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I. Alliance Background
May 5, 2004
To provide the Ohio Concrete Masonry Association (OCMA) members with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will assist in protecting employees’ safety and health while producing concrete products.
Implementation Team Members
Chris Matthewson, Compliance Assistant Specialist, for the Columbus OSHA office
Chris Lechner, Executive Director for OCMA
II. Implementation Team Meetings
Numerous meetings between OCMA and OSHA were held prior to the signing of the Alliance. Once the Alliance was signed, monthly meetings were held to organize a safety committee and to arrange a schedule for quarterly meetings with the OCMA Board members and the Compliance Assistance Specialists (CASs) in Ohio.
On July 20, 2004 the Ohio CASs, Ohio OSHA On-Site Consultation, and the OCMA safety committee met to discuss the association’s training needs.
On September 15, 2004 Chris Matthewson and Keith Bullock, a consultant with the Ohio On-Site Consultation, attended the annual OCMA fall meeting. At the meeting it was decided On-Site Consultation would conduct a safety and health consultation audit of some of OCMA member facilities. Mr. Bullock’s report will determine what future safety and health training will be needed.
On December 8, 2004 three CASs met with the OCMA Safety Committee members to discuss the results from On-Site Consultation safety and health audits.
On March 10, 2005 Chris Matthewson and Chris Lechner met to discuss future training needs for their member.
On May 13, 2005 Chris Lechner and Chris Matthewson met to discuss the training session which is scheduled for October 13, 2005 in Canton, Ohio. The training session will cover the results of the On-Site Consultation safety and health audit. Training topics will include machine guarding, electrical, walking-working surfaces, and noise.
III. Activities and Products
This report covers activities from May 13, 2004-May 13, 2005.
The first year of this Alliance has been a productive and a positive experience. OSHA is closing the communication gap with the employers in the concrete industry. OSHA and OCMA continue to work together to reinforce safety and health to the Association members. The Alliance has been successful for both parties because it has strengthened the lines of communication and creditability between OSHA and OMCA.
IV. Upcoming Milestones
On September 8, 2005 Chris Matthewson will meet with the Alliance members and provide an OSHA update which will include training and question and answer session.
On October13, 2005 a training session is being planned in Canton, Ohio for the OMCA members. The Columbus and Cleveland CASs and On-Site Consultation will focus the training session on the hazards found during the consultant’s safety and health audit which include machine guarding, electrical, walking-working surfaces, and noise.
On- Site Consultation will continue provide safety and audits for the Alliance members and assist them with safety and health concerns.
This evaluation report was prepared by Chris Matthewson, Compliance Assistance Safety Specialist for the Columbus OSHA office.