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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the
Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute (SWR Institute)


March 5, 2015

  1. Alliance Background
    1. Date Signed

      February 20, 2003

    2. Dates Renewed
      • July 21, 2005
      • July 11, 2007
      • July 6, 2009
      • June 24, 2011
      • March 20, 2014
    3. Evaluation Period

      February 20, 2014 - February 19, 2015

    4. Overview

      The OSHA and SWR Institute Alliance provides SWR Institute members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by reducing and preventing falls and continuing to address issues related to small business, motor vehicle, and hazard communication.

      Through the Alliance, the organizations will use relevant injury and illness data in their industry to help identify areas of emphasis for Alliance awareness, outreach, and communication activities. The Alliance will also explore and implement selected options to evaluate the effectiveness of the Alliance and measure the impact of its overall effort on improving workplace safety for employers and workers.

    5. Implementation Team Members

      OSHA

      • Courtney Murray - Occupational Safety and Health Specialist, Office of Construction Services, Directorate of Construction
      • Morgan Seuberling - Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs (DCSP)
      • Camillia McArthur - Program Analyst, Office of Small Business Assistance, DCSP

       

      SWR Institute

      • Dan Bagley - Otto Baum Company; Board Member, SWR Institute
      • Dan Cain - The George D. Alan Company; Past-President, SWR Institute
      • Dave Grady - Tri-State High Rise Services; Secretary/Treasurer, SWR Institute
      • Doug DeSilvio - The George D. Alan Company; Worker Representative, SWR Institute
      • Raymond Fornicola - Valcourt Exterior Building Services; Worker Representative, SWR Institute
      • Jeremy Davis - Tri-State High Rise Services; Worker Representative, SWR Institute
      • Ron Pilla - Valcourt Building Services; President, SWR Institute
      • Wayne Johns - The George D. Alan Company; Worker Representative, SWR Institute
      • Jennifer Crane - Vice President, SWR Institute
      • Nicole Cervantes Dayoub - Associate Director, SWR Institute

       

      Roofer's Union

      • John Barnhard - Director of Research and Education, Roofer's Union
  2. Implementation Team Meetings
    • May 1, 2014
    • September 8, 2014
    • January 22, 2015

    In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from both groups 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.

     

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    Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives Goal 1: To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on fall, caught-in-between, and other scaffolding related hazards to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

    Activity Type Activity Name/Summary OSHA Initiative Supported Number Reached
    Other

    OSHA's National Outreach Campaign Focusing on the Reporting Requirements

    SWR Institute support included:

    • Published an article entitled "Injury & Illness Recordkeeping Requirements" in the March 2014 issue of the MemberBriefs.
    • Published an article entitled "OSHA Extends Comment Period on Proposed Rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injury and Illness" in the August 2014 issue of MemberBriefs.
    • Published an article entitled "OSHA Expands Requirements for Reporting Fatalities and Severe Injuries and Updates the list of Injuries Exempt from Recordkeeping Requirements" in the September 2014 issue of MemberBriefs.
    • Published two articles entitled "Updates to OSHA's Recordkeeping Rule" and "OSHA Update: New Reporting Requirements Start Jan. 1" in the November 2014 issue of MemberBriefs.
    • Published an article entitled "OSHA Update: New Reporting Requirements Start Jan 1: OSHA answers questions on Dec 11 Twitter Chat" in the December 2014 issue of MemberBriefs.
    • Posted the OOC drop-in article on their Alliance web page.
    Injury and Illness Reporting Requirements 5,850

    Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives Goal 1: To share 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

    Other

    OSHA's 2014 National Outreach Campaign Focusing on the Prevention of Falls in Construction


    SWR Institute support included:

    • Provided a webinar on Fall Prevention in Construction for National Safety Stand-Down Week on June 3, 2014.
    • Published an article on the OSHA National Stand-down for Fall Prevention in Construction in the April 2014 issue of the MemberBriefs.
    • Posted information on OSHA's National Safety Stand-down to Prevent Falls in Construction, the OSHA National Stand-down poster, and links to OSHA's web page for the National Stand-down on their Alliance web page.
    • Provided a Banner on their homepage with a direct link to OSHA national outreach initiative on the National Safety Stand-down to prevent falls in construction.
    Fall Prevention 2,000

    Other

    OSHA's 2014 National Outreach Campaign Focusing on the Heat Illness Prevention.

