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Wisconsin OSHA Offices and the Wisconsin Agri-Business
Association Annual Alliance Report, December 17, 2014

  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
    Kimberly Stille
    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

    January 8, 2014 - Alliance members met at the WABA office to establish goals and projects for the alliance.

    April 8, 2014 - Alliance members met at the WABA office to discuss the conference that was held and to select topics for WABA magazine articles. WABA has undergone some organizational changes and those were discussed also.

    October 9, 2014 - Alliance members met at the OSHA office to discuss the alliance.

    December 16, 2014 - Alliance members met at the OSHA office to discuss the state if their industry and future plans for the next quarter.

  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.

    • Madison OSHA manned a booth at the WABA conference at the alliance center in January 2014.
    • WABA made arrangements for OSHA to meet with a representative of the Monroe Emergency response Inter-Agency Training (MERIT) training facility located in Monroe, Wisconsin. As a result the Madison CAS is working with MERIT to provide safety programs to EMS departments and youth in Green County.
    • WABA newsletter, Wisconsin Agri-Business News Quarterly had seven 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.
      • LEP Update
      • Most Frequently Cited Standards in Grain Industry
      • Purdue Report
      • Safety Day 2014 Recap.
      • Aiming for grain bin safety
      • Winter grain storage
      • OSHA announces new requirements for the reporting of fatalities and severe injuries
    • In June 2014, WABA took part in the Fall Protection Safety Stand Down by emailing information to its members.
    • Just in time for harvest (October 2014), a five page Harvest/Dump Pit Safety Notice was sent to the membership via email. This is a reprint of an IGFA article on delivering drivers and farmers of procedures to follow when dumping various types of grain vehicles.
    • WABA participated in the planning meeting, agreed to co-present and are financial sponsors for the January 8, 2015 Agricultural Safety Connections Conference in Stevens Point, WI. They have a booth and will let OSHA place materials on grain bin entry in their table, emphasizing WABA’s support for workplace safety.
  4. Results

    Type of Activity

    Number of Individuals Reached or Trained

    WABA conference - OSHA manned a booth


    CAS presentation at the WABA Annual Conference

    115 attendees



    Seven WABA newsletter articles by OSHA staff published in three different quarterly editions.

    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 GHA/HazCom, Engulfment Prevention webinar and Grain Bin Safety video by Oklahoma State University

    Sent to 336 WABA companies and 770 individual members

    Five page Harvest/Dump Pit Safety Notice was sent to the membership via email.

    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

    Alliance members have a lot of plans for the second year of the alliance which expires in November 2015.

    • The alliance will continue with placing articles in the newsletters.
    • The alliance will try to work with the University of Illinois and the Grain Handling Safety Coalition who have grant monies and are working on fall protection and bin entry.
    • Future webinars are a possibility.
    • WABA has two conferences in January 2014 and the spring of 2014 and OSHA has been added to the agenda and been given exhibit space.
    • The alliance will continue to work with the Monroe Fire Department in the development of their MERIT facility.
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