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The U.S. Department of Labor OSHA, Region IX; the California Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Occupational Safety and Health, and the Association of Drill Shaft Contractors- International Association of Foundation Drilling, West Coast Chapter Alliance for Safety and Health

On September 02, 2008, the U.S. Department of Labor OSHA, Region IX (Federal OSHA); the California Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA); and the Association of Drill Shaft Contractors- International Association of Foundation Drilling, West Coast Chapter (ADSC-WCC) formed an Alliance for Safety and Health with a ceremony at the Oakland Federal Building located at 1301 Clay Street.

The goal of the alliance was to provide ADSC-WCC members and others in the foundation drilling industry, including small businesses and non-English or limited English speaking employees, with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees health and safety. Federal OSHA, Cal/OSHA and the ADSC-WCC focused on safety and health issues including, fall protection, silica, pinch-point and equipment operation hazards, and natural gas associated with drilling and tunneling.

Federal OSHA has decided to conclude the Alliance as of January 18, 2011. The alliance members will continue to work together through other avenues to promote awareness and knowledge of safety and health.

A number of successes resulted from the organizations' work together to meet the agreement's goals:
  • The ADSC-WCC provided training for two Federal OSHA and four CalOSHA Compliance Officers at the Drill Operators Training Class, Local 3 Northern California from March 26 to 28, 2009. The classroom training included safety awareness, drilling tools and equipment, construction math, chemistry, and the history of drilling. The field training included operating different drill rigs, and a hands-on slurry school.
  • Federal OSHA, Cal/OSHA and the California Department of Transportation participated in the ADSC-WCC Annual Conference on May 15, 2009. A roundtable was created where topics ranging from examples of alliance products to the hazards of the drill shaft industry were discussed.
  • The Cal/OSHA Mine and Tunnel Unit and the California Department of Transportation participated in the ADSC-WCC Annual Conference on May 21, 2010.
  • The ADSC-WCC developed a PowerPoint presentation in Spanish on the new cranes and derricks in the construction industry regulations, and how they affect their industry. The title of the presentation is Nuevo Estandar De Grua Propuesto De OSHA Como Afectara ADSC Miembros?