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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Lubbock Area Office
And the
AGC Panhandle of Texas Chapter
March 15, 2017


  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed

      Original – February 17, 2016

    2. Evaluation Period

      This report covers February 17, 2016 through February 16, 2017

    3. Overview

      The Alliance between the United States Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration and AGC Panhandle of Texas Chapter was established as a collaborative relationship to foster a safety and more healthful workplace for Americans working in the construction industries. The goal of the Alliance is to save lives, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to construction hazards such as falls from elevations, struck-by and caught-in-between objects, and electrocution.

    4. Implementation Team Members

      OSHA – Lubbock Area Office

      Elizabeth Linda Routh
      OSHA Lubbock Area Office, Area Director
      Abraham Arzola
      OSHA El Paso Area Office, Compliance Assistance Specialist

      AGC Panhandle of Texas Chapter

      Sandra Webb
      Executive Director
      Shannon Lusk
      Safety Representative
      Tommy Hanson
      Safety Professional
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • February 17, 2016
    • April 19, 2016
    • July 14, 2016
    • August 26, 2016

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

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    Raising Awareness of OSHA’s Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives: To share information on OSHA's National/Regional/Local Emphasis Programs, Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities to participate in the construction rulemaking process.
    Type of Activity Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Dissemination AGC Panhandle of Texas Chapter Weekly Newsletters (each includes a safety talk in both English and Spanish, and, when applicable, information about OSHA initiatives and rulemakings) Construction, Ergonomics, Fall Prevention, Haz Com, Heat Illness, Hispanic Worker, Small Business, Reporting Requirements 325
    Speech / Presentation / Meeting OSHA AD participated in a Workers Memorial Day Event arranged by the AGC Panhandle of Texas Chapter and the City of Amarillo City Council on April 19, 2016 Construction, Worker Rights 250
    Event National Fall Prevention Stand-Down presentation by AGC Panhandle of Texas Staff May 5, 2016 Construction, Fall Prevention 18
    Dissemination Encouraged AGC Panhandle of Texas Chapter members to conduct National Fall Prevention Stand-Down events, collected results and obtained certificates. Stand-Down events were conducted at 11 locations in the Texas Panhandle. Construction, Fall Prevention 180

    Raising Awareness of OSHA’s Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives: To share information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, such as falls, electrocution, struck-by, caught-in or between and heat illness hazards including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.
    Type of Activity Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Dissemination Set up Display at AGC Panhandle of Texas Chapter Offices with several OSHA Publications available during regular business hours – On-going process. Construction, Ergonomics, Fall Prevention, Haz Com, Heat Illness, Hispanic Worker, Small Business, Reporting Requirements 150

    Raising Awareness of OSHA’s Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives: To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on construction issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on construction and general industry safety and health issues
    Type of Activity Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Meetings/Discussions Safety Representative of the AGC Panhandle of Texas Chapter attended the National Safety & Health Conference in Washington DC with National OSHA Officials July 26-29, 2016 and reported results to AGC Panhandle Board of Directors. Construction, Ergonomics, Fall Prevention, Haz Com, Heat Illness, Hispanic Worker, Small Business, Reporting Requirements 8
    Meetings/Discussions Safety Representative of the AGC Panhandle of Texas Chapter attended the National Safety & Health Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with National OSHA Official (Director, OSHA Directorate of Construction) January 25-27, 2017. Information was provided to the AGC Panhandle Board of Directors. Construction, Ergonomics, Fall Prevention, Haz Com, Heat Illness, Hispanic Worker, Small Business, Reporting Requirements 8

    Raising Awareness of OSHA’s Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives: To encourage worker participation in workplace safety and health by providing safety information during visits to members' jobsites and involving employees during jobsite assessments, inspections and audits.
    Type of Activity Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Inspections Jobsite Inspections/Assessments / Recommendations AGC Panhandle of Texas Chapter Safety Professional conducted 188 Jobsite Inspections Construction, Fall Prevention, Haz Com, Health Care, Heat Illness 1,600
    Safety Meetings AGC Panhandle of Texas Chapter Safety Professional conducted 8 On-Location Safety Meetings for Members Construction, Ergonomics, Fall Prevention, Haz Com, Heat Illness, Hispanic Worker, Small Business, Reporting Requirements 159

