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Wisconsin OSHA Offices and the Wisconsin Agri-Business
Association Annual Alliance Report, November 30, 2015

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed: November 19,2012

    Evaluation Period: November 26, 2013 through December 2014


    The four Wisconsin OSHA offices and the Wisconsin Agri-Business Association (WABA) are working to establish a cooperative relationship to foster safer and more healthful workplaces in the state's agribusinesses.

    Implementation Team Members:

    Tom Bressner
    WABA Executive Director
    Jim Nolte
    WABA Safety Director
    Ann Grevenkamp
    Madison OSHA Director
    Chris Zortman
    Milwaukee OSHA Director
    Mark Hysell
    Eau Claire OSHA Director
    Rob Bonack
    Appleton OSHA Director


    Leslie Ptak
    Madison OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist
    Jim Lutz
    Milwaukee OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist
    Mary Bauer
    Eau Claire OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist
    Kelly Bubolz
    Appleton OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist
    Joan Viney
    WABA, Director of Member Communications
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    December 16, 2015 – Met at OSHA office to discuss 2015 initiatives.

    March 10, 2015 – Met at OSHA office.

    August 13, 2015 – Met at OSHA office.

    September 22, 2015 – Conference call to discuss old business and whether the alliance would be renewed.

  3. Events and Products

    Training and Education

    • Appleton OSHA spoke at their safety conference in June 2014 on the topic of fall protection.

    Outreach and Communication - Alliance members took advantage of all the ways that WABA communicates with its members to convey pertinent safety and health information.

    • January 8, 2015 - WABA manned a booth and spoke at the Agricultural Safety Connections that was held in Stevens Point. This was a safety day for Wisconsin agriculture.
    • January 14-15, 2015 - Madison OSHA manned a booth at the WABA conference at the Alliant Center
    • January 29, 2015 - 500 packets of information on OSHA agriculture initiatives were provided to organizers of the Corn Soy Expo is an organization/conference all about farmers in January 2015.
    • WABA newsletter, Wisconsin Agri-Business News Quarterly had two articles written expressly for the newsletter by an OSHA compliance assistance specialist, which goes out to more than 336 WABA members that account for 1000 agribusiness establishments.
      • Vehicle De-Energization
      • GHS HazCom article by JimNolte were in the WABA magazine.
    • WABA sent out a safety alert, "OSHA Revises Policy for Ag Retail Facilities that Handle Chemicals." This memo addresses anhydrous ammonia facilities.
  4. Results

    Type of Activity

    Number of Individuals Reached or Trained

    WABA conference - OSHA manned a booth


    CAS presentation at the WABA Annual Conference

    125 attendees



    Two WABA newsletter articles by OSHA or WABA staff published in the summer quarterly edition.

    Sent to 336 WABA companies and 770 individual members

    WABA web site

    Available to 336 WABA companies and 770 individual members

    Safety Notice/Alert emails on 1910.119.

    Sent to 336 WABA companies and 770 individual members

    Note: the 336 WABA member companies represent 1,000 grain agribusiness facilities and anywhere from 2,500 to 5,000 employees.

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    • It was decided that the alliance would not be renewed.
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