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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT

Occupational Safety and Health Administration
and the
Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition
January 3, 2005

I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

November 18, 2003

Overview

Signatories of the Alliance are:
  • American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA)
  • International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)
  • Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA)
  • National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA)
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Through the Alliance, the organizations are providing the ARTBA, IUOE, LIUNA, and NAPA (The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition) members and other government and non-government organizations with information, guidance, and access to training resources to protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to roadway work zone safety and health hazards. The Alliance is focusing on a number of areas that include providing outreach and delivering train-the-trainer sessions and selected awareness/best practices modules and documenting and disseminating information and case studies that illustrate the business and social value for reducing work zone injuries and fatalities.

Implementation Team Members

 
OSHA:  
   
Cathy Cronin
Lisa Ramber
Camille Villanova
Office of Training and Education
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances
Office of Construction Services
   
NIOSH:  
   
David Fosbroke  
   
The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition:
   
Una Connelly
Don Elisburg
Walter Jones
Emmett Russell
Brad Sant
Scott Schneider
NAPA
NAPA
LIUNA
IUOE
ARTBA
LIUNA
   
Contributors  
   
Sherry Dilworth Contractor for OSHA, Salt Lake Technical Center

Evaluation Period

November 18, 2003 - November 17, 2004


II. Implementation Team Meetings
 
December 16, 2003
March 22, 2004
July 6, 2004
July 8, 2004
October 21, 2004
October 29, 2004
Implementation Team Kick-off meeting
Implementation Team meeting
Implementation Team meeting
OSHA Alliance Program Construction Roundtable
Design for Safety Workgroup meeting
Implementation Team meeting

III. Results
  1. Events and Products

    Training and Education Goal


    • Develop hazard awareness training and education programs on roadway work zone safety and health issues targeted to Spanish-speaking and "hard-to-reach" highway construction contractor/workers, including toolbox talk modules and instructor manuals for train-the-trainer programs. The training and education programs may address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

      Runovers/Backovers
      Noise
      Sprains and Strains
      Emergencies
      Working Outdoors (Heat & Cold Stress)
      Struck By
      Flaggers
      Operators
      Falls
      Nightwork
      Electrical
      Excavations
      Hand and Power Tools
      Rebar and Mat Work
      Blacktopping and Milling Work
    Roadway Safety Awareness Program, Compliance Edition, OSHA Training Institute, Arlington Heights, Illinois, August 12, 2004

    On August 12, 2004, members of the Roadway Work Zone Coalition Alliance presented the Compliance Edition of the groups' computer-based Roadway Safety Awareness Program at OSHA's Training Institute in Arlington Heights, IL. OSHA Region V staff and OTI instructors attended the 4-hour training course to learn about work zone hazards and to provide input and feedback on the program.

    Outreach and Communication Goals

    • Develop and disseminate safety and health information through print and electronic media, including electronic assistance tools and links from OSHA's, NIOSH's and The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition members' Web sites and professional and trade journal articles. (This will include all relevant data on silica gathered from OSHA's Region II New Jersey Work Zone Coalition and any other silica information from the coalition's members.)
    Products

    Highway Work Zones eTool


    The Alliance's implementation team members have been working with OSHA on the development of a Highway Work Zones eTool. The eTool will cover struck-by and caught-between, falls, electrical, excavations/trenches and training materials.

    OSHA and The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition Alliance Web Page

    The OSHA, NIOSH and Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site contains information on the Alliance, Products and Resources, Activities and Events, and Milestones and Successes. The page is updated regularly.

    Publications and Newsletters

    News releases were published on the Alliance signing by OSHA, NIOSH and members of the coalition. In addition, information on the agreement and the activities of the Alliance have appeared in a number of online and print publications. Please see the chart in this report under "Alliance Program Reach" for additional information.

    • Speak, exhibit, and/or appear at occupational safety and health conferences, including federal, state and local highway and safety organizations, Public Works Association Meetings, The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition members' meetings and other forums appropriate to work zone safety and health.
    Events

    OSHA Compliance Assistance Training Sessions, Falls Church, Virginia, June 14-18, 2004


    The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition had an exhibit booth at the 2004 OSHA Compliance Assistance Training Sessions. Staff by a representative from LIUNA, the coalition distributed copies of its Roadway Work Zone CD to the sessions' attendees.

    2004 National Safety Congress and Expo, New Orleans, Louisiana, September 14, 2004

    Representatives from the Alliance participated in a workshop at the 2004 National Safety Congress and Expo, in New Orleans, Louisiana, on September 14, 2004. The workshop, "Promoting Safety in a Non-Regulatory Environment," was presented by Brad Sant of ARTBA; Emmett Russell of IUOE; Gary Fore of NAPA; and Scott Schneider, LIUNA. Workshop attendees were updated on the Alliance's work to promote safety and health for workers in several non-regulated areas, including asphalt fumes and roadway work zones.

