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Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Region V

The Grain & Feed Association of Illinois (GFAI), the Illinois Area Offices of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Illinois Onsite Safety and Health Consultation Program, Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (Onsite Consultation) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces.  The Grain & Feed Association of Illinois, the Illinois OSHA Area Offices, and Onsite Consultation hereby form an Alliance to provide GFAI members participants, and workers with information, guidance, and training resources to protect employees’ health and safety.  The Alliance will focus on preventing exposure to hazards related to engulfment, amputations, electrocutions, falls and other injuries and illnesses.  Steps will be taken to ensure GFAI member employees are familiar with bin entry hazards.

Training and Education Goals

The Grain & Feed Association of Illinois, OSHA and the Onsite Consultation will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • Provide access to training and education through GFAI onsite training programs and seminars, specific to the focus areas.
  • Coordinate efforts to provide training opportunities to help reduce fatalities and injuries. 
  • Coordinate efforts to provide recognition of engulfment hazards, potential amputation hazards, electrical hazards, falls and methods to reduce injuries and fatalities through hazard identification and effective measures to eliminate or control potential hazards.  
  • Coordinate efforts with each other to improve worker skills in hazard recognition and control. 
  • Coordinate efforts to take ensure a permit system or the employer's representative (who would otherwise authorize the permit) is present during the entire operation and is able to identify and eliminate potential work site hazards.

Outreach and Communication Goals

The Grain & Feed Association of Illinois, OSHA and Onsite Consultation will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • Provide speaker resources for local meetings, conventions and appearances to promote the Alliance throughout Illinois.
  • Develop and disseminate informational materials through printed and electronic means to contractors, subcontractors, laborers and other workers about the Alliance educational opportunities specific to the focus areas.

OSHA’s Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as training and education, outreach and communication, and promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health.  These Alliances have proved to be valuable tools for both OSHA and its Alliance participants.  By entering into an Alliance with a party, OSHA is not endorsing any of that party’s products or services; nor does the Agency enter into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular party’s products or services.

An implementation team made up of representatives of the GFAI, OSHA and Onsite Consultation will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants.  Team members will include representatives of the Peoria OSHA Area Office.  In addition, they will meet at least three times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance.

This agreement will remain in effect for three years.  Any signatory may terminate the Alliance for any reason at any time, provided they give 30 days written notice.  This agreement may be modified at any time with the concurrence of all signatories.

Signed this 20th day of August, 2012.

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Tom Bielema                                                     Date
Area Director
Occupational Safety and
Health Administration (Peoria)

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Jeffrey Adkisson                                               Date
Executive Vice-President
Grain & Feed Association of Illinois

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Kathy Webb                                                      Date
Area Director
Occupational Safety and
Health Administration (Aurora)

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Gary Anderson                                                 Date
Area Director Occupational Safety and
Health Administration (Calumet City)

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Gary Anderson                                                 Date
Area Director OSHA Area Office
Occupational Safety and
Health Administration (Chicago North)
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Cheryl Neff                                                      Date
Acting Program Manager
Acting Program Manager
Onsite Consultation