U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Mobile Area Office, 1141 Montlimar Drive Suite 1006
Mobile, Al 36609
(251) 441-6131; Fax (251) 441-6396
Birmingham Area Office, 950 22nd Street North, Suite 1050
Birmingham, AL 35203
(205) 731-1534; Fax (205) 731-0504
Annual Status Report - Alabama Youth Alliance
April 29, 2009
- Alliance Background
October 25, 2006
OSHA, AL/MS - ASSE, ALSDE C/TE, and Safe State hereby form an Alliance to provide career/technical education teachers, students and others with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help them protect career/technical education students' and educators' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing youth workers exposure to the prevalent work hazards in the workplace and school laboratory environment.
Implementation Team Membership
Representatives from OSHA, AL and MS Chapters of the ASSE, the Alabama Dept of Education Career/Technical Education Section (ALSDE C/TE) and Safe State Consultation Program. These meeting were conducted during the following periods:
- April 2008
- June 2008
- November 2008
January 31, 2008, thru March 31, 2009
Events and Products
Training and Education
During June 9-13, 2008, the OTI 500 Trainer Course for the Construction Industry was conducted for more than thirty secondary teachers.
As of August 2008, 68 technical school teachers have completed the OTI 500 training course (Train-the-Trainer Course in OSHA Standards for the Construction Industry) or OSHA 501 course (Train-the-Trainer Course in OSHA Standards for General Industry). These teachers have issued 314 OSHA 10-hour cards to their students.
- On October 3, 2008, several area high schools participated in the Safe Day for Small Business Program conducted by the Wiregrass Alliance. Discussions were held on how best to offer the OSHA 10-hour course integrated into the school curriculum. The Wiregrass Alliance provided the schools with a brochure titled "Protecting Teens" developed by one of its members, Dr. Miller (Chair, Gulf Coast Federal Safety and Health Council). Dr. Miller is also the Senior Safety Advisor assigned to the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center at Fort Rucker, Ala. The brochure is an excellent tool that provides a wealth of information on how to protect teens in the workplace. It sites potential hazards, lists young worker characteristics, and gives guidance for teachers, career counselors and employers on how to ensure safe employment for the young worker.
Outreach and Communication
- An outreach meeting to discuss the Education Alliance was conducted on November 12, 2008. Participants included the OSHA Mobile and Birmingham offices, Alabama Career and Technical Education, University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa, and Risk Management Consultants.
Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health
- Curriculum approved by the Alabama Board of Education entitled Safety and Health Regulations. This is a one-credit-hour course to serve as a foundation for more extensive safety and health training. Teachers can choose to use this as a course or pick it up as part of the OSHA 500 class. The committee for this Alliance met November 12, 2008. The recommendation was made to add more information about OSHA history, coverage, citations/penalties/inspections, and resources for assistance.
- February/March 2009 - The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Alabama each have offered two $100.00 scholarships for any high school student successfully completing the OSHA 10-hour class and then working toward a safety degree in college after high school.
- June 26, 2008, Occupational health and safety instructors from the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center's (USACRC) G7 Training Division (based at Fort Rucker, AL) and the members of the Gulf Coast Federal Safety and Health Council (GCFSHC) joined with the Alabama Youth Alliance in conducting a train-the-trainer course in Montgomery, AL for high school teachers. Instructors supported the OSHA Alliance Program by teaching sections of OSHA's OTI 500 curriculum, which covers safety and health standards for the construction industry.
- Refer to the events listed above
- Upcoming Milestones in FY 2009
- Continue to provide Train-the-Trainer class for vocational school instructors in the construction industry field.
- Future steps for the Alliance include responding to the requests of local school systems for the OSHA 10-Hour Construction Outreach Training Program and coordinating an effort to train vocational and technical instructors to become OSHA 10-Hour instructors.
- Continued support of the ASSE and ABC's Safety Degree Scholarship Program, four $100.00 scholarships will awarded in 2009.
Report Prepared by: Virginia G. Ames, Compliance Assistance Specialist - Birmingham OSHA Area Office
For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 202-693-2340 or go to OSHA's webpage.