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Regional Alliance Annual Report

Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the
Omaha Public Schools - Career Center

March 2006 – March 2007

Date Signed

Initial: March 2, 2005
Renewed: February 27, 2007

Overview

This alliance established a collaborative relationship between the OSHA Omaha Office and the Omaha Public Schools - Career Center, to provide young workers exposure to occupational safety and health concepts, requirements, and best practices. This alliance also affords Construction Academy students 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.

Accomplishments:
  • Spring 2006 – OSHA staff instructed OPS Industrial Technology faculty in OSHA 10-Hour General Industry Outreach program. Faculty receive valuable safety and health information that may be integrated into existing Industrial Technology curriculum, as well as improving safety and health practices at the various middle and high school I.T. laboratories.
  • Spring 2006 – OSHA representative serves on the Construction Academy Advisory Committee. Assisted with the development of internships for Construction Academy students between their Junior and Senior years.
  • Fall 2006 – OSHA staff and construction industry safety directors provided the required training necessary to obtain the OSHA 10-hour card to fourteen Construction Academy students.
  • Winter 2006 – Coordinated ceremony awarding OSHA 10-hour cards to class participants. Construction industry representatives, OPS Administrators, OSHA staff, and the media were present. The ceremony also allowed brief public speaking opportunities for the recipients.
  • Spring 2007 – re-signed Omaha Public Schools – Career Center Alliance for two additional years. OSHA alliance driver continues to serve as a member at quarterly OPS Construction Academy Advisory Board meetings.
  • Planning second 10 –Hour General Industry program for faculty (April 07).
  • Planning to participate in OPS Career Fair, scheduled for late (April 07).
  • Planning for Construction Academy Instructor, Andrew Naikelis, to attend the OSHA 500 Course (Train-the-Trainer in Construction) at Midwest OSHA Education Center (Omaha) during Summer 07.
Alliance Team Members:
  • Andrew Naikelis – Construction Academy Instructor
  • Doug Fletcher CIH, CSP – OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist
  • Phil Pisasale – OSHA Health Compliance Officer