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Wilkes-Barre Area Office Annual Alliance Report
the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Association

December 2005

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed:

    January 7, 2005


    Alliance to provide the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce members and others with training, information, guidance, and access to OSHA resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing employee injury and illness.

    Implementation Team Members

    Fred Bartol
    David Martin
    Donna Palermo
    President, Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce
    Lani Drobnock
    Marketing Director, Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce

    Evaluation Period

    November 2004 to November 2005

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    Several planning meetings were held throughout 2004, and a final planning and evaluation meeting was held on November 8, 2005.

  3. Events and Products

    Training and Education

    • Events
    • Completed a series of 5 seminars to its members addressing: Safety Pays, Preparing for an OSHA Inspection, PENN SAFE, Workers' Compensation, and Violence in the Workplace.

      Included was a four hour seminar on workplace violence with 20 participants. Each participant received a 100 page manual.

    Outreach and Communication

    • Events
    • Wrote articles for the HR Corner in the Chamber newsletter

    Arranged for the delivery of the OSHA 10 hour course for general industry to the members of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce members.

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    The CAS wrote several articles concerning OSHA related topics that were included in the Chamber of Commerce monthly newsletter to its members.

  4. Results

    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)

    Number of Individuals Reached or Trained

    Safety Pays 15
    Preparing for an OSHA Inspection 30
    PENN SAFE 30
    Workers' Compensation & OSHA 30
    Violence in the Workplace 20
    TOTAL 110
  5. Upcoming Milestones

    The members of the alliance will conduct a series of workshops on workplace safety and health issues that relate to their members interests. The CAS will write occasional articles for inclusion in the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce's monthly newsletter to members. OSHA and the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce will continue to recognize the value of collaborative efforts to achieve workplace safety. OSHA and the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce will remain committed to cooperative and proactive efforts to advance workplace safety and health, and to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as training and education, outreach and communication and promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health. The Chamber and OSHA will provide expertise to members in order to enhance workplace safety and health programs by requesting OSHA attendance and participation in selected Roundtables. The Alliance will encourage the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce members to participate in OSHA training courses offered through the OSHA Institute and/or through the designated Educational Centers.

    The alliance participants will continue to disseminate new or updated OSHA information through existing communication tools, including web sites and news letters (HR- Corner Topic), and to explore new resources for providing such information to the Chambers members.

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