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

November 20, 2007

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed:

    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
  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 Aaron 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
    September 29, 2006
    Implementation Team Meeting
    February 18, 2007
    Implementation Team Meeting
    July 12, 2007
    Implementation Team Meeting
    October 23, 2007
    Cincinnati Safety Seminar - trainer was CAS Gaye Johnson
    October 24, 2007
    Implementation Team Meeting – First meeting with Chris Ferruso
    October 24, 2007
    Columbus Safety Seminar - trainer was CAS Howard Eberts
    October 25, 2007
    Cleveland Safety Seminar trainers were CSHO Walt Visage and CAS Eric Peterson
    October 26, 2007
    Toledo Safety Seminar - trainer was CSHO Todd Jensen
  3. Activities and Products

    Evaluation Period.

    This report covers September 22, 2006 – September 22, 2007.

    Alliance Activities.


    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:

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

    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:

    • October 23, 2007, Cincinnati
    • October 24, 2007, Columbus
    • October 25, 2007, Cleveland
    • October 26, 2007, Perrysburg (Toledo)

    Alliance Products.


    • NFIB/Ohio Fall Safety Seminars (8 total)

    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
    • 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.
  4. Results

    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.

    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
    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    October 23, 2007, NFIB/Ohio Safety Seminar, Cincinnati, Ohio
    Trainer: Gaye Johnson
    October 24, 2007, NFIB/Ohio Safety Seminar, Columbus, Ohio
    Trainer: Howard Eberts
    October 25, 2007, NFIB/Ohio Safety Seminar, Cleveland, Ohio
    Trainers: Eric Peterson and Walt Visage
    October 26, 2007, NFIB/Ohio Safety Seminar, Perrysburg, Ohio
    Trainer: Todd Jensen
    TOTAL 1,365
  5. 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.

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