Forwarded information on the trenching hazards WebEx Construction, trenching
Dissemination January 22, 2019 - Shared information on free OSHA Ed Center classes for Workers' Memorial Day Construction
An informal evaluation has determined the alliance has been effective in increasing communication between parties and raising awareness of safety and health hazards.
In the next year of the renewal of the alliance, the participants will continue to implement the agreement through activities such as the fall stand down, quarterly safety committee meetings, and other activities as needed.
Report prepared by: Marianne McGee, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Corpus Christi Area Office; March 15, 2019