    SWR Institute support included:

    • Published an article entitled "Heat Illness Can Be Deadly" in the June 2014 issue of the MemberBRIEFS. The article included links to OSHA's Heat Illness Prevention Web page and links to the Bilingual Information Sheet/Portuguese Wallet Card.
    Heat Illness Prevention 970
    Raising Awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives Goal 2: To convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on fall, caught-in-between, and other scaffolding related hazards to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

    Activity Type

    Activity Name/Summary

    OSHA Initiative Supported

    Number Reached

    Event

    OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable Meeting, Department of Labor, March 20, 2014, Washington, DC

    Representatives from the SWR Institute Alliance participated in the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable meeting in Washington, D.C. During the meeting, Alliance Program participants discussed compliance assistance resources to help address the National Stand-down on Fall Prevention and other safety and health hazards in the construction industry.

    Fall Protection Data Not Applicable
    Event

    OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable Meeting, Department of Labor, September 30, 2014, Washington, DC

    Representatives from the SWR Institute Alliance participated in the OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable meeting in Washington, D.C. During the meeting, Alliance Program participants discussed fall prevention products developed through the Roundtable.

    Fall Protection Data Not Applicable

    Outreach and Communication Goal 1: To develop information 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 and the SWR Institute's Web sites) to employers and workers in the industry.

    Activity Type

    Activity Name/Summary

    OSHA Initiative Supported

    Number Reached

    Event

    Renew the OSHA and SWR Institute Alliance Agreement

    • The Alliance renewed the OSHA and SWR Institute Alliance agreement on March 20, 2014.
    • SWR Institute published an article entitled "OSHA Renews Alliance with SWR Institute" in the March 2014 issue of the MemberBriefs.
    970
    Product

    SWR Institute and OSHA Alliance Web Page

    SWR Institute maintains an Alliance Web page on its Website with information on the Alliance agreement and links to OSHA's electronic assistance tools, links to products developed by SWR Institute through the Alliance Program, such as the SWR Institute Safety and Health Manual, the SWR Institute Safety and Health Field Manual in both English and Spanish, and the Guidance Document for Multi-component Chemical Products in Construction. In addition, SWR Institute includes links to resources developed through the APCR, such as the Fall Hazard Awareness Course, Fall Protection Slide Presentation, and Ladder Safety Toolbox Talks.

    SWR Institute revised a survey to evaluate the benefits of their Alliance developed products. The survey was re-posted on the toolbox web page in January 2015.

    30,124

    [Views for the Alliance Web Page during Reporting Period.]

    Product

    OSHA and SWR Institute Alliance Web Page

    OSHA maintains the OSHA and SWR Institute Alliance Web page that is posted on the OSHA Website. The page includes the Alliance agreement, renewal agreements, annual reports, news releases, information on activities and events, milestones and successes of the alliance, and links to resources developed by SWR Institute through the Alliance Program.

    1,509

    [Views for the Alliance Web Page during Reporting Period.]

    Product

    Toolbox Talks-Lockout/Tagout; Drinking Water; Housekeeping; and Illumination.

    SWR Institute developed toolbox talks for Lockout/Tagout, Drinking Water; Housekeeping; and Illumination. The products were posted to the SWR Institute Web site and linked to from the OSHA and SWR Institute Alliance Web page in March 31, 2014.

    Data Not Available for Individual Toolbox Talks
    Other

    May 2014: MemberBRIEFS Magazine

    SWR Institute two articles entitled "SWR Institute Safety Video Library" and "SWR Institute's Toolbox Talk Survey."

    970
    Other

    June 2014: MemberBRIEFS Magazine

    SWR Institute published two articles entitled "OSHA Announces New Interactive Training Web Tool on Identifying Workplace Hazards" and "SWR Institute's Toolbox Talk Survey."

