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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT
THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
U. S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
OMAHA, NE AREA OFFICE
AND
INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
STATE OF NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE
NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR – WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

1/12/06 – 3/28/06 (multiple signatories)

Overview

This Alliance was signed to provide customers doing business with the above stated agencies with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to numerous hazards and addressing Nebraska's rising number of fatalities. In addition this alliance will provide employers with tax information to assist them with compliance with federal and state tax laws. The agreement also focuses on a number of goals including:

Training and education:
  • Develop training and education programs focusing on Nebraska fatalities, causes, preventative measures and information related to these fatalities.
     
  • Develop training information to be presented to Nebraska contractors.
     
  • To inform small businesses of the educational products and services available to them to assist them in complying with their Federal and State tax obligations and accessing these services through electronic or other means.
Outreach and communication:
  • Develop an informational package about OSHA and services offered to be disseminated by NDR with packages mailed to employers who request tax withholding information and tax ID numbers.
     
  • Develop and disseminate information through electronic media including electronic tools and links from OSHA IRS, NDR, and NE/OSHA Consultation Web sites.
     
  • Promote and encourage employer participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).
Implementation Team Members
 
Catherine Bombere
Nebraska Governmental Liaison
 
Internal Revenue Service
Betty Hayman
Revenue Agent
 
Internal Revenue Service
James R. Dorsey, Jr.
Manager, Taxpayer Services
 
Nebraska Department of Revenue
Eldon Diedrichs
Program Manager, OSHA Consultation
 
Nebraska Workforce
Art Davis
FACE Program
 
Nebraska Workforce Development
Bill Hetzler
 
Nebraska Workforce Development
OSHA:  
   
Matthew Thurlby
Compliance Safety and Health Officer
OSHA—Omaha Area Office

Evaluation Period

3/31/2007 – 3/27/2008

II. Implementation Team Meetings

6/08/2007
9/26/2007

III. Training and Education

Training and Education

Events: None


Outreach and Communication

Events:


The primary activity of this alliance has been the dissemination of OSHA/safety and health information through the use of the other alliance members and the resources available to them. This has included the dissemination of outreach materials through expositions, symposiums, and courses. Information is also distributed through various electronic mediums, specifically, the use of an email networks. Some of these forums included:
  • "Safety and Health Adds Value" pamphlet is distributed by the Nebraska Department of Revenue to every employer in their Tax Withholding Package.
  • E-mail dissemination via IRS stakeholder listing (74,000 employers/employees) with information about OSHA's website and compliance assistance materials.
  • E-mail dissemination via OSHA stakeholder listings (600 employers, Chambers of Commerce)
  • Various Speaking engagements throughout the state (members of the Alliance)
  • Safety and Health literature provided to the Chambers of Commerce in a number of cities across Nebraska
  • Nebraska Safety Council Exposition in April 2007
  • National Safety Council, Greater Omaha Chapter, Exposition in May 2007
  • IRS Outreach Sessions held in August 2007; 330 persons contacted
  • Newsletter; September 2007
IV. Upcoming Milestones

During the meeting held on 9/26/2007, the implementation team members voted to allow the alliance to expire without renewal. This will effectively end the alliance; however, the members agreed to maintain contact in an effort to continue the progress that was made during the effective dates of the alliance.