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Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Concluded Alliances - Region V

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed.

    January 21, 2005

    Alliance Overview.

    The Alliance provides parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for training and education; outreach and communication; and promoting a dialogue on workplace safety and health awareness and commitment.

    Implementation Team Members:

    Wisconsin OSHA Area Directors
    Wisconsin Ready Mix Concrete Association, OES (Operations, Environmental, Safety) Committee
    Wisconsin Consultation Program (WisCon)

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    Team Meetings were held at the WRMCA Office in Madison, WI on the following dates:
      October 5, 2007
      November 30, 2007
      January 11, 2008
  3. Activities and Products

    Evaluation Period.

    The evaluation period is from August 24, 2007 to January 11, 2008.

    Alliance Activity.

    • Training and Education;

      • Arrangements were finalized for the presentations at the Annual Environment and Safety Workshop held in the Wisconsin Dells scheduled for February 15, 2008. Safety topics included: OSHA recordkeeping (training conducted by WisCon), Behaviors Leading to Slips, Trips, and Falls, Spill Response, Trenching and Excavating (conducted by OSHA), Ergonomics (conducted by OSHA), Emergency Planning and Fleet Safety.
      • Discussed OSHA's website developed under the Alliance with the National Ready Mix Concrete Association.
    • Outreach and Communication;

      • At the October 5, 2007 meeting, the Committee was made aware of two new energy drinks that contain alcohol. Sparks is a caffeinated beverage by Miller Brewery. Its packaging states a 6% alcoholic content by volume. The other is Tilt made by Anheuser-Busch. Its alcohol content by volume is 8%. Energy drinks are common in the workplace and these malt beverages could easily be mistakenly consumed by workers and drivers.
      • WRMCA handed out a copy of the Air Monitoring Guidelines for equipment rental for the Committee to review.
    • Promoting the National Dialogue on Safety and Health

      • OSHA and the OES Committee met three times in a five month period which exceeds the requirements of having biannual meetings as set forth in the alliance. During each meeting any safety or health issues that has come up since the last meeting are discussed
    Alliance Products.

    • A new Alliance was developed. The Alliance identified slips, trips, and falls; fleet safety; and construction work zone safety as areas of emphasis.
    • The WRMCA established a rental program for dust monitoring equipment. The equipment includes the pump, battery, battery charger, cyclone assembly, and sample cassettes. The air monitoring kit also includes instructions on proper use and directions for analysis.
  4. Results

    1. Impact of the Alliance activities and products during the reporting period.

      Over the past three years, the average of lost time & restricted duty claims per Member Company has decreased 48% recordable injuries have been reduced by 37% and the average experience modification rate has been reduced by 11%.

      The WRMCA conducts an annual safety and health awards ceremony. Awards are given for safety performance in four categories, based upon size (cubic yards of concrete produced). Top award winners are given plaques and companies who achieve a DART rate better than the industry average are given certificates. This year they received a record number of entries – 73 individual plant locations. The total number of plaques and certificates was 44. Sixty percent of the establishments had injury and illness rates that were lower than the national average.

      The articles written for the newsletter and bi-annual safety bulletin have wide reaching effects in that they are electronically transmitted to all members.

      By OSHA attending the quarterly meetings and the Environment Safety Workshop members of the associations are able to develop a dialog with OSHA

      While the injury performance numbers of members are decreasing, slips, trips, and falls have increased and are now the number one category for injuries.

      The WRMCA has been very pleased with the progress achieved under the Alliance. The Association overwhelmingly requested that the Alliance be renewed.

    2. Each activity and the number of individuals reached or trained during the reporting period are listed in the following table.
    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    There were no training activities scheduled for this evaluation period which covered a 5 month period.  

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    The New Alliance was signed on January 11, 2008.

    The next environment safety workshop will be held February 14th and 15th, 2008 at the Kahari Conference Center in the Wisconsin Dells.

    WRMCA has begun publishing a Bi-Annual Newsletter. OSHA will continue to contribute articles.

    Report Prepared by: Melvin R. Lischefski

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