Back to Concluded Regional Alliances - Region V
- Alliance Background
Renewed September 18, 2009 (Two year agreement)
The Northwest Ohio Carpenters Alliance provides union leaders and others in the
construction industry with information and guidance that will help protect the
health and safety of their members. Goals of the Alliance include:
- Training and Education
- Continue the development of training and education programs based on
best practices for working safely in the construction industry and give
recognition to the members for taking said training. Share information on
best practices, as jointly determined by OSHA and Northwest Ohio Carpenters
and their employers through jointly developed training programs and
materials. Promote their implementation through print or electronic media,
at conferences, or by other means of outreach.
- Deliver or arrange for the delivery of educational courses specific to
the construction industry.
- Outreach and Communication
- Provide OSHA with access to Northwest Ohio Carpenters newsletters,
meetings, and other resources as the means to disseminate information and
guidance on workplace safety and health issues.
- Speak, exhibit, or appear at conferences, local meetings, or other
- Continue liaison contact between Northwest Ohio Carpenters and OSHA to
answer compliance questions, discuss current jobsite findings, and current
- Cross-train OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals
on the Northwest Ohio Carpenters best practices or effective approaches.
- Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health
- Increase others' awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to
workplace safety and health whenever Northwest Ohio Carpenters leaders
- On a quarterly basis, convene or participate in forums, round table
discussions, or stakeholder meetings to discuss safety and health issues and
topics of importance to both OSHA and the Northwest Ohio Carpenters.
- Implementation Team Members and Meetings
Ron Rothenbuhler, Executive Regional Director
Tim Moran, Business Representative
Dan Morey, Business Representative
Jule Hovi, Area Director
Charles Shelton, Compliance Assistance Specialist
Chad Positano, Compliance Assistance Specialist
Darin Von Lehmden, Compliance Safety and Health Officer
September 2009 the office met with several carpenter representatives and renewed
the OSHA/NW OH Carpenters' Alliance. General topics were covered at this meeting
so the group could refresh our goals and objectives.
March 4, 2010, a group of carpenters visited the Toledo OSHA office for a brief
training session with the Response Team Leader. The meeting covered OSHA's
complaint process and procedures. New business agents and union stewards needed
guidance on how best to contact OSHA for general guidance verses filing
A meeting was held in person on April 13, 2010. In attendance were Ron
Rothenbuhler, Tim Moran, Dan Morey, Jule Hovi, and Chad Positano. OSHA shared
information on the most recent UTENN fatality event report, the proposed
increases in OSHA penalties, the SVEP program, and discussed record-keeping
rules. The Carpenters are in a state of transition in regards to announced
retirements, and this transition was also discussed.
- Activities and Products
March 11, 2009 - May 11, 2010
Outreach and Communication
- OSHA/Carpenter Liaison CSHO received several calls throughout the year
from Business Agents with various safety and health questions and referrals
for unsafe activity.
- Informed Union of VPP companies within Northwest Ohio.
- Due to time constraints and various other conflicts, no OSHA staff members
could attend the Carpenters' training courses this year.
- The Carpenters' leadership has continued to be in a state of transition.
Mr. Moran is planning to retire in the summer of 2010, so a meeting was held
on April 23, 2010 to discuss this transition.
- Discussions were held with the implementation team to encourage members of
the carpenters union to be diligent in their responsibilities to follow
contractor and OSHA safety and health requirements, especially given the
difficult economic climate and relatively high unemployment of its membership.
- Open communication continues between the Northwest Ohio Carpenters and the
Toledo OSHA office.
- Upcoming Milestones
The OSHA/Northwest Ohio Carpenters Alliance implementation team has discussed
activities for the upcoming year:
Report Prepared by: Jule A. Hovi, Area Director
- The Carpenters will continue to allow all of OSHA's Region V personnel to
attend any of their Continuing Education Classes at their training facility.
- A representative of OSHA will continue to speak to classes of Carpenter
apprentices, upon request.
- A representative of the Carpenters will conduct a scaffold and residential
construction training presentation for the Toledo area office.