Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Region V


  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed:

    May 7, 2008

    Renewed:

    July, 2010

    Expiration Date:

    July, 2012

    Alliance Overview

    Primary goals of the Alliance are to strengthen the relationship with the Operating Engineers - Local 150, participate in training sessions and work on special training projects that are mutually beneficial to all participants.

    The Alliance includes participation by all the OSHA offices in Illinois.

    Implementation Team Members

    Mr. Martin Turek - Assistant Coordinator - Safety Administrator - Apprenticeship and Skill Improvement Program

    Mr. James Martineck - OSHA - Calumet City Area Office

    Mr. William Coulehan - OSHA -- Calumet City Area Office

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    Implementation team meetings are conducted by conference calls and e-mails regarding various projects and alliance activities.   Last meeting was in November, 2011.

  3. Activities and Products

    This report summaries activities through the Alliance and includes activities since the report of June, 2010.

    Alliance Activity

    The foundation of the Alliance is OSHA’s participation in training sessions and the OSHA 10-Hour program established by Local 150.   Alliance activities were previously expanded to include an OSHA topic at the annual HAZWOPER refresher training offered through Local 150.  Local 150 also permits the use of their facility for crane courses through OSHA’s Training Institute (OTI).

    Participation in the OSHA 10 hour courses were as follows:

    Date Location In Attendance

    8/23/10

    Wilmington

    14

    9/20/10

    Wilmington

    17

    11/16/10

    Wilmington

    12

    12/11/10

    Rock Island

    30

    1/18/11

    Wilmington

    20

    1/31/11

    Wilmington

    50

    2/14/11

    Wilmington

    20

    2/25/11

    Merrillville IN

    15

    4/6/11

    Wilmington

    25*

    4/19/11

    Wilmington

    45

    6/17/11

    Wilmington

    30

    8/24/11

    Wilmington

    12*

    9/7/11

    Wilmington

    10

    10/4/11

    Wilmington

    16

    11/14/11

    Wilmington

    30

     

     

     

    Total

     

    346


    The sessions marked with an “*” notes OSHA 10 Hour courses offered through Local 150 for High School teachers specializing in vocational programs and students in these programs. This represented a very unique opportunity for educators and students to obtain an OSHA 10-Hour card and for OSHA to interact with this audience.

    Participation in HAWOPER refresher courses were as follows

    Date Location In Attendance

    12/18/10

    Wilmington

     105

    1/8/11

    Rock Island

      50

    1/15/11

    Lakemoor

     141

    1/22/11

    Joliet

     220

    2/5/11

    Rockford

     112

    2/12/11

    Countryside

     273

    3/5/11

    Merrillville IN

     197

    3/19/11

    Utica

     106

    4/2/11

    Wilmington

     140

    12/17/11

    Wilmington

      98

     

     

     

    Total

     

    1442


    Each session included a Q / A session between Local 150 attendees and OSHA personnel. Two CSHOs attended the HAZWOPER training to satisfy their annual refresher training requirement.

    Additional projects included a 40 Hour HAZWOPER course for the Region 5 Emergency Response Team and a crane training course for CSHOs. The reviews for both of these courses were excellent. It was noted that the HAZWOPER session included exercises while the participants were dressed in “Level A” suits. As indicated in prior evaluations of this Alliance, the value of this type of cooperative action, especially with the limited availability of these resources to OSHA, can not be overstated.

    Alliance Products

    Training materials used in 2011 include the handouts for the two courses reference above. These materials were assembled by Local 150 especially for these training sessions. Previous training products developed through the Alliance include the Power Point and webinar material used in the Quick Coupler training and the material provided during the Tower Crane training.

  4. Results

    This Alliance has been very successful in continuing the strong relationship between OSHA and Local 150. This Alliance should be considered a major success, and the cooperation of Local 150 should be commended.

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    As mentioned in last year’s report, Local 150 is installing Wind Farm equipment at their facility to train their members on proper installation and maintenance techniques. These will be available to train CSHOs on the hazards associated with this equipment.

Report Prepared by: William Coulehan, James Martineck and Martin Turek

For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 202-693-2340 or go to www.osha.gov.