    Training and Education

    Training and Education: To develop effective training and education programs for construction workers regarding such as but not limited to falls, electrocution, struck-by, caught-in or between and to communicate such information to constituent employers and workers.
    Type of Activity Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Training Hosted UT Arlington OSHA Education Center Course #511 Occupational Safety & Health Standards for General Industry General Industry Standards 10
    Training Hosted UT Arlington OSHA Education Center Course #2255 Principles of Ergonomics Ergonomics 6
    Training Hosted UT Arlington OSHA Education Center Course #7115 Lockout/Tagout for Worker Memorial Day Lockout/Tagout 28
    Training Hosted UT Arlington OSHA Education Center Course #2045 Machinery and Machine Guarding Standards Machinery & Machine Guarding 6
    Training AGC Panhandle of Texas Chapter Safety Professional conducted Asbestos Awareness Training August 2016 Construction, Asbestos Awareness 8
    Training AGC Panhandle of Texas Chapter Safety Professional conducted Forklift Training August 2016 Construction, Forklift Safety 10
    Training AGC Panhandle of Texas Chapter Safety Professional conducted Confined Space Training October 2016 Construction, Confined Space Safety 13
    Training AGC Panhandle of Texas Chapter Safety Professional conducted Forklift Training January 2017 Construction, Forklift Safety 21
    Training AGC Panhandle of Texas Chapter Safety Professional conducted Aerial Lift Training January 2017 Construction, Aerial Lift Safety 21
    Training AGC Panhandle of Texas Chapter Safety Professional conducted Hands-On Scaffold Training February 2017 Construction, Scaffold Safety 16

    Training and Education: To deliver or arrange for the delivery of OSHA 10 Hour Construction and General Industry courses in English and Spanish.
    Type of Activity Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Training Conducted 10-Hour Construction Outreach Safety Courses in English (Attempting to locate acceptable instructor in the Texas Panhandle to conduct 10-Hour in Spanish) Construction Safety 40
    Training 30-Hour Construction Outreach Safety Courses in English Construction Safety 16

    Outreach and Communication

    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 AGC Panhandle’s Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.
    Type of Activity Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Dissemination Provide Weekly Newsletter with Toolbox Talks in English and Spanish Construction, Ergonomics, Fall Prevention, Haz Com, Heat Illness, Hispanic Worker, Small Business, Reporting Requirements 325 *included in total

    Outreach and Communication: To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or AGC Panhandle of Texas’ conferences, local meetings, or other safety training events.
    Type of Activity Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached
    Speech / Presentation / Meeting OSHA AD participated in a 10-Hour Construction Outreach Safety Course presented by the AGC Panhandle of Texas Chapter on August 26, 2016 Construction Safety 8
    Event National Fall Prevention Stand-Down presentation by AGC Panhandle of Texas Chapter Staff May 5, 2016 Construction, Fall Prevention 18

    Outreach and Communication: To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding AGC Panhandle of Texas Chapter’s good practices or effective approaches through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants. NO ACTIVITY
    TOTAL 2,919
  5. Evaluations

    None for this Alliance

  6. Upcoming Milestones

    • Continue Public Safety & Health Awareness by AGC Panhandle of Texas Chapter
    • Continue Partnering with the University of Texas at Arlington OSHA Education Center when possible and host Worker Memorial Day Course
    • Establish web links to OSHA Local Emphasis Program (LEP) and National Emphasis Program (NEP) web pages
    • Continue coordination with Lubbock Area Office during year two of the Alliance Agreement and work to renew Alliance Agreement for another term

Report prepared by: Abraham Arzola, CAS, El Paso Area Office, March 15, 2017.

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