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Des Moines Area Office (DMAO)
Iowa-Illinois Safety Council (IISC) and
Greater Des Moines Field Federal Safety and Health Council (FFSHC)

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed:

    July 23, 2013


    To provide Iowa Illinois Safety Council (IISC) and Field Federal Safety Council 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 Members

    Larry O. Davidson, Sr.
    Area Director, Des Moines Area Office
    Laura Johnson
    Executive Director, Iowa Illinois Safety Council
    Shirley Smith
    Chair, Des Moines Field Federal Safety and Health Council
    Mary McLaughlin
    Industrial Hygiene Compliance Officer, Des Moines Area Office
    Larry O'Mohundro
    Safety Compliance Officer, Des Moines Area Office
    Bryon Doty
    Director of Program Development & Training, Iowa Illinois Safety Council

    Evaluation Period

    July 23, 2013 – July 23, 2014

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    June 21, 2013 L. Davidson, L. Johnson, S. Smith, B, Doty M. McLaughlin, and L. O'Mohundro met to develop the Alliance goals and draft an alliance document.
    July 11, 2013 A draft alliance document was submitted to the parties for review which was sent to the Regional Office for finalizing.
    July 23, 2013 In-person Signature meeting
  3. Activities and Products

    Training and Education

    • Events

      On November 7 and 8, 2013 Iowa Governor's Safety & Health Conference, the Governor's Safety Conference was held at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center in Cedar Rapids, IA. The IISC set up a driving simulator for attendees to experience how distracted driving affected their performance. The Des Moines Area Office (DMAO) provided to IISC for participants the OSHA 3114 publication "Motor Vehicles – Safe Driving Practices for Employees," as well as Region VII struck-by materials. Approximately 400 attendees were reached during the event.

      On April 23-25, 2014, the Iowa-Illinois Safety Council Annual Professional Development Conference and Expo was held at the Doubletree by Hilton Convention Center in Cedar Rapids, IA; over 500 safety and health professionals attended sessions focused on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses. The Des Moines Area Office (DMAO) provided to IISC for participants the OSHA 3114 publication "Motor Vehicles – Safe Driving Practices for Employees," as well as Region VII struck-by materials.

    • Products

      The Iowa Illinois Safety Council continued its online streaming audiovisual library where members can borrow and stream safety videos fee through the online service provided by Aurora Pictures. The member companies can utilize these videos for enhancing their training sessions for their employees. Videos related to the Alliance include: "Hang-up and Drive, the Jasey Goods' story"; "Winter Driving When The Rules Change" and "Distracted Driving At What Cost".

      The Iowa Illinois Safety Council continued offering Defensive Driving Courses. Over the past year, bi-monthly classes were held allowing 184 participants to complete the Iowa State Patrol Defensive Driving class. Another 42 participants took 6 hour Defensive Driving class, and 201 other participants fulfilled the 4 hour Defensive Driving class.

      The Iowa Illinois Safety Council provided a 4 hour Defensive Driving Transit class, for the Iowa Department of Transportation. During FY 2014, the classes were attended by 189 participants.

      The Iowa Illinois Safety Council offered online training via webinars, which 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.
      • A 2-day instructor development course to be an effective trainer for the basic 4-hour defensive driving course.
      • Distracted Driving Webinar.
      • Motorcycle Driving Safety.
      • Employer Traffic Safety Program.

      Iowa Illinois Safety Council and the National Safety Council continued their partnership with Summit Training Source® in providing access to more than 100 safety and health training courses. Many of the courses are available in Spanish.

      Information and access to all of these products were made available to council members as well as to the DMAO and FFSHC stakeholders.

    Outreach and Communication

    • Events

      The Iowa Illinois Safety Council IISC worked at nine (9) Employer S&H Fairs in FY2014, meeting with and /or having them drive the simulator a total of 1374 people. Traffic safety was the focus and participants obtain educational material relating to distracted driving and other on the job safety related materials; however, slips, trips, falls, and a variety of home and community safety issues were also addressed. These fairs were held at the following dates, location, and number of employees who took a drive on the simulator.

