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NORTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF CAREER
August 8, 2008
I. Alliance Background
July 29, 2004
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education (DCTE) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces, and technical education centers. OSHA and DCTE hereby form an Alliance to provide information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help protect students and employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to hazards associated with the building and trades industry.
Implementation Team Members
July 29, 2007 to July 28, 2008
II. Implementation Team Meetings
Events and Products
Training and Education Goal
Training Vo-Tech Teachers
Essentially the first year of the alliance was devoted to the development of a curriculum through the group effort of DCTE, NCCER, AGC, OSHA, and the Red Rocks Community College (OTI) in Denver, Colorado. This reporting period was devoted to the training of teachers and standardizing safety training into current Construction Technology programs. The OSHA 10-hour has been integrated into all piloted high school programs. The OSHA 10-hour and 30-hour are both offered at the collegiate level. The training is not held in the normal 10 or 30 hour block of time, rather it is spread throughout the year with testing and competency incorporated into the program. The different programs trained are as follows:
All programs are instructed to test all students taking the standardized safety training. Only those that pass the tests are given recognition, i.e. OSHA card and NCCER transcript and card.
Currently 55 instructors are trained statewide with approximately 250-350 students in the program.
The Safety Orientation Project met its objectives. Summary statements are as follows:
Objective 1: Provide a standardized basic safety unit that would include training in the OSHA ten-hour. The curriculum, Contren Learning Series, designed by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) was selected as part of the training. The curriculum selected was: Core Curriculum – Safety Module, Safety Orientation (OSHA 10 Hour equivalent) and Field Safety (OSHA Thirty Hour equivalent). The OSHA 500 training materials were also used in the training provided NDSU and Career and Technical Education staff.
Objective 2: Provide training to instructors to become knowledgeable in using the standardized curriculum and integrating standardized safety instruction into course outlines. Integrated OSHA and NCCER safety training was provided to fifty high school and college instructors (see attachments). All programs have introduced the safety program into the curriculum. Fifty percent of the programs have fully implemented the safety program including the OSHA 10 or 30 Hour, Safety Orientation, testing and recognition. Approximately twenty five percent will include the complete program during the 2007-2008 school year. The remaining twenty five percent have not moved to the complete program. Reasons stated were: no money available to purchase texts, retirements or resignations leaving the program without qualified instructors and need technical assistance to implement the entire program.
Of the original fifty instructors trained, there are five who have retired, resigned to go back into industry or have moved out of state.
Objective 3: Certify instructors in Field Safety designating them as meeting basic standards for instruction. Instructors received recognition from NCCER as certified instructors in Field Safety giving them the ability to teach Safety Orientation and Field Safety to high school and college students.
Objective 4: Recognize students for successfully completing the Safety Orientation modules. Instructors have the authority to register successful students onto the NCCER National Registry. Transcripts and wallet cards will be sent to students from NCCER upon request. A complete accounting of the number of students who have successfully completed the Safety Orientation and Core Safety will be identified on the NCCER sponsor annual report due in July of 2007.
Objective 5: Provide a North Dakota means by which instructors can be certified or re-certified in Safety Orientation. Dr. Gary Smith, Construction Management, NDSU and Todd Stewart, Safety Director, North Dakota Associated General Contractors have completed the Instructor Certification Training Program (ICTP) required by NCCER prior to teaching NCCER curriculum. The ICTP was administered by Don Roloff, NCCER Master Trainer, in the spring of 2004.
Objective 6: Receive recognition from OSHA that the Safety Orientation modules meets the OSHA Ten-Hour requirements. A formal agreement was signed between NDSU and Red Rock Community College, OSHA Outreach Training Institute for Region 8. NDSU will have the authority to represent Region 8 in OSHA training. NDSU will provide to Construction Technology / Related Construction Technology instructors training in OSHA 500. The OSHA agreement and the NCCER certification gives Dr. Smith and Todd Stewart dual certification to teach both OSHA and NCCER materials.
In addition, the schools integrated the Safety Orientation curricula into Construction Technology programs. The integration and implementation took place beginning in fall of 2005 to the fall of 2006. The integration consisted of:
Contren Learning Series Core Curriculum – Safety Module and Safety Test
Contren Learning Series Safety Orientation – All Modules and Safety Tests
Contren Learning Series Field Safety – Used as an Instructional Resource
OSHA 29CFR 1926 – Used as an Instructional Resource
Student Safety Officer – Student participation in pier training, safety checks and reporting of near misses, accidents, etc.
Each program introduced the Safety Orientation in different ways. The following are examples of safety implementation:
Bismarck Technical Center (2005) – Construction Technology – Dave Peterson, Instructor.
The Core Curriculum Safety Module was introduced early in the fall with additional instruction in hand and power tool safe use. Students were tested with written exams and performance exams where appropriate using the NCCER standardized tests. The Safety Orientation topics were introduced throughout the year. Instruction in the entire Safety Orientation course was done in March with students taking the written and performance exams at that time. Results of the number of students successfully completing all safety instruction is forthcoming. The Student Safety Officer was not introduced this year. The Safety Officer duties were instructor driven for this year to determine the best way to introduce this element. These are the proposed changes for next school year: The Core Curriculum Safety Module, the Safety Orientation and the Student Safety Officer will be introduced early in the fall and will be taught in its entirety. Safety “reminders” will be done by the Student Safety Officers throughout the year. Additional safety information will be introduced by the instructor. No accidents were reported this school year.
Minot Public Schools (2005) – Construction Technology – Duane Johnson, Instructor.
