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Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the
Nebraska Safety Council
October 1, 2003 – October 29, 2004

I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

April 16, 2003


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:
  • Develop and provide training and education programs based on the elements of an effective safety and health management system to both members and non-members of the Council.

  • Develop and provide training and education on the benefits of participation in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program to both members and non-members of the Council.
Outreach and communication:
  • Develop and disseminate information relative to safety and health management systems at conferences, events, or through print and electronic media, including links from OSHA’s and the Council’s websites.

  • Conduct speeches, exhibit, or appear at conferences, local meetings or other events such as the Nebraska Safety Council Conference, Panhandle Safety Conference, and the Safety Breakfast Series.

  • Promote participation in OSHA’s premier cooperative program, the Voluntary Protection Program.
Implementation Team Members
  • Jerry Dubyak (former Occupational Safety and Health Manager)
  • James Klar (current Occupational Safety and Health Manager)
  • Doug Fletcher (Compliance Assistance Specialist)
Evaluation Period

10/01/2003 – 10/29/2004

II. Implementation Team Meetings

The implementation team changes upon the departure of Jerry Dubyak from the Council
in ~ December 2003. Mr. Dubyak’s replacement, James Klar, became the point of contact with the Council for this program. The Council had originally developed a series of “courses”, designed around the 19 Elements of VPP. These courses were only modestly attended and therefore Mr. Klar re-evaluated the course offerings. At the January 2004 team meeting he indicated that the Council was going to offer a re-vamped series of courses in the hopes of generating greater interest and participation.

On a quarterly basis, we check to see if the courses are being attended, the number of attendees, and how they are received.

III. Events and Products

Training and Education

  • November 2003: Panhandle Safety and Health Conference, Gering, Nebraska.
IV. Results
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
Classes Presented by NSC: 3 Participants: 44

V. Upcoming Milestones

The Omaha Area Office will continue to support the training efforts of the Council as requested. The Omaha AO and the NSC will be evaluating whether or not to continue offering this series of courses, and whether a re-vamped version of training courses offered will be more successful than those originally offered.