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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Dallas Area Office
And the
Regional Hispanic Contractors Association - Dallas

April 30, 2016

I. Alliance Background

  1. Date Signed

    April 28, 2014

  2. Evaluation Period

    June 6, 2015 to April 30, 2016

  3. Overview

    The Alliance between the Dallas Area Office of OSHA and the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association (RHCA) – Dallas was directed towards collaboration in outreach efforts to reduce worker injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. RHCA has offered monthly meetings for contractors that are free and open to the public to participate in workplace safety and health safety awareness. Guest Speakers at the RHCA meetings provide information regarding worker rights, statistics, and resources available.

  4. Implementation Team Members

    OSHA

    Stephen Boyd, Area Director, OSHA, Dallas Area Office
    Elias Vela, Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS), OSHA, Dallas Area Office

    Regional Hispanic Contractors Association –Dallas

    John Martinez, President (2014),
    Yolanda Tafoya, RHCA Dallas Office Administrator

II. Implementation Team Meetings

Alliance coordination and planning was conducted through phone, email, and meetings at both the OSHA Dallas Area office and the RHCA Dallas office throughout the year. The OSHA CAS attended and conducted brief presentations to 20 to 30 patrons at each of two 10-hour Construction Safety Courses at the RHCA Dallas location.

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.

Dallas Area Office CAS participated in monthly meetings of the RHCA Safety Council.

III. 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 opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process.
Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported Number Reached

Alliance Product

Website for RHCA continues to be improved http://regionalhca.org/

Safety and health outreach

1000

Dissemination

Emailed notices and website calendar of events posted

Safety and health outreach

1000

Exhibit at the Event

Day of the Construction Worker   April 30, 2016

FY 15 Texas Fatalities in Construction, Hazards Statistics, Heat Stress, Falls, Temporary Workers.

1200

Speech at the event

OSHA CAS at the Day of the Construction Worker

FY 15 Texas Fatalities in Construction Hazards Statistics, Heat Stress, Falls.

300

Speech/
Presentation

CAS Participation at the Safety Professionals Breakfast Apr 28, 2016

FY 15 Texas Fatalities in Construction, Hazards Statistics, Heat Stress, Falls, Temporary Workers.

50

Training

CAS Participation at the 10-hour Construction Safety Course-Spanish

FY 15 Texas Fatalities in Construction Hazards Statistics, Heat Stress, Falls, Temporary Workers.

20

Other

  • Raising Awareness of OSHA’s Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives: To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on the Focus Four hazards, to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

Activity Type

Activity Name/Summary

OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported

Number Reached

Internet

RHCA website

Link to OSHA website

1000

Meeting

Safety Council meetings

Confined Spaces in Construction

5

Meeting

Safety Council

Revised Injury/Illness reporting

5

Meeting

Safety Council

Silica in Construction

5

  • Training and Education: To deliver or arrange for the delivery of OSHA 10 and 30-hour Construction Safety, and Focus-Four Hazard awareness courses.

Activity Type

Activity Name/Summary

OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported

Number Reached

Outreach Training

10 and 30 Hour Construction Safety Courses in English and Spanish

OSHA Construction Safety

500

  • Outreach and Communication: To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or RHCA -Dallas conferences, local meetings, or other construction safety outreach events.

Activity Type

Activity Name/Summary

OSHA Areas of Emphasis Supported

Number Reached

Event

LUNA Awards Banquet  Oct 2015

OUTREACH

500

Event

Pillar Awards Breakfast Feb 2016

OUTREACH

500

TOTAL

6385

IV. Evaluations

Activity Types:

  • Dissemination: RHCA emailed updates, information, products, or other safety and health information to its members and the OSHA CAS. This includes information sent by social media (Facebook, Twitter), and included newsletters and other publications. It also included hits on the RHCA’s or OSHA’s Web pages.
  • Evaluation: The participants found the Alliance was effectiveness in their collaboration.
  • Event: Participation in events such as the Safety Professionals Breakfast.
  • Exhibit: OSHA exhibits at events sponsored by RHCA at the LUNA Awards Banquet, Safety Professionals Breakfast, Day of the Construction Worker.

OSHA Areas of Emphasis:

  • Construction
  • Fall Prevention
  • Hazard Communication/Chemicals
  • Heat Illness Prevention
  • Hispanic/Latino Workers
  • Small Business
  • Temporary Workers
  • Young Workers

During this evaluation period, the RHCA applied for and was approved for Susan B. Harwood Grant funds to provide OSHA outreach courses in Spanish and English on the Focus Four hazards in Construction.

V. Upcoming Milestones

The website for RHCA will continue to be improved. http://regionalhca.org/.
The website offers monthly newsletter-type information regarding the on-going safety and health topics, seminars, and courses being offered at the RHCA Training Center in Dallas.
The DAO will continue to support and assist in the outreach efforts and scheduled events of the RHCA.
The RHCA plans conducting more 10 and 30-hour Construction Safety Courses.
The RHCA plans to host the Luna Awards Banquet during October, 2016.
The RHCA will participate at the first annual OSHA Construction Safety and Health Conference at the Irving Convention Center on Oct 26th and 27th, 2016.
RHCA plans include hosting the Pillar Awards Breakfast during the month of February, 2017.

Report prepared by: Alliance Coordinator Elias Vela, CAS Dallas Area Office May 25, 2016. 

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