The Core Curriculum Safety Module was introduced early in the fall semester with additional instruction in hand and power tool safe use. The Student Safety Officer component was also introduced early in the fall. Students were instructed as to their responsibility, how to use the safety checklist and how to report. Students were rotated throughout the year having the responsibility of the Safety Officer. The Student Safety Officer was a great success with strong participation from students. If a Safety Officer reported a near miss or potential hazard, the hazard was discussed the next day with input from the entire class as to how this hazard could be eliminated. The Safety Orientation course was introduced in the spring semester. The Field Safety course was used as an instructor resource. Students received instruction, were tested using standardized written and performance exams. Students did very well with the exams. Final results will be forthcoming. Successful students were registered on the NCCER National Registry. These are the proposed changes for next school year: All safety instruction will be done early in the fall semester. The safety officer will be used again next year as a resource to continually remind students on safety topics. No accidents were reported this year.
West Fargo Public Schools – Construction Technology (2005) – Bob Bjornson, Instructor. West Fargo students began with the Core Curriculum Safety Module with the first year students. All tool safety is also completed by first year students early in the fall semester. The Student Safety Officer is part of their leadership responsibility with students being rotated throughout the year. The Safety Orientation was done in the spring semester. Prior to the Safety Orientation instruction, this instructor had students use the Field Safety as a resource and created a research project based on the Field Safety exams. Students were required to find the answers on their own. The Safety Orientation was then instructed and tested with standardized exams. The instructor felt that the students were well informed using this method. The students had a high rate of success with the Safety Orientation testing. Students will be registered on the NCCER National Registry. Proposed changes for next year are: Select one day a week to be the safety day, all safety instruction will be done in the fall with the Safety Orientation review and testing done in the spring semester with second year students. No accidents were reported this school year.
Sitting Bull College (2005) – Construction Technology – Dave Luger, Instructor.
Since this is a post secondary program, the offering is somewhat different from secondary education. The Core Curriculum Safety and the Safety Orientation is taught in the Fundamental of Carpentry class. The class is offered in the fall and spring semester. All students are tested using the standardized NCCER exams. Students are registered on the NCCER National Registry. Safety Officer responsibility is done on the job site. There are no major changes expected for next year since the safety program has been very successful. No accidents were reported this school year.
Cankdeska Cikana Community College (2006) – Construction Technology – Louie Garcia, Instructor. The Safety Orientation and the OSHA 10 hour are taught in the fall semester. All students are tested. Students who successfully complete the course are given the OSHA 10 hour card and the NCCER wallet card to be used in their resume.
North Dakota State College of Science (2006) – Construction Technology – Brian Wolfgram and Jeff Berg, Instructors. Safety courses are offered throughout the two year program with a culmination of testing and practice resulting in recognition in the OSHA 30 Hour and the NCCER Field Safety. Students are awarded wallet cards from OSHA and NCCER.
Lake Area Career and Technical Center (2006) – Construction Technology – Ken Forsberg, Instructor. Lake Area achieved their Accredited Training and Education Facility (ATEF) status in 2007. To meet the ATEF standards, Ken introduces the Safety Module from the Core Curriculum in the sophomore year. Safety topics are included throughout the study of construction systems. The OSHA 10 hour and the Safety Orientation are completed and tested in the last semester of the senior year. Students receive OSHA and NCCER cards as recognition for their achievement.
Continued technical assistance is being provided by the Department for Career and Technical Education to move all programs into full implementation. The Associated General Contractors is also providing technical assistance to schools. Best Practice for Implementing Safety into the Construction Curriculum will be featured at the Professional Development Conference in August of 2007.
A review of all instructors and their programs is ongoing as part of the oversight responsibility of the Department for Career and Technical Education.
A grant will be sought for the 2008-2009 school year to update the OSHA and NCCER cards for instructors or train new instructors in safety.
This concludes the Summary Report for the Safety Orientation Pilot Project.
Outreach and Communication Goals
Summer 2005 – finalizing the curriculum
August 9-12, 2005 – beginning of the 2nd phase (train-the-trainer OSHA 500)
Annual review of the Alliance with implementation team (2-year alliance).
Annual review May, 2006 (renewal meeting)
Skills USA meeting June 2006
Alliance renewal signing ceremony (July 2006)
Semi-annual meeting (April 2007)
Annual report (July 2007)
Semi-annual meeting (September 2007)
Final evaluation and report (July 2008)
V. Executive Summary
The value to OSHA of bringing a comprehensive approach to understanding standardized workplace safety practices, training and enforcement to the trade schools is immeasurable. Through this cooperative venture, the OSHA Construction 10-hour certification will be awarded to those students completing and passing the study. The culture that is fostered results in a higher level of awareness and understanding of the value of safety. Through the alliance, we are able to influence many more employers/employees than through traditional methods. Through the alliance, we are also able to leverage resources within the construction community.
Initial funding was to be accomplished through a grant from Workforce Safety and Insurance (WSI) and has since been terminated. Although initially a setback, subsequent funds have been established to continue with the funding of the project and has only resulted in a slight delay. It is anticipated that established timeframes will continue to be adhered to and the progress of the alliance not compromised.
During the last year alliance participation was non-existent. Although the DCTE and OSHA had identified measurable goals, the retirement of Don Roloff (supervisor) and the apparent driving force, ended any alliance activity. Numerous attempts to contact DCTE representatives failed. Conversations with stakeholders revealed they were experiencing the same situation. It is uncertain at this time to determine what, if any, activity was conducted by DCTE regarding this alliance. As a whole, this alliance is being considered a success as the main goal was to imbed 10 and 30-hour OSHA coursework into the trade schools. Although no information could be obtained regarding the growth of the program, it still remains as part of the curriculum and thus has accomplished the objective. This alliance will not be recommended for renewal.