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ALLIANCE REPORT

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the
Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners Alliance

September 9, 2016

I. Alliance Background

  1. Date Signed

    January 25, 2007

  2. Dates Renewed

    September 11, 2009
    April 19, 2012
    December 17, 2015

  3. Evaluation Period

    January 25, 2012 – January 24, 2016

  4. Overview

    The OSHA and Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners Alliance focuses on providing members, and others, with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help to protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by working to reduce and prevent workplace incidents and prevent worker exposures to runover/backover hazards, struck-by, excessive noise, and sprains and strains, as well as illnesses associated with silica exposure.

  5. Implementation Team Members

    OSHA

    Todd Briggs Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA), Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs
    Eric Kampert Office of Construction Services (OCS), Directorate of Construction (DOC)
    Michael Payne OCS, DOC
    Danezza Quintero OCS, DOC

    NIOSH

    David Fosbroke Division of Safety Research

    The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partner:

    Kevin Cannon Associated General Contractors of America (AGC)
    Brian Deery AGC
    Daniel Glucksman International Safety Equipment Association
    Walter Jones Laboerers' International Union of North America (LIUNA)
    John J. LeConche LIUNA Training and Education Fund
    Omar Lopez American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA)
    Howard Marks National Asphalt Pavement Association
    Travis Parsons LIUNA
    Emmett Russell International Union of Operating Enginers
    Brad Sant ARTBA
    Scott Schneider LIUNA

    Guest

    Martha Kapitanov Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation

II. Implementation Team Meetings

  • June 28, 2012
  • November 8, 2012
  • March 14, 2013
  • April 17, 2014
  • September 23, 2014
  • January 22, 2015
  • May 28, 2015
  • November 10, 2015

In addition to these formal meetings, the respective Alliance coordinators from each group maintained regular contact throughout the reporting period to monitor the Alliance’s progress and results.

III. Results

The following table summarizes the Alliance’s activities in support of the goals in the Alliance agreement.


Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives Goal 1: To share information on OSHA’s National Emphasis Programs (NEP), Regulatory Agenda, and opportunities to participate in the rulemaking process.

Activity Type

Activity Name/Summary

OSHA Initiative Supported

Number Reached

Dissemination OSHA's Prevention of Falls Campaign
  • The Alliance supported OSHA's national outreach campaign focusing on the prevention of falls in construction since 2013, the beginning of the campaign. Members of the Alliance conducted safety stand-downs, promoted the campaign on its Website and in publications, and helped to disseminate safety and health outreach materials (available in English/Spanish) to employers and workers focusing on the prevention of falls in construction.
Falls; General Industry; Hispanic/Latino Outreach Unknown
OSHA's Prevention of Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers Campaign
  • The Alliance supported OSHA's national outreach campaign focusing on the prevention of heat illness in outdoor workers since 2012, the beginning of the campaign. The theme for the Week is "Water. Rest. Shade." Members of the Alliance promoted the campaign on its Website and in publications, and helped to disseminate safety and health outreach materials (available in English/Spanish) to employers and workers focusing on the prevention of heat illness in outdoor workers.
Heat; Hispanic/Latino Outreach Unknown
National Work Zone Awareness Week
  • The Alliance supported National Work Zone Awareness Week, each year of the report evaluation period. Members of the Alliance contributed in the planning of the events, promoted the Week, disseminated campaign-related outreach materials (available in English/Spanish), including factsheets and promotional posters, to workers, employers, and attended the campaign national kick-off events.
    • National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 23-27, 2012 – "Don't Barrel Through Work Zones! Drive Smart to Arrive Alive"
    • National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 15-19, 2013 – "Work Zone Safety: We're All In This Together"
    • National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 7-11, 2014 – "Work Zone Speeding: A Costly Mistake"
    • National Work Zone Awareness Week, March 23-27, 2015 – "Expect the Unexpected"
Construction; Transportation; Hispanic/Latino 350,000
Dissemination North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week
  • The Alliance supported and promoted North American Occupational Safety and Health Week each year during the evaluation period. The Alliance promoted the Week with a link to the Campaign Website from the National Roadway Work Zone Information Clearinghouse Website. Members of the Alliance also attended the ASSE-sponsored national kick-off events.
General Industry; Construction Unknown

Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives Goal 2: To disseminate information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.

Activity Type

Activity Name/Summary

OSHA Initiative Supported

Number Reached

Dissemination OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives
  • During the evaluation period, the Alliance disseminated information on occupational safety and health laws and standards, including the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers, and encouraged members to comment on OSHA proposed rules (e.g. cranes, silica) and a request for information focusing on runovers/backovers in the construction industry.
Construction 350,000
 

Outreach and Communication Goal 1: To develop information such as toolbox talks and best practices documents on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA's, NIOSH's, and The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners members' websites) to employers and workers in the industry.

