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Wisconsin Agri-Business Association (WABA) and the Wisconsin area offices of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. WABA and OSHA hereby form an Alliance to provide WABA members with information, guidance, and training resources to protect the health and safety of WABA members and their employees by reducing and preventing exposure to agricultural business related hazards. The Alliance will place primary emphasis on OSHA’s Grain Handling LEP that addresses six major hazard areas: engulfment, falls, auger entanglement, struck by, combustible dust and electrocution.  In addition, the Alliance will also emphasize the implementation of effective machine guarding, lockout and confined space entry programs.

TRAINING AND EDUCATION GOALS

WABA and OSHA will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • Provide access to training and education through WABA onsite training programs and seminars, specific to the focus areas.
  • Coordinate efforts to provide training opportunities to help reduce fatalities and injuries.
  • Coordinate efforts to provide recognition of machine guarding and confined space entry hazards and methods to reduce injuries and fatalities through hazard identification and effective measures to eliminate or control potential hazards.
  • Collaborate in forums or other meetings with WABA members to promote an understanding of their rights and responsibilities for workplace safety and to explore innovative solutions to minimize or eliminate safety and health issues in the agribusiness industry.
  • Coordinate efforts to encourage agribusiness management to involve their employees in workplace safety and health programs such as but not limited to participation in company safety committees, hazard recognition and implementation of controls.
  • Coordinate efforts with each other to improve employee skills in hazard recognition, control and reporting.
  • Coordinate efforts for the delivery of specific courses, to management and employees, such as OSHA 10 and 30 hour training, OSHA Recordkeeping workshops, etc.

OUTREACH AND COMMUNICATION GOALS

The Wisconsin Agri-Business Association, Inc. (WABA) and OSHA will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • Provide speaker resources for local meetings, conventions and appearances to promote the Alliance throughout Wisconsin.
  • Develop and disseminate informational materials through printed and electronic means to contractors, subcontractors, laborers and other workers about the Alliance educational opportunities specific to the focus areas.
  • To develop information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to develop ways of communicating such information (e.g., print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools, and OSHA’s and WABA’s websites) to employers and workers in the agribusiness industry.
  • Recommend and encourage those WABA members who have exemplary safety and health programs to consider applying for OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).
  • To speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or WABA’s conferences, local meetings or other events.

OSHA’s Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as training and education, outreach and communication, and promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health. These Alliances have proved to be valuable tools for both OSHA and its Alliance participants. By entering into an Alliance with a party, OSHA is not endorsing any of that party’s products or services; nor does the Agency enter into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular party’s products or services.

An implementation team made up of representatives of the WABA and OSHA will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. Team members will include representatives of the Wisconsin OSHA Area Offices and WABA. In addition, they will meet at least three times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance.

This agreement will remain in effect for three years. Any signatory may terminate the Alliance for any reason at any time, provided they give 30 day written notice. This agreement may be modified at any time with the concurrence of all signatories.

Signed this 19th day of November, 2012


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Frank Winingham
OSHA Area Director
Appleton, WI
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Thomas E. Bressner
WABA Executive Director

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Mark Hysell
OSHA Area Director
Eau Claire, WI
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James D. Nolte
WABA Safety Program Director

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Kimberly Stille
OSHA Area Director
Madison, WI
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George Yoksas
OSHA Area Director
Milwaukee, WI