- Alliance Background
December 12, 2003
OSHA and the Washington Group International, Inc. formed an Alliance to share best practices and technical knowledge in the
areas of, but not limited to, cranes and rigging, hearing protection and ergonomics within the engineering and construction
industry. The Washington Group, which employees more than 13,000 people, provides engineering, construction, and
program-management services to many markets, including: environmental, government, industrial, mining, nuclear-services, and
transportation. Goals of the Alliance include:
Training and education:
Outreach and communication:
- Develop safety and health training and educational information that can be incorporated into existing company programs or
develop new courses for employees and contractors.
- Encourage employees and contractors to incorporate a proactive safety and health culture into their day-to-day operations.
Promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:
- Participate in the cross training of OSHA personnel, industry safety and health practitioners and engineering and
construction contractors in the Washington Group's best practices and/or effective approaches in accident prevention.
- Encourage the Washington Group to act as mentors to its contractors that aspire to excellence in construction safety and
Implementation Team Members
- Participate in stakeholder groups and other forums to provide input into the development of safety and health standards for
the construction industry.
- Promote the Washington Group International's construction and engineering safety and health success stories through the
company's and OSHA's web sites and publications.
Washington Group International:
Stew Burkhammer, Directorate of Construction
Steve Cloutier, Directorate of Construction
Ginger Henry, Directorate of Construction
Lisa Ramber, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (Alliance coordinator)
Jerry Hockett, Region X
Van Howell, Region X
December 12, 2002 – December 12, 2003
Implementation Team Meetings
In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from both groups maintained regular contact throughout this
reporting period to monitor the Program's progress and results.
- December 12, 2002
- February 3, 2003
- February 28, 2003
- March 27, 2003
- Events and Products
Training and Education
Outreach and Communication
- Washington Group Safety Qualified Supervisor Training
Washington Group requires all of its supervisors to take this class which includes OSHA's 10 hour course for the construction
industry. During the training, the Washington Group also discusses the economics of safety and how the company builds its
As part of the Alliance, the Washington Group invited OSHA representatives in the Region X Boise Area Office to take the
class when it was offered May 13-14, 2003. The Washington Group also offered the course to the Region VIII Denver Area
Office, December 2-3, 2003 and to OSHA's National Office, December 10-11, 2003. In total, 27 OSHA representatives took the
This class has been very well-received by OSHA representatives. It provides an opportunity for the Agency to hear how the
Washington Group is meeting OSHA's standards and regulations and how a construction company is committed to protecting the
safety and health of its employees.
Rick Callor, Washington Group International, was the instructor for the course in all three locations and did an excellent
job of presenting the material and engaging both the Washington Group and OSHA in open dialogue throughout the classes.
- 8 Hour HAZWOPER Refresher Training
Washington Group International provided the training for eight OSHA representatives in Region X at the Boise Area Office on
August, 13, 2003. Willie Piispanen and Susie Vader from the Washington Group International taught the course.
- OSHA 500 Module Training
Washington Group International provided training in Region I, Boston, MA for thirty high school tech teachers in August 2003.
Chris Dott, Washington Group International, was the presenter.
- Associate Safety Professional/Certified Safety Professional Preparatory Class
This preparation course, offered through the ASSE Snake River Chapter and cosponsored by OSHA's Boise Area Office, was held
every Monday night for 13 weeks, January – April 2003. The Washington Group organized the course and provided copies of all
of the class materials and made the following technical presentations:
-Economics of Safety, Aaron Moore
-Risk Management/Insurance, Aaron Moore
-Environmental Regulations, Susie Vader
-Engineering Fundamentals, Rebecca Mirsky
-Ergonomics, Willie Piispanen
- Economics of Safety
The Washington Group's Aaron Moore made a presentation on the value of safety and health at the following conferences and
meetings to audiences that included small contractors:
- King County Washington Safety Summit, Sept. 10, 2003. This is a monthly meeting attended by over 160 area safety
representatives of small construction contractors and OSHA Region X and WISHA representatives.
- Idaho AGC/OSHA partnership conference in Boise, ID had over 90 attendees.
- Idaho IBEW Apprenticeship Program, spring 2003 in Boise, ID had over 25 attendees.
- Denver Contractors Forum
Craig Beck from the Washington Group discussed Sub-Contractor Pre-qualification Requirements and Benefits in August 2003 for
60 attendees at the Denver Contractors Forum in Denver, Colorado.
- 2nd Annual OSHA Compliance Assistance Conference
Brad Giles from the Washington Group discussed the company's experiences with the Alliance Program during a workshop session,
“Alliances Add Value,” at the 2nd Annual OSHA Compliance Assistance Conference in Vienna, VA, June 11-12. Willie Piispanen
and Lon Baldwin also manned the Washington Group's exhibit booth and answered questions from the attendees about the
company's safety and health programs.
- Chicago Construction Safety Council
In February, 2003: Brad Giles from Washington Group presented information on the OSHA Alliance program to 150 attendees at a
meeting of the Chicago Construction Safety Council in Chicago, Illinois. Craig Herndon from the Washington Group also
attended the meeting.
Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health
- OSHA's Safety and Health Topics Pages
Washington Group representatives are members of the following Safety and Health Topic pages' Editorial Boards:
- Accident Investigation
- Crane, Derrick, and Hoisting
- Trenching and Excavation
- Workplace Violence
- Safety and Health Management
- Heavy Metals/Toxic Metals
- AGC Steel Erection Training
The Washington Group was the site sponsor for the AGC Steel Erection training in Boise, September 25-26, 2003. Over 170
participants took part in the training.
The impact of the OSHA/Washington Group International Alliance has been far reaching. The company's Safety Qualified
Supervisor Training, including OSHA's 10 hour course for the construction industry, has been presented to OSHA and Washington
Group representatives in Regions VIII and X and to representatives from OSHA's National Office. Through these courses, the
Washington Group has heard directly from Agency representatives on how construction sites are inspected and standards are
enforced. Conversely, OSHA representatives heard directly from a construction company, with a large variety of projects, how
it implements safety and health programs in the workplace and meets the OSHA standards and regulations in real-world
situations. Both OSHA and Washington Group representatives have indicated that these discussions are very relevant and
effective and both groups have gained valuable information that will be used as day-to-day business is conducted.
Through the Alliance, OSHA and the Washington Group have established very effective communications. After the initial
Implementation Team meetings, where focus and direction of the Alliance were determined, the Washington Group's and OSHA's
Alliance coordinators communicated more regularly and informally than the quarterly Implementation Team meetings to keep both
organizations up-to-date regarding the Alliance's activities.
The Washington Group and OSHA's Braintree and Methuen Area Offices in Massachusetts felt that an Area Office Alliance could
help focus the organizations' efforts in a local community. On April 16, the Braintree and Methuen Area Offices signed an
Alliance with the Washington Group that focuses on cranes, rigging, hearing protection, ergonomics and respiratory protection
hazards in the engineering and construction industries.
|Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and
Electronic Distribution, etc.)
|Number of Individuals
Reached or Trained
|Joint 16 Hour Safety Qualified Supervisor Training:
May 13-14, 2003, Boise, ID
|Joint 16 Hour Safety Qualified Supervisor Training:
December 2-3, 2003, Denver, CO
|Joint 16 Hour Safety Qualified Supervisor Training:
December 10-11, 2003, Washington, DC
|8 Hour HAZWOPER Refresher Training:
August 13, 2003, Boise, ID
|OSHA 500 Module Training:
August 2003, Boston, MA
|Associated Safety Professional/Certified Safety Professional
Preparation Class, OSHA Boise Area Office, Boise, ID
(Every Monday night for 13 weeks – January – April 2003.)
|Economics of Safety, King County Washington Safety Summit:
September 10, 2003, Seattle metro area, Washington
|Economics of Safety, Idaho AGC/OSHA Partnership Conference,
|Economics of Safety, Idaho IBEW Apprenticeship Program:
Spring 2003, Boise, ID
|Denver Contractors Forum:
August 2003, Denver, CO
|OSHA's 2nd Annual Compliance Assistance Workshop:
June 10-11, 2003, Vienna, Virginia
|Chicago Construction Safety Council:
February, 2003, Chicago, Illinois
|AGC Steel Erection training:
September 25-26, 2003, Boise, ID
|Safety and Health Topics pages:
-Crane, Derrick, and Hoisting
-Trenching and Excavation
-Safety and Health Management
-Heavy Metals/Toxic Metals
|Data Not Available
- Upcoming Milestones
The OSHA and the Washington Group International will continue its education and training and outreach and communication
efforts and the company has committed to presenting the Economics of Safety in 2004 at the Denver and Boston Contractors
forums and will be a site sponsor for the AGC Fall Protection Training, April 1, 2004 in Boise, ID. In addition, OSHA and the
Washington Group will continue working on the Job Shadowing Program that the Alliance developed during the initial
implementation of the agreement. The first phase of the program, Safety Qualified Supervisor Training, will continue during
2004. The Washington Group has indicated that it will present the class in the Region X Seattle Area Office and will consider
holding the training for additional National Office staff in Washington, DC.
The second phase of the program will cover office planning, constructability review, and project start-up experience. During
this phase OSHA personnel will work with the Washington Group for one to three days on the planning and preliminary design
phases of a construction project. The company will continue to review its upcoming projects to for an appropriate project
for OSHA representatives to take part in this design phase. The final phase of the program is for Washington Group
representatives to take part in VPP or Consultation site visits with OSHA personnel.
Both OSHA and the Washington Group International's management support the renewal of the Alliance agreement. The renewal
document is scheduled to be signed by OSHA's Assistant Secretary John Henshaw and the Washington Group's Senior Executive
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Tom Zarges on December 19, 2003 in Washington, DC.
Report prepared by: Lisa Ramber, OSHA/Washington Group International Alliance Coordinator,
December 22, 2003