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ALLIANCE REPORT

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

March 9, 2017


  1. 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, 2016 – January 24, 2017

    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 Laborers' 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
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • April 14, 2016
    • October 25, 2016
    • December 15, 2016

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

  3. 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/Training OSHA's Prevention of Falls Campaign
    • The Alliance supported OSHA’s 2016 national outreach campaign focusing on the prevention of falls in construction. 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

    450,000

    Dissemination OSHA's Prevention of Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers Campaign
    • The Alliance supported OSHA’s 2016 national outreach campaign focusing on the prevention of heat illness in outdoor workers. The theme for the campaign - “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

    450,000

    Dissemination National Work Zone Awareness Week
    • The Alliance supported National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 11-15, 2016. The theme for the Week was "Don't Be THAT Driver. Get Home Safely. Everyday." The Alliance also contributed in the planning of the national kick-off event, promoted the Week, and disseminated campaign-related outreach materials (available in English/Spanish), including factsheets and promotional posters, to workers and employers.
    Construction; Transportation; Hispanic/Latino

    50,000

     

    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

    Unknown

     

    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

    Products New Construction Employee Safety Orientation Checklist
    • Through the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable, LHSFNA coordinated the development of the “New Construction Employee Safety Orientation Checklist,” which is intended to be used by construction employers as minimum guidelines to conduct a site safety and health orientation for all new employees, including temporary workers and subcontractor employees. The Alliance disseminated the outreach document at Alliance member meetings and conferences. The document is also posted to the National Work Zone Information Clearinghouse Website.

    Proposed Strategies to More Effectively Reach Small Contractors in Residential Construction White Paper

    • Through the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable, the Alliance contributed in the development of the “Proposed Strategies to More Effectively Reach Small Contractors in Residential Construction White Paper.” The paper focuses on proposed strategies on how the safety and health community can more effectively reach the small contractor in residential construction.
    Construction; Hispanic/Latino Outreach

    Unknown

     

    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

    Event Through the Alliance, OSHA delivered construction-related safety and health updates at Alliance-member conference and meetings:
    • AGC Safety and Health Conference,
      January 20-22, 2016,
      Glendale, Arizona
    • AGC Safety Committee Meeting,
      June 15-17, 2016,
      Washington, DC
    • ARTBA POWER (virtual) Workshop,
      September 10, 2016
    Construction/Fall Prevention/ Hispanic/Latino Workers

    800

    Event OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable
    • Roadway Work Zone 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. Meeting Dates:

    • March 24, 2016
    • September 29, 2016
    Construction/ Fall Prevention/ Hispanic/Latino Workers

    70

     

    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

    Not applicable

     

    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 Video Case Studies – Roadway Work Zone Fatalities
    • Members of the Alliance reviewed and provided feedback on animated short video case studies (available in English/Spanish) focusing on fatalities in roadway work zones. The videos, developed by ARTBA and posted to the National Work Zone Information Clearinghouse Website, focus on numerous construction-related topics, including night work, access/agrees, and runovers/backovers.
    Construction; Transportation; Hispanic/Latino Outreach

    3,500

     

    TOTAL

     

     

    954,370

  4. 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 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 campaigns/initiatives focusing on the prevention of falls in construction, including conducting stand-down events during the annual National Safety Stand-Down Week; and the prevention of heat illness in outdoor workers. 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 work with CPWR (and others) to address how to better effectively reach small construction contractors, and possibly noise-related hazards within the construction industry. OSHA staff will also deliver Agency updates at a number of safety and conferences, including the AGC Safety and Health Conference, July 19-21, 2017, in Denver, Colorado.

    The Alliance will also 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, March 9, 2017.

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