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ALLIANCE ANNUAL AND CLOSE-OUT REPORT

AMERICAN RENTAL ASSOCIATION OF COLORADO

October 31, 2008

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    September 19, 2006

    Overview

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Rental Association of Colorado (ARA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and ARA of Colorado hereby form an Alliance to provide information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to fall, struck-by, and electric shock hazards.

    Implementation Team Members

    Herb Gibson Area Director – OSHA
    John Healy Area Director - OSHA
    Chris Corrigan Team Leader - OSHA
    Pete Dailey Compliance Officer – OSHA
    Mike England Compliance Officer – OSHA
    Gary Birkholz Chairman, ARA of Colorado

    Evaluation Period

    September 19, 2006, to October 1, 2008

     
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    9/19/06 Alliance signing

    1/9/07 ARA of Colorado Board of Directors’/OSHA meeting

    3/13/07 Scaffold safety training/meeting

    4/6/07 ARA of Colorado Board of Directors’/OSHA meeting

    2008 (throughout the year) OSHA/ARA of Colorado Chairman

     
  3. Events and Products

    Training and Education
    • Events

      On March 13, 2007, OSHA conducted scaffold training to 30 ARA members and customers with assistance from Biljax scaffold manufacturer’s representatives. This training focused on the historical high loss areas of scaffold erection and use. Scaffold safety educational material was also provided by OSHA and the manufacturer.
       
    • Products

      OSHA provided over 9,650 OSHA quick cards (English and Spanish) to the ARA of Colorado for distribution to several hundred contractors via the 55 member equipment rental stores. These informational safety products discussed hazards and hazard protection for; fall, struck-by, electric shock, and other hazards.
       
    Outreach and Communication
    • Products

      OSHA worked with ARA of Colorado to successfully incorporate additions to the ARA of Colorado website to provide content/links for ARA member equipment rental stores. OSHA fatal facts were added as website content, targeting specific hazards in the equipment rental industry such as; falls, electric shock, struck-by, and caught-by.

      A link to the OSHA home page was created on the ARA of Colorado website.

      As an informational resource with OSHA, CSHO Dailey’s e-mail address was provided on the website.
       
    Promoting the National Dialogue
    • Products

      OSHA established a dialogue with several national representatives to include the Senior Vice President, Operations/CFO, ARA, Director State and Local Services, ARA, and Risk Manager, ARA Insurance Services. OSHA discussed with them, methods for development of safety and health informational products, training, and also explored other strategies to add value to the ARA loss control. These discussions resulted in both the ARA and ARA Insurance Services expressing a strong interest in expanding the ARA of Colorado Alliance to the national level.

      During this reporting period, the OSHA Alliance Implementation Team did not start work on programs or projects to address this goal.

       
  4. Results

    The alliance established in 2006 between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the American Rental Association of Colorado has been concluded and will not be renewed beyond the evaluation period of October 1, 2008. As illustrated by the chart below the alliance achieved limited measureable success.
      
    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    OSHA Scaffold Training 30
    ARA website information 55 stores
    OSHA quick cards 9,650
       
    TOTAL 9,735