Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Concluded Regional Alliances - Region VIII

I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

July 29, 2004


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education (DCTE) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces, and technical education centers. OSHA and DCTE hereby form an Alliance to provide information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help protect students and employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to hazards associated with the building and trades industry.

Implementation Team Members
Bruce Beelman
Tom Deutscher
Mike Maslowski
Travis Clark
Wayne Kutzer
Don Roloff
Todd Stewart
Mark Dougherty
Area Director - OSHA
Compliance Assistance Specialist - OSHA
Assistant Area Director - OSHA
Compliance Officer - OSHA
State Director - DCTE
Supervisor – DCTE
Safety Director – NDAGC
Membership Services Director – NDAGC

Evaluation Period

July 29, 2005 to July 28, 2006

II. Implementation Team Meetings

August 4, 2005
December 10, 2005
May 26, 2006
July 20, 2006
Quarterly meeting
Quarterly meeting
Annual review and renewal meeting
Renewal signing

III. Results

Events and Products

Training and Education Goal

  • Develop training and education programs that introduce safety and health education into the core curriculum of trade schools and career education centers.

  • Develop and implement workplace safety and health curricula within the vocational, technical, and career training centers of North Dakota.


Training Vo-Tech Teachers

Essentially the first year of the alliance was devoted to the development of a curriculum through the group effort of DCTE, NCCER, AGC, OSHA, and the Red Rocks Community College (OTI) in Denver, Colorado. This reporting period was devoted to the training of teachers and standardizing safety training into current Construction Technology programs. The OSHA 10-hour has been integrated into all piloted high school programs. The OSHA 10-hour and 30-hour are both offered at the collegiate level. The training is not held in the normal 10 or 30 hour block of time, rather it is spread throughout the year with testing and competency incorporated into the program. The different programs trained are as follows:

  • 22 high school Construction Programs
  • 2 high school Welding Programs
  • 6 college Carpentry Programs
  • 1 college Plumbing Program
  • 1 HVACR Program
  • 1 Electrical Program

All programs include the Student Safety Officer. Students are required to be the acting safety officer in the lab or on the project. They will take charge in doing the following: complete a safety checklist each day, they will give one safety talk on a safety topic, they will complete an incident report if required, they will contribute to safety discussions during their week of responsibility.

All programs are instructed to test all students taking the standardized safety training. Only those that pass the tests are given recognition, i.e. OSHA card and NCCER transcript and card.

Currently 55 instructors are trained statewide with approximately 250-350 students in the program.

Outreach and Communication Goals

  • Develop and disseminate information through print and electronic media, including electronic assistance tools and links from OSHA’s and DCTE’s Web site.

    DCTE has developed a link to the OSHA web page on their home page. OSHA has provided information about the alliance including news releases, a photograph of the signing ceremony, a photograph of training sessions, activities and events in several of the local area office e-newsletters created by the CAS. This newsletter is issued quarterly and reaches approximately 700 subscribers.

    • July 2005, e-newsletter
    • October 2005, e-newsletter
    • January 2006, e-newsletter
    • April 2006, e-newsletter
    • July 2006, e-newsletter
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or DCTE conferences, local meetings, or other stakeholder events.

    OSHA has presented information regarding the benefit of alliances and utilized the DCTE alliance as an example when talking with stakeholders. Examples of local and stakeholder meetings are as follows:

    • 2 AGC sponsored meetings
    • 1 HBA meeting
    • 1 safety and health seminar
  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding DCTE’s best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by DCTE and through OSHA and other organizations such as Associated General Contractors (AGC), Home Builders Association (HBA) or trade union locals developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).

    During this reporting period, no best practices or effect approaches have been generated to share with other organizations. It is anticipated that this will occur once results are generated.

  • Encourage stakeholders such as AGC and/or HBA chapters to build relationships with OSHA’s Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues regarding student education and construction safety.

    During this reporting period, the OSHA and DCTE Alliance Implementation Team did not start work on programs or projects to address this goal.

Promoting the National Dialogue Goals:

  • Raise others’ awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever DCTE leaders address groups.

    During this reporting period, the OSHA and DCTE Alliance Implementation Team did not start work on programs or projects to address this goal

  • Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the value of safety and health training for students in vocational, technical, and career education centers and publicize their results.

    During this reporting period, the OSHA and DCTE Alliance Implementation Team did not start work on programs or projects to address this goal

  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings to help forge innovative solutions to safety and health issues in the industry of trades education or to provide input on safety and health issues in career education centers.

    During this reporting period, the OSHA and DCTE Alliance Implementation Team did not start work on programs or projects to address this goal

IV. Executive Summary

The value to OSHA of bringing a comprehensive approach to understanding standardized workplace safety practices, training and enforcement to the trade schools is immeasurable. Through this cooperative venture, the OSHA Construction 10-hour certification will be awarded to those students completing and passing the study. The culture that is fostered results in a higher level of awareness and understanding of the value of safety. Through the alliance, we are able to influence many more employers/employees than through traditional methods. Through the alliance, we are also able to leverage resources within the construction community.

Initial funding was to be accomplished through a grant from Workforce Safety and Insurance (WSI) and has since been terminated. Although initially a setback, subsequent funds have been established to continue with the funding of the project and has only resulted in a slight delay. It is anticipated that established timeframes will continue to be adhered to and the progress of the alliance not compromised.

Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
OSHA Residential Construction 40
e-newsletter 690
North Dakota Safety and Health Conference 350
AGC 60
Home Builders Association 600
DCTE training 55
TOTAL 1795

V. Upcoming Milestones

Summer 2005 – finalizing the curriculum
August 9-12, 2005 – beginning of the 2nd phase (train-the-trainer OSHA 500)
Annual review of the Alliance with implementation team (2-year alliance).
Annual review May, 2006 (renewal meeting)
Skills USA meeting June 2006
Alliance renewal signing ceremony (July)