Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Concluded Regional Alliances - Region VII

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    Originally: September 8, 2004
    Renewed: October 11, 2006
    Renewed: January 26, 2009


    This Alliance establishes an agreement between parties to promote and educate Nebraska employers about the value-added to business by voluntarily implementing an effective safety and health management system. The agreement also focuses on a number of goals including:

    Training and education:

    • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and educational programs for NGF members regarding engulfment, struck by, and ergonomic hazards and transportation safety issues, and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry.

    • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of OSHA 10 hour course.

    Outreach and communication:

    • Work with OSHA and Consultation to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's, Consultation and the NGF's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.

    • Speak, exhibit, or appear at NGF conferences, local meetings, or other events.

    • Cross-train OSHA and Consultation personnel and industry safety and health professionals in NGF's best practices or effective approaches, as jointly determined by OSHA, NGF and Consultation.

    • Promote and encourage NGF members’ or worksites’ participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Program, Consultation, and SHARP.

    • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding NGF's best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by NGF and through OSHA, Consultation or NGF developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).

    Implementation Team Members

    • Pat Ptacek, Executive Vice President, NGF
    • Jim Lightfoot, Compliance Officer, OSHA
    • Doug Fletcher, CAS, OSHA
    • Bill Hetzler, Executive Director, 21 D

    Evaluation Period

    February 2008 - February 2009

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    Implementation team meetings were suspended in lieu of regular electronic communication between alliance participants.

  3. Training and Education


    During the evaluation period, OSHA representatives were asked to participate in two conferences (see below). The National Grain and Feed Association referred the GEAPS organization to the Omaha Area Office for speakers at their annual conference. The GEAPS organization is an international organization of grain handling and processing professionals and their annual conference was on the scale of a National Safety Congress, for their respective industry.

    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals
    Reached or Trained
    NGFA Annual Conference: (Dec.08) Jim Lightfoot, CSHO, and Mike Connett, CSHO, attended the NGFA's Annual Conference in December 2008.

    - Presentation on 1910.272 at Safety Day training program
    - Booth



    ~ 50 attendees

    ~ 500 booth visitors

    GEAPS Annual Conference (Grain Elevator and Processing Society): (Feb.08) Two presentations:

    - OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program (Doug Fletcher, CAS)
    - Nebraska's Enforcement Activities in the Grain Industry (Bernie Hauber, Team Leader)



    ~ 75

    ~ 100

    Total ~ 725

    In addition, the Omaha Area Office CAS regularly updates the Nebraska Grain & Feed Association and its membership with electronic information disseminated via e-mail. This includes over 300 grain elevator operators and various support services associated with the grain industry. Information about Nebraska fatalities, as well as combustible dust, bin entry, fall protection, and other safety and health topics are regularly forwarded throughout the association.

  4. Upcoming Milestones

    The Alliance was recently renewed for an additional term. Although the NE Grain & Feed Association (NGFA) no longer has a full-time safety and health specialist/trainer, they continue to be supportive of safety and health education. We are currently in the process of scheduling Combustible Dust training, sponsored by the Midwest OSHA Education Center (MOEC) - Kirkwood College affiliate, for members of the NGFA.