Activity Type

Activity Name/Summary

OSHA Initiative Supported

Number Reached

Product InfoGraphic
  • Through the Alliance, the group developed a one-page InfoGraphic outreach document focusing on the causes of roadway work zone fatalities. The Alliance disseminated the outreach document at Alliance member meetings and conferences. The document, finalized in May 2015, is also posted to the National Work Zone Information Clearinghouse Website.
Construction; Transportation; Hispanic/Latino Outreach 400,000
 

Outreach and Communication Goal 2: To 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 ARTBA's roadway work zone conference.

Activity Type

Activity Name/Summary

OSHA Initiative Supported

Number Reached

Conference Conference and Meetings
  • Through the Alliance, OSHA was invited to participate in, and deliver construction-related safety and health updates at Alliance-member conference and meetings.
    • ARTBA POWER (virtual) Workshop, September 2013
    • AGC Safety Committee Meeting, June 15-17, 2014, Washington, DC
    • AGC Safety and Health Conference, March 18-20, 2015, Puerto Rico
    • World of Asphalt Conference, March 24, 2015, Baltimore, MD
Construction 800
OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable
  • Alliance representatives participated in the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable meetings at the Department of Labor. During the meetings, the participants received updates from OSHA, NIOSH, and other Roundtable attendees. The Roundtable also developed products, identified projects, and disseminated outreach and compliance assistance resources in an effort to better protect the safety and health of workers in the construction industry.
Construction/ Fall Prevention/ Hispanic/Latino Workers 280
 

Outreach and Communication Goal 3: To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding new technologies in construction and effective best practices for conducting work safely (e.g., The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners roadway work zone access and egress good practices, or other effective approaches) through training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum) developed by the participants.

Activity Type

Activity Name/Summary

OSHA Initiative Supported

Number Reached

Training Roadway Work Zone Best Practices
  • During the evaluation period, the Roadway Work Zone Alliance worked with OSHA, including the Directorate of Construction, to begin planning delivery of a proposed training session for OSHA national office staff focusing on emerging trends/issues, including the use of new technologies in the construction industry. The training will potentially be delivered in the spring of 2017.
Construction

Outreach and Communication Goal 4: To develop and disseminate case studies for preventing such hazards as runovers/backovers, noise exposure, and sprains/strains in roadway work zones.

Activity Type

Activity Name/Summary

OSHA Initiative Supported

Number Reached

Product Work Zone Death Reports
  • Through the Alliance, the group developed three Work Zone Death Reports (case studies) focusing on worker fatalities in highway work zones. The Spanish version of the case studies were finalized and posted to the National Work Zone Information Clearinghouse Web site in March 2015.
Construction; Transportation; Hispanic/Latino Outreach 350,000
Product Video Case Studies – Roadway Work Zone Fatalities
  • Members of the Alliance reviewed and provided feedback on numerous animated short video case studies (available in English/Spanish) focusing on fatalities in roadway work zones. The videos, developed by ARTBA, focus on numerous construction-related topics, including night work, access/agrees, and runovers/backovers.
Construction; Transportation; Hispanic/Latino Outreach 350,000
 

TOTAL

 

 

More than 1,800,000

IV. Upcoming Milestones

In the upcoming year, the OSHA and Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners will continue to grow, and the Alliance Implementation Team will undertake a number of activities and projects in an effort to meet the goals of the agreement. For example, the Alliance will work to develop outreach products and materials, including case studies focusing on worker fatalities in highway work zones. The Alliance will support OSHA’s national outreach initiative focusing on the prevention of falls in construction, including conducting stand-down events during the annual National Safety Stand-Down Week. The Alliance will also support and promote National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week, April 3-7, 2017.

The Alliance will actively participate in the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable to discuss a number of construction-related safety and health issues, including silica, safety and health management systems, and the prevention of falls. The Roundtable will also potentially work with CPWR to address issues focusing on how to better effectively reach small construction contractor, and noise-related hazards within the construction industry.

The Alliance will potentially deliver educational overview training for OSHA national office staff focusing on a number of construction-related emerging issues and trends, including the use of new technologies to help keep workers safe in the construction industry.

Finally, the Alliance will continue to promote the activities and outreach products developed by OSHA and the Alliance through the Roadway Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse Website, which is linked to from the OSHA and Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners Webpage on the OSHA Website.

Report prepared by: Todd Briggs, Program Analyst, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, September 9, 2016.

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