Region 1 - Alliance Annual Report - September 30, 2017

International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local #1150
Alliance Background: Signed September 16, 2003
Renewed: September 14, 2005


The purpose was to use their collective expertise to help foster a culture of prevention while sharing best practices and technical knowledge. Emphasis would be on reducing and preventing exposure to hazards found in healthcare and manufacturing.

Implementation Team Members

  • Robert W. Kowalski (ret.), Area Director, U.S. Department of Labor/OSHA, Bridgeport Area Office
  • Leona May, Compliance Assistance Specialist, U.S. Department of Labor/OSHA, Bridgeport Area Office
  • Rocco Calo- Sec/Treasurer Teamsters Local 1150
  • Joe Grabinski- Chief Safety and Health Steward Local 1150


Steven Mayo, Environmental Health and Safety Manager, Sikorsky EHS Department

Evaluation Period

FY 2017 - October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017

Team Meetings

***Numerous telephone calls and emails were exchanged throughout this evaluation period between Bridgeport Area Office's Compliance Assistance Specialist Leona May and Joe Grabinski, Chief Safety and Health Union Steward and Dennis Varmich, Safety Steward..

April 29, 2017 – CAS Leona May attended a formal planning meeting with Joe Grabinski and Dennis Varmich at Teamsters' Local 1150 union hall in Stratford, CT.

Events and Products

October 21, 2016 – Bridgeport CAS, Joe Grabinski and Dennis Varmich to present attend seven meetings with CT Hearing Conservation Committee during this evaluation period.

February 14, 2017 – Bridgeport CAS and Dennis Varmich attend five meetings with CT Young Worker Safety Team

April 27, 2017 – Bridgeport CAS and Dennis Varmich participated at Middlesex County Career Fair at Wesleyan University.

May 2, 2017 – Bridgeport CAS and Dennis Varmich attended and participated at Associated Builders and Contractors Rodeo Career Fair.

June 12, 2017 – Bridgeport CAS conducted an OSHA presentation and Joe Grabinski spoke about workplace safety and OSHA at the Safe and Sound seminar at Sikorsky Aircraft, Stratford, CT.

June 15, 2017 – Bridgeport CAS established an OSHA booth with training information and publications with Joe Grabinski at Frontier Family Safety Night, Stratford, CT.

June 23, 2017 through September 7, 2017 – CAS presented the Intro to OSHA (two hours) along for Joe Grabinski who conducted an OSHA 10 GI class to their employees at Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford, CT.

Outreach and Communication

The Alliance utilizes Connecticut Safety Society Newsletter and the Connecticut OSHA Newsletter to announce programs, event and training opportunities.

Teamsters have a newsletter which has wide distribution. They have an electronic website and email distribution. Grabinski has an active role with the National Safety Council.

Communication is primarily conducted through email, websites and mail distribution.

Results Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
October 21, 2016 - Hearing Conservation 70
February 14, 2017 - Young Workers 50
April 27, 2017 - Career Fair 1,200
May 2, 2017 - Rodeo 500
June 12, 2017 - Safe and Sound 70
June 15, 2017 - Frontier Family Safety Night 300
June 23rd - September 7th, 2017 - OSHA 10 hour general Industry 10
TOTAL 2,200

Upcoming Milestones in FY 2018

The Bridgeport Area Office will continue to present various safety and health topics and training in coordination with Teamster Local 1150.

Continue to present contemporary safety and health topics. Continue outreach with other safety and health organizations.

Bridgeport Area OSHA Office intends to renew this alliance in early FY18.