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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Region VI and
Texas Engineering Extension Service and Chickasaw Enterprises

December 2, 2008

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    August 23, 2006

    Evaluation Period

    August 23, 2006 – August 22, 2008


    Through the OSHA, TEEX and Chickasaw Enterprises Alliance, the organizations are working together to provide members, employees and others in the construction industry with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to falls, electrical, struck by and caught between hazards. In developing this Alliance, OSHA, TEEX and Chickasaw Enterprises recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project-partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort. Through this alliance the parties were provided the opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as training and education, outreach and communication, and promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health.

    Implementation Team Members
    Luis Villanueva
    Joe Reina
    Assistant Regional Administrator for Cooperative Programs
    Deputy Regional Administrator
    Susan Slagle Project Manager
    Jeff Gilliam
    Kelly Hurt
    Safety Director
    Environmental Officer

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    In addition to formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from both groups maintained regular contact throughout the reporting period to monitor the Alliance’s progress and results and to schedule, plan and prepare for OSHA10 hour training courses.
  3. Results
    1. Events and Products

      Training and Education Goals
      • Work with OSHA and TEEX to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for Chickasaw Enterprises' employees regarding falls, electrical, struck by and caught between hazards, and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.
      • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of construction safety courses.
      The OSHA, TEEX and Chickasaw Enterprises Alliance Implementation Team has trained over 4,000 students (employees of Chickasaw Enterprises and other employees) in 2006 and 2007 through development and presentation of safety orientation and hazard awareness training. This was expanded through a train-the-trainer program for a Chickasaw safety representative who in turn continued and expanded the training. TEEX and Chickasaw Enterprises also provided the program to employers in Oklahoma through outreach conducted at ASSE meetings on numerous occasions throughout 2006 and 2007.

      Outreach and Communication Goals
      • Promote and encourage Chickasaw Enterprises employers or worksites participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, Consultation and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
      • Encourage Chickasaw Enterprises worksites to build relationships with OSHA's Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues, including construction safety.
      The OSHA, TEEX, and Chickasaw Enterprises Alliance Team has expanded the training program outside the Chickasaw worksites and shared the training programs through presentations as safety and health associations attended by other employers. In addition, the Alliance Team has developed the training curriculum and conducted training through Spanish Translation during 2006 and 2007. The Alliance Team was also requested to present its training outline at an inaugural Tribal Entities Conference in Arizona regarding Casino Safety which has been developed through the alliance. The Team prepared the presentation, but the conference was cancelled.
      • Products

        OSHA, TEEX, and Chickasaw Enterprises Training Program

        The training programs developed and the employees trained continue to provide a voluntary and cooperative product utilized by this employer and other employers in the Oklahoma regulated community.
  4. Upcoming Milestones

    This Alliance concluded on August 22, 2008. There are discussions to renew the OSHA, TEEX and Chickasaw Enterprises Alliance. The OSHA, TEEX and Chickasaw Enterprises Alliance Implementation Team will continue to further its training outreach activities to educate new employees of Chickasaw and other employers in Oklahoma utilizing the developed safety and health training tools, and improve these existing training tools.