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Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Alliance
Columbus Area Office

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed:

    September 22, 2005

    Evaluation Period

    September 22, 2005 - September 22, 2006

    Alliance Overview:

    OSHA and the NFIB Alliance recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to develop safer and healthier workplaces and to protect employees' health and safety. The Alliance is working to make health and safety information, compliance assistance resources, and safety and health training available to all employers in the Columbus area and when possible to expand the training throughout Ohio. This training will focus on small and independent businesses and communicate the need for the implementation of safety and health management system programs in the workplace.

    Implementation Team Members


    Chris Matthewson
    Compliance Assistance Specialist


    Shawn Combs*
    NFIB Ohio
    Chad Wilson
    NFIB Ohio
    Jim Wirth

    *Shawn Combs was an implementation team member from June 2004 to December 2005

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    October 21, 2005
    CAS meets with Safety Manager Jim Wirth to discuss future All Ohio Safety Training Seminars
    October 25, 2005
    Cincinnati Safety Seminar trainer was Dale Henderson
    October 26, 2005
    Columbus Safety Seminar trainers were CAS Chris Matthewson, CSHO Scott Feil, and On Site Consultant Keith Bullock
    October 27, 2005
    Toledo Safety Seminar trainers were CSHO Kip Reiher, CSHO Jorge Munoz, and CAS Laura Ulczyinski
    October 28, 2005
    Cleveland Safety Seminar trainers were CSHO Aron Priddy and CAS Julie Weis
    November 22, 2005
    Implementation Team Meeting
    December 9, 2005
    First meeting with Assistant State Director Chad Wilson
    March 2, 2006
    Implementation Team Meeting
    April 6, 2006
    Implementation Team Meeting
    July 21, 2006
    Implementation Team Meeting
  3. Results

    1. Events and Products

      Outreach and Communication Goals

      • Develop and disseminate information through print and electronic media, including electronic assistance tools, publications, safety newsletters and links from OSHA's and NFIB's Web sites.
      • With assistance from the NFIB, develop safety and health training that is specific to NFIB's Ohio membership.
      • Continue open communications between NFIB and the Columbus OSHA Office and the sharing of expertise information


      • NFIB/Ohio Safety Seminars

        The articles developed by OSHA and posted on NFIB's Tools and Tips Web site contains additional links to other OSHA safety and health resources. Such as:

        • Finding Help for Small Business Owners on the Department of Labor's Web Site, Part II
        • OSHA Programs Can Aid Small Business Workplace Safety
      • Appear at exhibits, or speak at OSHA and NFIB conferences, seminars or other events that address small business issues
      • Print
      • Articles on the OSHA and NFIB safety and health subjects have appeared in a number of printed Safety Vision articles. These articles explain the importance of safety and health issues for small businesses. They also have a link that contains additional information.


      NFIB/Ohio Safety Seminars

      Shawn Combs, then Assistant State Director, NFIB, and Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS), Chris Matthewson, designed an all day Safety and Health Seminar. This Safety Seminar was expanded to all the OSHA Offices in Ohio with very positive comments from the businesses who attended. CAS Laura Ulczyinski, Julie Weis, and Dale Henderson assisted in the training in their areas. Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) Scott Feil, Jorge Munoz, Aaron Priddy, Kip Reiher, and Matt Taylor made presentations during the NFIB/Ohio Safety Seminars. OSHA On Site, Keith Bullock, gave a presentation in each location where training was held. The presentations included information on machine guarding, electrical safety, hazards communication, fall protection, OSHA up-date, ask OSHA, and trenching and excavation. The seminars were held:

      • October 25, 2005, Cincinnati
      • October 26, 2005, Columbus
      • October 27, 2005, Toledo
      • October 28, 2005, Cleveland

      OSHA Columbus, Ohio Area Office Alliance with NFIB/Ohio State Chapter

      On September 22, 2005, the Columbus OSHA Office signed an Alliance with the NFIB/Ohio Chapter. The Columbus OSHA Office and the NFIB/Ohio Alliance are working on a number of projects including developing an "OSHA Column" for the NFIB/Ohio State Chapter's newsletter. They are working with the NFIB's local chapters in Ohio to develop a safety and health program to present during the Council's meetings.

      • Work with other Alliance participants on safety and health issues and projects that impact small and independent businesses, especially safety and health management programs, which are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
    2. Executive Summary

      OSHA and the NFIB have worked together through the Alliance Program during the past year to further enhance compliance assistance materials and information that is available for small businesses. In addition, the Alliance is continuing to share information on safe workplaces.

    3. Alliance Program Reach

      Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
      OSHA and the NFIB four printed Safety Vision 2,000
      October 25, 2005, NFIB/Ohio Safety Seminar, Cincinnati, Ohio
      Trainers: Dale Henderson and Keith Bullock
      October 26, 2005, NFIB/Ohio Safety Seminar, Columbus, Ohio
      Trainiers: Scott Feil, Chris Matthewson, and Keith Bullock
      October 27, 2005, NFIB/Ohio Safety Seminar, Toledo, Ohio
      Trainers: Kip Reiher, Jorge Munoz, Matt Taylor, Laura Ulczyinski, and Keith Bullock
      October 28, 2005, NFIB/Ohio Safety Seminar, Cleveland, Ohio
      Trainers: Aaron Priddy, Julie Weis, and Keith Bullock
      TOTAL 2,830
  4. Upcoming Milestones

    Assist NFIB in the safety and health segments for the next Safety Vision pamphlet.

    New NFIB member, Chad Wilson, was added to the implementation team.

    Continue to assist small business members on improving their safety and health programs.

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