    ARTBA 2004 Conference and Exposition, Baltimore Maryland, November 3, 2004

    On November 3, 2004, Stewart Burkhammer, P.E., CSP, OHST, Director of the Office of Construction Services, presented "Work Zone Safety" and updated the conference attendees on OSHA's regulatory and regional activities regarding work zone safety. He also reviewed OSHA's cooperative program activities, including the OSHA, NIOSH and Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Alliance.

    Construction Roundtable, Department of Labor, Washington, DC, July 8, 2004

    OSHA's Alliance Program Construction Roundtable was held on July 8, 2004 at the Department of Labor in Washington, DC. The coalition's roundtable participants were:

    • Una Connolly, Director of Environmental & Safety Services, NAPA
    • Donald Elisburg, Counsel, NAPA
    • Scott Schneider, Director, Occupational Safety & Health, LHSFNA
    In addition, four construction-related issues were identified by the participants to be addressed by the Alliances: motor vehicle safety, hearing conservation and protection, fall protection and designing for safety. Workgroups have been formed that are working on projects and programs that address designing for safety and fall protection.

    Walter Jones from LHSFNA will be a member of the Design for Safety Workgroup and Travis Parsons, LHSFNA, is planning to participate in the Fall Protection Workgroup.

    • Provide outreach, deliver or arrange for the delivery of train-the-trainer sessions and selected awareness/best practices modules, as jointly determined by OSHA, NIOSH and The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Heath Coalition that address, but are not limited to the above topics.

      During this evaluation period, no products or resources have been developed to meet this Alliance goal.

    • Cross-train OSHA and NIOSH personnel, highway construction industry safety and health professionals and selected other personnel (e.g. contractor, state DOT's, union locals, public works) in the content and delivery of the awareness/best practices modules; as jointly determined by OSHA and The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition.

      During this evaluation period, no products or resources have been developed to meet this Alliance goal.

    • Promote and encourage The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition members' and their affiliates' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, Consultation and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

      During this evaluation period, no products or resources have been developed to meet this Alliance goal.

    • Encourage The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition members and affiliates to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to address selected work zone safety and health issues.

      During this evaluation period, no products or resources have been developed to meet this Alliance goal.
    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health Goals

    • Convene or participate in forums sponsored by federal and state governments and other organizations (e.g. Federal Highway Administration, States' Department of Transportation and State Highway organizations) on work zone safety and health to encourage and help forge innovative solutions for reducing work zone safety and health injuries and fatalities and to focus on work zone safety and health issues at the national level.

      During this evaluation period, no products or resources have been developed to meet this Alliance goal.

    • Raise others' awareness of the need for and demonstrate commitment to work zone safety and health improvements whenever the leaders within The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition address groups.

      During this evaluation period, no products or resources have been developed to meet this Alliance goal.

    • Document and disseminate information and case studies that illustrate the business and social value for reducing work zone injuries and fatalities and publicize their results through various media including the Alliance participants' journals, news reports, and web postings.

      During this evaluation period, no products or resources have been developed to meet this Alliance goal.

    • Share research findings, with the construction industry, so that the interventions and best practices, as jointly defined to by OSHA, NIOSH and The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition, that are described in training and outreach activities are based upon best-available scientific data.
    NIOSH Updates

    David Fosbroke, a member of the implementation team has provided the Alliance with information and updates on NIOSH's activities and research regarding work zone issues. including dust suppression systems and internal traffic and radar control systems.

  2. Executive Summary

    Through the Alliance Program, OSHA and the Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition organizations built on the successful relationship that the associations had established with OSHA through their development of the Roadway Work Zone program and CD; funded through a Susan Harwood Grant. For example, the coalition has been working to update the CD to include compliance information and other consensus standards so that it can be used to help train new OSHA compliance officers about work zone hazards and also used by OSHA staff in the field. The updated program was presented to OSHA Region V, Consultation Project and State Plan State staff and OSHA Training Institute (OTI) instructors at OTI on August 12, 2004.

    The Alliance coalition has also received updates from NIOSH on its activities regarding work zone activities. David Fosbroke has kept the group up-to-date on NIOSH's work zone related research and studies that address a number of work zone issues, including dust suppression systems and internal traffic and radar control systems.

