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I. Alliance Background

Date Signed:

October 25, 2006


OSHA, AL/MS - ASSE, ALSDE C/TE, and Safe State hereby form an Alliance to provide career/technical education teachers, students and others with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help them protect career/technical education students’ and educators’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing youth workers exposure to the prevalent work hazards in the workplace and school laboratory environment.

II. Implementation Team Membership:

Representatives from OSHA, AL and MS Chapters of the ASSE, the Alabama Dept of Education Career/Technical Education Section (ALSDE C/TE) and Safe State Consultation Program. During this period a minimum of three Alliance meetings were conducted by the group:

  • Two meeting were conducted between OSHA representatives and Rusty Pettit, Pettit Safety Solutions. Myron Laurent, Alabama Board of Education, was not available due State funding cuts and limited resources.

  • On March 3, 2010, a conference call was conducted between Myron Laurent and Rusty Pettit regarding the Alliance.

Evaluation Period:

March 31, 2009 thru March 31, 2010

III. Events and Products

Training and Education


  • The OSHA CAS in the Birmingham Area Office conducted the Intro to OSHA presentation during the OSHA 10-hour course for vocational program students at Tanner High School.
  • The OSHA CAS in the Birmingham Area Office conducted an OSHA update presentation for students at Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, AL.


  • None

Outreach and Communication


  • On August 14, 2009, Pettit Safety Solutions sponsored a golf tournament for ASSE members, which was focused on raising funds for future youth outreach events and overall awareness regarding the Alabama Youth Alliance.
  • In October 2009, Pettit Safety Solutions sponsored the "Super Safety Event" at Calhoun College. Participants included students, instructors and volunteers from local high schools and colleges (area impacted included Huntsville, Decatur and Athens, Alabama). During this event youth involved in racing mini-midgets conducted a demonstration and shared information about racing safety. A questions and answers session was also conducted with the attendees at the event.


  • None

Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health


  • The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Alabama have both designated a $100.00 scholarship for area high school vocational students that complete the OSHA 10-hour course and elect to pursue an education in the field of safety and health.


  • American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Alabama Scholarships

IV. Results

Since the Alabama Youth Alliance was established in 2006 the following results have been achieved:

  • 79 teachers have completed the 500 or 501 that empowers them to train their students in the OSHA 10-Hour Course. Additionally, an estimated 800 10-Hr cards have been issued to high school seniors who entered the workforce, college, or both.

V. Upcoming Milestones in FY 2010 - 2011

  • Continue to support vocational school instructors interested in attending the Train-the-Trainer course for the construction industry.

  • Provide Train-the-Trainer class for vocational school instructors in the general industry field.

  • Continue to participate in the Annual Skills USA Conference in Birmingham, Alabama, by exhibiting and providing safety and health information to students, instructors and other attendees.

  • Continue to support schools requesting our assistance with student programs on safety.

Report Prepared by: Virginia G. Ames, CAS – Birmingham Area Office

For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 202-693-2340 or go to OSHA's webpage.