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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

  1. Alliance Background

    1. Date Signed

      January 15, 2015

    2. Evaluation Period

      January 15, 2016 to January 15, 2017

    3. 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.

    4. Implementation Team Members


      Barbara Theriot
      OSHA, Kansas City Area Office, Former Area Director
      Karena Lorek
      OSHA, Kansas City Area Office, Current Area Director
      Todd Sieleman
      OSHA, Kansas City Area Office, Former Assistant Area Director

      Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., Heart of America Chapter

      Michele Roberts-Bauer
      ABC-HOA Chapter President
      Brian Johnson
      ABC-HOA Safety Council Chairman
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • February 26, 2016 Safety Committee Meeting
    • March 18, 2016 Safety Committee Meeting
    • April 15, 2016 Safety Committee Meeting
    • May 20, 2016 Safety Committee Meeting
    • June 24, 2016 Safety Committee Meeting
    • August 19, 2016 Safety Committee Meeting
    • September 16, 2016 Safety Committee Meeting
    • October 21, 2016 Safety Committee Meeting
    • November 21, 2016 Safety Committee Meeting
    • December 8, 2016 OSHA – ABC Meeting to discuss the renewal agreement
  3. 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.
    • ABC-HOA members were encouraged to submit STEP (Safety Training and Evaluation Form) documentation with company safety assessments and statistics.


    • 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.

    Outreach and Communication

    • 2/19/2016 ABC Safety Day in St. Louis
    • 4/15/2016 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.
    • Quarterly safety awareness articles published in membership newsletters, "Merit Shop Reporter".
  4. 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


    January 29, 2016 Training15First Aid/CPR Certification
    January 27-28, 2016 Training20OSHA 10 Hour Course
    January 28, 2016 Training20First Aid/CPR Certification
    February 19, 2016 Conference35OSHA Update presentation
    February 8-9, 2016 Training11OSHA 10 Hour Course
    February 12, 2016 Training8Project Management/Safety Aspect
    February 22-25, 2016 Training6OSHA 30 Hour Course
    March 8-9, 2016 Training19OSHA 10 Hour Course
    March 22-23, 2016 Training10Arc Flash NFPA 70E
    April 15, 2016 Conference65OSHA Update presentation
    April 15, 20168First-Aid/CPR course
    May 23, 201610Introduction to Construction presentation
    August 30, 201626OSHA 10 Hour course
    September 14, 201620Crisis Management presentation
    September 29, 201613Young Professionals Jobsite Tour
    October 11, 201610OSHA 30 Hour
    October 18, 201612Arc Flash NFPA 70 course
    November 16, 201623OSHA 10 Hour
    December 8, 2016 meeting2Meeting with President and Vice President of Membership
  5. Upcoming Milestones

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

    • 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, Assistant Area Director, Kansas City Area Office & Jackie Wheeler, Region VII

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