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I. Alliance Background
April 16, 2004
The purpose of the alliance is to promote safe and healthful working conditions for loggers throughout the state of Wisconsin. The Alliance will provide members with information to help protect workers and insure young workers learn the importance of safety and health in the work place.
Implementation Team Members.
The four OSHA Area Offices of Wisconsin, Appleton, Eau Claire, Madison and Milwaukee, The Forest Industry Safety and Training alliance (FISTA), Timber Producers Association of MI. & WI. (TPA) Wisconsin Professional Loggers Association (WPLA) and the Wisconsin Safety Consultation (WiSCON)
II. Implementation Team Meetings
There have not been any meetings by the members of the alliance since the signing. However copies of the agenda’s for FISTA & TPA are sent to the Appleton Area Office.
III. Activities and Products
From signing date to August 18, 2005.
The Appleton Area Office had an OSHA Information Booth at the 59th Annual Lakes States Logging Congress sponsored by the Timber Producers Association of MI. & WI. in Green Bay, WI. The congress was held September 9th -11th with over 30,000 in attendance. A variety of OSHA safety and health booklets, copies of the 1910. 266 Logging Std, samples of required written safety and health programs along with NIOSH information about West Niles Virus and Lymes Disease. The most popular items were the Miniature Tootsie Rolls.
The Appleton Area Office also attended the FISTA Spring Conference in Wausau, WI. and had an OSHA information booth.
The Appleton Area Office was invited to attend the Wisconsin Arborist Associations Conference in Green Bay, WI. in February to set up an information booth and give an one hour presentation about OSHA and how inspections are conducted. The member’s responses were so favorable we were invited to attend and have another information booth at their Training and Competition Program in July.
The Eau Claire Area Office attended the FISTA Logging Seminar in Sparta, WI. and the FISTA Logging Conference in Cable, WI. Safety and Health information booths were set up at both locations.
By OSHA attending the different conferences, seminars and training sessions across the state loggers and OSHA personnel have had the opportunity to meet and talk to each other in a non threatening atmosphere. Thus many questions have been answered and many concerns have been put to rest.
The information booths at the conferences are valuable source of safety and health information for those in the logging community. Along with OSHA safety and health booklets sample written programs such as Lock Out/Tag Out, Hazard Communication etc. and copies of 1910.266 are also available.
The Wisconsin Arborist Association invited the Appleton Area Office to attend their Winter Conference in Green Bay, WI and have a safety and health information booth along with a speech on how OSHA conducts inspections. The office also attended the Summer Training and Competition.
As a result of entering in to the alliance with the three logging associations they feel much more at ease calling OSHA and asking questions. I have received several phone calls form associations officers as well as FISTA instructors asking question about how a standard would apply to the logging community.
V. Upcoming Milestones
The Appleton Area Office and Eau Claire Area Office will have representatives at this years Great Lakes Logging Congress which will be held September 8th – 10th. The congress is one of the world’s largest logging congresses and annually attracts between thirty and forty thousand attendees.
There have been some discussions about OSHA attending at least one quarterly meeting for FISTA, WPLA and TPA of MI & WI.
Report Prepared by: James R. Taetsch CAS Appleton Area Office
For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 202-693-2340 or go to www.osha.gov.