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September 12, 2013

The following Alliance representatives participated in the Alliance Program Construction Roundtable Meeting:

  • American Industrial Hygiene Association
  • American Pipeline Contractors Association
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc.
  • International Window Cleaners Association
  • Lamar Outdoor Advertising
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • National Association of Women in Construction
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • National Safety Council
  • Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners (AGC, ARTBA, LHSFNA)

Through its Alliance Program, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration brought together the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and industry and labor representatives from construction-related Alliances on September 12 to exchange best practices and learn agency updates. Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, topped the agenda and announced the publication of OSHA's proposed rule for crystalline silica in the federal register. "As leaders of the industry containing the majority of workers exposed to silica, your participation is essential to curbing overexposure to respirable silica. This proposed rule is long overdue, and by making consistent the permissible exposure limits in construction with that of general industry and updating their 40 year old levels, we bring protections into the 21st century." He and staff from OSHA's Directorate of Construction outlined the elements of the proposed rule and its potential positive impact on worker safety and health in the construction industry. OSHA shared information on other initiatives germane to the construction industry, such as the isocyanates national emphasis program, recent and planned changes to construction crane standards, and outreach on heat, fall prevention, and temporary workers. Brandenburg Industrial Services, a full-service demolition company and OSHA Voluntary Protection Program participant, discussed its training techniques and other best practices for integrating temporary workers at worksites. NIOSH provided information about its activities related to green jobs, prevention through design, and publications, including their free ladder app. Participants also had an opportunity to share their effort to promote and support OSHA's heat and fall prevention campaigns. To identify ways to continue this work, participants broke into small groups to brainstorm ways to support agency efforts on temporary workers.

March 28, 2013

The following Alliance representatives participated in the Alliance Program Construction Roundtable Meeting:

  • American Pipeline Contractors Association
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • American Wind Energy Association
  • Associated General Contractors of America
  • Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc.
  • Lamar Outdoor Advertising
  • National Hearing Conservation Association
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • National Safety Council
  • Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners
  • Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute
  • Scaffold & Access Industry Association

During the March 28, 2013 meeting, Jordan Barab, Deputy Assistant Secretary for OSHA, addressed the group and shared remarks regarding OSHA's activities and priorities related to the construction industry, including information on OSHA's national outreach campaigns focusing heat illness prevention for outdoor workers and the prevention of falls in construction. The group received updates from OSHA's Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, Directorate of Construction, and Directorate of Standards and Guidance, including updates on a number of other topics, including rulemaking, such as hazard communication, injury and illness prevention program, silica, and walking working surfaces and personal fall protection. Attendees also provided Alliance Program participant-related updates focusing on their respective projects and activities and provided feedback on several Construction Roundtable products and projects, including the draft Design Workplace Solutions, draft Design for Safety short course, and products focusing on hearing conservation. Through the Alliance Program, more than 450 safety and health outreach products have been developed, many of which are available in Spanish, including outreach materials addressing the prevention of falls in construction. During the meeting, the roundtable also established a workgroup to discuss ideas on how to implement injury and illness prevention programs within the construction industry.

September 27, 2012

The following Alliance representatives participated in the Alliance Program Construction Roundtable Meeting:

  • American Industrial Hygiene Association
  • American Pipeline Contractors Association
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • American Wind Energy Association
  • Associated General Contractors of America 
  • Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc.
  • International Window Cleaners Association
  • Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America
  • Lamar Outdoor Advertising
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • National Hearing Conservation Association
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • National Safety Council
  • Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute
  • Scaffold & Access Industry Association

During the meeting on September 27, 2012, Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary for OSHA, addressed the group and shared remarks regarding OSHA's activities and priorities related to the construction industry, including information on OSHA's national outreach campaigns focusing on the prevention of falls in construction and heat illness prevention for outdoor workers. Dr. Michaels also shared the preliminary BLS workplace fatality data. The group also received updates from OSHA’s Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs and the Directorate of Construction, including an overview of industry-related upcoming rulemaking. Attendees also provided Alliance Program participant-related updates focusing on their respective projects and activities. The group also provided feedback on several Construction Roundtable-developed products, including the draft Design for Constriction Safety Short Course, and draft products focusing on hearing conservation in the construction industry.

March 8, 2012

The following Alliance representatives participated in the Alliance Program Construction Roundtable Meeting:

  • American Fire Sprinkler Association
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • American Wind Energy Association
  • Associated General Contractors of America
  • Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc.
  • Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America
  • National Hearing Conservation Association
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • National Safety Council
  • Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute
  • Scaffold & Access Industry Association

During the March 8, 2012 meeting, Jordan Barab, Deputy Assistant Secretary for OSHA, addressed the group and shared remarks regarding OSHA's activities and priorities related to the construction industry, including information on OSHA's revision to its Hazard Communication Standard. OSHA and NIOSH staff provided an overview of the national outreach campaign focusing on the prevention of falls in construction. The group received updates from OSHA's Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, Directorate of Construction, and Directorate of Standards and Guidance, including an overview of OSHA's national outreach campaign focusing on heat illness prevention. Attendees also provided an Alliance Program participant-related updates focusing on their respective projects and activities and provided feedback on several Construction Roundtable products and projects, including the draft Design Workplace Solutions, and products focusing on hearing conservation.

