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I. Alliance Background

Date Signed:

August 16, 2005, a 3-year alliance

  • RCC will provide OSHA/Onsite Consultation staff initial and regular update training in First Aid/CPR/AED.
  • OSHA will deliver or arrange for the delivery of portions of the OTI National Safety Education Courses.
  • OSHA/RCC will promote and encourage RCC Students’ or their worksites’ participation in OSHA’s cooperative programs, including the Peoria Area Office Customer Service Program, the Z Project for sharing best practices in hazard control.
  • RCC will create a Z Project Website where employers can interact on development and sharing of hazard controls or elimination issues.

Implementation Team Members

Andy Perry, Training Coordinator, RCC, NSECTS
Peggy Zweber, CAS, OSHA Peoria Area Office

II. Implementation Team Meetings

CAS Zweber and Mr. Perry met whenever there was an OTI class at RCC where Ms. Zweber taught a portion thereof. They also spoke by phone whenever necessary or communicated by email. Meetings were at least monthly by any of these means and usually more frequent.

III. Activities and Products

Evaluation Period.

August 16, 2006 to October 16, 2007

Alliance Activity.
  • Training and Education – CAS Zweber provided training at the following:

    • OTI #500 – Trainer Course in OS&H Stds for Construction
      • 3 hour Intro to OSHA Covering: Mission, The Act, 5(a)(1), 11(c), Priorities, Inspection procedures, Violations and Penalties, Multi-Employer worksite policy, Employer and Employee Rights, Effective Safety & Health Programs, Current OSHA Reform bills in Senate and House, Standards Update, Falls in Construction, Top 10 Construction Hazards, 2005 photo gallery of hazards.
    • OTI #501 – Trainer for General Industry
      • 3 Hours Covering: OSHA Update (including Alliance, Partnership and VPP info)/Resources at Website and Consultation, Site Specific Targeting, Z Project and the Recordkeeping Standard. This course was presented twice, at Richland Community College and once at Illinois Light and Power as a part of a RCC program.
    • OTI #502 – Update for Construction Industry Outreach Trainers
      • 2 Hours Covering: OSHA Update/Strategic Plan, Cooperative Programs, Z Project, Reform Bills in Congress, SHIB Quick Coupler, Top 10 Construction Hazards, 2005 photo gallery of hazards.
    • OTI #503 – Update for GI Outreach Trainers (Presented twice during this report timeframe)
      • 2 Hours Covering: OSHA Update (including Alliance, Partnership and VPP info/Strategic Plan, Surfing the Web, Cooperative Programs, Reform Bills in Congress, Z Project, Top 10 GI Hazards, Recordkeeping Update
    • OTI #511 - OS&H Standards for Genera Industry
      • 4 Hours Covering: OSHA Update (including Alliance, Partnership and VPP info)/Strategic Plan, Surfing the Web, Resources, the Act, 5(a)(1), 11(c), OSHA priorities, inspection procedures, violations and penalties, effective safety and health programs, Z Project, Top 10 GI hazards, machine guarding requirements, recordkeeping standard requirements.
  • Training and Education – RCC Trainer Andy Perry will continue to provide updates First Aid/CPR/AED training for the staffs of the Peoria Area Office and the Fairview Heights District Office – a total of 24 OSHA staff

  • Outreach and Communication

    • RCC has housed the Z Project (Best Practice/Hazard Control Customer Service Program) Conference for 5 Years. This year 25 best practice hazard controls where shared at the conference with 40 in attendance

    • RCC Shares the Peoria Area Office Newsletter with their mailing list.
  • Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health

    • Companies share safety and health abatement methods at the Z Project Conference. RCC has developed a Z Project website (http:/ where the hazard controls and best practices, that were presented at the last 5 annual conferences, are accessible, along with an interactive page for employers to share safety and health hazards and their controls or find/share solutions.

Alliance Products.
  • Training and Education
    • Copies of all presentations from OTI classes shared with participants
  • Outreach and Communication
    • Z Project website accessible to any interested party
  • Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health
    • The Richland Community College Alliance became a success story on the internet during this reporting timeframe.

IV. Results

A. Discuss the impact of the Alliance activities and products during the reporting period.

A positive interaction between RCC Trainer Andy Perry and CAS Peggy Zweber occurred with assistance both to the college and to OSHA staff.

OSHA Update power point training for the OTI classes has become a staple at RCC.

The Z Project (Best Practice/Hazard Control Customer Service Program) has fostered employers sharing information in a positive open atmosphere. Several of the employers who met at the conference have mentored employers they met in developing their VPP programs. A Z Project Committee was formed this year of employer volunteers to assist the program in growing and develop each year’s conference. This committee has had one meeting already to develop a mission statement and goals and will be meeting again in November, 2007.

The Z Project website provides the solutions to a large number of hazard controls presented at the annual conferences. It also provides an interactive page for employers to use to find solutions or communicate on hazard controls or best practices.

The RCC Alliance Success Story is priceless in its value to the Area Office and our community. The College is proud that they were recognized in this manner.

B. Using the table below, list each activity and the number of individuals reached or trained during the reporting period.

Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals
Reached or Trained
OTI #500 15
OTI #501 55
OTI #502 15
OTI #503 30
OTI #511 45
Z Project Conference 40
Z Project Website Unknown Total of Hits on the site – a counter component is being added.
RCC Success Story Unknown Total of Hits on the site
TOTAL 200 Trained

Note: As most of the above trained personnel were management representatives, the training affected many employees at a large number of facilities across our jurisdiction.

V. Upcoming Milestones

Z Project Conference 2008, April 1st. All of the participants from last year’s conference committed to bringing one additional new company to participate in the 2008 conference, in order to at least double the attendance

Report Prepared by: Peggy Zweber, Compliance Assistance Specialist

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