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I. Alliance Background

Date Signed: May 5, 2004

Alliance Overview:

To provide the Ohio Concrete Masonry Association (OCMA) members with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will assist in protecting employees’ safety and health while producing concrete products.

Implementation Team Members

Chris Matthewson, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Columbus OSHA office
Chris Lechner, Executive Director for OCMA

II. Implementation Team Meetings

Numerous meetings between OCMA and OSHA were held prior to the signing of the Alliance. Once the Alliance was signed, monthly meetings were held to organize a safety committee and to arrange a schedule for quarterly meetings with the OCMA Board members and the Compliance Assistance Specialists (CASs) in Ohio.

On July 20, 2004 the Ohio CASs, Ohio OSHA On-Site Consultation, and the OCMA safety committee met to discuss the association’s training needs.

On September 15, 2004 Chris Matthewson and Keith Bullock, a consultant with the Ohio On-Site Consultation, attended the annual OCMA fall meeting held in October 2004. At the meeting it was decided On-Site Consultation would conduct a safety and health consultation audit of some of OCMA member facilities. Mr. Bullock’s report will determine what future safety and health training will be needed.

On December 8, 2004 CASs from Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati met with the OCMA Safety Committee members to discuss the results from On-Site Consultation safety and health audits.

On March 10, 2005 Chris Matthewson and Chris Lechner met to discuss future training needs for their members.
On May 13, 2005 Chris Lechner and Chris Matthewson met to discuss training sessions which were scheduled for three locations in the state of Ohio for October 2005, Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati. The training sessions covered the results of the On-Site Consultation safety and health audit. Training topics included machine guarding, walking-working surfaces, and noise exposures.

III. Events and Products

Evaluation Period


This report covers activities from June 29, 2005 to November 5, 2005.

Alliance Activity:

  • Training and Education:

    Three separate OSHA all day seminars were held throughout the state of Ohio, including Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati, for OCMA members. The sessions were well attended with a variety of topics covered including, machine guarding, noise exposure, and walking-working surfaces. A representative from On-Site Consultation participated in training sessions and their service.

  • Outreach and Communication:

    Chris Matthewson routinely communicated with Chris Lechner of OCMA to ensure OSHA was available to meet the needs of the OCMA members.

  • Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health:

    During the evaluation period OCMA has continued to promote the Alliance through association meetings, conferences, and with other organizations.

Alliance Products:

  • Training and Education: see above
  • Outreach and Communication: see Training and Education section.
  • Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health: see Training and Education section.

IV. Results

This chart has been updated for this evaluation period.

Type of Activity
(Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)
Number of Individuals
Reached or Trained
OSHA On Site Consultation audit of Company #2 44
OSHA On Site Consultation audit of Company #3 61
Safety and Health Committee seminar in Cleveland, Ohio 450
Safety and Health Committee seminar in Cleveland, Ohio 450
Safety and Health Committee seminar in Cleveland, Ohio 450
TOTAL 1,455

V. Upcoming Milestones

The Alliance has reached its 18 month expiration date and we do not believe it should be renewed since OSHA and OCMA have accomplished their goals and there are no upcoming milestones established between the parties.

This evaluation report was prepared by Chris Matthewson, Compliance Assistance Specialist for the Columbus OSHA office.