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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT
Des Moines Area Office & the
Iowa Illinois Safety Council (IISC)
June 21, 2012


  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed:

    April 29, 2009

    Date Renewal:

    July 14, 2011

    Overview:

    To provide Iowa Illinois Safety Council (IISC) members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety. Special emphasis has been directed toward distracted drivers in an effort to reduce and prevent texting and cell phone use.

    Implementation Team

    Chester Razer
    Area Director, Des Moines Area Office
    Laura Johnson
    Executive Director, Iowa Illinois Safety Council
    Mary McLaughlin
    Industrial Hygiene Compliance Officer, Des Moines Area Office
    Bryon Doty
    Director of Program Development & Training, Iowa Illinois Safety Council

    Evaluation Period

    April 29, 2011 - April 29, 2012

  2. Implementation Meetings

    May 12, 2011 M. McLaughlin, B. Doty, and C. Razer met to review the Alliance goals and brainstorm ideas for various activities.

    Additional meetings:

    August 2, 2011 In-Person meeting to review outreach activities
  3. Events and Products

    Training and Education

    • Events

      On April 28-29, 2011, the Iowa Illinois Safety Council Conference was held at the Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center Bettendorf, Iowa; approximately 300 safety and health professionals attended sessions focused on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses. One session, presented by Gail Weinholzer, focused on "Why Do We Drive the Way We Do?" Approximately 30 individuals attended this session. Also, a driving simulator, set up by IISC, allowed attendees to see how distracted driving affected their performance. Approximately 40-50 individuals used the simulator.

      On November 3-4, 2011, the Iowa Illinois Safety Council attended the 40th Annual Governor's Safety & Health Conference in Cedar Rapids, IA.

      On April 26-27, 2012, the Iowa Illinois Safety Council Conference was held at the Grand Harbor Convention Center in Dubuque, Iowa; approximately 300 safety and health professionals attended sessions focused on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses. The Des Moines Area Office (DMAO) Industrial Hygienist attended the conference and provided participants the OSHA 3114 publication "Motor Vehicles - Safe Driving Practices for Employees," as well as Region VII struck-by materials. One session was primarily focused on teen education on traffic safety issues. Local high schools in the Dubuque area were invited, and approximately 25-30 teens attended this session. Also, during the conference, IISC set up a driving simulator for attendees to experience how distracted driving affected their performance. Approximately 40-50 attendees used the simulator.

    • Products

      The Iowa Illinois Safety Council offers Defensive Driving Courses. Over the past year, bi-monthly classes were held allowing 195 participants to complete the 6 hour Defensive Driving class, and 256 other participants fulfilled the 4 hour Defensive Driving class.

      The Iowa Illinois Safety Council provides a 4 hour Defensive Driving Transit class, for the Iowa Department of Transportation. This class was attended by 50 participants during the month of October.

      The Iowa Illinois Safety Council, and the National Safety Council, offers online training through via webinars, which are focused on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses; following are included topics:

      • Defensive Driving courses for Teen driver, Professional Truck Drivers, Commercial Van driver and emergency vehicle drivers.
      • Distracted Driving Webinar
      • Motorcycle Driving Safety
      • Employer Traffic Safety Program

      On February 1, 2011, Iowa Illinois Safety Council and the National Safety Council partnered with Summit Training Source® in providing access to more than 100 safety and health training courses. Many of the courses are available in Spanish.

    Outreach and Communication

    • Events

      In June, 2011, the Iowa Illinois Safety Council held an open house inviting their stakeholders to the IISC office for participation in "taking a drive on the driving simulator". Attendance was 25-30.

      On August 11, 2011, OSHA met with the Iowa State Patrol at their Iowa State Fair booth and provided OSHA over 100 brochures on "Safe Driving", and "Distracted Driving" for handouts during the fair.

      The Iowa Illinois Safety Council set up a booth at various employer safety fairs where employees had the opportunity to drive the simulator and obtain educational material relating to distracted driving and other on the job safety related materials. These fairs were held at the following dates, location, and number of employees who took a drive on the simulator.

      06/01/11 Pioneer, Johnston (25)
      06/08/11 Linn County, Cedar Rapids (22)
      08/30/11 Pioneer, Dallas Center (28)
      09/22/11 General Mills, Cedar Rapids (20)
      10/28/11 Saur Danfoss, Ames (41)
      11/10/11 John Deere, Waterloo (20)
      11/28/11 Pioneer, Johnston (20)
    • Products

      The Iowa Illinois Safety Council publishes a monthly Newsletter reaching about 1200 members. This monthly newsletter focuses on various safety and health topics, and the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses. Articles related to the alliance included topics such as: "OSHA Urges Employers: Ban Texting While Driving"; "Distracted Driving Targeted in New PSA"; "NTSB Recommends Nationwide Ban on Driver Use of Portable Electronic Devices";. "April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month"; "Unseasonable Weather Means Motorcycles are Out Early on Iowa Highways".

      In August, 2009, Iowa Illinois Safety Council set up a Facebook page for outreach and communication on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses. The page has a monthly average of 240 visits and users. Status updates included Texting and Driving, Teen Driving Safety, Winter Driving, Awareness of Motorcyclists on Iowa highways.

      As part of the Alliance the Des Moines Area Office shares the Iowa Illinois Safety Council newsletters, training e-mails and other information with Des Moines Area Office's 130 stakeholders via electronic mail.

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    • Events

      N/A

    • Products

      In August, 2009, Iowa Illinois Safety Council set up a Facebook page for outreach and communication on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses. The page has a monthly average of 240 visits and users. Status updates included link information on the National Safety Council Driver Safety and Focus Driver websites promoting the national focus on distracted driving.

  4. Results

    Through the Alliance, OSHA and the Iowa Illinois Safety Council (IISC) increased employer and employee access to safety and health information and training resources by focusing topics for safe driving.

    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    2011 Iowa Illinois Safety Council Conference. Driving Simulator
    Why Do We Drive the Way We Do
    50
    30
    Employer Safety Fairs where employees drove the simulator and obtain educational materials 176
    Iowa State Fair printed OSHA materials distribution 100+
    IISC Open House 30
    OSHA DMAO office Stakeholders Electronic Distribution 130
    Facebook (monthly average 240) 240
    2012 Iowa Illinois Safety Council Conference Driving Simulator
    Distribution of OSHA materials
    Educating teens on traffic safety issues
    50
    30
    30
    IISC Monthly Newsletter 1200
    TOTAL 2066+
  5. Upcoming Milestones

    he Des Moines Area OSHA, with the Iowa Illinois Safety Council, will continue seeking forms of outreach to raise awareness among workers and employers about the hazards related to unsafe and distracted driving, and to address safe driver issues. One current activity planned is to have the driving simulator set up in the Neil Smith Federal Building, allowing federal employees to see how distracted driving affects driving performance. Participants will also be provided OSHA 3114 publication "Motor Vehicles - Safe Driving Practices for Employees". Other outreach activities are being planned including contacting the local driver education programs and WHO radio for PA announcements. The Iowa Illinois Safety Council will continue to provide Defensive Driving courses and utilize the driving simulator at various functions and events.

Report Prepared by: Mary McLaughlin, Industrial Hygiene Compliance Officer with the Des Moines Area Office

For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 202-693-2340 or go to OSHA's web page

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