Ensure safe and legal working conditions.
- Occupational safety and health, law enforcement, training, and consultation.
- Electrical and mechanical code compliance inspection and training.
- Wage and child labor law enforcement and training.
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|A: Result - Eliminate workplace fatalities and worker lost time injuries and illnesses caused by circumstances that are under Alaska Occupational Safety and Health (AKOSH) jurisdiction.|
Target #1: Reduce workplace fatalities in Alaska Occupational Safety and Health jurisdiction.
Number of Workplace Fatalities in Alaska Occupational Safety and Health Jurisdiction
Analysis of results and challenges: The number of workplace fatalities by fiscal year is calculated using fatality reports submitted within the jurisdiction of the Alaska Occupational Safety and Health Section (AKOSH). AKOSH works to reduce workplace fatalities through consultation and enforcement inspections; by targeting industries with high fatality rates; and eliminating the most prevalent causes of fatalities.
Due to the relatively small number of workplace fatalities in AKOSH's jurisdiction as well as annual fluctuations, it is more meaningful to view the program's success as an average for the previous five year period. Just five years ago in FY2015, the five-year average was 5.2 fatalities per year in AKOSH's jurisdiction. The FY2020 five-year average has been reduced by over 40 percent, to 3.0 fatalities per year.
As many of AKOSH's promotion, consultation, and training efforts affect industries beyond AKOSH's enforcement jurisdiction, it is useful to evaluate overall workplace fatality numbers in Alaska. Unfortunately, the only recognized source for this data is the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics and the data is generally two years behind. The statewide number of fatalities in all jurisdictions was 32 in CY2018. For more information go to: https://www.bls.gov/iif/oshwc/cfoi/tgs/2017/iiffw02.htm
Target #2: 3% percent reduction in the five-year moving average rate of workplace fatalities per 100,000 employees.
Five-Year Average Rate per 100,000 Employees in Occupational Safety and Health Jurisdiction
Analysis of results and challenges: This statistic is calculated using workplace fatality reports submitted to the Alaska Occupational Safety and Health (AKOSH) section as well as employment statistics maintained by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development's Labor Market Information section. In FY2020, there was an average of 320,150 employees and one fatality, resulting in a 0.31 percent fatality rate. The five-year moving average is a 5.6 percent reduction, besting the 3 percent goal.
AKOSH will continue to work to reduce workplace fatalities through a combination of consultation and enforcement activities targeted on eliminating the most prevalent causes of fatalities in industries with high fatality rates.
Target #3: 2% percent per year reduction in the rate of workplace lost time injuries and illnesses per 100 employees.
Analysis of results and challenges: Since FY2012, the AKOSH program has reduced the workplace illness and injury rate by 26 percent by targeting consultation and enforcement efforts on the causes of illnesses and injuries in industries and employers with high incident rates. This effort has resulted in an ongoing reduction in rates. The five-year strategic plan that began in FY2019 concentrates on the construction, healthcare, and seafood processing industries that have relatively high rates. In FY2020 workplace lost time injuries and illnesses rates reduced by 2.9 percent from the previous year.
Target #4: 3% reduction per year in lost time injuries and illnesses per 100 employees in the construction, healthcare, transportation, and seafood processing industries.
Workplace Lost Time Injuries and Illnesses Rate per 100 Employees in Construction, Healthcare, Transportation and Seafood Processing Industries
Analysis of results and challenges: Alaska Occupational Safety and Health (AKOSH) works to reduce illnesses and injuries by targeting consultation and enforcement efforts on the causes of lost work illnesses and injuries in high hazard industries. In response to high amounts of healthcare illnesses and injuries, AKOSH redirected efforts from transportation towards the healthcare industry to reduce healthcare's high hazard rate and to prevent occupational fatalities, injuries, and illnesses in FY2019. FY2019 was the first year healthcare information was captured, as well as the first year transportation information was not captured. With just two reporting years for the healthcare sector, there is not enough data to effectively report out on these metrics for FY2020.
While the construction industry saw a 15 percent increase in lost work time due to illnesses and injuries in FY2020, the rate over time for this sector continues to be less than it was in FY2009, due to our targeted consultation and enforcement activities. In FY2020 AKOSH did achieved a 9.4 percent reduction in the seafood processing industry, which has traditionally been one of the highest ranking sectors and we are expecting this downward trend to continue in the coming fiscal years. AKOSH will continue striving to achieve an overall downward trend in all tracked industries
|A1: Core Service - Occupational safety and health, law enforcement, training, and consultation.|
Target #1: Increase the number of Voluntary Protection Program and Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program sites in Alaska.
Number of Voluntary Protection Program and Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program Sites in Alaska
Analysis of results and challenges: The Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) targets smaller employers with less than 250 employees at a site and less than 500 employees total. These smaller employers require additional assistance to establish the safety and health protocols and performance to participate in SHARP. The program provides an employer with the knowledge and motivation to take control of safety and health performance. In 2019, an audit revealed that 10 of the 11 SHARP sites had failed to maintain qualifications due to turnover of the SHARP Coordinator position and missed deadline to renew for the program. Under the direction of a new Consultation and Training Program Manager, in August 2019 five new SHARP sites were admitted into the program. In 2020, there are currently six SHARP sites and one Pre-SHARP site. The goal for FY2021 is to have a total of 10 SHARP sites and three pre-SHARP sites.
The Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) is not limited by the number of employees the company has before applying for participation in the program; however, due to amount of time needed to submit an application and preparation time for meeting qualifications for the program, Alaska has relatively few employers large enough to apply or to meet the necessary criteria. Due to the British Petroleum (BP) buy-out by Hilcorp Alaska, LLC in FY2020, VPP lost two BP VPP participants for a total of 7 VPP sites.
