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  1. Alliance Background  

    Date Signed


    January 25, 2007

    Date Renewed


    September 11, 2009

    Overview


    Signatories of the Alliance:
    • American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA)
    • Associated General Contractors of America (AGC)
    • International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)
    • Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA)
    • LIUNA Education and Training Fund
    • National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA)
    • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
    Through the Alliance, OSHA, NIOSH, and The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners will work to provide construction industry employers and workers and others with information, guidance and access to training resources. These resources will help the Alliance protect workers, including Spanish-speaking, and other high-risk or vulnerable "hard-to-reach" workers, from general health and safety hazards and reduce and prevent exposures to roadway work zone safety and health hazards. The Alliance will particularly focus on flagger safety, safer deployment of traffic control devices, positive protection, night work, work zone speeding, and the prevention of runovers/backovers.

    Implementation Team Members


    OSHA:

    Todd Briggs - Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
    Danezza Quintero - Office of Construction Services (OCS)

    NIOSH:

    David Fosbroke - Division of Safety Research

    The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners:

    Kevin Cannon - AGC
    Brian Deery - AGC
    Don Elisburg - NAPA
    Walter Jones - LIUNA
    John J. LeConche -  LIUNA Training and Education Fund
    Omar Lopez - ARTBA
    Howard Marks - NAPA
    Travis Parsons - LIUNA
    Emmett Russell - IUOE
    Brad Sant - ARTBA
    Scott Schneider - LIUNA   
        
    Evaluation Period

    January 25, 2010 – January 24, 2011

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    February 4, 2010 - Alliance Implementation Team Meeting
    June 1, 2010 - Alliance Implementation Team Meeting
    September 21, 2010 - Alliance Implementation Team Meeting

    In addition to this formal meeting, the Alliance Coordinators from each organization, including Scott Schneider and Brad Sant, spoke regularly with Todd Briggs to discuss and plan the activities of the Alliance.

  3. Results
    1. Products and Events

      Outreach and Communication Goals

      • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop and disseminate information through print and electronic media, including electronic assistance tools and links from OSHA's, NIOSH's and The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners members' Web sites.

        Internal Traffic Control Plans Brochure

        The Alliance promoted and distributed copies of the “Internal Traffic Control Plans” brochure, which provides constructive steps for controlling the flow of motor vehicles within a construction work site. The brochure, developed through the concluded OSHA and Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition Alliance, is posted to the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse Web site and linked to from the OSHA and The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners Alliance Web page on the OSHA Web site.   

        The OSHA and The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners Alliance Web Page

        The OSHA and The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners Alliance Web page on the OSHA Web site continues to be updated with information on the Alliance, including products and resources, activities and events, and milestones and successes. 

        National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse Web Site

        The National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse Web site continues to be updated with products developed through the OSHA Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners Alliance and the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable, including slide presentations, safety tips sheets, and toolbox talks.   

        Publications and Newsletters

        Information and news releases on the activities of the OSHA and The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners Alliance have appeared in a number of publications, including OSHA’s Alliance Quarterly Review (AQR). Please see the chart in this report under "Alliance Program Reach" for additional information.

        OSHA Safety and Health Topics Pages

        Representatives from the Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners Alliance are serving on the editorial board of OSHA’s Highway Work Zones and Signs, Signals, and Barricades Safety and Health Topics page on the OSHA Web site.

      • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's, NIOSH's or The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners' conferences, local meetings, or other events such as the Public Works Association meetings.

        World of Asphalt/Traffic Management and Work Zone Safety Conference, February 16-18, 2010, Cincinnati, Ohio

        Representatives from The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners Alliance and OSHA Region V staffed an Alliance Program exhibit booth at the World of Asphalt/Traffic Management and Work Zone Safety Conference, February 16-18, 2010, in Cincinnati, Ohio. A representative from the OSHA also delivered a presentation focusing on safety and health issues in the construction industry.

        2010 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, May 2-8, 2010

        On May 2-8, 2010, the Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners Alliance and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported 2010 NAOSH Week. Sponsored annually by the American Association of Safety Engineers, an Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. The theme for 2010 was "Mission NAOSH 2010: Safe Workplaces." 

      • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners and through OSHA or The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, lectures (or any other applicable forum).

        National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 19-23, 2010, Manhattan, New York, “Work Zones Need Your Undivided Attention”

        The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners Alliance supported National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 19-23, 2010. The Week, which was launched by the New York Department of Transportation on April 19 in Manhattan, New York, provided the Alliance an opportunity to disseminate work zone-related safety and outreach materials. The theme for the week was “Work Zones Need Your Undivided Attention.”

      • Promote and encourage The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition members' and their affiliates' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, Consultation and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

        During this evaluation period, no products or resources have been developed to meet this Alliance goal.

      • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects on work zone safety and health issues that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

        Prevention of Strains, Sprains, and Material Handling Injuries in
        Construction

        Through the Alliance Program Construction Roundtable, members of the Roadway Work Safety and Health Partners Alliance Implementation Team provided feedback on a slide presentation focusing on the prevention of strains and sprains, and material handling in the construction industry. The slide presentation was finalized in July 2010 and posted to the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse Web site and linked to from the Construction Roundtable Alliance Web page on the OSHA Web site.   

        Sprains and Strains Prevention Toolbox Safety Talk

        Through the Alliance Program Construction Roundtable, members of the Roadway Work Safety and Health Partners Alliance Implementation Team provided feedback on a toolbox talk focusing on the prevention of strains and sprains in the construction industry. The toolbox talk was finalized in July 2010 and posted to the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse Web site and linked to from the Construction Roundtable Alliance Web page on the OSHA Web site.   

