Region 7 - Alliance Annual Report - January 15, 2016

U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Kansas City Regional, and Kansas City, St. Louis and Wichita Area Offices
Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., Heart of America Chapter
For Dates January 1, 2015 to January 1, 2016

  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed

      January 15, 2015

    2. Evaluation Period

      January 15, 2015 to January 15, 2016

    3. Overview

      The OSHA and ABC, Heart of America Alliance was established to create a collaborative relationship to foster safety and more healthful American workplaces. The goals of the Alliance are to provide ABC, Heart of America Chapter, members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to struck-by, falls, caught in between and electrical hazards, addressing construction and industrial contractor issues, and understanding the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). In developing the Alliance goals, OSHA and ABC, Heart of America Chapter, recognizes that OSHA’s State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

    4. Implementation Team Members


      Barbara Theriot
      OSHA, Kansas City Area Office, Area Director
      Todd Sieleman
      OSHA, Kansas City Area Office, Compliance Assistance Specialist

      Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., Heart of America Chapter

      Michele Roberts-Bauer
      ABC-HOA Chapter President
      Paul Cohen
      ABC ABC-HOA Safety Council Chairman
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    OSHA staff attended the ABC-HOA Safety Committee Meetings to support the alliance, network and provide technical assistance, as well as plan alliance activities

    • December 17, 2014 Safety Committee Meeting (prior to the signing of the agreement)
    • January 23, 2015 Safety Committee Meeting
    • February 20, 2015 Safety Committee Meeting
    • March 20, 2015 Safety Committee Meeting
    • April 17, 2015 Safety Committee Meeting
    • May 8, 2015 Safety Committee Meeting
    • June 19, 2015 Safety Committee Meeting
    • August 21, 2015 Safety Committee Meeting
    • September 18, 2015 Safety Committee Meeting
    • October 16, 2015 Safety Committee Meeting
    • November 20, 2015 Safety Committee Meeting
    • December 17, 2015 Safety Committee Meeting
  3. Events and Products

    Training and Education

    • OSHA publications and information were provided to Alliance membership.
    • OSHA 10 hour training sessions were conducted on multiple occasions.
    • Numerous STEP (Safety Training and Evaluation Process) education workshops were conducted.
    • Confined Space in Construction guidance provided to members when the rule was announced.


    • OSHA Fatal Facts were distributed to heighten awareness of workplace fatality investigations.
    • ABC leadership provides the ABC Year in Review booklet which reinforces a zero-incident philosophy.
    • OSHA initiatives are addressed through hand out materials made available to membership, as well as through the organization’s member newsletter.

    Outreach and Communication

    • 10/14/2015 ABC Safety Day in Kansas City

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    • Active participation in National Safety Stand-Down in Construction in 2015 and 2016.
    • Committee membership supported Worker’s Memorial Day events for both years.
    • Heat stress and construction exposure is a topic which is addressed and communicated during months of summer.
  4. Results

    The ABC, Heart of America Chapter members, have fostered a close working relationship with OSHA and have benefitted from a mutually supportive Alliance providing greater access to outreach information and guidance on work place safety and regulatory compliance.

    Type of Activity

    Number of Individuals Reached or Trained


    Safety Committee meetings (an average of 11 people attending for 11 meetings)


    As required/requested technical information

    January 27-28, 2016 Training


    OSHA 10 Hour Course

    March 30-31, 2016 Training


    OSHA 10 Hour Course

    April 28-30 Training


    Safety Technology Series

    May 13, 2016 Training


    STEP Workshop (Safety Training)

    May 14, 2016 Training


    STEP Workshop

    July 15, 2015 Meeting


    Confined Space Rescue training

    August 25-26 Training


    OSHA 10 Hour Course

    Sept  1, 2016 Training


    First Aid/CPR Certification

    October 14, 2015 Conference


    OSHA Update & Confined Space

    October 20, 2015 Training


    OSHA 10 Hour Course

    October 30, 2015 Training


    First Aid/CPR Certification

    November 6, 2015 Banquet


    Excellence in Construction Awards

    December 17, 2015 Meeting


    Holiday Reception & networking





  5. Upcoming Milestones

    The Alliance plans to continue to strive to meet the goals for the next evaluation year and renewal of the Alliance.

    • Continue Monthly Safety Committee Meetings.
    • Continue to provide ABC Training Facility Safety Evaluation each semester.
    • Increase STEP Award Participation through promotion and outreach.
    • Conduct a Safety Seminar on new emerging trends, focus four, fall protection or other safety topic.
    • List major planned activities, products and issues that the Alliance plans to work on during the next reporting period.

    Report prepared by: Todd Sieleman, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Kansas City Area Office