      • Cedar Rapids, IA – 56 attendees, July 18, 2013 – FY2014
      • Des Moines, IA – 30 attendees, August 12, 2013
      • Creston, IA – 20 attendees, August 13, 2013
      • Cedar Rapids, IA – 500 attendees, September 12, 2013
      • Ankeny, IA – 50 attendees, October 23, 2013
      • Clarion, IA – 300 attendees, May 7, 2014
      • Burlington, IA – 100 attendees, May 13, 2014
      • Iowa City, IA – 300 attendees, June 12, 2014
      • Cedar Rapids, IA – 18 attendees, June 25, 2014
    • Products

      The Iowa Illinois Safety Council publishes a monthly Newsletter reaching over 1900 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: "Speeding, a Deadly Issue For Teen Drivers"; "How Does a Teen Cross the Road? While Texting"; "Take Your Safety and Health Educational Programs to the Next Level - Help Minimize Crash Risk";. "April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month"; and "Teen Passenger Risk Increases While Traffic Deaths Continue to Drop, Report Says".

      In addition to the Newsletter, Iowa Illinois Safety Council also publishes Safety Shorts; E-Connection Training Events; E-Connection Safety Solutions reaching over 1900 members.

      The Iowa Illinois Safety Council Facebook outreach page for the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses has a weekly reach of 140 visits, and over 50,000 friends of fans. Status updates in 2013-2014 included Texting and Driving, Iowa's Texting and Driving law, Teen Driving Safety focusing on texting and driving, National Teen Driver Safety Week, the new proposed Iowa Graduated Drivers' Licensing bill, and driving home safe from prom. Also, included was Motorcycle Safety Forum through Iowa DOT, motorcycle safety tips from NHTSA, a link to the CDC study on Distracted Driving, Safe winter driving with a link to Iowa DOT on driving with snowplows, awareness during holiday driving, during Drive Safely Work Week a different topic each day, in the spring and fall a post on awareness of farm equipment movement on roadways.

      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 and 50 Federal Stakeholders.

      The Des Moines Area Office (DMAO) provided to the alliance OSHA 3114 publication "Motor Vehicles – Safe Driving Practices for Employees," as well as Region VII struck-by materials.

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    • Events

      Alliance members, the DMAO and FFSHC conducted two Falls Stand Down events. One of the events was held at a postal distribution center where public pedestrian traffic was high, and the other was held at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, where the pedestrian traffic is also high. The events were aimed at decreasing the rate of work related falls in Iowa.

    • Products

      Iowa Illinois Safety Council Facebook page reaches out nationally through posting on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses. The page has a monthly average of 450 visits and 140 friends. Status updates included link information to the National Safety Council Driver Safety and Focus Driver websites promoting the national focus on distracted driving.

  4. Results

    Through the Alliance employer and employee access to safety and health information and training resources were increased by focusing topics for safe driving, fall hazards, and a wide array other safety information.

    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    2014 Iowa-Illinois Safety Council's Professional Development Conference & Expo: Driving Simulator; FREE Traffic Safety Videos (Distracted Driving, Impaired Driving, Speeding, Seatbelts/Child Seats) Distribution of OSHA materials; including Region VII Struck by information 528
    2013 Governor's Safety Conference Driving Simulator Distribution of OSHA materials 400+
    2013-14 Employer Safety & Health Fairs where employees drove the simulator and obtain educational materials 1374
    Facebook Monthly average 450
    IISC Monthly Newsletter(s) – Four electronic publications sent out monthly 1,957
    IISC Safety Shorts – Electronic notices 1,965
    E-Connection Training Events – Electronic notices of upcoming events 1,922
    E-Connection Safety Solutions – Electronic notices 1,935
    Iowa State Patrol 4 Hour DDC 4 Hour Defensive Driving Course 201 during FY2014
    Iowa State Patrol 6 Hour DDC 42 trained during FY2014
    Coaching the Emergency Vehicle Operator (Fire) (Ambulance) during FY 2014 23 trained in CEVO Fire
    41 trained in CEVO Ambulance
    Iowa-Illinois Safety Council 4 Hour DDC 4 Hour Defensive Driving Course 189 trained during FY2014
    OSHA DMAO office Stakeholders Electronic Distribution 130
    OSHA DMAO office Federal Stakeholders Electronic Distribution 50
    OSHA DMAO/FFSHC Falls Stand Down 200
    TOTAL 14,000+
  5. Upcoming Milestones

    The alliance will continue seeking forums of outreach to raise awareness among workers and employers about the hazards related to unsafe and distracted driving, and to address safe driver issues. The Iowa Illinois Safety Council will continue to provide Defensive Driving courses and utilize the driving simulator at various functions and events. The alliance will also endeavor to orchestrate a falls stand down event.

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