Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Region VII


  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed:

    Initial: March 2, 2005
    Renewed: February 27, 2007
    Renewal: March 19, 2009

    Alliance Overview

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

    • Andrew Naikelis – Construction Academy Instructor
    • Doug Fletcher – OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist
    • Phil Pisasale – OSHA Health Compliance Officer
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • Spring 2009 – An OSHA representative (Mr. Pisasale) serves on the OPS Construction Academy Advisory Committee. This committee meets quarterly to discuss Construction Academy business, recruiting, apprenticeships, and future activities.
  3. Activities and Products

    Evaluation Period

    March 3, 2009 through March 2, 2010

    Alliance Activity

    • April 1, 2009 – Mr. Fletcher and Mr. Pisasale provided three 1-Hour OSHA awareness training sessions for 75 students of the Career Center – Automotive Technology and Automotive Collision Repair programs. These sessions highlighted the mission of the Agency, young worker safety and health issues, hazard recognition, and employee rights.
    • May 8, 2009 – As part of the Omaha Area Office's emphasis on young worker safety and health, Mr. Fletcher and Mr. Pisasale participated in the annual OPS Career Fair. As part of this activity, approximately 400 middle school students were introduced to OSHA, to basic safety and health concepts, to the use of personal protective equipment, and to the possibility of employment with the Federal Government. Students had the opportunity to handle various types of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as well as many of the "tools" an OSHA compliance officer might use during an inspection.
    • October 2009 – OSHA staff and construction industry safety directors provided the OSHA 10-Hour Construction Outreach training to twenty-five Construction Academy students.
    • October 2009 – OSHA staff provided the OSHA 10-Hour General Industry Outreach training to twenty-two Engineering Management students at OPS North High School.
  4. Results

    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)

    Number of Individuals Reached or Trained

    April 1, 2009 – (3) 1-Hour OSHA Awareness Training sessions for students of the Automotive Technology and Automotive Collision Repair programs.

     

     

        75 students

    May 8, 2009 - Participation by OSHA representative in the OPS Career Fair

     

    ~ 400 students

    October 2009 – OSHA 10-Hour Construction Outreach Training

     

         25 students

    October 2009 – OSHA 10- Hour General Industry Outreach Training

     

         22 students

    TOTAL

     ~ 522 students


  5. Upcoming Milestones/Successes

    We hope to continue this alliance until the Career Center faculty are able to complete the OSHA 500 Trainer Course for Construction Outreach and administer the training themselves.

    The Construction Academy program is a two-year program. Students attend the Construction Academy as juniors and seniors in high school. They receive their 10-Hour OSHA Construction Outreach training as juniors. Many students of the program will then perform an apprenticeship during the summer between their junior and senior year, with a local construction company. The students regularly comment about the value of having a 10-Hour card when they apply for an apprenticeship and while they are working on a construction site.

    Report Prepared by: Doug Fletcher, Compliance Assistance Specialist in the Omaha Area Office