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  1. Alliance Background

    Initial: August 19, 2010
    Renewal: August 19, 2012

    Alliance Overview

    This alliance established a collaborative relationship between the OSHA Omaha Office and the Steamfitters & Plumbers Local 464 to provide local members with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers, particularly by reducing and preventing exposure to the hazards associated with chemicals, confined spaces, powered hand tools, welding and falls. Training is also provided to first and second year apprentices to provide exposure to occupational safety and health concepts, requirements, and best practices.

    Implementation Team Members

    • Mark McColley – Business Manager, Steamfitters & Plumbers Local 464
    • Norm Tworek—Training Coordinator, Steamfitters & Plumbers Local 464
    • Corri Synak – OSHA Health Compliance Officer
  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    • March 2011 – Ms. Synak and Compliance Assistance Specialist Doug Fletcher met with Mark McColley and Norm Tworek to discuss training opportunities.
    • April 2011 – Ms. Synak met with Mark McColley and Brad Bird to discuss health sampling and continued training opportunities at the Local’s training facility.
    • August 2011—Norm Tworek invited Ms. Synak to speak to a new class of first year apprentices.  Ms. Synak and Mr. Tworek also discussed remaining 2011 training and sampling opportunities.
  3. Activities and Products

    August 2010 through August 2011

    Alliance Activity
    • April 1, 2010 – Ms. Synak provided a two hour OSHA awareness training session for 20 first year apprentices. The session highlighted the mission of the Agency, worker safety and health issues, hazard recognition, and employee rights.
    • April 28, 2010 – As part of the Omaha Area Office’s emphasis on “Getting to Zero”, a local campaign to reduce Nebraska’s occupationally related fatalities to zero, Mr. Fletcher and Ms. Synak attended the annual Worker Memorial Service in Omaha, NE. Several members of Local 464 were in attendance, including Mr. McColley and Mr. Tworek.
    • August 19, 2011 – Ms. Synak provided a two hour OSHA awareness training session to a new class of first year apprentices. Approximately 15 apprentices were in attendance. The session highlighted the mission of the Agency, worker safety and health issues, hazard recognition, and employee rights.
  4. Results

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

    Number of Individuals Reached or Trained

    April 1, 2010 – OSHA Awareness Training session provided to first year apprentices

    20 apprentices

    April 28, 2010 - Participation by OSHA representatives in the Worker Memorial Service

    ~ 200 total in attendance with a significant union presence

    August 19, 2010 – OSHA Awareness Training session provided to first year apprentices

    15 apprentices

    TOTAL

     ~ 35 apprentices/  ~ 100 union members (at the Memorial Service)


  5. Upcoming Milestones/Successes

    The OSHA Omaha Area Office hopes to continue this alliance with the Local.

    The apprentice program is a five-year program. The OSHA Omaha Area Office hopes to continue to provide awareness training to first year apprentices. The Area Office also hopes to provide training to second year apprentices to include specific training about health hazards such as welding fumes, hexavalent chromium, and confined space atmospheric hazards. The Area Office will begin a health sampling program this calendar year as a tool to improve hazard awareness, recognition, and effects. The implementation team is also working to develop reciprocal training opportunities to include both CSHOs and union members.