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Iowa Illinois Safety Council (IISC)
June 6, 2013

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    April 29, 2009

    Renewal Signed

    July 14, 2011


    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 Members

    Chester Razer
    Former 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, 2012 – April 29, 2013

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

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

    Training and Education

    • Events

      On April 26-27, 2012, the Iowa-Illinois Safety Council Annual Professional Development Conference and Expo 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.

      On April 10 - 12, 2013, the Iowa-Illinois Safety Council 60th Annual Professional Development Conference & Expo was held at Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Coralville, Iowa. Approximately 300 safety and health professionals attended sessions focused on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses. One session, "Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Compliance" was primarily focused cover basic CMV laws that have helped improve safety on Iowa roadways. The laws include required equipment for commercial vehicles, the vehicle's log book, hours of service and driving laws. Approximately 50-60 attendees.

    • Products

      In September 2012, the Iowa Illinois Safety Council established a new online streaming audiovisual library where members can borrow and stream safety videos for a small 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 offers 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 53 participants took 6 hour Defensive Driving class, and 10 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. The class was offered in June, July, August and September and was attended by 104 participants.

      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.
      • A 2-day instructor development course to be an effective trainer for our 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.

    Outreach and Communication

    • Events

      On June 28, 2012, the Iowa Illinois Safety Council with the Greater Des Moines Federal Safety & Health Council arranged to have a driving simulator in the lobby of the Neal Smith Federal Building allowing federal employees to see how distracted driving affects driving performance. Approximately 30 employees tried out this simulator to test their driving skills. Participants were also provided OSHA 3114 publication "Motor Vehicles – Safe Driving Practices for Employees".

      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.

      5/3/12 Pioneer, Mount Pleasant, IA (29)
      9/6/12 Linn County, Cedar Rapids, IA (31)
      9/27/12 Pioneer, Ankeny, IA (30)
      10/28/12 Saur Danfos, Ankeny, IA (41)
      12/3/13 Pioneer, Johnston, IA (33)
      3/13/13 Marel Wellness Center, Des Moines, IA (10)

      OSHA provided the Iowa State Patrol brochures on "Safe Driving", and "Distracted Driving" for handouts during the Iowa's State Fair held during August 2012 at their Iowa State Fair booth.

    • 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".

      Iowa Illinois Safety Council set up a Facebook page in August, 2009, for outreach and communication on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses. The page has a weekly reach of 140 visits, and over 50,000 friends of fans. Status updates in 2012 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, and a link to Iowa DOT on pavement conditions during the hot 2012 summer where there were a number of pavement "blow-ups".

      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


    • 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 240 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, 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
    2012 Iowa Illinois Safety Council Conference Driving Simulator Distribution of OSHA materials. Educating teens on traffic safety issues 50
    2013 Iowa Illinois Safety Council Conference. "Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Compliance" 50-60
    Employer Safety Fairs where employees drove the simulator and obtain educational materials 174
    Iowa Department of Transportation 4 Hour Defensive Driving Course 104
    Iowa State Fair printed OSHA materials distribution 100+
    Iowa State Patrol
    6 Hour DDC
    Coaching the Emergency Vehicle Operator (Fire) (Ambulance)
    OSHA DMAO office Stakeholders Electronic Distribution 130
    Facebook (monthly average 240) ~3000
    IISC Monthly Newsletter 1200
    TOTAL 5100+
  5. Upcoming Milestones

    If all parties are in agreement, the Des Moines Area Office plans to form a new alliance with the Iowa Illinois Safety Council and include the Des Moines Field Federal Safety and Health Council. The new alliance will continue seeking ways to reach out and raise awareness among workers and employers about the hazards related to distracted driving and to address distracted driver issues.

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