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- Alliance Background
January 21, 2005
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)
- 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
- Activities and Products
The evaluation period is from August 24, 2007 to January 11, 2008.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
||Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
|There were no training activities scheduled for this evaluation
period which covered a 5 month period.
- 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
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