September 20, 2011

The following Alliance representatives participated in the Alliance Program Construction Roundtable Meeting:

  • American Fire Sprinkler Association
  • American Road and Transportation Builders Association
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • American Wind Energy Association
  • Association of Equipment Manufacturers
  • Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc.
  • International Window Cleaners Association
  • Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America
  • National Asphalt Pavement Association
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • National Council of La Raza
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • National Safety Council
  • Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute
  • Washington Division of URS Corporation

During the September 21, 2011, meeting, Jordan Barab, Deputy Assistant Secretary for OSHA, addressed the group and shared remarks regarding OSHA's activities and priorities related to the construction industry. Debbie Berkowitz, Chief of Staff for OSHA, solicited feedback from the attendees regarding OSHA's Heat Illness Prevention Campaign. The group received updates from OSHA's Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, Directorate of Construction, and Directorate of Standards and Guidance, an overview of OSHA Construction-related videos, information from Alliance Program participant National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) on their low-literacy study and their recent Prevention Through Design Conference, and received feedback from Alliance Program Participant National Council of La Raza (NCLR) affiliate chapters about workforce development client needs related to workplace safety and health information. Attendees also discussed and provided feedback on several Construction Roundtable products and projects including additional Design Workplace Solutions. The six previously developed Design Workplace Solutions, as well as other products developed through the Construction Roundtable, are available on the OSHA Alliance Program Web page.

Roundtable Presentation:

  • A Systematic Approach to Using Illustrations in NIOSH Materials for Workers: A Demonstration Project [PDF* - 2 MB]. NIOSH, Office of Health Communication (2011, September 2011).
    • Materials Development: Illustrations Testing Summary Report [PDF* - 8 KB]. NIOSH, Office of Health Communication (2011, June).

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February 17, 2011

The following Alliance representatives participated in the Alliance Program Construction Roundtable Meeting:

  • American Fire Sprinkler Association
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association
  • American Pipeline Contractors Association
  • American Road and Transportation Builders Association
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Associated General Contractors of North America
  • Association of Equipment Manufacturers
  • Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association
  • Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc.
  • Laborers' International Union of North America
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • National Hearing Conservation Association
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • National Safety Council
  • Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners
  • Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute
  • Washington Division of URS Corporation

During the meeting, Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA, thanked the Alliance Program participants for their support of the Program and provided information on OSHA's 40th anniversary celebration and numerous safety and health initiatives, including rulemaking efforts and enhanced enforcement activities. The OSHA Directorate of Construction staff provided an update on topics including the Agency's proposed rulemaking focusing on underground construction and demolition and the Cranes and Derricks in Construction Final Rule and related outreach products. Staff from the OSHA Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP) provided information on the Alliance Program, State Plans, OSHA's follow-up activities to the 2010 National Action Summit for Latino Worker Safety and Health, Voluntary Protection Programs, 2011 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, and the Electrical Transmission and Distribution Strategic Partnership that was renewed on January 25, 2011. DCSP staff also provided an update on small business assistance-related resources such as the Agency's On-site Consultation Program, enhanced small business-related Web pages, and updated and new success stories. In addition, participants received information on the Agency's initiatives focusing on distracted driving and the prevention of heat stress, proposed rulemaking on crystalline silica and Injury and Illness Prevention Programs (I2P2), and the new Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP). CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training delivered a presentation focusing on their Electronic Library of Construction Occupational Safety and Health (eLCOSH) and other construction-related resources available in English and Spanish. Finally, the group discussed the draft Construction Workplace Design Solutions (CWDS) focused on the prevention of falls in the construction industry and approved a new CWDS template. The participants agreed to update the six existing CWDSs on the OSHA Web site to conform with the new format and to draft additional products prior to the next Roundtable meeting at the Department of Labor in September/October 2011.

Roundtable Presentation:

  • CPWR - Free Spanish-Language Information Available Online [PPT* - 3 MB]

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July 29, 2010

The following Alliance representatives participated in the Joint Fall Protection and Design for Safety and Workgroup Meeting:

  • American Fire Sprinkler Association
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association
  • American Pipeline Contractors Association
  • American Road and Transportation Builders Association
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Associated General Contractors of North America
  • Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc.
  • International Window Cleaning Association
  • Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • National Hearing Conservation Association
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • National Safety Council
  • Safe Tank Alliance
  • Scaffold Industry Association
  • Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute
  • Washington Division of URS Corporation

During the meeting, Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA, thanked the Alliance Program participants for their support of the Program and provided information on numerous OSHA safety and health initiatives, including rulemaking efforts and enhanced enforcement activities. The OSHA Directorate of Construction staff provided an update on a number of topics, including information on the Agency's Cranes and Derricks in Construction Final Rule and outreach products, such as QuickCards and guidance documents, currently in development. The OSHA Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs staff provided additional updates, including information on the revised Alliance Program participant criteria, State Plans, OSHA's Latino outreach efforts, and small business assistance-related resources, such as the Agency's On-site Consultation Program and enhanced Web pages. CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training delivered a presentation focusing on green jobs in the construction industry and their available research resources. The group agreed to invite a representative from CPWR to deliver an overview of their Electronic Library of Construction Occupational Safety and Health (eLCOSH). Finally, the group discussed the Roundtable-developed Construction Workplace Design Solutions which focus on the prevention of falls in the construction industry and a slide presentation addressing material handling. The Roundtable participants agreed to develop a template to be used in the development of additional Design Solutions that will be drafted prior to the next Roundtable meeting in early 2011.

