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

I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

October 7, 2003


The purpose of this alliance was to provide RMSM’s members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to workplace hazards and especially during the change-out of the Electric Arc Furnace (EAF).

Implementation Team Members

George Flynn, Compliance Assistance Specialist (CAS), (OSHA/EAO)
Dave Wilson, Manager, Safety and Security (RMSM)

Evaluation Period

October 7, 2005 – October 7, 2006

II. Implementation Team Meetings

October 21, 2005 OSHA Implementation Team met at Pueblo Community College (PCC)
December 9, 2005 OSHA Implementation Team met at PCC. April 28, 2006 OSHA Implementation Team met at PCC.

III. Events and Products

Training and Education

  • Events
    • (10/13/05) RMSM hosted Second Meeting of Pueblo Alliance of Safety Committees (PASCO)
    • (1/11/06) RMSM supported Drugs in the Workplace seminar hosted by PCC.
    • (2/16/06) RMSM supported Third Meeting of Pueblo Alliance of Safety Committees (PASCO)
    • (8/17/06) RMSM supported OSHA 10hr Construction course hosted by PCC
  • Products

Outreach and Communication

  • Events

  • Products
    • OSHA promoted Alliance and trainings via local eNewsletters
    • RMSM promoted Alliance and trainings via internal communications, contractor contacts and peer networks.

Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

  • Events

  • Products

IV. Results

  • Positive feedback among Pueblo area business representatives expressing appreciation for the increased availability of local OSHA training opportunities.
  • Increased cooperation/collaboration between RMSM and OSHA’s other Alliance partner in the area, Pueblo Community College.
  • 100 individuals trained.
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
PASCO Meeting 20
Fall Protection Awareness Seminar held at PCC 35
PASCO Meeting 25
OSHA 10hr for Construction 20

V. Upcoming Milestones

During the upcoming year of this Alliance, activities will be largely directed toward continuing to deliver training aimed at protecting workers in Pueblo and surrounding areas. Specifically, 4 training sessions are planned, including, but not limited to the following topics:

  • Safety and Health Program Auditing
  • Aging Workforce

The Alliance will provide support for PCCs Susan Harwood grant in which College officials will develop a six-hour training curriculum on construction focus four hazards and hold 15 classes for construction workers and employers of new and small businesses. Materials will be translated into Spanish.

Alliance members will suport the Mechanical and Electrical Apprenticeship partnership between PCC and RMSM.

Pueblo Community College and Rocky Mountain Steel Mills have worked together to put in-place an apprenticeship program that supports the need for adding new personnel in the mechanical and electrical maintenance areas of the mills. The program is spread over four years and is approved by the Federal Apprenticeship Organization. It requires 2080 hours per year of on-the-job training and 144 hours of academic study to augment the training on the job.

In the four years of academic training a variety of topics are covered to provide a well rounded understanding of all aspects of electrical and mechanical maintenance. Both programs are started with the same fundamental courses including Safety, Shop Geometry, Shop Trigonometry, and Computer Fundamentals. From there each program is tailored to meet the specific needs of each program.