    970
    Other

    July 2014: MemberBRIEFS Magazine

    SWR Institute published an article entitled "OSHA Launches Initiative to Protect Temporary Workers."

    Temporary Workers 970
    Other

    September 2014: MemberBRIEFS Magazine

    SWR Institute published an article entitled "OSHA, NIOSH Publish Recommended Practices to Better Protect Temporary Workers' Safety & Health."

    Temporary Workers 970
    Other October 2014: MemberBRIEFS Magazine

    SWR Institute published two articles entitled "OSHA Safety & Health Topics- Ebola" and "QuickTakes-OSHA's Free Biweekly Newsletter."

    OSHA Resources: Health and Safety Topics-Ebola and QuickTakes 970
    Other

    January 2015: MemberBRIEFS Magazine

    SWR Institute published an article entitled "New OSHA Compliance Assistance Products."

    OSHA Resources: New Compliance Assistance Products 970
    Outreach and Communication Goal 2: To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or SWR Institute's conferences, local meetings, or other regional events.

    Activity Type

    Activity Name/Summary

    OSHA Initiative Supported

    Number Reached

    Exhibit

    2014 SWR Institute Winter Technical Meeting, March 2-5, 2014, Maui, Hawaii

    SWR Institute's Alliance team members staffed an exhibit and distributed OSHA publications and products developed through the OSHA and SWR Institute Alliance to industry safety and health professionals that attended the exhibit booth during the conference.

    150
    Exhibit

    2014 SWR Institute Fall Technical Meeting, September 21-23, 2014, Chicago, Illinois

    Region V OSHA staffed an exhibit and distributed OSHA publications and products developed through the OSHA and SWR Institute Alliance to industry safety and health professionals that attended the exhibit booth during the conference.

    25
    Speaker

    2014 SWRInstitute Fall Technical Meeting, September 21-23, 2014, Chicago, Illinois

    September 23, 2014, Matthew J. McNicholas, Safety & Occupational Health Specialist, Region V, Chicago, Illinois, and Brad Becker, Industrial Hygienist, Region V, Chicago, Illinois, participated in a workshop entitled "Safety Panel on Fall Protection."

    Fall Protection 20
    Outreach and Communication Goal 3: To share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding SWR Institute's good practices or 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

    Event

    2014 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, May 4-10, 2014

    SWR Institute support included:

    • Published an article on the event in the April edition of the MemberBriefs.
    • Posted a link to the 2014 NAOSH Week web page to the SWR Institute Alliance web page.
    Data Not Applicable
    Product

    Toolbox Talks with QR Codes

    SWR Institute added QR codes to Alliance-developed toolbox talks on Fall Protection, Ladder Safety, and Respiratory Protection. The codes link to related videos.

    Data Not Available for Individual Toolbox Talks
     
    TOTAL 47,438
  4. Upcoming Milestones

    In the upcoming year, OSHA and SWR Institute plan to undertake several additional projects through the Alliance to provide information, guidance and access to training resources on safety and health issues for small businesses. For example, SWR Institute will renew the Alliance and complete the toolbox talks focusing on Lockout/Tagout, drinking water, housekeeping, and illumination.  SWR Institute will complete revisions to the Safety and Health Field Manual.  In addition, SWR Institute will translate the toolbox talks on electrical safety, personal protective equipment, power tools, respiratory protection, powder actuated tools, first aid, fire extinguisher safety, competent person, and portable generator safety into Spanish.

    Through the Alliance, SWR Institute will also develop evaluation methods to determine the effectiveness of their Alliance-developed products and submit their results to OSHA.

    SWR Institute will continue to participate in the Alliance Program Construction Roundtable, when scheduled, and contribute to the development of Construction Workplace Design Solutions.  For completing their outreach goals, SWR Institute will provide OSHA with an Alliance exhibit at their Fall 2014 and Winter 2015 Meetings.

    Finally, SWR Institute representatives will be joining with other Alliance Program participants to support the 2014 North American Occupational Safety and Health Week (NAOSH), May 4-10, 2014, "Workplace Safety Works for Everyone."

    Report prepared by: Morgan Seuberling, Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, March 4, 2014.

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