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I. Alliance Background

Date Signed.

January 17, 2006

Alliance Overview.

During the three-year alliance, OSHA and the state of Illinois will work together to develop and communicate information to help employers and workers recognize and prevent job-related hazards and to increase access to information and training resources. The alliance will develop safety and health training and education programs to improve business awareness of OSHA regulations, safety and health management systems and cooperative programs.

Implementation Team Members.

Nancy Quick, CAS, Aurora and Peggy Zweber, CAS, Peoria; Rita Mosley, Training Manager, Illinois Onsite Consultation Program; Mark Enstrom and Mark Petrilli, Small Business Development Centers, State of Illinois.

II. Implementation Team Meetings

The Implementation Team Members held several planning meetings during the year and email contact was maintained throughout the year.

III. Activities and Products

Evaluation Period.

This report covers January 17, 2007 to January 17, 2008.

Alliance Activity.

The Alliance continued the series of breakfast seminars at the Eigerlab in Rockford in coordination with the Rock Valley Community College SBDC. These training seminars provided low-cost training to small businesses on OSHA inspection procedures, electrical hazards, accident investigation, ergonomics, emergency planning and Safety and Health Management Systems.

Training was also conducted at other SBDC sites in Illinois. These training sessions included recordkeeping, accident investigation, machine guarding and two (2) OSHA 10-hour courses. The Illinois Small Business Development Center Network provided copies of the OSHA regulations and assisted in logistics, which included classrooms and materials.

Alliance Products.

Training materials were developed for each Eigerlab breakfast seminar. The training seminars were interactive, so the training materials included workshops. The materials were developed by Rita Mosley, Training and Promotions Manager, Illinois Onsite Consultation Program, with input and review conducted by Nancy Quick, CAS, Aurora Area Office and Paul Seidlitz, Consultant, Illinois Onsite Consultation Program.

IV. Results

This Alliance provided valuable technical information to small employers. Small employers were able to receive quality, affordable training at convenient locations. The courses cost less than $35.00 to attend.

During the evaluation period, the Alliance provided training to 501 employers. Evaluations were consistently high, rating the handout material, speaker skills, and student involvement consistently above 4.5 on a 5-point scale.

The following lists the training provided at on of the following SBDC sites: Rock Valley Community College, Morraine Valley Community College, McHenry Community College, Waubonsee Community College - Workforce Development, and Highland Community College.

Type of Activity
(Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)
Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
OSHA 10-hour - January 16 20
Recordkeeping - January 23 12
Machine Guarding - February 14 21
Recordkeeping - February 21 24
Machine Guarding - February 21 7
Accident Investigations - March 20 10
Accident Investigations - March 21 48
Job Safety Analysis (JSA) Webcast that was held on Wednesday, March 29. 44
Electrical - April 2 6
Accident Investigation - April 3 10
Inspections - April 17 10
Forklifts - April 18 20
Emergency Preparedness - April 25 18
Hazard Communication - May 9 18
Machine Guarding - May 15 10
Electrical - June 13 19
Recordkeeping - June 14 19
Personal Protective Equipment - July 18 13
OSHA 10-hour - July 30 7
Machine Guarding - September 18 13
Accident Investigations - September 19 18
Accident Investigation - October 16 15
OSHA Knocking - October 17 15
Consultation Programs - October 18 12
Safety and Health Management Systems - 6-hours - October 31 13
Machine Guarding - November 8 12
Hazard Communication - November 7 12
Lockout - November 14 20
Accident Investigation - December 5 35

V. Upcoming Milestones

The Alliance conducted a "Webinar" on Job Safety Analysis (JSAs). This included a live audience and attendees who logged in via the Internet. This was a trial program, with a live audience. We had approximately five (5) sites log in. This method of training proved very popular and we will be experimenting with other training topics in the future in order to reach a larger audience.

Report Prepared by: Nancy M. Quick, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Aurora Area Office.