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Mobile OSHA Area Office Annual Status Report
Wiregrass Alliance with Small Business Development Centers
January 22, 2008


  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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
  4. 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

  5. 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.
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