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April 1, 2009

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed

    January 19, 2007


    To provide an affordable, bilingual, annual safety training event focused on the construction industry.

    Implementation Team Members

    Safety Fest Steering Committee:

    Megan Meagher – OSHA Denver Area Office CAS
    Pat Gaydos – OSHA Regional Office State Plan Monitor
    Tom Noland – ABC – Rocky Mountain
    Michael Gurule – HBA Education Director
    Michael Lorenzo – Pinnacol Assurance
    David Samples – AGC Safety Director
    Dan Milinazzo – Zurich Services
    Rich Hawkins – Red Rocks Community College
    John Boysen – CSU Consultation

    Evaluation Period

    This report covers the period from March 11, 2008 to January 19, 2009.

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    Monthly implementation team (Steering Committee) meetings were held during the covered time period:

    4/18/08, 5/16/08, 7/25/08, 9/19/08, 10/31/08, 12/19/08, 1/23/09

    All meetings involved planning for the upcoming event which is scheduled to be held every March.

  3. Events and Products

    Training and Education


    Safety Fest of the West held March 26 & 27, 2008

    Five 10-hour classes taught in English (3) and Spanish (2) for front line workers

    One FAST (Focused Advanced Supervisor Training) class taught to supervisors

    One Oil and Gas 10 hour class taught in English


    CD for FAST Track participants including presentations and other resources

    Outreach and Communication


    Spanish language radio shows conducted by OSHA compliance officer to promote Safety Fest of the West to Spanish-speaking audience and discuss OSHA operations in Colorado.

  4. Results

    This alliance formalizes the agreement between OSHA and the Safety Fest partners to continue the Safety Fest of the West program annually. Safety Fest’s mission is to provide low-cost training to construction industry workers. Currently the program is designed so that participants leave with a universally recognized OSHA 10-hour card. Advanced level training is also offered to supervisors who have already completed the 10 hour training. The focus areas include: trenching and excavation, fall protection, electrical NFPA 70E issues, highway work zone safety and safety leadership. In 2008, a pilot 10-hour oil and gas class was also offered as part of Safety Fest.
    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
    Safety Fest of the West 10-hour English 146
    Safety Fest of the West 10-hour Spanish 78
    FAST training 44
    Oil and Gas 10-hour English 37
    TOTAL 305

    Also in 2008, the Denver chapter of the ASSE held a one day professional development course in conjunction with Safety Fest. Approximately 40 safety professionals attended this class.

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    Safety Fest of the West 2009 was scheduled to be held March 25 and 26, 2009. Unfortunately, this year the event was cancelled due to the downturn in the economy resulting in the loss of several key members of the steering committee. Without those members and the support of their respective organizations, the remaining committee members did not feel that the event could succeed. A steering committee meeting was held on March 25, 2009 to determine the next steps in the future of Safety Fest. This alliance expired on January 19, 2009. At this time, the future of this event is uncertain; therefore, I recommend that the alliance be allowed to expire.