November 19, 2009

The following Alliance representatives participated in the Joint Fall Protection and Design for Safety and Workgroup Meeting:

  • American Fire Sprinkler Association
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association
  • American Pipeline Contractors Association
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Associated General Contractors of America
  • Association of Equipment Manufacturers
  • Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association
  • Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc.
  • Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • National Safety Council
  • Scaffold Industry Association
  • Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute

During the meeting, Jordan Barab, then-Acting Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA, thanked the Alliance Program participants for their support of the Program provided information on a number of the Agency's safety and health initiatives, including the National Action Summit on Latino Worker Health and Safety, April 14-15, 2009, in Houston, Texas, and OSHA's rulemaking efforts. The group received an update from the Directorate of Construction. The meeting also featured a presentation from the Center to Protect Worker Rights on their resources. OSHA staff presented on safety and health related to Green Jobs with an emphasis on wind energy and health and safety concerns with the use of spray polyurethane foam and isocyanates. In addition, Roundtable-developed product focusing on material handling and designing for safety in construction were reviewed and discussed by the Roundtable participants. The Roundtable participants agreed to develop ten design for safety case studies in the coming months. Finally, the group agreed to meet twice a year and to discontinue the separate Fall Protection and Design for Safety Workgroups and instead focus more broadly on safety and health issues and trends in the construction industry.

Roundtable Presentations:

  • Green Jobs Update: One Perspective [PPT* - 5 MB]
  • Considerations for Safe Use of Isocyanates and Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) [PPT* - 1 MB]

February 24, 2009

The following Alliance representatives participated in the Joint Fall Protection and Design for Safety and Workgroup Meeting:

  • American Fire Sprinkler Association
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association
  • American Pipeline Contractors Association
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association
  • Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc.
  • Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America
  • National Construction Safety Executives
  • National Fire Protection Association
  • National Home Builders Association
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

During the meeting, the group discussed common construction-related interests and received updates on outreach campaigns, including the American Society of Safety Engineer's (ASSE) 2009 North American Occupational Safety and Health Week and the Department of Labor's Teen Summer Job Safety Campaign. The group also received an update from OSHA's Directorate of Construction (DOC), including information on the Advisory Committee for Construction Safety and Health meeting, Susan Harwood Training Grants and OSHA proposed rules, such as the Cranes and Derricks and Confined Space in Construction. DOC also provided an update on the construction-related products being developed such as QuickCards and guidance documents focusing on skylights, night work and electrical safety. ASSE provided an update on the Design for Safety 2-4 Hour Course, the posting of the "Prevention of Fall Fatalities and Injuries in Construction" slide presentation and an upcoming "Safety in Design" Webinar to be offered in July 2009. The "Strains, Sprains and Material Handling" Subgroup provided a draft copy of the "Prevention of Strains, Sprains and Material Handling Injuries in Construction" slide presentation and the "Strains and Sprains Prevention Toolbox Safety Talk" for the group to review and provide feedback. The Subgroup also provided draft copies of the material handling-related safety tips sheets for review and feedback. The "Case Study and Success Story" Subgroup provided draft copies on case studies focusing on designing for safety when working around skylights and parapets. NIOSH presented an update on the Agency's Prevention Through Design (PtD) initiative and how the Roundtable can help support the concept. An overview of a proposed campaign focusing design for safety (DFS) and fall protection issues in the construction industry was presented as a possible future Roundtable project. Lastly, OSHA provided an overview of the Agency's Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP), including information about a program changes and two new ways to participate in VPP: Mobile Workforce and Corporate. OSHA plans to hold the next Joint DFS and Fall Protection Workgroup meeting in the fall of 2009 to review and finalize draft compliance assistance products and to identify other projects and activities to be pursued during the winter of 2009/2010.

September 18, 2008

The following Alliance representatives participated in the Joint Design for Safety and Fall Protection Workgroup Meeting:

  • American Industrial Hygiene Association
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association
  • Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc.
  • Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • National Construction Safety Executives
  • National Fire Protection Association
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • National Safety Council
  • Scaffold Industry Association
  • Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute

During the meeting, the group discussed common construction-related interests and further refined the promising project ideas developed at the January 2008 Alliance Program Construction Roundtable. The group received updates on the "Design for Construction Safety 2-4 Hour Course," Design for Construction Safety Web Site, and the OSHA 10-Hour Outreach Training Program for Design Engineers. The group also reviewed and provided feedback on the draft "Prevention of Fall Fatalities and Injuries in Construction" slide presentation, received an update on the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's (NIOSH) Prevention Through Design (PtD) initiative, and discussed a White Paper on a proposed national public awareness outreach campaign focusing on fatalities in the construction industry. In addition, the group formed two new subgroups. The first subgroup will focus on strains/sprains and material handling. The second subgroup will develop case studies and success stories related to design for safety and falls in construction industry. OSHA will work with the group to identify a date for the next OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable Joint Design for Safety and Fall Protection and Workgroup meeting in March 2009.

