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The Wisconsin Area Offices of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Wisconsin Occupational Safety & Health Consultation Program, and the Wisconsin Underground Contractors Association recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA, the Wisconsin Occupational Safety & Health Consultation Program, and the Wisconsin Underground Contractors Association hereby form an Alliance to provide the Wisconsin Underground Contractors Association 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 excavation and trenching construction hazards and addressing training issues.

OSHA, the Wisconsin Occupational Safety & Health Consultation Program, and the Wisconsin Underground Contractors Association will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • To provide expertise to develop training and education programs for local underground contractors regarding trenching and excavation construction hazards, and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.

  • To provide expertise to develop workplace safety and health curricula on trenching and excavation construction hazards.

OSHA, the Wisconsin Occupational Safety & Health Consultation Program, and the Wisconsin Underground Contractors Association will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • To provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA, the Wisconsin Occupational Safety & Health Consultation Program and the Wisconsin Underground Contractors Association Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at conferences or local meetings on a quarterly basis.

  • Share information among personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding the Wisconsin Underground Contractors Association's best practices or effective approaches, and publicize results through outreach activities.

  • Develop materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).

  • Promote and encourage the Wisconsin Underground Contractors Association members' or worksites' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).

  • Encourage the Wisconsin Underground Contractors Association to build relationships with OSHA's Region 5 and Area Offices, and the Wisconsin Occupational Safety & Health Consultation Program, to address health and safety issues, including excavation and trenching construction hazards.

OSHA, the Wisconsin Occupational Safety & Health Consultation Program, and the Wisconsin Underground Contractors Association will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:

  • The leaders of the Wisconsin Underground Contractors Association will raise others' awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health when they address groups on safety and health topics.

  • Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health and publicize their results.

  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings on excavation and trenching construction hazard issues to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

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 in promoting a national 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 with a party, OSHA is not endorsing any of that party's products or services; nor does the Agency enter into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular party's products or services.

An implementation team, made up of representatives of all organizations, will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. Team members will include representatives of the Wisconsin OSHA Area Offices, the Wisconsin Occupational Safety & Health Consultation Program, and the Wisconsin Underground Contractors Association. In addition, they will meet at least two times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance.

This agreement will remain in effect for two years. Any signatory may terminate it 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 signatories.



 
George Yoksas
Area Director, Milwaukee
Occupational Safety and Health Administration


 
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Kimberly Stille
Area Director, Madison
Occupational Safety and Health Administration


 
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Melvin R. Lischefski
Area Director, Appleton
Occupational Safety and Health Administration


 
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Mark Hysell
Area Director, Eau Claire
Occupational Safety and Health Administration


 
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John D. Chapin
Acting Project Manager
Wisconsin Occupational Safety & Association
Health Consultation Program


 
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Richard Wanta
Executive Director
Wisconsin Underground Contractors


 
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