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U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Kansas City Regional, and Kansas City, St. Louis and Wichita Area Offices
Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., Heart of America Chapter

For Dates January 1, 2015 to January 1, 2016

I. Alliance Background

A. Date Signed

January 15, 2015

B. Evaluation Period

January 15, 2015 to January 15, 2016

C. Overview

The OSHA and ABC, Heart of America Alliance was established to create a collaborative relationship to foster safety and more healthful American workplaces.  The goals of the Alliance are to provide ABC, Heart of America Chapter, members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to struck-by, falls, caught in between and electrical hazards, addressing construction and industrial contractor issues, and understanding the rights of workers and the responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).  In developing the Alliance goals, OSHA and ABC, Heart of America Chapter, recognizes that OSHA’s State Plan and On-site Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

D. Implementation Team Members


Barbara Theriot
OSHA, Kansas City Area Office, Area Director
Todd Sieleman
OSHA, Kansas City Area Office, Compliance Assistance Specialist

Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., Heart of America Chapter

Michele Roberts-Bauer
ABC-HOA Chapter President
Paul Cohen
ABC ABC-HOA Safety Council Chairman

II. Implementation Team Meetings

OSHA staff attended the ABC-HOA Safety Committee Meetings to support the alliance, network and provide technical assistance, as well as plan alliance activities

  • December 17, 2014 Safety Committee Meeting (prior to the signing of the agreement)
  • January 23, 2015 Safety Committee Meeting
  • February 20, 2015 Safety Committee Meeting
  • March 20, 2015 Safety Committee Meeting
  • April 17, 2015 Safety Committee Meeting
  • May 8, 2015 Safety Committee Meeting
  • June 19, 2015 Safety Committee Meeting
  • August 21, 2015 Safety Committee Meeting
  • September 18, 2015 Safety Committee Meeting
  • October 16, 2015 Safety Committee Meeting
  • November 20, 2015 Safety Committee Meeting
  • December 17, 2015 Safety Committee Meeting

III. Events and Products

Training and Education

  • OSHA publications and information were provided to Alliance membership.
  • OSHA 10 hour training sessions were conducted on multiple occasions.  
  • Numerous STEP (Safety Training and Evaluation Process) education workshops were conducted.
  • Confined Space in Construction guidance provided to members when the rule was announced.


  • OSHA Fatal Facts were distributed to heighten awareness of workplace fatality investigations.
  • ABC leadership provides the ABC Year in Review booklet which reinforces a zero-incident philosophy.
  • OSHA initiatives are addressed through hand out materials made available to membership, as well as through the organization’s member newsletter.

Outreach and Communication

  • 10/14/2015 ABC Safety Day  in Kansas City

Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

  • Active participation in National Safety Stand-Down in Construction in 2015 and 2016.
  • Committee membership supported Worker’s Memorial Day events for both years.
  • Heat stress and construction exposure is a topic which is addressed and communicated during months of summer.

IV. Results

The ABC, Heart of America Chapter members, have fostered a close working relationship with OSHA and have benefitted from a mutually supportive Alliance providing greater access to outreach information and guidance on work place safety and regulatory compliance.

Type of Activity

Number of Individuals Reached or Trained


Safety Committee meetings (an average of 11 people attending for 11 meetings)


As required/requested technical information

January 27-28, 2016 Training


OSHA 10 Hour Course

March 30-31, 2016 Training


OSHA 10 Hour Course

April 28-30 Training


Safety Technology Series

May 13, 2016 Training


STEP Workshop (Safety Training)

May 14, 2016 Training


STEP Workshop

July 15, 2015 Meeting


Confined Space Rescue training

August 25-26 Training


OSHA 10 Hour Course

Sept  1, 2016 Training


First Aid/CPR Certification

October 14, 2015 Conference


OSHA Update & Confined Space

October 20, 2015 Training


OSHA 10 Hour Course

October 30, 2015 Training


First Aid/CPR Certification

November 6, 2015 Banquet


Excellence in Construction Awards

December 17, 2015 Meeting


Holiday Reception & networking



V. Upcoming Milestones

The Alliance plans to continue to strive to meet the goals for the next evaluation year and renewal of the Alliance.

  • Continue Monthly Safety Committee Meetings.
  • Continue to provide ABC Training Facility Safety Evaluation each semester.
  • Increase STEP Award Participation through promotion and outreach.
  • Conduct a Safety Seminar on new emerging trends, focus four, fall protection or other safety topic.
  • List major planned activities, products and issues that the Alliance plans to work on during the next reporting period.
Report prepared by:  Todd Sieleman, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Kansas City Area Office

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