April 22, 2008

The following Alliance representatives participated in the Joint Design for Safety and Fall Protection Workgroup Meeting:

  • American Industrial Hygiene Association
  • American Road and Transportation Builders Association
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Association of Equipment Manufacturers
  • Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association
  • Construction Institute - American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc.
  • Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • National Safety Council
  • Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Partners Alliance
  • Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute

During the meeting, the group discussed a number of initiatives, including enhancing the fall protection slide presentation with a design for safety component and information on residential falls. The group also began working on an outline for a new "Design for Fall Prevention and Protection" slide presentation focusing on the top 10 most frequented falls. The presentation, targeted to designers and business owners, would include information on making the business case for safety and health and construction-related fatalities, the reason or problem that caused the fall, and recommended design changes or solutions to help prevent the fall. In addition, the group discussed a potential national awareness outreach campaign focusing on fatalities in the construction industry targeted to the public, employees, general contractors with a special emphasis on business owners and designers. OSHA provided an update on other national outreach campaigns, including OSHA's Teen Summer Job Safety Campaign and 2008 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. OSHA also reported that the Alliance Program Construction Roundtable Design for Safety Workgroup formed a Subgroup that is developing an OSHA 10-Hour Outreach Training Program for Design Engineers. The Subgroup has completed a draft outline for the training course. It will meet on May 20, 2008 at OSHA's Training Institute in Arlington Heights, Illinois to discuss the course curriculum; including a 90-minute module focusing on design for safety. According to OSHA, the Subgroup will work to finalize the course outline by May 31, 2008 and draft the training program's curriculum for the Design for Safety Workgroup's review by December 2008. ASSE provided an update on the delivery of the "Design for Construction Safety 2-4 Hour Course," including Kentucky's Second Annual Conference on Construction Safety on January 16, 2008 in Lexington, Kentucky; the ASSE St. Louis Chapter Professional Development Conference (PDC) on March 7, 2008 in St. Louis, Missouri; and ASSE's June 2008 PDC in Las Vegas, Nevada. OSHA will work with the group to identify a date for the next Fall Protection Workgroup meeting in July 2008.

January 30, 2008

The following Alliance representatives participated in the Construction Roundtable on January 30, 2008:

  • ADSC: International Association of Foundation Drilling
  • American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)
  • Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)
  • Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association (CSDA)
  • Construction Institute - American Society of Civil Engineers (CI-ASCE)
  • Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc. (IEC)
  • Laborers Health and Safety Fund of North America (LHSFNA)
  • National Construction Safety Executives (NCSE)
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
  • National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
  • National Safety Council (NSC)
  • Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute (SWR Institute)
  • Washington Division of URS Corporation

On January 30, 2008, representatives from 13 construction-related Alliances participated in the second Alliance Program Construction Roundtable at DOL in Washington, DC to share information on Alliance-related activities from the construction industry-related Alliance Program participants, get updated on OSHA's construction-related activities, and identify potential Fall Protection and Design for Safety (DFS) and Workgroup projects to help address safety and health in the construction industry.

During the roundtable, Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., former-Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, thanked the Alliance Program participants for their commitment to develop construction-related safety and health outreach products and provided information on the Agency's 2008 Teen Summer Job Safety Campaign, which will again focus on the construction industry. Steven F. Witt, then-Director, Directorate of Construction, provided an update on a variety of construction-related concerns that the Directorate is addressing, including proposed rules focusing on cranes and derricks and confined spaces. In addition, products developed through the roundtables were highlighted by representatives of the DFS and Fall Protection Workgroups.

As an outcome of the roundtable, the DFS and Fall Protection Workgroups met on April 22, 2008 to discuss common construction-related interests and the promising project ideas developed at the roundtable meeting, such as conducting a national public awareness campaign focusing on construction safety; joint DFS and fall protection-related initiatives; and other suggested projects.

September 18, 2007

Representatives from the following Alliances are participating in the Design for Safety Workgroup:

  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association
  • Construction Institute - American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Laborers Health and Safety Fund of North America
  • National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
  • Washington Division of URS International (Formerly Washington Group International)

During the meeting, the workgroup identified different venues for presenting the "Fall Hazard Awareness for the Construction Industry" training course and determining ways it can be promoted and distributed through OSHA and by the Alliance Program and its participants. The workgroup also discussed promotion and distribution of the Toolbox Talks for Ladders that address issues such as "Do's and Don'ts of Using a Ladder", "Choosing the Right Ladder" and "Set-Up and Use of a Ladder." Lastly, the workgroup is updating the "Fall Protection" slide presentation that was developed by Valcourt Building Services; a member of the Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute.

September 12, 2007

Representatives from the following Alliances are participating in the Fall Protection Workgroup:

  • Sealant, Waterproofing and Restoration Institute
  • Independent Electrical Contractors
  • Washington Group International

During the meeting, the workgroup identified different venues for presenting the "Fall Hazard Awareness for the Construction Industry" training course and determining ways it can be promoted and distributed through OSHA and by the Alliance Program and its participants. The workgroup also discussed promotion and distribution of the Toolbox Talks for Ladders that address issues such as "Do's and Don'ts of Using a Ladder", "Choosing the Right Ladder" and "Set-Up and Use of a Ladder." Lastly, the workgroup is updating the "Fall Protection" slide presentation that was developed by Valcourt Building Services; a member of the Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute.

