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I. Alliance Background
September 22, 2005
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
Howard Eberts, Compliance Assistance Specialist
Shawn Combs*, NFIB Ohio (through December 2005)
Chad Wilson**, NFIB Ohio (through June 2007)
Chris Ferruso, NFIB Ohio
Jim Wirth, GatesMcDonald
II. Implementation Team Meetings
III. Activities and Products
This report covers September 22, 2006 – September 22, 2007.
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 Consultation, 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:
The success of these initial seminars led to addition Fall Safety Seminars scheduled and held statewide in 2007. OSHA CASs Howard Eberts (Columbus), Eric Peterson (Cleveland), Gaye Johnson (Cincinnati), and CSHOs Todd Jensen (Toledo) and Walt Visage (Cleveland) assisted in training in their respective local office jurisdictions. OSHA On-Site Consultation and the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation – Division of Safety and Hygiene also sent representatives to each session as well. The 2007 Fall Safety Seminars were held:
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:
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 through the NFIB newsletter as well as schedule additional safety seminars. The NFIB members continue to comment positively on the seminars and additional information developed and shared through this Alliance, so both parties would like to extend this Alliance for another two years.
The tables below show the training sessions and affected employers and employees.
V. Upcoming Milestones
Continue to assist small business members on improving their safety and health programs.
Resign new Alliance Agreement to continue relationship in FY-2008.
This report was prepared by Howard Eberts, Compliance Assistance Specialist.