Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Concluded Regional Alliances - Region IV


I. Alliance Background:

Date Signed


January 21, 2003

Overview

OSHA, Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, Troy State University Small Business Development Center, Houston County Emergency Management, and Wiregrass Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) formed the wiregrass alliance to promote safe and healthful working conditions for small business employers and employees in the Wiregrass Area. The group was joined by Durden Outdoor Displays, Incorporated, on August 16, 2005 and the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center July 20, 2006.

II. Implementation Team Membership:

Included in the Implementation Team are representatives from OSHA, Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, Troy State University Small Business Development Center, Houston County Emergency Management, Durden Outdoor Displays, Inc., the Wiregrass Chapter of the ASSE, and the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center.

These meeting were conducted as scheduled on:

  • 1/23/07 Group Meeting
  • 4/4/07 Quarterly Meeting
  • 6/6/07 Quarterly Meeting
  • 10/4-5/07 - Safe Day for Small Business
  • 12/4/07 Quarterly Meeting

Evaluation Period

January 21, 2007 through January 22, 2008

III. Events and Products

Training and Education

Events

  • On March 29, 2007, the Wiregrass Alliance co-sponsored the Construction Safety Conference in Montgomery, Alabama focusing on construction small business.

  • During the annual "Safe Day for Small Business," on October 19, 2007, Alliance members issued approximately 32 OSHA-10 hour cards to employers and employees that received safety training.

Products

  • None

Outreach and Communication

Events

  • On October 19, 2007, the annual "Safe Day for Small Business" outreach event was conducted on the campus of Troy University in Dothan, Alabama.

  • An alliance member, the Dothan Chamber of Commerce, has developed a safety section in the local office to provide information and materials to small business.

  • Alliance participants have assisted OSHA by distributing outreach material, such as the spray-on bed liner hazard letters to members and small businesses in the Wiregrass area.

Products

  • In conjunction with the "Safe Day for Small Business" in October 2007 an Alliance member, Durden Outdoor Sign, posted several billboards advertising the event.

Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

Events

  • None

Products

  • None

IV. Results

Growth of the Annual Safe Day for Small Business

Date Event Participation
October 2003 N/A N/A
October 2004 N/A N/A
October 20, 2005 Safety Day for Small Business 125 attendees
October 19, 2006 Safety Day for Small Business 135 attendees
October 5, 2007 Safety Day for Small Business 150 attendees

V. Upcoming Milestones

  • Alliance members are planning to participate in the annual "Safety Day for Small Business" in October 2008. This year the event will focus on providing effective safety and health training to young workers, employed by small business.

  • Alliance members are planning to assist the Workplace Violence Alliance educate industry in the wiregrass area on prevention methods involved with workplace violence. The Alliance will assist by providing assistance for the March 4, 2008 Workplace Violence Symposium.

  • Alliance members are planning to support local technical schools by providing safety training to students and educators in the Wiregrass area and work closely with the Alabama Youth Alliance.