March 15, 2007

Representatives from the following Alliances are participating in the Fall Protection Workgroup:

  • Independent Electrical Contractors
  • Laborers Health and Safety Fund of North America
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • Sealant, Waterproofing and Restoration Institute
  • Sheet Metal and Air Conditioner Contractors National Association
  • Washington Division of URS Corporation (formerly Washington Group International)

During the meeting, the Fall Protection Workgroup distributed CDs that contained the "Fall Hazard Awareness for the Construction Industry" Training Course to the attendees. The Workgroup participants were encouraged to promote the training course through various means, including posting it on their organizations' Web sites. In addition, OSHA agreed to review the Spanish version of the SWRI's "Fall Protection" slide presentation and make edits based on the revised English version. SWRI will post the completed English and Spanish slide presentations on its Web site. The Workgroup also agreed to disseminate the presentations to their members and others in the construction industry. According to OSHA representatives, the agency's Fall Protection National Awareness Campaign will begin in Spring 2008; following the completion of the University of Tennessee's (UT) fall protection study. [NOTE: In April 2007, OSHA learned that the UT study was not funded for FY 2007. However, the study may be funded in FY 2008. As a result, the agency will not conduct the fall protection campaign in FY 2008.] Lastly, the Workgroup reviewed and provided additional comments on the draft ladder safety toolbox talks. OSHA will compile the tool's comments and forward them to the Workgroup for review in order to finalize the talks by the next Fall Protection Workgroup meeting.

February 21, 2007

Representatives from the following Alliances are participating in the Design for Safety Workgroup:

  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Construction Institute - American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Independent Electrical Contractors
  • National Electrical Contractors Association
  • National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
  • Washington Division of URS Corporation (formerly Washington Group International)

During the meeting, the Workgroup reported that the Design for Construction Safety slide presentation was delivered at the numerous events, including at the Construction Safety Conference on February 14, 2007 in Chicago, Illinois. In addition, the Design for Construction Safety Workshop proposal was accepted for presentation at the 2007 OSHA Consultation Program (OSHCON) Annual Conference scheduled for April 10-13, 2007 in Newport, Rhode Island. The Workgroup agreed to review the presentation and share any additional comments on the information during the next Workgroup meeting. Mike Toole reported that CI-ASCE is also continually updating the Design for Construction Safety Web site which includes the latest version of the Design for Construction Safety slide presentation. According to the NIOSH representatives, the Institute has scheduled a Prevention Through Design Workshop for July 9-11, 2007 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC. Through the Workshop, NIOSH hopes to raise awareness of design for safety materials that have been developed by industry and government agencies. The Workshop's second day will include breakout sessions by industry sector, including construction, and NIOSH will invite the Workgroup's members to participate. In addition, the Workgroup finalized the WGI case study, "Washington Group International Designs and Builds a Mixed-Waste Treatment Facility" that will be posted on OSHA's Web site. CI-ASCE also agreed to provide the Workgroup with a copy of the revised 10-Hour Construction Outreach Training Program for Engineers for the groups' review and comment. Lastly, the Workgroup completed the 2-4 Hour Design for Safety Training Course and it will be distributed to ASSE's Chapters and the Alliance Program Construction Roundtable participants and posted on the Design for Construction Safety Web site. The Workgroup suggested that the course be presented during the following organizations' conferences and annual meetings in 2008: AIHA, AIA, ASSE and NSC.

August 29, 2006

Representatives from the following Alliances are participating in the Fall Protection Workgroup:

  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Laborers Health and Safety Fund of North America
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • National Demolition Association
  • Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute
  • Sheet Metal and Air Conditioner Contractors National Association

During the meeting, the Workgroup discussed promoting the Fall Protection Awareness Training Course developed by OSHA's Directorate of Training and Education and the feasibility of developing a Fall Protection Awareness National Campaign. The group also reviewed the "Fall Protection" slide presentation that was developed by Valcourt Building Services; a member of the Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute (an Alliance Program participant). In addition, the group agreed to develop a series of toolbox talks addressing the following topics: Choosing the Right Ladder, Warning Labels (Do's and Don'ts), Set-up and Use of Ladder, How to Extend a Ladder, A-Frame Ladder and Inspection of Ladder.

October 24, 2006

Representatives from the following Alliances are participating in the Design for Safety Workgroup:

  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Construction Institute - American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Independent Electrical Contractors
  • Laborers Health and Safety Fund of North America
  • Mason Contractors Association of America
  • National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
  • Washington Group International

The Workgroup discussed the events where the Design for Construction Safety slide presentation was delivered. The Workgroup identified different venues for presenting the 2-4 Hour Design for Safety Training Course and determined ways it can be promoted and distributed, through OSHA along with the Alliance Program and its participants. The group reviewed the revised draft OSHA 10-Hour Outreach Training Program for Engineers. Finally, the Workgroup agreed to work with NIOSH in order to develop an agenda and identify speakers for NIOSH's July 2007 workshop titled, "Prevention Through Design."

