Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Region VI


  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed.

    May 21, 2009; renewed on August 23, 2011

    Overview.

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Arkansas Home Builders Association (AHBA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and AHBA hereby form an Alliance to provide AHBA members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to struck-by, falls, and electrical hazards in residential construction

  2. Implementation Team Members

    Carlos Reynolds, Area Director, Little Rock Area Office - OSHA
    Mary Walter, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Little Rock Area Office - OSHA
    Julie Mills, Executive Vice-President of the Arkansas Home Builders Association

  3. Evaluation Period

    May 21, 2011 through May 21, 2012

  4. Implementation Team Meetings

    Quarterly meetings are held between Arkansas Home Builders and OSHA to address issues.

    On May 31, 2011, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Mary Walter received an email from Julie Mills, Executive Vice President of the Arkansas Home Builders Association requesting a review of a sample fall protection plan.

    On March 6, 2012, Area Director Carlos Reynolds met with members of the Arkansas Home Builders of Greater Little Rock, a branch of the Arkansas Home Builders, to discuss future activities.

    On March 29, 2012, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Mary Walter telephoned Julie Mills, Executive Vice President of the Arkansas Home Builders Association to schedule a working lunch to discuss upcoming outreach events.

    On April 9, 2012, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Mary Walter emailed links and information regarding heat stress while working in hot environment to Julie Mills, Executive Vice-President of the Arkansas Home Builders Association.

    On April 10, 2012, Area Director Carlos Reynolds and Little Rock Area Office Compliance Assistance Specialist, Mary Walter, met with the Julie Mills, Executive Vice-President of the Arkansas Home Builders Association to discuss upcoming residential construction outreach events.

    On June 13, 2012, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Mary Walter, met Julie Mills, Executive Vice-President of the Arkansas Home Builders Association at a working lunch to discuss firm dates for upcoming outreach events.

  5. Events and Products

    On June 16, 2011, the LRAO Area Director, Carlos Reynolds, presented residential construction information which included fall protection, scaffolding, and heat stress to the Arkansas Home Builders Association in Little Rock, Arkansas. There were 63 persons in attendance.

    On August 2, 2011, Assistant Area Director, Monty Cole presented residential construction information to the Arkansas Home Builders Association in Harrison, Arkansas. Approximately 40 persons were in attendance.

    On August 16, 2011, Little Rock Area Office Compliance Assistance Specialist, Mary Walter, presented a residential construction fall protection PowerPoint presentation to the Arkansas Home Builders Association in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Approximately 16 persons were in attendance.

    On February 15, 2012, members of the Arkansas Home Builders Association attended an Arkansas Department of Labor Construction Update in Bentonville, Arkansas, where topics such as scaffolds, fall protection, electrical hazards and OSHA’s multi-employer policy were presented by Area Director, Carlos Reynolds. There were 33 attendees at this seminar.

    On February 17, 2012, members of the Arkansas Home Builders Association attended an Construction Industry Conference in Little Rock Area Office where Compliance Assistance Specialist, Mary Walter, presented construction topics to include fall protection, scaffolds, electrical hazards, ladders and OSHA’s multi-employer policy. There were approximately 50 attendees at the seminar.

  6. Training and Education

    An OSHA-developed PowerPoint covering construction hazards was shared with the membership.

    Outreach and Communication

    Distribution of OSHA Quick Cards related to construction including fall protection and heat stress were delivered on several occasions.

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    Arkansas Home Builders Association is a member of a nationwide network of Home Builders Associations; information is constantly shared with other network members

  7. Results

    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    PowerPoint Presentation Covering Construction Hazards 204
    Handouts and Quick Cards 375
       
       
       
       
    TOTAL 579

    Enforcement activity in this industry will continue and plans have been made for the Executive Vice-President to conduct additional residential construction training throughout the state to interested members. It is anticipated that additional training seminars will be conducted by OSHA representative(s) in conjunction with the Arkansas Home Builders association.

    Report Prepared by: Mary Walter, Compliance Assistance Specialist, OSHA Little Rock Area Office/Carlos M. Reynolds, Area Director, OSHA Little Rock Area Office