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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
    • Cindi Gruebling, WBA, Director of Safety and Education
    • Megan Taylor, WBA, Foundation Manager (Replaced Cindi 6/09)
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    Meetings were held with Team Members:
    • 5-21-08
    • 11-25-08
    • 1-29-09
    • 5-8-09
    • 6-4-09
    Phone calls and emails were exchanged to coordinate events and discuss future projects.

  3. Activities

    Evaluation Period.
    • April 10, 2008 to June 19, 2009
    Alliance Activity.
    • Informational Sessions and Presentations:
      • OSHA and WisCon presented an hour long "Residential Fall Protection" session at the July Board meeting during the "Lunch & Learn" session.
      • OSHA and WisCon had a booth at the Annual Conference.
      • OSHA and WisCon presented a 3 Hour training session on "OSHA Basics".
    • Information Distribution
      • WBA's website includes a safety page with links to OSHA, WisCon and OSHA's publications.
      • WBA had used OSHA's Press Release concerning "Youth in Construction" and OSHA's Top Ten Citations in their newsletters.
      • 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 do to the 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.
    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 "Lunch & Learn" on Residential Fall 25
    WisCon presented at Door County Local – "Focus Four" 19
    WBA provided OSHA & WisCon a booth at annual Conference 350
    OSHA & WisCon Presented a 3 Hour "OSHA Basics" at Chippewa Valley Homebuilders Assoc. 45
    TOTAL 439
    Website Links to OSHA & WisCon on WBA Website 7500 members have access to website and newsletter
    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. Upcoming Milestones

    • Develop information or presentations for the remodelers for asbestos and lead awareness.
    • Look into the aspects of hazards presented by "green construction".
    • More involvement at the Local Chapter level in requesting OSHA and/or WisCon presentations such as specific monthly topics or OSHA 10 hour.
    • Members requesting the WisCon Consultation Services.
    • Speaking Slots at the Annual Conference and Board Meetings.
    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.