    In addition, a number of presentations were made at conferences and meetings about the OSHA and Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition Alliance, including Stew Burkhammer's presentation on November 3, 2004 at the ARTBA 2004 Conference and Exposition in Baltimore, Maryland. Representatives from the Alliance's coalition also participated in a workshop at the 2004 National Safety Congress and Expo on September 14, 2004 in New Orleans, Louisiana, and the Alliance Program Construction Roundtable on July 8, 2004 at the Department of Labor in Washington, DC.

    A number of articles appeared in a wide variety of online and print publications when the Alliance was signed. This helped to promote the work of OSHA and the Alliance coalition members work to improve work zone safety and health for construction industry employees.

  3. Alliance Program Reach
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
November 18, 2003, "NIOSH, Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition Ally with OSHA to Improve Roadway Work Zone Safety," OSHA News Release 25 News Services
November 18, 2003, "NAPA Announces Roadway Work Zone Safety Alliance With Government Agencies, Associations, Unions," NAPA News Release Data not available
November 19, 2003, "ARTBA, Construction Industry Allies, Federal Government and Labor Groups Sign Roadway Work Zone Safety Agreement," ARTBA News Release Data not available
November 19, 2003, "Roadway Work-zone Safety Agreement Signed," roadsbridges.com Data not available
November 26, 2003, "NIOSH, OSHA, Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition Ally to Improve Roadway Work Zone Safety," NIOSH Update Data not available
November 27, 2003, "OSHA Forms Alliance for Roadway Work Zone Safety," BNA Occupational Safety and Health Reporter  
December 1, 2003, "Latest Alliances Target Highway Work Zones, Heart Disease in the Workplace," OSHA QuickTakes 50,000
December 10, 2003, "Prevention of Roadway Deaths Focus of NIOSH Report," Occupationalhazards.com Data not available
December 2003, "NIOSH, Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition Ally with OSHA to Improve Roadway Work Zone," saftgard.com Data not available
December 2003, New Alliance Aims To Improve Roadway Work Zone Safety," Power & Communication Contractor Data not available
January 1, 2004, "Alliance Formed to Improve Work Zone Safety," BULK TRANSPORTER Data not available
January 1, 2004, "Work Zone Safety Agreement Signed," KeepMedia.com Data not available
January 5, 2004, "OSHA Forms Alliance for Roadway Work Zone Safety," SSPC Online Data not available
January 13 2004, "NIOSH, OSHA, Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition Ally to Improve Roadway Work Zone Safety," ASSE GA Update Data not available
February 2004, "Transportation Groups Form Safety Alliance," Southeast Construction Data not available
February 2004, "NAPA Signs Historic Agreement on Work Zone Safety and Health," aestone.com Data not available
April 8, 2004, "Work Zone Safety Week," Occupationalhazards.com 25,000
June 14-18, 2004, OSHA Compliance Assistance Training Sessions, Falls Church, Virginia

Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition Alliance exhibited
200
September 14, 2004, 2004 National Safety Congress and Expo, New Orleans, Louisiana, "Promoting Safety in a Non-Regulatory Environment"

Speakers:
Brad Sant, ARTBA
Emmett Russell, IUOE
Gary Fore, NAPA
Scott Schneider, LIUNA
35
November 3, 2004, ARTBA 2004 Conference and Exposition, Baltimore, Maryland, "Work Zone Safety"

Speaker:
Stewart Burkhammer, OSHA
230
OSHA, NIOSH and The Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition Web site 4,000
TOTAL 79,465

IV. Upcoming Milestones

During the upcoming year, the Alliance implementation team will be working on a number of compliance assistance projects and discussing developing activities and programs for Hispanic workers.

For example, the Alliance implementation team has been discussing presenting the Roadway Work Zone program in a number of states, including Florida, Ohio, Illinois, California and Rhode Island. OSHA's Compliance Assistance Specialists (CAS) and representatives from NIOSH will be invited to participate in the training. It will also be included in the Susan Harwood Training Grant Clearinghouse that OSHA is developing for the Agency's staff on its Limited Access Page. Through this clearinghouse, OSHA staff will be able to access all of the materials developed under the training grants.

Members of the Alliance implementation team will also be speaking at a number of conferences and meetings in the upcoming year, including the 15th Annual Construction Safety and Health Conference & Exposition in February 2005.

The Alliance also plans to publish a document, "Internal Traffic Control Plans," in the upcoming year. Originally developed by the LIUNA, the document is based on available work zone research information that has been translated it into an easy to read document for employers. The finalized document will include the Alliance's organizations' logos and the Alliance Program logo and will be distributed to Alliance participants as a product of the OSHA and Roadway Work Zone Safety and Health Coalition Alliance. In addition, the Roadway Work Zone eTool will be completed.


Report prepared by: Lisa Ramber, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, January 3, 2005


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