May 17, 2006

Representatives from the following Alliances are participating in the Design for Safety Workgroup:

  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Construction Institute - American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Independent Electrical Contractors
  • Mason Contractors Association of America
  • National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
  • Sealant, Waterproofing and Restoration Institute
  • Washington Group International

The group reviewed the draft OSHA Business Case Safety and Health Topics page. The Workgroup also reviewed the revisions to the draft 2-4 Hour Design for Safety Training Course based on the recommendations from the April 18, 2006 Workgroup meeting. The group reviewed the draft of the OSHA 10-Hour Outreach Training Program for Engineers and Mike Toole, CI-ASCE agreed to complete the draft outline by September 2006. Finally, the Workgroup agreed that it would beneficial to develop a general article about Design for Safety that can be distributed through the Workgroup's publications and Web sites. The group will brainstorm on topics, e.g. fall protection, to include in the general article at its next meeting

May 16, 2006

Representatives from the following Alliances are participating in the Fall Protection Workgroup:

  • Independent Electrical Contractors
  • Laborers Health and Safety Fund of North America
  • Mason Contractors Association of America
  • National Demolition Association
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute
  • Washington Group International

The Workgroup was informed that OSHA's Office of Training and Education would consider the "Fall Hazard Awareness for the Construction Industry" training course completed if the group has no additional comments. In addition, the group discussed different venues for presenting the course and ways the course can be promoted and distributed, expressed particular interest in developing a National Awareness Campaign and agreed to further discuss how to present, promote and distribute the training course at its next meeting. Finally, the Workgroup agreed to begin developing toolbox talks on aerial lifts, built-up scaffolding and suspended scaffolding at the July 28, 2006 meeting.

April 18, 2006

Representatives from the following Alliances are participating in the Design for Safety Workgroup:

  • Construction Institute-American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Mason Contractors Association of America
  • Independent Electrical Contractors
  • National Fire Protection Association
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Laborers Health and Safety Fund of North America (Roadway Workzone Coalition)
  • Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute
  • Washington Group International

The Workgroup was informed that the "Design for Safety" Workshop proposals have been accepted by the Voluntary Protection Programs Participants Association for a presentation at its 2006 Annual Conference, August 28 - 31 in Orlando, FL and the National Safety Council for a presentation at the National Safety Council's 2006 National Safety Congress and Expo, November 3 - 10 in San Diego, CA.. The group reviewed the draft OSHA Business Case Safety and Health Topics page and Mike Toole, CI-ASCE volunteered to serve on the page's editorial board. Also, the group was informed that the first draft of the Washington Group International case study was developed after the company reviewed and approved the outline. The Workgroup agreed to make revisions to the draft 2-4 Hour Design for Safety Training Course based on presentations that provided information on the National Fire Protection Association and American National Standards Institute electrical building codes and standards. Finally, the Workgroup reviewed the draft the OSHA 10-Hour Outreach Training Program for Engineers and agreed to further discuss the topics in the training program at its next meeting.

January 31, 2006

Representatives from the following Alliances are participating in the Design for Safety Workgroup:

  • Construction Management Association of America
  • Construction Institute-American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Washington Group International
  • Laborers Health and Safety Fund of North America (Roadway Workzone Coalition)
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Sealant, Waterproofing and Restoration Institute
  • Mason Contractors Association of America
  • Independent Electrical Contractors

The Workgroup was updated on new electronic assistance tools on OSHA's Web page including the Spanish language version of the OSHA Construction: Preventing Fatalities eTool and the new construction module of the Compliance Assistance Quick Start. Mike Toole, CI-ASCE agreed to continue work on the Design for Construction Web page and the Design for Safety PowerPoint® presentation and encouraged members of the Workgroup to review the tools and provide him with additional information including industry specific pictures. The group was informed that the draft Washington Group International case study outline has been developed. The Workgroup was informed that OSHA has submitted Design for Safety Workshop proposals to the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) for a presentation, which was accepted, at the 2006 ASSE Professional Development Conference, the Voluntary Protection Programs Participants Association (VPPPA) for a presentation at the VPPPA Annual Conference and to the National Safety Council for a presentation at the 2006 National Safety Congress. The workgroup reviewed the draft 2-4 hour Design for Safety training course. IEC and MCAA representatives volunteered to present information on building and electrical codes at the Workgroup's next meeting, in order to be considered added to the draft course. The workgroup agreed to base the draft OSHA 10-Hour Outreach Training Program for Engineers on material that is included in the 2-4 Hour Design for Safety Training course. NIOSH representatives updated the group on the NIOSH National Occupational Research Agenda's Research Partnership for Safer Healthier Workplaces.

