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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.

OSHA and DCTE will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • 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.

OSHA and DCTE will work together to achieve the following 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.

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or DCTE conferences, local meetings, or other stakeholder events.

  • 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).

  • 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.

OSHA and CTE will work together to achieve the following goals related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

April 7, 2004 – April 7, 2005

II. Implementation Team Meetings

June 8, 2004
October 17, 2004
December 15, 2004
May 20, 2005
Implementation meeting
Quarterly meeting
Quarterly meeting
Quarterly meeting

III. Events and Products

Outreach and Communication

  • June 8, 2004, Kick-off Ceremony
  • August 12, 2004, CD development and training
  • August 12, 2004, e-newsletter
  • November 29, 2004, e-newsletter
  • January 26, 2005, e-newsletter

IV. Results

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.

Note – 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

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).