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  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed.

    April 10, 2008

    Alliance Overview:

    This Alliance was established to provide the Wisconsin Homebuilders Association (WBA) members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to residential construction hazards and addressing training issues.

    Implementation Team Members:
    • Mary Bauer, Eau Claire OSHA, Compliance Assistance Specialist
    • Megan Taylor, WBA, Foundation Manager
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    Meetings were held with Team Members:
    • 10-29-09
    • 1-21-10
    • 3-2-10
    Phone calls and emails were exchanged to coordinate events and discuss future projects.

  3. Activities

    Evaluation Period.
    • June 20, 2010 to April 10, 2010
    Alliance Activity.
    • Informational Sessions and Presentations:
      • OSHA and WisCon discussed outreach opportunities at the July Board meeting.
      • OSHA and WisCon had a booth at the Annual Conference.
      • OSHA CAS attended lead training session for remodelers.
      • OSHA CAS presented "Intro to OSHA" at the LaCrosse Homebuilders.
    • Information Distribution
      • WBA's website includes a safety page with links to OSHA, WisCon and OSHA's publications.
      • WBA receives the WI OSHA Construction Newsletter to forward to their membership.
      • Numerous PowerPoints, training information, sample programs, and publications have been provided to WBA via paper and electronic format. Many of these publications are in Spanish.
  4. Results

    • OSHA reached out to Local Chapters meetings to increase safety awareness.
    • WBA members more accepting of OSHA and WisCon with increased involvement in various board meeting and convention events.
    • WBA members earn Education Credits for attending many of the OSHA and/or WisCon presentations and training sessions.
    • OSHA and WisCon provided information or presentations for the remodelers for asbestos and lead awareness.
    • OSHA, WisCon and WBA looked into the aspects of hazards presented by "green construction".
    • Local Chapters were more involvement by requesting OSHA and/or WisCon presentations such as specific monthly topics or OSHA 10 hour.
    • Members requesting the WisCon Consultation Services.
    • OSHA and WisCon had speaking slots at the Board Meeting.
    • OSHA and WisCon had a booth at the WBA Annual Statewide Convention.
    Type of Activity
    (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)
    Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    OSHA and WisCon presented at the July Board Meeting discussed Outreach Possibilities. 75
    WBA provided OSHA & WisCon a booth at annual Conference 350
    LaCrosse Homebuilders Presentation 33
    Eau Claire CAS attended Lead Training for Remodelers 16
    TOTAL 474
    Website Links to OSHA & WisCon on WBA Website 7500 members have access
    WBA Published OSHA's Youth in Construction Press Release & article on the Top Ten Citations in Residential Fall in their newsletter
    WBA Linked OSHA Publication Page
    OSHA provided WBA Reps Numerous Publications/PPT

  5. Termination of Alliance

    This Alliance was terminated by mutual agreement due to the difficulty of the WBA to dedicate sufficient amount of time and resources to this project. The economy hit the homebuilding industry and subsequently the WBA staff.

    It was agreed that this Alliance was beneficial to all parties and could be continued in the future if the situation changes.

    Report Prepared by:
    Mary M. Bauer, Eau Claire OSHA, Compliance Assistance Specialist.

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