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  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed. August 31, 2006

    Alliance Overview.

    This alliance was intended to address those Wisconsin workplaces utilizing ammonia as a refrigerant.

    Implementation Team Members.

    James Drew, Wisconsin Division or Public Health’s Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health (BEOH) Kimberly Stille, Madison Area Director George Yoksas, Milwaukee Area Director Leslie Ptak, Madison Compliance Assistance Specialist

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    Implementation team members exchanged some telephone calls and emails during February 2008.

  3. Activities and Products

    Evaluation Period.

    This report covers the period of August 24, 2007 to September 4, 2008.

    Alliance Activity.

    The initial purpose of the alliance was for OSHA to support BEOH’s Ammonia Awareness Day, which occurred in April 25, 2007. It was felt that the event would have more impact if OSHA was listed as a sponsor. Ammonia Awareness Day consisted of informational emails from the BEOH to employers in Wisconsin who are known users of anhydrous ammonia. The emails directed recipients to an informational web site, set up just for Ammonia Awareness Day. Recipients were also mailed an explanatory Ammonia Awareness Day cover letter, hard copies of an anhydrous ammonia brochure, a hard copy of a six-question evaluation questionnaire, and a postage-paid return envelope. The purpose of the questionnaire was to have recipients rate the effectiveness of the Ammonia Awareness Day informational campaign.

    Since the Ammonia Awareness Day event, there has not been a lot of activity between OSHA and BEOH. In February of 2008 BEOH asked OSHA if it was interested in partaking of an anhydrous ammonia awareness training program developed via the Susan Harwood grants. The OSHA area directors reviewed the training materials and decided that it did not meet the needs of OSHA’s Wisconsin employers and decided not to pursue the training event. Since that time there has been no communication between BEOH and OSHA about the alliance.

    It is the recommendation of the area office’s that the alliance not be renewed.

    Alliance Products.

    None during the reporting period.

  4. Results

    It is the recommendation of the Madison OSHA team that this alliance not be renewed.
    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    TOTAL 0

    Alliance concluded September 4, 2008.

    Report Prepared by: Leslie Ptak, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Madison, WI.