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ALLIANCE REPORT

Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the
October 29, 2005

1. Alliance Background

Date Signed

October 9, 2003

Overview

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and The Safety Council of the Ozarks (SCO) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and the SCO formed an Alliance to provide members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources. Through the Alliance, the organizations have worked to improve health and safety in the workplace by helping businesses, small businesses in particular, in their efforts to implement effective safety and health management systems.

Activities

OSHA and SCO have worked together to achieve the following training and education goals:
  • Developed and delivered training and education programs regarding comprehensive safety and health management systems along with a fundamental understanding of to how to implement such a management system. These programs were developed primarily to assist small businesses. The "Basics of Safety Performance for Small Businesses" classes were coordinated through local Chambers of Commerce and conducted as follows:
     
    • Joplin, Mo on 2/8/05
    • Monett, Mo on 3/15/05
    • A total of 26 of the Basics of Safety Performance Courses were scheduled to be held though out the larger cities and towns in Missouri by the end of the Alliance’s two year term. However, due to "jurisdictional boundary" issues between the three local NSC Councils in Missouri, coupled with a loss of resources at the OSC, these training sessions have been delayed and in some cases cancelled. The Director of the OSC assures OSHA that when resources become available the courses will continued to be conducted in the other cities and towns.
    • The "Basics of Safety Performance Course was also conducted with of the "Safety Council of Western Missouri and Kansas" (also a NSC affiliate) during their annual conference in Kansas City on 7/15/2005. The course instructor for this session was from the Kansas City Safety Council instead of the instructor from the OSC, due again to "territorial disputes" between the local NSC Councils.
OSHA and SCO also worked together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:
  • Developed and disseminated information, including information on safety and health management systems, through print and electronic media, including electronic assistance tools and links from OSHA's and SCO's Web sites.
     
    • Contacts were established with numerous OSC member companies, who repeatedly have made requests for assistance from the CAS in the KCAO and SLAO.
    • OSC staff have repeatedly used the KCAO and SLAO CASs as a resource for answering questions from their constituents
  • Spoke, exhibited, or appeared at the annual SCO Safety & Health Conference of the Ozarks, local meetings, or other events such as the annual SCO awards ceremony to promote awareness of an effective safety and health management system.
     
    • OSHA has participated in both the 10/04 and 10/05 annual OSC Safety Conferences as follows:
       
      • Manning a booth in the vender area
      • Delivering 4 different training sessions
      • Participating in delivering the OSHA 10-Hour Courses for both construction and general industry at both conferences
      • An Alliance signing ceremony was held at the 10/04 Conference that added the St. Louis Area Office to the program.
    • OSHA CAS in the KCAO has also participated in delivering speeches at the following local OSC sub-section meetings:
       
      • 10/12/04 in Joplin, Mo
      • 1/11/05 in Joplin, Mo
      • 2/8/05 in Joplin, Mo
      • 2/22/05 in Springfield, Mo
      • 3/9/05 in West Plaines, Mo
      • 3/15/05 in Monett, Mo
      • 3/22/05 in Springfield, Mo
      • 8/23/05 in Springfield, Mo
      • Note that the above speeches have been well received and have resulted in the greatest number of participants to the local OSHAC meetings, compared to other meetings though the year.
      • Participating in these meetings has been a very valuable "networking" opportunity.
  • Promoted and encouraged SCO member’s participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP), Consultation and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP), Partnerships, and Alliances.
     
    • VPP Activity
       
      • Through direct contact during speeches and/referrals of companies through the OSC staff, four companies are being "mentored" through the VPP application/approval process.
    • Partnerships and Alliances
       
      • Again, through direct contacts or through OSC staff referral, two construction-related Associations negotiations are currently underway to develop an OSHA Partnership:
         
        • Springfield Contractor’s Association
        • Springfield Home Builder’s Association.
2. Alliance Action Plans

As mentioned above, two issues arose during the first year of this Alliance which placed constraints on the effectiveness and progress being initially made. The following actions are planned to address these constraints:
  • NSC Local Chapter Territorialism
     
    • NSC Local Territories have been defined. Based upon these definitions, the three other NSC locals within Missouri will be contacted about entering into a similar Alliance. This will then serve our ability to schedule and deliver the "Basics of Safety Performance for Small Business" course in other key local cities and towns throughout Missouri.
  • Loss of key OSC Safety and Health Personnel
     
    • The loss of a key person at the OSC has resulted in activities under this Alliance to wane since July, 2005. The Director of OSC has assured me that new personnel will be hired to replace the loss and that activities under the Alliance will again resume.
    • To assure that the Alliance moves forward, a more formal implementation team made up of representatives of both organizations will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, we will meet at least quarterly to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. Team members will include representatives from OSHA's Kansas City and St. Louis Area Offices and SCO.