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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Wisconsin Ready Mix Concrete Association (WRMCA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and WRMCA hereby renew the Alliance to provide WRMCA members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help protect employees health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to slips, trips, and falls, ergonomic hazards, fleet safety and construction work zone safety. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and WRMCA agree that the Wisconsin Consultation Program is an integral part of this effort.

OSHA, WisCon and WRMCA will work together to achieve the following training and initial education goals designed to meet the needs of the Wisconsin Ready Mix employers:

  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for the Ready Mix industry regarding slips, trips, and falls, ergonomic hazards, fleet safety and construction work zone safety and to provide expertise in communication such information to employers and employees in the industry.

OSHA, WisCon and WRMCA will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • Develop and disseminate information at conferences, events, or through print and electronic media. OSHA and/or WisCon will submit articles for publication in the Association newsletter.

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA or WRMCA conferences, local meetings, or other Association events.

  • Identify and publicize best practices or effective approaches, as jointly determined by OSHA and WRMCA.

  • WisCon is available to WRMCA members to provide on-site safety & health consultation services. Alliance members will encourage that participation.

OSHA, WisCon and WRMCA will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:

  • Raise others' awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever WRMCA leaders address groups.

  • Share information or case studies that illustrate the value of safety and health with others in the industry through outreach by WRMCA, WisCon and OSHA. Where applicable, develop training programs or brochures to promote implementation of recommendations.

  • Convene or participate in forums or stakeholder meetings to accomplish the following:

    • Assess progress on achieving the goals of this Alliance;
    • Discuss safety and health issues affecting the Ready Mix concrete industry; and
    • Help forge innovative solutions that lead to safety and health improvements in the workplace.
    • At every OES Committee Meeting (Operations, Environmental & Safety) a representative of OSHA and WisCon will be invited to attend.

OSHA's Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as training and education, outreach and communication and promoting a dialogue on workplace safety and health. These Alliances have proved to be valuable tools for both OSHA and its Alliance participants. By entering into an Alliance, OSHA is not promoting or endorsing any of that party's products or services.

An implementation team, made up of representatives of OSHA; WisCon; and WRMCA, will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet on a bi-annual basis or as mutually agreed upon to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance.

This agreement will remain in effect for three years. The agreement will be reviewed annually in writing and at the end of the three year term by the implementation team. The agreement may be renewed at the end of three years with the concurrence of the implementation team. Any of the signatories may terminate this agreement for any reason at any time, provided they give 30 days written notice.

This agreement may be modified at any time with the concurrence of all signatory parties.

Agreed this day, January 11, 2008.



WRMCA President

Mark Hysell
Area Director
OSHA, Eau Claire

Patrick Essie
WRMCA Executive Director

Melvin R. Lischefski
Area Director
OSHA, Appleton


Co-Chairman of OES Committee

Kimberly Stille
Area Director
OSHA, Madison


Co-Chairman of OES Committee

George Yoksas
Area Director
OSHA, Milwaukee


Co-Chairman of OES Committee

John D. Chapin
Acting Project Manager, WisCon
WI State Laboratory of Hygiene
University of Wisconsin-Madison