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I. Alliance Background

Date Signed.

April 16, 2004

Alliance Overview.

The Alliance is intended to provide safety and health training and information to members and others involved in the logging industry. The Alliance will also work to reach youth workers to give them safety and health information and training as they begin the careers in the logging industry.

Implementation Team Members.

  1. Forest Industry Safety and Training Alliance (FISTA)
  2. MI WI Timber Producers Association (TPA)
  3. Wisconsin Professional Loggers Association (WPLA)
  4. Wisconsin Safety Consultation (WiSCON)
  5. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

II. Implementation Team Meetings

There have not been any Implementation Team Meetings during this reporting period.

III. Activities and Products

Evaluation Period.

4/16/05 – 4/16/06

Alliance Activity.

  • Training and Education
    • March 30 and 31, 2006 the Eau Claire AO presented training at the FISTA Spring Conference is Cable, WI the training covered hazards found on logging sites and what OSHA looks for during an inspection.
    • On April 7th 2006 the Eau Claire AO presented training at the FISTA Spring Conference in Sparta, WI the training covered hazards found on logging site and what OSHA looks for during an OSHA inspection
    • April 14, 2006 the Appleton AO presented training at the FISTA Spring Conference in Wausau, WI the training covered hazards found on logging sites and what OSHA looks for during an OSHA inspection
  • Outreach and Communication
    • July 14, 2005 OSHA attended the Wisconsin Arborist Association Conference in Appleton, WI and manned an information booth.
    • September 7-9, 2005 CSHO’s and CAS’s from the Appleton and Eau Claire AO’s attended the Great Lakes Logging Congress in Marquette, MI and manned an information booth.
    • March 30 & 31, 2006 the Eau Claire AO manned an information booth at the FISTA Spring Conference in Cable, WI.
    • April 7, 2006 the Eau Claire AO manned an information booth at the FISAT Spring Conference in Sparta, WI.
    • April 14, 2006 the Appleton AO manned and information booth at the FISTA Spring Conference in Wausau, WI
    • The Appleton AO reviewed a General Safety and Health Policy booklet for FISTA for accuracy before it was sent to the publisher.
  • Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health
    • A member of the FISTA Executive Board who owns his own logging company was the first logging company in the nation to achieve VPP Star. The company went through a VPP recertification and is being recommended to maintain Star status.
  • When attending the FISTA Conferences or TPI Logging conference OSHA provides a large variety of safety and health information for the loggers to take with them. The information is not only OSHA publications but information from NIOSH and CDC such as information on West Niles Disease and Lyme Disease.
  • Outreach and Communication, The Appleton Area Office has reviewed two of FISTA’s publications for accuracy before FISTA sent them out to be published.
    The Appleton OSHA Office also provided FISTA with 100 copies of Job Hazard Analysis and PEE booklets for a training program FISTA was sponsoring.

IV. Results

As a result of this Alliance there is a much better understanding between OSHA and the Logging community. Before the alliance most loggers looked at OSHA as a threat and would shy away from the OSHA information booth or training session. Now loggers feel comfortable coming to the OSHA booth and training sessions and asking questions or collecting information from the booth.

Type of Activity
(Conference, Training, Print and
Electronic Distribution, etc.)
Number of Individuals
Reached or Trained
September 05 attended the MI, WI Timber Producers Association Great Lakes Logging Congers and manned an information booth 6,000
March 06 FISTA Spring Conference in Cable WI, information booth and class 400 attended conference

50 attended training session
April 06 FISTA Spring Conference in Sparta, WI information booth & class 150 attended conference

20 attended training session
April 06 FISTA Spring Conference in Wausau, WI information booth & class 325 attended conference

73 attended training session
TOTAL 6,875 attended conferences

143 attended training sessions

V. Upcoming Milestones

The alliance ended on April 16th 2006. A new alliance is being considered however no action on it is expected until early fall. The three logging associations that are part of the alliance are in negations to merge into one association and want time to complete the merger before addressing another alliance.

For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 202-693-2340 or go to www.osha.gov.

Report Prepared by: _James R. Taetsch