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Occupational Safety and Health Administration-Omaha Area Office
Habitat for Humanity of Omaha
March 2011 - March 2012

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed: March 30, 2011

    Renewal Date: March 30, 2013

    Alliance Overview

    This alliance established a collaborative relationship between the OSHA Omaha Office and Habitat for Humanity of Omaha, to provide employees, volunteers, subcontractors, and family members exposure to occupational safety and health concepts, requirements, and best practices. This alliance also affords construction leaders of the Habitat for Humanity of Omaha the opportunity to obtain an OSHA 10-Hour Construction Outreach card, as well as industry recognition, access to multiple safety training resources, and internship opportunities.

    Implementation Team Members

    • Daniel Brewer - Director of Construction and Land Development
    • Doug Fletcher - OSHA Omaha Area Office Compliance Assistance Specialist
    • Brian Elmore - OSHA Omaha Area Office Health Compliance Officer
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • Fall, Winter 2011, Spring 2012 - An OSHA representative (Mr. Elmore) serves as an OSHA resource, for standards and also advising about safety implementation of programs such as a safety committee, and designing a contractor safety program.
  3. Activities and Products

    Evaluation Period

    March 2011 through March 2012

    Alliance Activity

    • May 2011 - March 2012 - OSHA staff and construction industry safety directors provided the OSHA 10-Hour Construction Outreach training to nineteen Construction Staff Leaders.
    • April 2012 - Mr. Elmore provided training and served in an advisory role for Habitat for Humanity as he proved information about setting up roles for the successful implementation of a safety committee. Mr. Elmore also discussed the use of a contractor review system, and a contractor safety program, which would require contractors to submit a safety performance record as well as their safety program for review by Habitat in order to ensure that these contractors have meet the requirements of the OSHA standards prior to being allowed to work with Habitat for Humanity.
  4. Results

    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    May 2011- March 2012 - OSHA 10-Hour Construction Outreach Training 19 employees (completed)
    TOTAL ~ 19 employees
  5. Upcoming Milestones/Successes

    It is the Area Office's intention to continue this alliance. Habitat intends to have key personnel complete the OSHA 500 Trainer Course(s) for Construction Outreach and administer the training themselves.

    Habitat for Humanity provides housing for families at an affordable cost. Due to the vast number of people of the jobsite (employees, volunteers, subcontractors, and family members), many of which are unfamiliar with safety on a construction site, the parties can see the value of how education and awareness can help reduce injuries during the construction of a home. Habitat is in the process of gathering injury data since the beginning of the Alliance, and injury information from the past 2 years to determine how this outreach has helped reduce injuries and illness. The students who have received the OSHA 10-Hour Construction Outreach training have stated how valuable the training has been to them and how it has increased their awareness of hazards on the jobsite.

Report Prepared by: Brian Elmore, a Compliance Safety and Health Officer with the OSHA Omaha Area Office.

For more information, contact the Office of Outreach Services and Alliances at 202-693-2340 or go to www.osha.gov.

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