FY2020 efforts to promote the benefits of the cooperative programs to businesses resulted in an increase of 18 percent for these programs. The programs have been re-invigorated as certificate and flag ceremonies are conducted for each new site inductee. Consultants work in partnership with businesses to assist with the development, implementation and maintenance of occupational safety and health programs and performance necessary to meet VPP and SHARP participation standards. Through government-industry partnerships in programs like VPP and SHARP, AKOSH will demonstrate the value of outstanding safety and health performance on profitability and workforce productivity.
|B: Result - Reduce hazards to life and property posed by unsafe boilers/pressure vessels, plumbing, and electrical work and elevators within Mechanical Inspection's jurisdiction.|
Target #1: No loss of life or property caused by unsafe boilers/pressure vessels, plumbing, and electrical work and elevators.
Analysis of results and challenges: During the FY2009 through FY2020 reporting periods, Mechanical Inspection did not receive any reports of incidents causing loss of life or property within their jurisdiction. Mechanical Inspection tracks the specific number of incidents causing loss of life or property as a result of unsafe boilers or pressure vessels, plumbing and electrical work, elevators, and recreational devices. Mechanical Inspection continues to strive to inspect boilers, pressure vessels, and elevators by the inspection due date and eliminate code violations. Mechanical Inspection will eliminate hazards to life and property by inspecting electrical and plumbing work and pursue correction of any code or licensing violations identified. It is extremely important to maintain a zero incident rate as a single incident could be catastrophic.
|B1: Core Service - Electrical and mechanical code compliance inspection and training.|
Target #2: Conduct 900 electrical code inspections per year.
Analysis of results and challenges: The total number of inspections due is based on a full staff of three Electrical Inspectors who conduct random field inspections. Limited travel funds also directly impact our delivery of this service. In FY2020, the COVID-19 pandemic and associated community hunker down and community travel closures orders directly impacted the number of inspections our Mechanical Inspectors were able to perform in Alaska from March-May 2020.
Target #3: Conduct 800 plumbing code inspections per year.
Analysis of results and challenges: The total number of inspections due is based on a staff of three full-time Plumbing Inspectors who conduct random field inspections. Travel costs continue to impact Mechanical Inspection's ability to provide complete inspection coverage statewide. In FY2020, the COVID-19 pandemic and associated community hunker down and community travel closures orders directly impacted the number of inspections our Mechanical Inspectors were able to perform in Alaska from March-May 2020.
Target #4: Inspect 90 percent of elevators and escalators timely.
Percent of Elevator and Escalator Inspections Completed Timely
Analysis of results and challenges: Devices in the elevator class are due for inspection every other year, and the number of inspections due reflects half of the number of active objects. Travel costs continue to impact Mechanical Inspection's ability to inspect every object on time. COVID-19 directly impacted inspections because inspectors were unable to travel to many communities in Alaska from March-May 2020.
Target #5: Inspect 90% of boiler vessel units timely.
Percent of Boiler Unit Inspections Completed Timely
Analysis of results and challenges: The "Total Objects" represents the total number of active objects subject to inspection statewide (state, owner/user, and insurance company inspections). The COVID-19 pandemic directly impacted inspections from March – June 2020 because Inspectors were unable to travel to many communities in Alaska and insurance and owner operator inspectors based outside of Alaska had difficulties navigating Alaska's mandatory COVID-19 travel and quarantine protocols.
|C: Result - More Alaska residents hired and lawfully compensated.|
|C1: Core Service - Wage and child labor law enforcement and training.|
Target #1: Maintain average wage claim resolution time to six months or less.
Analysis of results and challenges: Wage and Hour was approaching the target of average wage claim resolution times due to improved staffing in FY2019. In FY2020 there were significantly fewer wage claims being received from the public due to reduced employment activities during March – June 2020 due to COVID-19. In response to this decrease, Wage and Hour amplified their efforts to provide general employment education to the public regarding COVID-19-related issues, and the Wage and Hour Investigators heavily focused their efforts on completing and closing out older and more complicated wage claims, which drove the average amount of time for completion up. The majority of these older claims were closed out in FY2020, so the average resolution time is expected to be back on track in FY2021 and beyond.
Target #2: Provide Wage and Hour briefings to employers.
Analysis of results and challenges: Wage and Hour currently tracks the number of employer briefings, which are a strategy to reduce wage claims. Employer Briefings include seminars, on-site visits, and quick and accurate responses to employer inquiries. Alaska has a constantly changing business environment, and frequent briefings are an important employer education tool to help increase compliance with Wage and Hour regulations.
Wage and Hour continues to focus efforts on proactive measures to assist employers with understanding their legal requirements, but the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a temporary, but noticeable, reduction in employer and public wage activities in most areas of the state for FY2020.
Wage and Hour has pointedly improved their employer information delivery process to during the 2018, 2019, and 2020 fiscal years by acting upon customer feedback and providing education specifically designed for certain problematic industries. This delivery process includes direct mail-outs of brochures provided in six different languages, an improved website design, as well as press releases. These improved communication efforts, combined with the decrease in statewide employment due to COVID-19, has resulted in a noticeable and significant drop in phone calls and visits from the public seeking quick answers to FAQ's that are now proactively addressed via the methods noted above. The effectiveness of these activities in FY2020, resulted in fewer Wage and Hour briefings in FY2020.
Current as of December 9, 2020