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Occupational Safety and Health Administration and
Habitat for Humanity of Omaha
March 2012 – March 2013

  1. Alliance Background

    Initial: 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 (CAS)
    Brian Elmore
    OSHA Omaha Area Office, Compliance Safety and Health Officer (CSHO)
  2. Implementation Team Meetings
    • Fall, Winter 2012, Spring 2013 – An OSHA Omaha Area Office 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 2012 through March 2013

    Alliance Activity

    • April 2012 - Mr. Elmore provided training (5 employees) 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.
    • June 2012 – OSHA Omaha Area Office CSHO Matt Thurlby discussed residential fall protection requirements with the Habitat staff (25 employees). This presentation was 2 hours in length.
    • November 2012 - CAS Fletcher and CSHO Elmore provided 3 hours of training to AmeriCorps staff (10 employees) working for Habitat of Omaha. Training covered OSHA rights and responsibilities as well as the Focus Four hazards of construction.
    • December 2012– CAS Fletcher and CSHO Elmore provided the OSHA 10-Hour Construction Outreach training to five (5) Construction Staff Leaders.
  4. Results
    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    April 2012 - Conference5 employees (completed)
    June 2012 - Fall Protection Training25 employees (completed)
    November 2012 - Focus Four Hazards in Construction10 employees (completed)
    December 2012 - OSHA 10-Hour Construction Outreach Training5 employees (completed)
    TOTAL ~ 45 employees
  5. Upcoming Milestones/Successes

    It is our intention to continue this alliance. Habitat intends to continue to increase the safety awareness and understanding of the OSHA Standards and capabilities of its staff in order to reduce injuries for its employees, contractors, family members and volunteers.

    Habitat for Humanity provides housing for families at an affordable cost. Due to the vast number of people on these jobsites (employees, volunteers, subcontractors, and family members), many of which are unfamiliar with safety on a construction site, we 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 two years to determine how this outreach has helped reduce injuries and illnesses. 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 their respective jobsites.

    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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