January 31, 2006

Representatives from the following Alliances are participating in the Fall Protection Workgroup:

  • Construction Institute-American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Mason Contractors Association of America
  • Independent Electrical Contractors
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • National Demolition Association
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Laborers Health and Safety Fund of North America (Roadway Workzone Coalition)
  • Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association
  • Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute
  • Washington Group International

The workgroup made several suggestions to the "Fall Hazard Awareness for the Construction Industry" training course, developed by OSHA's Office of Training and Education. The training program is designed for construction industry audiences including small business owners, trainers, foreman and workers. As a result, the Workgroup agreed to begin developing toolbox talk materials, with photographs and diagrams, for construction industry foreman and supervisors to use to educate supervisors and workers about industry safety and health hazards. In addition, the Workgroup completed the Fall Protection Safety Tips Sheets for Employers and Employees. Alliance participants were encouraged to post the Tips Sheets on their Web pages and disseminate the materials to their members and others in the construction industry.

October 11, 2005

Representatives from the following Alliances are participating in the Design for Safety Workgroup:

  • Construction Institute-American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Washington Group International
  • Laborers Health and Safety Fund of North America (Roadway Workzone Coalition)
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Gilbane Building Company
  • Sealant, Waterproofing and Restoration Institute

The workgroup reviewed the latest version of the Design for Safety PowerPoint®, which included comments and revisions provided by OSHA, for review and discussion. The group made suggestions for revising the presentation which will be incorporated into the final version. In addition, the workgroup discussed the different ways to disseminate, promote, and pilot the Design for Safety PowerPoint® presentation such as workshops and presentations at the 2006 ASSE Conference, the Voluntary Protection Programs Participants Association (VPPPA) Annual Conference and the annual National Safety Congress and Exposition. The group reviewed the draft outline of the Washington Group case study project and was informed that OSHA will be seeking volunteers to assist with the OSHA Business Case Safety and Health Topics page's development in early 2006. Finally, the workgroup agreed that it should continue its activities and develop new projects, including a 2-4 hour Design for Safety training course based on the Design for Safety PowerPoint® presentation and an OSHA 10 Hour Outreach Training Program for engineers.

October 11, 2005

Representatives from the following Alliances are participating in the Fall Protection Workgroup:

  • Construction Institute-American Society of Civil Engineers
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Gilbane Building Company
  • Laborers Health and Safety Fund of North America
  • Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute
  • Washington Group International

The workgroup made several suggestions to the "Fall Hazard Awareness for the Construction Industry" training course developed by OSHA's Office of Training and Education. This included adding a list of the available Harwood Grant materials along with OSHA's fall protection materials, including videos; and identifying any Regional Alliance fall protection products to review for inclusion in the training materials. The workgroup agreed that it should continue its activities and develop new projects, including toolbox talk materials that contain photos and pictures and is customized for the various construction trades.

August 1, 2005

Representatives from the following Alliances are participating in the Fall Protection Workgroup:

  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Independent Electrical Contractors
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute
  • Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors Association
  • Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America (Roadway Workzone Coalition)
  • ADSC: International Association of Foundation Drilling

The workgroup made several suggestions to the "Fall Hazard Awareness for the Construction Industry" training course developed by OSHA's Office of Training and Education, including removing steel erection from the entire training program and converting "Appendix C - Job Hazard Analysis Questions" into checklists for ladders, scaffolding, etc. In addition, the group provided suggestions such as re-ordering the tips on the Fall Protection Safety Tip Sheets for Employers and Employees and recommended posting the final tip sheets on a participant's Web page. The workgroup agreed to identify future products and FY 2006 goals at its next meeting.

July 19, 2005

Representatives from the following Alliances are participating in the Design for Safety Workgroup:

  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Independent Electrical Contractors
  • Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America (Roadway Workzone Coalition)
  • Construction Institute - American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Washington Group
  • Construction Management Association of America
  • Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute
  • ADSC: International Association of Foundation Drilling
  • Mason Contractors Association of America

The workgroup reviewed the latest version of the Design for Safety PowerPoint®, which included comments and revisions provided by OSHA, for review and discussion. The group made suggestions for revising the presentation which will be incorporated into the next version. In addition, the workgroup discussed the different ways to disseminate, promote, and pilot the Design for Safety PowerPoint® presentation such as workshops and presentations at the 2006 ASSE Conference and the annual National Safety Congress and Exposition. Kate Becker, a new member of the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances staff, was introduced as the lead on the Washington Group case study project. Ms. Becker informed the workgroup that she has started collecting information to include in the study. The workgroup reviewed the draft Design for Construction Safety Web page and provided comments. Finally, the workgroup discussed goals for the upcoming year which included identifying and developing additional tools or processes to promote the incorporation of designing for safety into construction projects.

May 3, 2005

Representatives from the following Alliances are participating in the Design for Safety Workgroup:

  • Belfor USA
  • Construction Institute-American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Construction Management Association of America
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
  • ADSC: International Association of Foundation Drilling
  • Independent Electrical Contractors
  • Laborers Health and Safety Fund of North America
  • Sealant, Waterproofing and Restoration Institute
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The workgroup reviewed and provided comments on the list of safe and unsafe practices conducted by designers and engineers; reviewed and provided comments on a draft PowerPoint® presentation on "Design for Safety;" reviewed and provided comments on draft outline for "Design for Safety" Web page and received an update on the status of the Washington Group International case study. During the meeting, the group decided to put the project of creating a database of safe and unsafe practices on hold due to a lack of information.