        Construction Workplace Design Solutions

        Through the Alliance Program Construction Roundtable, members of the Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners Alliance Implementation Team provided feedback on a series of Construction Workplace Design Solutions, which focus on design solutions to help prevent falls in the construction industry, including:

        • Falls From Roof Edge
        • Falls From Floor Openings 
        • Falls From Non-Moving Vehicles 
        • Roof Hatch Access and Hole Protection
        • Specify Non-Fragile Skylights and/or Skylight Guards 
        • Specify Sufficient Wall Height to Allow Parapets to Function as Fall Prevention
        The products were finalized in May 2010 and posted to the Design for Construction Web site and linked to from the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable Web page on the OSHA Web site.

      Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health Goals

      • Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health and publicize their results.
        During this evaluation period, products have been initiated but not completed to meet this Alliance goal.

      • Convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on work zone safety and health issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

        OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable Meeting, Department of Labor, July 29, 2010, Washington, DC

        On July 29, 2010, representatives from The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners Alliance participated in the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable meeting in Washington, D.C. During the meeting, Alliance Program participants discussed products developed through the Roundtable, including the Construction Workplace Design Solutions, and identified potential projects and compliance assistance resources to help address safety and health hazards in the construction industry.

    2. Executive Summary

      The OSHA and The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners Alliance continues to work together to provide the roadway work zone industry and others with information, guidance and access to training resources that help protect workers from roadway work zone safety and health hazards. For example, members of the Implementation Team participated in the Alliance Program Construction Roundtable meetings and provided feedback and promoted a number of products, including the Construction Workplace Design Solutions, safety tips sheets, slide presentation, and a toolbox talk focusing on the prevention of strains and sprains in the construction industry.

      Representatives from the Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners delivered safety and health presentations at a number of conferences and meetings, including the World of Asphalt/Traffic Management and Work Zone Safety Conference, February 16-18, 2010, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Representatives from the Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners Alliance also staffed an Alliance program exhibit booth and disseminated safety and health outreach materials at the event. 

      OSHA and The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners worked together to support and promote a number of national outreach campaigns in 2010, including NAOSH Week and National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week.  

      In addition, representatives from the Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners Alliance Implementation Team shared their work zone safety and health expertise by serving on the editorial board of OSHA’s Highway Work Zones and Signs, Signals, and Barricades Safety and Health Topics Page.
      Further, the Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners continued to update and disseminate the Roadway Work Zone Awareness Training Program, the “Internal Traffic Control Plans” brochure, and other construction-related outreach products and resources developed through the Alliance Program to workers in the construction industry.

      Lastly, the OSHA and Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners Alliance Web page and the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse Web site were updated with Alliance-related products and information such as news releases, annual reports and milestones and successes.

    3. Alliance Program Reach

      Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
      OSHA and The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners Alliance Web Page 5,721
      OSHA Highway Work Zones and Signs, Signals, and Barricades Safety and Health Topics Page 23,282
      National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse Web Site Data Not Available

      February 16-18, 2010, World of Asphalt/Traffic Management and Work Zone Safety Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio

      Exhibit
      Data Not Available

      April 19-23, 2010, National Work Zone Awareness Week,  Manhattan, New York - “Work Zones Need Your Undivided Attention”

      Outreach
      Data Not Available

      June 30, 201, “Construction Roundtable Develops Fall Prevention Design Solutions”

      Alliance Quarterly Review
      Data Not Available
      July 29, 2010, OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable Meeting 45

      September 30, 2010, “Alliance Program Construction Roundtable Releases Two New Products”

      Alliance Quarterly Review
      Data Not Available
      Total 29,048
  4. Upcoming Milestones

    To build on the success of the Alliance’s first four years, the OSHA and The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners Alliance will be working on a number of projects and activities. For example, members of the Alliance Implementation Team will continue to participate in the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable meetings to develop compliance assistance and outreach materials for employers and workers in construction, including providing feedback on the Construction Workplace Design Solutions for architects, designers, building engineers, and others.

    Members of the Alliance Implementation Team will also be speaking at a number of conferences and meetings to promote the Alliance, including   
    the World of Concrete, January 24-27, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Through the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable, the Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners Alliance will provide feedback on tips sheets for employers and workers focusing on the prevention of strains and sprains, and material handling in the construction industry. The tips sheets will be finalized in February 2011 and posted to the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse Web site and linked to from the Construction Roundtable Alliance Web page on the OSHA Web site.  

    Further, the Alliance will work to also finalize the highway work zone fatality case studies focusing on runovers/backovers and blind spots and an outreach document focusing on high visibility apparel. 

    In addition, the OSHA and The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners Alliance is joining with other Alliance Program participants, such as the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the Independent Electrical Contractors, and the American Heart Association, to promote and support 2011 NAOSH Week, May 1-7, “Celebrating a Century of Safety.” The Alliance will also support and promote other national outreach campaigns in 2011 such as National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week, Worker Memorial Day, and OSHA initiative focusing on heat illness prevention and distracted driving. 

    Alliance representatives will continue to serve on the editorial board of the Agency’s Highway Work Zones and Signs, Signals, Barricades Safety and Health Topics page and review and provide feedback on OSHA-developed outreach products focusing on roadway work zones.

    Lastly, OSHA and members of The Roadway Work Zone Alliance will work to renew the cooperative agreement in the fall of 2011.

Report prepared by: Todd Briggs, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, February 6, 2012.