to Region V
I. Alliance Background
January 6, 2005
OSHA and Galesburg Area Safety Health and Environmental Network (GASHEN) formed Alliance to provide participants and others with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help them protect employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to ergonomics, electrical, emergency action, machine guarding and lockout hazards and addressing recordkeeping requirements.
Implementation Team Members
Peggy Zweber, Compliance Assistance Specialist and Constance Thurman, Director, Center for Manufacturing Excellence (CME), Carl Sandburg College
II. Implementation Team Meetings
This group meets only 4 times per year and the original signatory Director requested OSHA presentations at each meeting.
After the October meeting, Ms. Thurman requested the OSHA recordkeeping presentation be deferred to April, 2006, as the group wished a followup presentation from a doctor on determination of compensable injuries. The CAS attended the January 10, 2006 meeting and spoke to the membership after the presentation, reviewing the Alliance, CAS position, and advised of topics that OSHA agreed to cover during the course of the Alliance, requesting from the membership their interests in specific topics. Membership would give feedback at April meeting.
III. Activities and Products
January 5, 2006 to January 5, 2007
January through December, 2006 – Membership sent the Area Office newsletter electronically.
January through December, 2006 – Progress of Z Project (hazard prevention and control program) periodically reviewed with membership electronically.
January 10, 2006, CAS met with membership at regular meeting to review Alliance and get feedback on expectations of membership for presentations/information from OSHA.
April 11, 2006, CAS presentation on Recordkeeping Requirements at quarterly meeting. Copy of power point emailed to members not in attendance.
July 10, 2006, CAS presentation on Elements of a Safety and Health Program at quarterly meeting. Only 5 members attend presentation. Copy of power point emailed to members not in attendance.
Power Point presentations created on OSHA Recordkeeping Requirements and on Elements of a Safety and Health Program.
A. Since the closure of Magtag company in Galesburg, the attendance at the quarterly meetings has been dwindling. The October 2006 and January 2007 meetings were cancelled due to lack of membership participation. The Director of the program notified the Peoria CAS in February that the group is on hold for the present. Meetings have been cancelled indefinitely.
C. Other issues that affected Alliance implementation. Economic challenges in the Galesburg Area due to a major business, Maytag, closing causing several other businesses to close which depended on Maytag business contracts as supportive.
IV. Upcoming Milestones
The Alliance concluded on January 6, 2007. CAS will remain in contact with the Director of Carl Sandburg College, who heads the organization and continue to share Area Office Newsletters and information on the Area Office customer service program on hazard control, the Z Project.
Report Prepared by: Peggy Zweber, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Peoria Area Office