May 2, 2005

Representatives from the following Alliances are participating in the Fall Protection Workgroup:

  •  Belfor USA
  • Construction Institute-American Society of Civil Engineers
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • ADSC: International Association of Foundation Drilling
  • Independent Electrical Contractors
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors of North America
  • Laborers Health and Safety Fund of North America
  • Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute

The group reviewed and provided comments on a draft article that identifies fall protection best practices. The group agreed that simple, generic Tip Sheets would be a practical and faster way for the group to reach their own industry-specific case studies or success stories. The group reviewed the draft fall protection training program developed by OSHA's Office of Training and Education and agreed to provide comments. Finally, the group agreed that the "Summary of Fall Protection Studies" document developed by OOSA and OCS provides a good summary of existing data on fall fatalities. The group agreed to review draft Safety Tip Sheets for both employers and employees at the next meeting and to provide comments on the fall protection training course to OSHA.

February 1, 2005

Representatives from the following Alliances are participating in the Design for Safety Workgroup:

  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Independent Electrical Contractors
  • Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America (Roadway Workzone Coalition)
  • Construction Institute - American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Washington Group
  • Construction Management Association of America
  • Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute
  • ADSC: International Association of Foundation Drilling
  • Mason Contractors Association of America

The workgroup identified several projects to work on developing before the next group meeting. This includes:

  • Obtain list of safe and unsafe practices performed by engineers and create general database;
  • Draft ideas on how to include "Design for Safety" in the OSHA 10-Hour Construction Course;
  • General PowerPoint® presentation on "Design for Safety" that can be used for presentations at annual meetings and conferences;
  • Case study on "Designing for Safety" through the OSHA-Washington Group Alliance;
  • Draft outline for "Design for Safety" Web page

January 31, 2005

Representatives from the following Alliances are participating in the Fall Protection Workgroup:

  • International Safety Equipment Association
  • Independent Electrical Contractors
  • Laborers Health and Safety Fund of North America
  • Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute
  • Air Conditioning Contractors of America

The Data Sub-group was updated on initial research done by the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA) and the Office of Construction Services (OCS) on fatalities in residential construction. Using the Accident Investigation Summaries from OSHA's IMIS database, OOSA and OCS compiled some general information on fatal falls in residential construction in FY 2003. OOSA and OCS also distributed a summary of this research, which includes the average age of the deceased, month and day of week of the incident, SIC code, Region, State, union status, size of employer, project cost, fall distances, and fatality cause.

The Sub-group decided to expand the data collection by gathering priority information resident in their own organizations or system and identifying sources for some of the industry-wide information.

The Training Sub-group focused on developing training objectives for training for OSHA staff and training for business owners and workers. As a result, the sub-group decided to gather tips on hazard recognition/fall protection best practices from their organizations or systems (to be considered for content for an article for employers. The group discussed the means of distributing the best practices article, along with other safety and health information, especially to small businesses, in non-urban centers, who do not belong to business organizations.

November 8, 2004

Representatives from the following Alliances are participating in the Fall Protection Workgroup:

  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Independent Electrical Contractors
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute
  • Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors Association
  • Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America (Roadway Workzone Coalition)
  • ADSC: International Association of Foundation Drilling

The group agreed to focus on obtaining specific data on fall protection related accidents and fatalities in order to develop specific training and education programs to address these issues. As a result, the Office of Outreach Services and Alliance, the Office of Construction Services and the Office of Statistical Analysis gathered the necessary information including, what circumstances the fatalities occur most often and with whom; age and work experience of the employees, type of work site, level of employee education, and weather conditions. The workgroup agreed that the training programs would depend on factors such as the products that will be developed, the means of delivery and the audience that the training will be designed for.

October 20, 2004

Representatives from the following Alliances are participating in the Design for Safety Workgroup:

  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Independent Electrical Contractors
  • Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America (Roadway Workzone Coalition)
  • Construction Institute - American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Washington Group
  • Construction Management Association of America
  • Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute
  • ADSC: International Association of Foundation Drilling
  • Mason Contractors Association of America

The group agreed that products need to be developed in order to provide education/awareness to the public about the benefits of "Design for Safety." Some examples of products discussed included presentations, web pages and case studies. Members of the group volunteered to develop articles on the "Design-for Safety" topic for industry publications and to develop an OSHA 10-Hour Training Course designed for engineers, project managers and architects.

July 8, 2004

The following Alliance representatives participated in the Construction Roundtable on July 8, 2004:

  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Air Conditioning Contractors of America
  • Belfor USA
  • Construction Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Gilbane Building Company
  • Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc.
  • International Safety Equipment Association
  • Mason Contractors Association of America
  • Modular Building Institute
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • National Lumber and Building Materials Dealers Association
  • Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute
  • Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Alliance
  • The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition
  • Washington Division of URS Corporation (formerly Washington Group International)

On July 8, 2004, representatives from 15 construction-related Alliances participated in the Alliance Program Construction Roundtable on July 8, 2004 at the Department of Labor (DOL) in Washington, D.C. to share information on safety and health issues such as fall protection, electrical hazards, ergonomics and to discuss ways of working together on Alliance-related projects. Their discussions included how compliance assistance tools and working with OSHA Regional and Area Offices can help Alliances maximize their resources.


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